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Cake Bake in Portugal

11 Nov

Our Wedding Anniversary Cake 2014

As you can see from my previous posts that I am writing about our recent Portugal trip and food experiences. Its been quite few years in a row, that we plan our vacation during September, as  our wedding and my daughters Bday anniversaries fall on the same week in Sep. Apart from site seeing & relaxing, we are curious to try out new food around the places we visit. But I had not tried to make an anniversary cake by myself. Baking and decorating a cake is such a fun activity, that I didn’t want to miss this time for our family occasion.

This year, I decided that I should wet my hands in making a cake at any cost. Nothing should stop me in baking and decorating a cake – how ever the outcome may be :) … 2 weeks of Vacation, 4 total days of drive, and if I had to bake a cake and decorate with the idea I had in mind, I will end up spending the whole time in kitchen. So planning,planning, planning….The idea was to make a Flower basket cake and I planned to make all the flowers and basket ahead. One week before our Vacation, I started making flowers and basket and made them to dry well. All flowers were handcrafted and few of them were created using flower cutters.

Everyday for a week, after winding up our day around 8pm, Riya and I start our favorite sugar modelling and it will go until 11pm and sometimes 12. She likes to help me in making flowers as it was a Summer  holiday time for her. Sometimes, a ball of sugarpaste is what she needed to play and  to make her favorite figurine to give me as  a present in the evening.

Lots of trial needed atleast for making Roses. Other sugar flowers can be made easily with flower cutters. For this basket, I tried home made sugarpaste. Other parts are made from SatinIce sugarpaste and Wilton fondant.  You will also need few modelling tools to start with a simple cake. Once your interest grows, you can easily notice that your collection for cake accessories are also growing along :) . Yes, I had to pack two cartons of my accessories and Cake figurines and flowers and that explains.

My Mom and me were chatting the other day before the vacation and was discussing about this… she just told me a comment, why not relaxing in Holiday and doing this after returning  home. Vacation for me is do what you like to do…even if it is hard work, at the end of the day you should feel happy..

Modelling is Ok. What about the cake? The cake tins and dry  ingredients needed for the cake are packed. I had to do a little shopping there to buy Butter and perishable ingredients. My curiosity wanted to check the cake section and see if there is any special ingredients that they use. There was big section of self raising cake flour (pre made cake flour with baking powder and baking soda) which is not very prominent here.  Ok lets pick that and try a cake with this flour..(Had a second thought in mind..if my bake didn’t turn out good, had a plan to buy premade regional cakes and decorate it with my homemade sugar flowers.) Not a bad idea hmmm..

The next Challenge was gas oven at the vacation home..Did take sometime to switch it on and there was no control to regulate the heat, but atleast happy that it had an on/off switch. Whats next, try some new flavor of cake..Until one day before had no idea what flavor to go for..But as I planned the cake to be served for our breakfast, so lets try coffee cake.

Coffee cake with its natural coffee flavor(no additional flavors)

Ingredients :

  1. Self Raising flour – 1 and half cup
  2. Sugar 3/4 cup
  3. Egg -3
  4. Coffee- 2Tbs(mixed in 20ml of warm water)
  5. Milk – 100ml
  6. Butter – 125gm

Method:

1. Beat Butter and sugar until soft.

2. Add egg one by one and incorporate to the mix.

3. Add flour and coffee,milk  alternating  each and mix until they are combined to a  smooth mixture.

4. Bake it for approx 1/2 an hour in an preheated oven.

Once it is cooled…I layered the cake and applied dark Chocolate Ganache like here and stuffed the cake into basket. Finally filled with sugar decorated flowers.

The Coffee cake was delicious and reminded of CoffeBite chocolate which we used to have during my school days. And the flowers on top was refreshing for our eye and no one dare to try that beautiful flowers. Those Rose flowers are smiling now in my living room.

This was our Wedding Anniversary cake..Next post will be Riya’s Birthday cake…

Yellow flower made by Riya

Flower Basket Cake

 
 

Happy New Year 2014 / Special cakes of 2013

30 Dec

It’s been quite some time since I blogged. How have you all been? ..  New year is on its way and I wish all my friends and viewers a very happy new year 2014.

In this post, I would like to share pictures of celebration cakes, which we enjoyed and  experimented in 2013. I do say experiment, as I tried out some new cakes. Riya’s contribution is there in all of these cakes. Especially, her Birthday cake was planned and designed by her with a little help from me. The specification given to me was a, 2 stack chocolate cake with Marshmallow toppings with Dolphin and sea animals figurines. Actually, she opted to do this cake as her Birthday present and we did the baking and decoration from scratch the whole day. I can see the love and passion in her for cooking already. The previous day of her birthday is our wedding anniversary and I planned to make Carrot cinnamon cake, which came out too good. With  Lots of shredded carrot , mild sweetness and bit of cinnamon flavoring, it was just perfect for the occasion.

Carrot & Butter cream iced cake( Wedding Anniversary cake)

Riya’s Dolphin and Aquarium cake.

Chocolate cupcake and lemon buttercream icing  for Riya’s school friends.

We celebrated Kesav’s Birthday with a special cake. I tried Japanese cotton soft sponge cheese cake this time. It tastes and feels just like its name – super soft and melt in mouth. This time one thing  was sure that  I didn’t wanted to be in the kitchen on the special day baking without having time to spend in other activities.

So, I planned and prepared the cake couple of days before. Prepared jelly with readymade jello mix.  After baking and feeling the texture of the cake, I immediately felt like trying it out. It was super soft and super delicious. The first two cakes we enjoyed even before the birthday.

Again, I  had to bake the same cake but it was fun and I could experiment and make slight changes and adjust proportions.

Japanese  cotton soft sponge cake with jelly fruit topping for Kesav’s Birthday.

Japanese cotton soft sponge cake.

Riya made these mini square cakes, decorated wonderfully and presented this beautiful jelly fruit cake to her dad.

Mini square cake’s specially made for her Dada by Riya.

 
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Chocolate cake with Choco coated Marshmallows

06 Jan

This is yet another cake and Marshmallow candy made during Christmas time. I did this together with Riya again… I just have to tell the secret word ‘Baking’ to her and OhMyGod she is so excited more than me in baking. The first and best favorite pass time these days for her is baking with me. She likes to sift,mix, using electric mixer, breaking eggs, and last but not least , she never forgot’s to taste the batter. Infact, tasting is the best part all kids love during baking process.  Riya took the complete responsibility of Marshmallow candy and enjoyed making it for her school Christmas Party. She was so proud to tell her friends that she made it all alone.

Ingredients:

For Cake:

  1. All purpose flour – 6 cups
  2. Baking soda – 3tsp
  3. Choco powder- 1 and 1/2 cup
  4. Sugar – 3 cups
  5. Salt -1 and 1/2tsp
  6. Eggs – 6
  7. Milk – 3 cups
  8. Oil – 2 and 1/2 cups

For Marshmallows:

  1. Colored Marshmallows – 1 pkt
  2. Scraped Chocolate – 150gms
  3. Bretzel sticks – few( to hold the marshmallows) or Lollipop sticks
  4. Some sugar sprinkles

Method:

1. Sift together the dry ingredients for cake( 1 to 5) in a bowl.

2. Whisk the liquid ingredients together adding and whisking one by one.(6,7,8)

3. Using electric mixer, mix the liquid and dry ingredients slowly in to cake batter.

4. Bake it at 170 C for 30 min in a preheated oven.

5. I used standard baking tray for this quantity which yielded 35 pieces approx.

6. Once the cake is cooled add the Chocolate liquid Ganache on top of the cake. I have cut the cake pieces and later added the Ganache. The Recipe for this liquid Ganache is here.

7. For the choco coated Marshmallows,  Melt the chocolate in a microwave for 1 – 2 minutes, checking  and stirring it often. Once it starts melting remove from microwave and stir it, so it is now thin and is in liquid form.

8. Insert the bretzel sticks in marshmallow like a lollipop and dip it in liquid chocolate and then sprinkle sugar decorations on top. Leave it aside for 1/2 an hour to dry.

9. Once it is dried, you can assemble it on the cake.

 
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LebKuchen – German Ginger Bread

25 Dec
Lebkuchen, is one of the very famous Christmas treat here in Germany. The word Kuchen means Cake.
To prepare this,First i made it as a dough for the bread, then rolled it in a cookie sheet and used cookie cutter for the heart shape and later i baked it. Finally, Riya and i enjoyed decorating together with colors of Royal icing.
Lebkuchen can be compared to Gingerbread, but the spices vary between them. Usually made it into heart shape and decorated with icing.
Last time when i made, i used the substitute for Allspice (Nutmeg, cloves &  Cinnamon). Never worked with this spice before but definitely liked the aroma.The aroma of this Lebkuchen spice blend is very intense and gives a Christmasy feeling….Lebkuchen has got a unique taste unlike other cakes.
Ingredients:
Lebkuchen Spice:
1.Cinnamon – 2 inch stick
2.Cloves – 10nos
3.Corriander seeds – 1tsp
4.Allspice – 1tsp
5.dried ginger- 1/2 inch
6.Cardamom – 2nos
7.Nutmeg – 1/4 of one nut
8.Mace- 1no
Lebkuchen dough:
1.All purpose flour-600gms
2.egg- 1
3.Butter -150gms
4.Lebkuchen spice mix – 2Tbsp
5.Brown sugar – 100gms
6.Honey – 100ml
7.finely Chopped candied oraange-50gms
7.Extra flour for dusting
Royal icing:
1. one Egg white
2. Powdered sugar-180gms
Whisk 1& 2 to get a beautiful snow white icing. Add colors as needed.
Method to prepare Lebkuchen:
1. For the Lebkuchen spice add all the spice ingredients in a spice grinder
with a tablespoon of sugar and blend it to fine powder..
2. Now for the dough, add the flour in a bowl followed by butter, spice
powder,egg,sugar,honey, candied orange and mix it in to a dough.
3. Leave the dough covered for 1/2 an hour.
4. Now roll the dough and using cookie cutter cut it into desired shapes.
5. Bake it at 160C for 10-12 min in a preheated oven.
6. Once the cookies are cooled apply the Royal icing and leave it to dry for
couple of hours. Enjoy the festive cookie…
Merry Christmas to one and all!
 
 

Happy Birthday my dear better half….

25 Nov

We Celebrated Kesav’s Birthday this week. Everyyear looking forward for this wonderful day to surprise him and make something special…This time I made this super yummy and moist Chocolate cake with Chocolate Ganache icing.

Here goes the ingredients and Method…

Ingredients:

for cake…

  1. Choco powder – 1&1/4 cup
  2. All purpose flour – 3 cups
  3. Sugar – 1 & 3/4 cup
  4. Egg – 2
  5. oil – 1 cup
  6. Buttermilk – 1 cup
  7. Coffee – 1 cup
  8. Baking Soda – 1&1/2 tsp
  9. Baking Powder – 1& 1/2 tsp
  10. Vanilla essence – few drops
  11. salt – 1tsp

for Ganache icing-

  1. Chocolate – 300gms
  2. Whipping cream – 300ml
  3. Butter -2 tbs (optional)

Method:

1.  For the cake, Mix all the dry ingredients and sift it in a large bowl.

2. Mix all the wet ingredients using a whisk.

3. Combine the dry and wet ingredients together and bake it in a preheated oven for 35min at 160C.

4. Once it is done allow the cake to cool down.

5. For Ganache Icing, Boil the cream in a medium heat for 5-10mins, before it starts bubbling up…and switch the heat off.

6. Scrap the Chocolate into tiny pieces and put it directly in hot cream.

7. Allow this mixture to rest for a while and mix it altogether.

8. Let this mixture sit in the kitchen top overnight or until it becomes to spreadable consistency.

9. Decorate the cake with the icing. I used some Buttercream icing as well for the decoration…

The Ganache icing is easy to handle for decorations and yummy too….Enjoy  making it at your kitchen!

 
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