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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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Birthday cake at midnight….

23 Nov

Yesterday was a great day and We celebrated my Hubby’s B’day. Every year I would like to bake a different cake and suprise him with gifts at 12 in the midnight. This year I started baking bit late in the evening after he went to bed. It continued and was only ready little late in midnight. This was a different experience and even a little sound that comes out of kitchen will be noisy. So I did take care that, no one is disturbed in my cake making process. This time he did the cake cutting on his B’day evening.

He took a day off from his office and we went to test drive a car for our next renewal. The decision has not been arrived so far. Then, later we went to an Indian Restaurant. It was a fulfilling day for us. Riya wanted to wear a party dress to her KG for her dad’s B’day. She joinned us in the afternoon and grew curious to pull out one of the rose from cake.

The cake is a two layered cake with one layer is sponge cake and the other layer is Chocolate cake with a Fondant icing. Unusually this time I tried painting(with food colors) on the cake. It did work and would like to do it better next time.

Here is the recipe..

Sponge cake Ingredients:

1. Egg – 7 eggs
2. Corn starch – 1/2 cup
3. All Purpose flour – 1 cup
4. Powdered Sugar – 1 cup
5. Butter melted – 1/2 cup
6. vanilla essence – a little more than usual.
Sponge cake  Method:
1. Whisk Egg whites and Yellow in a separate bowl until frothy.
2. Now mix all the ingredients one by one gently.
3. Sift the flour and corn starch on the egg mixture slowly and mix it gently.
(The egg is the only raising agent. No Baking soda or Baking powder in this cake.)
4. Preheat the oven and bake it at 170 C for 30 minutes.
Chocolate cake Ingredients:
1. All purpose flour – 2 cups
2. Corn starch – 1 cup
3. Egg – 2
4. Cocoa – 1/2 cup
5. Warm Milk – 2 cups
6. Sugar – 2 cups
7. Butter – 1/2 cup
8. Sunflower oil – 1/2 cup
9. Baking soda – 1 1/2 tsp
Chocolate cake Method:
1. Whisk Butter and sugar first and then add eggs one be one and whisk it.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients one by one and bring it to a smooth batter consistency.
3. Preheat the oven and bake this mixture for 40 minutes at 160- 170 C.
Fondant icing and painting Ingredients
1. Marshmallows – 300gm
2. water – 3 Tbs
3. Sugar powdered – 500 gm
4. food colors – choose your favourite colours
Fondant icing and paintingMethod:
1. Add the marshamallows in a bowl and microwave high for 2 minutes by mixing it couple of times in between.
2. Now add the powdered sugar little at a time and mix it well.
3. Dust a little of sugar on the working area and knead this dough well by adding powdered sugar.
4. Now roll it with rolling pin in to thin layer of 2 mm thickness and spread it over the cake and cut the remaining if any.
5. Take a clean brush and dip the colors of your choice and paint your favourite design and enjoy the cake.

 
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