Baby shower – Carrot cake and button cookies

I have been happily busy since end of June with bbq, baby shower, meeting food blogger friends, friends from Finland and Austria….we have been enjoying Belgium summer with great chocolates and beers. I have never been a beer person, but there is something about Belgian beers, its slowly growing on me, especially the fruit and light ones!
Ok folks, until I keep enjoying with my 3rd batch of good friends who will landing this Saturday in Belgium. I will let you stroll thro’ the pictures from baby shower party, which I organised (Oh it was fantastic to play with blue and white). I loved playing with fondant again after a big failure from my first trial. I’m quite happy with the results this time, though I still need to work more on the fondants.     Those butterflies were made using the fondant print and I left them to dry between the chopstick to give it a feeling of flying. For some butterflies I used single colour fondant and some I mixed few colours. (Be a baby and play!) The menu for the evening was carrot cake with orange flavoured cream cheese frosting, vanilla cupcake with mascarpone frosting, button cookies, Indian home made biscuits and lemon pineapple punch.  Note, how to turn normal use and throw cups to pretty ones, wrap a fancy tape around the cup and top with some stickers, they were adorable…Also meet my old hobby crochet.
If you still on the sunny side of the world….happy summer and happy baking!

Simplicity! Green tea cake/pastries

The  first time I made the green tea cake was with butter cream frosting, though I enjoyed the cake, butter cream frosting was totally out of place, it didn’t gel well with the cake (wrt my taste). After that series of time I tried with fresh cream, simpler but a killer combo! Few weeks before while I was in Netherlands along with a friend, we binged on most delicious sushi, chicken wings and finished it off with a scoop of green tea ice and black sesame seed ice. Black sesame seed ice cream was interesting not something I long or look forward to eat again….but green tea ice cream I always long for. Since making ice cream wasn’t in agenda, I had to opt for green tea cake. Made them as sheets and layered them as little pastries along with fresh whipped cream. Everyone at the work place enjoyed it Tada!. Though this recipe was not intended for the blog purpose (no fancy pictures), I have to record them here since cake was super light and spongy! Happy baking!

Guest post for Sohini’s Cassia Bark – Dark Rosy Kisses

Rare are those recipes when an unexpected combination turns out surprising well. This dark rosy kisses is an outcome after spending hours in flea market and organic shop looting alluring brown tableware and some organic rose buds. After a series of imagination all I dreamt was the combination of brown and pink. Cherry on top was when my colleague gave me organic honey, creative instincts worked magic thus these dark rosy kisses were created.
The recipe is the combination of dark chocolate, honey, rosewater and dry rose buds. Honey gives these kisses a dense and moist feel. Rosewater in the desserts and sweets are more of an acquired taste for those tasting it for the first time; let me warn you since you might feel them like a scented dessert! Give it an elegant touch by serving the individual pieces on rose petals with a little ribbon tied, an eye appealing treat!

Ok! Now this post is my first guest post for Sohini’s blog Cassia Bark, dancing feet. I have known Sohini from our initial days of blogging; her sweet and encouraging comments drove me to her blog where I felt warmth through her words. Very soon we befriended each other through facebook and now no looking back. I’m a great admirer of her sugar art for cakes and cupcakes, different versions of beautiful princess cake and her eastern food makes me drool. Not forgetting to mention the pictures of her little adorable edible princess, which wants me to her a big bite, but I go aww! So people do hop over to Cassia Bark for interesting recipe and for the recipe of  dark rosy kisses!! 




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New Lessons – Peach Lemon Cake

Occasionally downcast days, breezy evenings, lots of jasmine flowers, endless amount of mangoes and tender coconuts, doesn’t my days sounds relaxing? It is such a pleasurable time in Coimbatore. I have just started my car driving lessons, traffic, clutch, break, gear and accelerator everything is new but still exciting. I wish there were automatic cars in India it would have been easy, but my master says its better to learn from manual car. Ladies who is already driving any interesting stories on driving lessons? Mine is yet to come as of now, i’m still working on gear and clutch.

This is totally a fruity cake topped with fresh mascarpone cream cheese, truly a winner. Girls in south India do we get mascarpone cream cheese here? or is there any alternatives, feedback please?  I’m back to business of cake baking, hopefully i will be regular here as well :))

Ingredients
Recipe adapted from here (Thank you Sue for the wonderful recipe)
100 ml Vegetable oil
3/4 cup Castor sugar
3 Eggs
1/2 tspn of Vanilla extract
3 tspn Lemon zest
2 tbspn Yogurt
1 Cup All purpose flour
1 tspn Baking powder
3 Peaches diced to small cubes
Procedure
Preheat the oven to 160 degree.
Butter, flour and line the bottoms of three 9cm round cake pan.
Combine flour and baking power, sifted.
In a separate bowl, beat sugar and egg yolk until creamy, next add in vegetable oil.
In another separate bowl beat in white egg to soft peaks.
To sugar, yolk and oil mixture add in lemon zest and yogurt.
Next very gently fold in  flour and egg whites alternatively to yolk mixture until well combined.
After well combined add in diced fruit to the cake batter.
Pour the cake batter to prepared cake pans and bake for about 20 – 25 mins till the toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Cool the cake to room temperature before creaming the cake.
Mascarpone Whipped Cream
250 gram Mascarpone cream cheese
300 ml Whipping cream
1tspn Vanilla extract
100 grams of sugar
Pulp of 2 Fresh Peaches
Few drops of peach food colour
Method
Combine sugar and cream and beat until single stiff peaks are formed. Very carefully whip the mascarpone cheese till they are smooth on low speed. Gently fold in mascarpone and fruit pulp into the cream till well smoothly combined.

Another method is combine cream cheese, whipping cream and  sugar beat on low till soft peaks are formed, be careful not to over beat them! 

Assembly

On a cake stand, first layer of the cake, spread good amount of cream cheese filling. Follow this for next two layers. Frost the last layer with remaining cream cheese filling and pipe cream as flowers uniformly. The cake is ready to serve!

Doll House – Zucchini chocolate cake

I finally started to go through my hard drive. These pictures are from summer 2010 (couldn’t skip though it is old) when I visited a friend’s baby girl’s first birthday party. A doll house was exclusively built for her, in their garden beside the lake. The doll house was extremely adorable, with little bed, dinning table, kitchen utensils, toys and chairs. Party was filled candies, chocolate, desserts and kids high on sugar. Those were the days when I was learning portraits, still learning, it is tough with kids, so it was a fun evening. The b’day girl was center of attraction, a social baby and she enjoyed her day completely. I had this cake at the party, I couldn’t come out without asking for the recipe simply because it was delicious, later I paid back her mum with party pictures. Today is writers block day for me, it took more than one hour to write this (in state of shock to see pic untouched from 2009). I tweaked this recipe to my own choice, but unfortunately didn’t note down the changes. So i’m giving you the original recipe, this makes a  large portion, coffee table at work saved me, feel free to half it or just go by this! Happy baking! 

                                       she wasn’t happy when so many were entering her territory

                                             She had great fun seeing what everyone gave her

Ingredients
(It is according to finnish conversion in a day or two will give the measurement in gram)
6 dl  wheat  flour
4 dl sugar
1.5 dl cocoa powder
2 dl oil
5 dl grated zucchini
2 teaspoons  baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons vanilla sugar
2 eggs
70 gram chopped walnuts
dash of cream

Preheat the oven to 175 C
Mix everything together, pour the mixture in a prepared large rectangular cake pan or any cake pan. Bake for 45 min till the knife inserted comes out clean. Could be served with whipped cream or vanilla sauce.