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Carrot Cake..A special celebration

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A big hello to all of you. Just in case you were wondering where have I vanished..here is something special to share with you. God has been really kind and has blessed us with a beautiful angel. My second daughter was born on June 9th, 2016. Our lives just got a lot happier, the big sister being the happiest of all. 🙂

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This carrot cake was made to celebrate her “1 month” completion and is therefore a very special one. Just in case you have never had a carrot cake before, let me warn you that it won’t taste like carrot. That’s the primary difference between baking with fruits and vegetables, A banana bread has an amazing flavor of the fruit but hide some zucchini in a bread and no one will ever know. Shredded carrots lend a beautiful color and texture to this cake and makes the cake very moist and delicious. A full serving of vegetables in a dessert..How awesome is that 🙂

 

So without wasting any more time, lets make this delicious carrot cake

Ingredients:

All purpose flour – 2 cups

Grated carrots – 2 1/2 cups

Eggs – 4

Sugar – 1 1/2 cups

Oil – 1 cup

Raisins – 1/2 cup

Baking powder – 1 1/2 tsp

Baking Soda – 1 tsp

Cinnamon powder – 1 1/2 tsp

Salt – 1/4 tsp

Vanilla Extract – 1 tsp

Cream Cheese Frosting:

Cream Cheese – 8 oz

Unsalted butter – 1/4 cup

Powdered Sugar – 2 cups

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and lighty grease a 9 inch cake pan. Finely grate the carrots and keep aside.
  2. Mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon powder.
  3. Using an electric or hand mixer, beat the eggs until frothy and then add in the sugar and beat till the batter is thick and creamy. Slowly add in the oil and vanilla extract and continue mixing.
  4. Add in the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until just combined. Fold in the carrots and raisins.
  5. Bake for about 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let it rest for about 10 minutes before removing the cake from the pan. You can enjoy the cake as is or frost it if you like.
  6. Use an electric or hand mixer and blend together the ingredients listed under cream cheese frosting until smooth and well combined.
  7. Spread the frosting as desired and sprinkle with chopped pecans. Enjoy.

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So that is how I made this carrot cake to celebrate my daughter’s one month in our lives.

You never really know how happy someone can make you..until they come along. 🙂

Thanks so much for stopping by. Do let me know if you try this cake.

Love,

Ritu. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Eggless Chocolate Pudding Cake

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A big hello to all of you. Today I am making a skinny (healthy) chocolate dessert. It has no butter, cream and just 2 tbsp. of oil. Its super easy to make and you will end up with a delicious cake topped with chocolate syrup, all in one bowl. That is why its called a pudding cake. You have to try it to believe it, a truly chocolate lover’s delight. 😛

Without wasting any time, lets make this yummy pudding cake. 🙂

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Recipe inspired from here.

Ingredients:

For the Cake:

All purpose flour – 1 cup

Sugar – 1/2 cup

Unsweetened Cocoa Powder – 1/4 cup

Milk – 1/2 cup

Oil – 2 tbsp

Baking powder – 2 tsp

Salt – 1/4 tsp

Vanilla Extract – 1 tsp

For the Chocolate Topping:

Water – 1 3/4 cups

Brown Sugar – 3/4 cup

Unsweetened Cocoa powder – 1/4 cup

Procedure:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F and lightly spray an 8 inch square dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a mixing bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, cocoa powder, sugar and salt. Add in the milk, oil and vanilla extract. Mix everything till well combined. Pour this mixture in your baking dish.
  3. Now to make the sauce, take a sauce pan and add the water, sugar and cocoa powder. Mix well to make sure there are no lumps. Bring to boil, stirring occasionally. Turn off the gas. Pour this sauce mixture over the cake batter. Don’t stir the mix after this.
  4. Bake this for 30 – 35 minutes till a toothpick inserted at the center of the oven comes out clean. Allow it to rest 30 minutes before serving.
  5. When the cake bakes, the liquid will settle at the bottom and form a thick sauce.
  6. To serve, cut a slice of the cake, pour the sauce on top and serve with some vanilla ice cream or whipped cream topping, if desired. Enjoy.

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So that is how I made this delicious chocolate pudding cake. Do let me know if you give this a try.

Thanks for stopping by.

Love,

Ritu. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Pineapple & Cherry Cake..A simple Vanilla Cake transformed

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Hello everyone. Winter in New England is not very kind. Several snow storms and bone chilling temperatures keep you trapped indoors, unless if you enjoy winter sports, which no one in our family does. Thank God for indoor playgrounds, malls and of course some wonderful friends. We get our share of entertainment in this otherwise not so interesting winters. But then again, I am thankful for the winters, cause if they weren’t any cold days, we really would have nothing to look forward to in the summer. 🙂

For today’s post I am sharing this beautiful pineapple and cherry cake I had made for a new year’s eve get-together. If you are looking for an eggless recipe to make this cake, here is my fresh fruit cake I made a while ago. The recipe below uses a simple vanilla cake and transforms it into a beautiful and delicious pineapple cake. The cake was moist and well liked by all.

Here is how I made it

Ingredients:

For the cake

All purpose flour – 1 1/2 cup

Sugar – 1 cup

butter or oil – 1/2 cup

baking powder – 1 1/2 tsp

salt – 1/4 tsp

eggs – 2 large

milk – 1/2 cup

vanilla extract – 1/2 tsp

For the frosting

Heavy Whipping cream – 2 cups (You can also use store bought already whipped cream)

Pineapple slices – 1, 20 oz., can

Cherry – canned, as needed

Strawberry or cherry jam – for filling, as needed

Sprinkles – for garnish, optional

Method:

  1. Lets bake the vanilla cake first because it needs to cool down completely before you start frosting it. Preheat your oven to 350 F.
  2. Sift the flour, salt and baking powder and keep aside.
  3. Cream together the butter and sugar and slowly add in the eggs, milk and vanilla extract. Make sure not to over mix.
  4. Gently fold in the dry ingredients and mix everything until just combined.
  5. Grease an 8 inch pan and dust it with flour or line with parchment paper. Pour in the cake mixture and gently tap it on the counter so that there are no air bubbles.
  6. Bake it for 30 – 35 minutes till a toothpick inserted in the center of the oven comes out clean.
  7. Now let this cake cool completely and we will start working on the frosting in the meanwhile.
  8. Take the chilled whipping cream and beat it for at least 3 – 5 minutes till it has doubled in volume. Be careful not to over mix or you will end up with butter. Stop when you see stiff peaks. Keep in the fridge to chill until ready to use. I have not added any sugar to the frosting so as to enjoy the natural sweetness of pineapple here.
  9. Once the cake has cooled down, we can start frosting it. Cut the cake into two layers (or three layers, if you like)
  10. Now spread some pineapple syrup from the can on the first layer. This is done to keep the cake moist and spread a layer of cherry jam and top with finely chopped pineapple slices.
  11. Cover this with the other cake layer, spread some pineapple syrup and cover the whole cake with whipped cream, making sure to smooth out the edges in the process. Now let the cake rest in the fridge for another 15 minutes.
  12. Finally, smooth out all the cream to ensure the cake is completely covered. Now decorate the cake with pineapple slices and cherry. Use your imagination and preference.
  13. Lastly, add some sprinkles. This is totally optional.
  14. Your beautiful cake is ready. Keep it in the fridge, until ready to serve.

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So that is how I made this beautiful cake and welcomed the new year.

I hope this year is just as beautiful and sweet for you, as the cake above. Thanks for sticking out with me.

Let me know if you try this out.

Love,

Ritu. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Fresh Fruit Eggless Vanilla Cake

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Hope everyone is doing great. We recently celebrated my husband’s birthday and I made this fresh fruit cake for him. This is one of his favorites kind of cakes and I really wanted to try making it myself after my first try at the frosted cake that I made for my daughter – the eggless black forest cake. It turned out pretty good in spite of no eggs. I have pretty much based it off my eggless chocolate cake recipe and you can hardly miss the eggs. It was soft and moist. And the fresh fruits added a lot of beauty and flavor. I will definitely be making this again. 🙂

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Here is how I made this..

Ingredients:

For the cake:

All purpose flour – 2 cups

Sugar – 1 cup

Baking Soda – 3/4 tsp

Baking Powder – 1 tsp

Milk – 1 cup

Butter or oil – 1/2 cup

Vanilla Extract – 1 tsp

Vinegar – 1.5 tsp

For the Frosting:

Heavy Whipping cream – 2 cups

Cut mixed fruit of your choice – for filling and decorating – I have used kiwi, strawberries, cherries and some pineapple.

Sugar syrup – 1/2 cup

Coarsely Chopped almonds – 1/2 cup

Method:

  1. Lets bake the vanilla cake first because it needs to cool down completely before you start frosting it. Preheat your oven to 350 F.
  2. Sift the flour, baking soda and baking powder and keep aside.
  3. Take the milk and add vinegar to it to form some butter milk. If you have butter milk available, you can just use that.
  4. Now in a mixing bowl cream together the butter and sugar and add in the vanilla extract. Finally mix in the milk and flour mix to the butter little at a time, making sure not to over mix.
  5. Grease an 8 inch round cake tin and bake this mixture in a preheated oven for 30 minutes, or till a toothpick or knife inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  6. Now let this cake cool completely and we will start working on the frosting in the meanwhile.
  7. Take the chilled whipping cream and beat it for at least 3 – 5 minutes till it has doubled in volume. Be careful not to over mix or you will end up with butter. Stop when you see stiff peaks. Keep in the fridge to chill until ready to use. I have not added any sugar to the frosting so as to enjoy the natural sweetness of fresh fruits here.
  8. Once the cake has cooled down, we can start frosting it. Cut the cake into two slices (or three layers, if you like)
  9. Now add some sugar syrup on the first layer. This is done to keep the cake moist and spread a layer of whipped cream and top with finely chopped fruits of your choice.
  10. Cover this with the other cake layer, spread some sugar syrup and cover the whole cake with whipped cream, making sure to smooth out the edges in the process. Now let the cake rest in the fridge for another 15 minutes.
  11. Finally, smooth out all the cream to ensure the cake is completely covered. Now decorate the cake with your choice of fresh fruits as you like. I have altered between a layer of kiwi and strawberry slices and also placed some cherries on the side and one in the center. Use your imagination and preference.
  12. Now take the coarsely chopped almonds and cover the sides of the cake. Add some sprinkles if you like.
  13. Your beautiful cake is ready. Keep it in the fridge, until ready to serve.

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So that was my second attempt to frost a cake. I will continue to improve and try some new ones in the process. I am so glad you have stopped by.

See you again soon.

Love,

Ritu.


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Eggless Black Forest Cake..First attempt at a frosted cake

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Hello everyone. Fall is finally here and we are enjoying the slight chill in the air and the beautiful colors around us. Its my favorite season of the year. It just makes saying goodbye to the summer so much easier. 🙂

As I mentioned in my last post, my daughter turned three a few days ago. Here is the cake I made for her birthday. She is very fond of cherries so I couldn’t think of a better one. Black Forest cake is one of my most favorite kind of cakes. I remember my dad always ordering this cake for my birthday and when I made this for my daughter’s birthday, it brought such warm memories. This is also my first attempt to make a frosted cake, so it is not so perfect but very special and hence deserve a post 🙂

Here is how I made it

Ingredients:

For the cake: All purpose flour – 1.5 cups

Cocoa powder – 1/2 cup

Sugar – 1 cup

Baking Soda – 3/4 tsp

Baking Powder – 3/4 tsp

Vanilla Extract – 1 tsp

Butter – 1/2 cup (You can use oil too)

Milk – 1 cup

Vinegar – 1.5 tsp

For the Frosting:

Heavy whipping cream – 2 cups

Powdered Sugar – 4 tbsp.

Canned Cherries – 1 cup

Chocolate shavings – 1/2 cup (peeled chocolate compound)

Sugar syrup – 1/2 cup

Method:

  1. Lets start with making the cake first. Its better to bake this cake a day ahead because it can be frosted only after it has been cooled down in fridge for a few hours. Preheat your oven to 350F.
  2. Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and baking powder and keep aside.
  3. Take the milk and add vinegar to it to form some butter milk. If you have butter milk available, you can just use that.
  4. Now in a mixing bowl cream together the butter and sugar and add in the vanilla extract.
  5. Finally mix in the milk and flour mix to the butter little at a time, making sure not to over mix.
  6. Grease an 8 inch round cake tin and bake this mixture in a preheated oven for 30 minutes, or till a toothpick or knife inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  7. Let this cake cool down completely and then put this in the fridge for a minimum of 5 hours, preferably overnight.
  8. We will work on the frosting now. Take the chilled whipping cream and beat it for at least 3 – 5 minutes till it has doubled in volume. Now add the powdered sugar and mix again for another 5 minutes till you see stiff peaks. Be careful not to over mix or you will end up with butter. Keep in the fridge to chill until ready to use.
  9. Now use a peeler and peel the chocolate compound to get chocolate shavings. I had used a grater here but peeler works best. Keep it refrigerated till you need it.
  10. Once the cake has cooled down, we can start frosting it. Cut the cake into two slices (or three layers, if you like)
  11. Now add some sugar syrup on the first layer. This is done to keep the cake moist and spread a layer of whipped cream and top with some chopped cherries. You can also spread some cherry pie filling or jam here if you like.
  12. Cover this with the other cake layer, spread some sugar syrup and cover the whole cake with some whipped cream, making sure to smooth out the edges in the process. Now let the cake rest in the fridge for another 15 minutes.
  13. Finally, smooth out all the cream to ensure the cake is completely covered. Now pipe some cream in a piping bag and make rosettes on top of the cake. Place a cherry on top of each rosette. I made one in the center too.
  14. Now use the chocolate shaving and cover the remaining portions of the cake, including the top and the sides.
  15. Your beautiful cake is ready. Keep it in the fridge, until ready to serve.
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So that is how I made this delicious cake. I am hoping to work on my frosting skills so will let you know how that turns out.
Do give this a try and let me know if you like it.
Thanks for stopping by.
Love,
Ritu. 🙂


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Dates and Walnut Cake..A vegan recipe

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Hello everyone. I am so glad you have stopped by. I had two very special reasons to celebrate. And I made this delicious dates and walnut cake for the occasion.

One, it was my parent’s marriage anniversary and I wanted to make something special for them. This anniversary is extra special as we celebrated it together after a very long time. Their USA trip is ending soon and I would be so sad when they leave, especially my toddler. Nothing like spending time with your grand parents. It makes me miss my childhood days. Sigh. 😦

Second, my Facebook page just reached 500 Likes. Yay. I am so overwhelmed with all the love I have received in these 5 months. Thanks to each one of you for sticking out with me. I really appreciate that. 🙂

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And now back to the cake. I came across this recipe at Tickling Plates. I was a little skeptical to try it out as it was made with water and had no eggs. I really haven’t had very good luck with eggless cakes so wasn’t very sure about this one. But the final result was amazing. The cake was so moist I couldn’t believe it had no eggs or butter. Thank you Radhika for such a fabulous recipe and I will surely make it again.

Here is my adaption of her recipe

Ingredients:

All purpose flour – 2 cups (Feel free to use whole wheat flour if you like)

Pitted Dates – 1 cup, chopped finely

Walnuts – 1 cup, coarsely chopped

Oil – 1/2 cup

Water – 2 cups

Sugar – 3/4 cup

Cinnamon Powder – 1.5 tsp

Salt – 1/4 tsp

Baking Powder – 1 tsp

Baking Soda – 2 tsp

Method:

  1. Take a medium sized pan and add in the sugar, chopped dates, salt, cinnamon powder, oil and water. Mix everything well and turn on the stove. Let it come to a boil and then lower the flame and let it cook for about 30 minutes. You are looking for a gel like consistency. 
  2. In the meanwhile, take the flour, baking soda and baking powder and sieve it at least twice. Keep aside.
  3. Once, the dates mixture has cooked well, keep it aside and let it cool completely before adding the dry ingredients. It is very important for this dates mixture to cool down before using further in the recipe. It would take about 2 hours.
  4. Once the mixture has cooled completely, add the sieved flour mixture to this liquid little at a time, making sure everything is well blended. I just used my whisk here. Now add in the chopped walnuts to the cake mix.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 F and grease your 9 inch baking tray and dust well with some flour.
  6. Pour in the cake mixture in your baking tray and bake for about 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  7. Since all ovens work differently, check around 35 minutes.
  8. Let the cake cool down before cutting it. It tastes even better the next day, if you have any left overs. 🙂

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So that is how I made this delightful and super delicious cake.

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Do give this a try and let me know if you like it.

See you again soon.

Love,

Ritu. 🙂