New Beginning – Chocolate Cupcake with Raspberry Swiss Meringue Buttercream

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It’s not the beginning of a new chapter; this is the beginning of a new book! That is how I usually start my new year. Change is my daily bread; everyday has been filled with surprises. Though it’s challenging to start from point zero it so far has come with bags full of passion, excitement, profoundness and has also opened the window for much wider channels. Adding dash of salt and pepper I have enjoyed so far.

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Dream – Honey Lavender cupcake with cream cheese frosting

Dream is my favourite word in dictionary. Every planned recipes, considering the fact that my unplanned recipes for blogging purpose are very rare, I dream about the prop, background, colour combinations and many more ways to make it presentable. This lavender cupcake was outcome of my long dreaming days. Wish my understanding of lighting was better few years before these pictures would have turned out more alluring. It was challenge to use flowing white and purple chiffon materials as background, which were hanged from lamp post…totally a fun photo-shoot.   Similarly I never dreamt about the power of food blogging. The first person with whom I got connected outside work was Finla from Kitchen treasures. Even before my arrival, she checked about my arrival and all the practical help that I would be in need of. After my arrival we met in Brussels with few other food blogger. Sooner I landed at her home along with her wonderful family. Probably I was one of those few lucky people who got all the chance to eat her delicious food, and learn how to make macron from her, she is pro’ in making macron. We did some good shopping together for props and kitchen; totally it was wonderful feel at home weekend. Thanks to this world of food blogging that I get to meet most beautiful people in the world, soon we are heading to Paris to meet another food blogger friend Nisha from My Kitchen antics, doesn’t food blogging sound all wonderful?

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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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