Sunday, September 25, 2011

Zesty Passion Fruit and Blueberry Cake

This Cake got created coz I had all these fruits about to go bad in my house and wanted to use them and not throw them , I just hate throwing away food . Surprisingly , this cake turned out really great , the combination of flavours worked really well and thankfully I got a good recipe to post.The tartness of the passion fruit and orange juice works really well with the sweet blueberries plus the aroma of this cake is just too good ,  so here goes......


100 gms butter room temp
1 cup caster sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla essence
Zest and juice of 2 oranges
Zest of 1 lemon
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
Pulp of 1 passion fruit
1 cup of fresh or frozen blueberries


Cream the butter and sugar till pale and fluff
Add the eggs one at a time ,then the vanilla and beat it well.
Sift the flour and baking powder together and add it in the butter mixture alternating between the orange juice . Stir in the zests , passion fruit pulp and the blueberries .
Grease and line a loaf tin and bake in a preheated 180 c oven for 1 hr or till a toothpick inserted in the middle  comes out clean .
Cool on a wire rack and enjoy .

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Best Chocolate Cake Ever !!!

I have been so lazy since I had my vacation that I really needed to make something in chocolate to get me energized and what better thing to make than Nigella's Devil's Food Cake . I so LOVE Nigella , her recipes are so awesome , quick and delicious and also it always comes out just like it says . This is indeed Devil's cake coz this is so good that something this good is always bad for you . The cake is super moist and the frosting is to die for , you really have to try it to know . It's always better to make the frosting before the  cake coz the frosting takes time to set and also it does not set very hard but it is indeed the yummiest frosting that I have tasted  , it is light and not overly sweet , so here goes...........


for the frosting 

1/2 cup water
2 tbsp brown sugar
150 gms unsalted butter
11 oz chocolate chopped coarsely

for the cake 

1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup boiling water
165 gms unsalted butter room temp
3/4 cup caster sugar
1 and 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs


In a saucepan , add the all the ingredients for the frosting except the chocolate and melt on low heat .
Turn off the heat and add the chopped chocolate and stir it into a smooth mixture and set aside.
In a bowl mix the boiling water , cocoa powder and the brown sugar and set aside .
Cream the butter and the sugar till pale and fluffy .
Sift the dry ingredients together .
Add the vanilla in the creamed butter and sugar .
Add eggs one at a time alternating between the dry ingredients .
Add the cocoa mixture in the batter .
Grease and line two 8 inch sandwich tins and pour the batter in this .
Bake in a preheated 180 c oven for about 20 min or till a toothpick inserted comes out clean .
Sandwich the cooled cakes with frosting and spread the remaining frosting on the entire cake .
Enjoy to your heart's content .

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

I am back and have been tagged

Hello everyone , I am back from my very long vacation , had fun with all my family and friends and really enjoyed the monsoons back in Kerala , the weather was just lovely there . There is this game going on in the blogging world called the 7 links and I have been tagged by a wonderful friend and fellow blogger Elisabeth of the food and thrifts . I think everyone must know by now what it is , for those of you who haven't come across this I will fill you in on it . Basically there are 7 categories and we have to link our old posts to these categories and boy that was a tough one , I managed to find for all except one and I hope you guys like them so without further ado here goes..................


I love strawberries coz they are just the prettiest looking fruit , I love the taste and the smell of it , I love it so much that my perfume , cologne and shampoo have strawberries in them so I feel my Strawberries and Cream cake is the most beautiful , not did it look good ( atleast according to me ) but it tasted great too .Strawberries and Cream cake .


According to my views the veggie bake seems to get the most views but sadly there are no comments on it , and I would love to know what you guys think of it ( that is, if anyone has tried it ) , I would love to hear about how the recipe went for you guys out there .


Well , I don't have any such post , sadly I am not that famous to get a controversy ;) . I would love for some suggestions for this one .


Now here too , I don't know what post of mine has helped anyone but one soup of mine Creamy Zucchini Soup  really helped me relax after the harrowing experience I had ( if you want to know what it was please read the post ;) ) .


This has to be the pancakes post coz that was the first time I ever got more than 10 comments and that too for something simple as pancakes .


This has to be my Pita Pizzas coz I thought it was a quick and fun meal with all kinds of possiblities .


I love decorating cakes and do it for fun , so my friend's li'l girl wanted a handbag cake for her b'day , but I was actually terrified of doing it coz the part was big , there were lots of people at it , but they insisted that I do it and I couldn't say no . Though it took a lot of time and hard work , I was satisfied with it but my li'l client just LOVED it , the look on her face after seeing the cake was enough for me and also the cake was a big hit at her party . The pics are not that great coz by the time I finished decorating it , I was too tired to take pics .

I hope you guys like it and tell me what you think of it and one more thing I have to tag five more bloggers and let them know so here they are ....