Spring is in air. The greenness, freshness, delicate fragrance, aren’t you enjoying the beautiful time of the year? Belgium is just warming up, with occasional showers which makes the green look greener. How are you all enjoying your spring? I’m quite occupied in learning dutch, redeeming the slumbered language part of my brain, believe me people it is one full job in hand, but it’s certainly fun (I say this to myself, as process of self encouragement)! In addition to language- the so called fun, craziness of life, cake is and will always be there on my priority list. This cake was one of those cakes that I dreamt all along the days until it took shape. The Forest theme cake was designed for a two year old little one, who’s name means forest. I have to admit creating every bits and pieces of this cake was an intensive fun. My creative thoughts ran really wild along with wild life modelling. It also brought my hidden childhood love for wildlife. Though I would be really scared in reality to take pictures of wild animals, I really wish I have the courage to do it. If not in real life there is always a fantasy world, so creating modelling of adorable wildlife made me a happy girl!
I know by now you guys are used to long absences now and then in this space. Nothing new this time, work trips one after the another, couple of deadlines three months ran in a jiffy. Just in a day I’m starting for my long holidays back home. My excitement level is building up, to feel the warmth, meet all my friends and eat day in and out …oh some bit of shopping as well 😉
This cake is from my Japanese friend’s sister who owns a patisserie shop in Japan. I fell in love with the simplicity of the cake, freshness from earl grey tea and moisture in the cake was just way too perfect. I remade this cake couple of time, but last time since it was a birthday celebration, I topped with honey mascarpone to make it more special…trust me it was total winner.
Ok folks, i’m off for another six weeks, this space will be inactive until then, but you enjoy your holidays/Christmas time!
My new found interest is to make fondant cakes. God it opens great doors, windows for creativity. I haven’t still mastered the technique. I’m a youtube learner, sometime spending long time jumping from one video to another…anyhow all I can is it is SO much fun. Moreover when it come for delivering the cakes, fondant cakes are more stable and gives a striking appearance.
Today, I have greatest respect for chefs in the restaurants. Managing different counters, sue chefs, maintaing food quality and moreover to satisfy the customer isn’t a cake walk. I learnt it from my experience in an evening. After heavy planning and analysing I zeroed to jal jeera, papad with tomato salsa for starters, tadka dhal with rice, naan with butter chicken, vegetable korma, tandoori chicken with mint dip and mango lassi as main course. For dessert we had carrot(gajar) halwa and semolina (shoji)halwa.
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!