Courses: Baking

Light & Fluffy Japanese CheeseCake – Cotton Cheese Cake

Light & Fluffy Japanese CheeseCake - Cotton Cheese Cake

I have been making Japanese CheeseCake for about 4 years now.I am updating the recipe in this blog post.Read my older post here. Every year, this is the one and only cake my husband asks for during his birthday. He isn’t a chocolate eater, doesn’t fancy cakes and cookies but a Japanese Cheesecake is something he never wants to share with anyone.Every time I bake this, I get specific instructions not to offer it to anyone and not to tell the guests about it. Over the years,I have changed the recipe slightly – added a bit of Cream of tarter to help with the egg whites and doubled the quantity cause who doesn’t like tall cheesecakes!But otherwise it remains fairly unchanged. …

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Eggless Lemon Chia Seed Cake

Lemon Chia Seed Cake

This beautiful Yellow Lemon Chia Seed Cake is such a dream to have and as a bonus its an Eggless Vegetarian Recipe. A lot of you guys have asked me for Eggless Cakes and Dessert recipes and I have been working on developing some amazing foolproof recipes.If you haven’t yet tried my Eggless Mango Cake or Eggless Chocolate Cake then I swear you are missing something in life.These cakes are not consolation prizes cake as Eggless cakes tend to be.A lot of times eggless cakes can be dense and gummy but all the eggless cakes I have posted on this site have great crumb, texture and they  genuinely do not need any eggs in them. The beauty of learning and …

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Summertime Fresh Mango Cake- Eggless

Summertime Eggless Fresh Mango Cake - Basic Eggless Vegetarian Sponge with chunks of Fresh alphonso Mango pieces in it.

Eggless Fresh Mango Cake is the special dessert I made for baby V’s second monthly birthday though at that time I was more interested in taking the baby’s picture than of the cake.I have since made some adjustments and edits to the previous recipe and this recipe has been taste tested in the kitchen several times. At that time I topped the cake with whipped cream and mango chunks but I think it was an overkill.The cake really doesn’t need any adornment except maybe for a sprinkling of powdered sugar and a spoonful of fresh mangoes. I am not going to say this is celebrating the King of Mangoes because lately I have been celebrating Mangoes a lot!I have recently …

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Chocolate Babka – Rich sweet bread filled with dark chocolate

How to make Chocolate Babka

So lets break it up shall we first..What in the world is babka and How to make Chocolate Babka! Babka is a sweet rich bread traditionally made in Jewish households though not as loved as you would think(come on look at the picture!).That’s because the last century babka bread was dry and dairy free as opposed to the the modern day version which is a soft rich bread – cake which has the best of all worlds.It’s a love child of bread, croissant and cake, if three could produce a child that is.It’s probably best described as a sweet yeasted bread with a decadent filling. Today’s Babka has eggs, butter and milk giving it the richness a sweet bread deserves but …

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Moist Quinoa Chocolate Cake

Genius Quinoa Chocolate Cake

First,a set of disclaimers on this Quinoa Chocolate Cake. If you are expecting anything less than a perfect chocolate cake then let me disappoint you. If you are expecting a trade off ,gummy, weird Chocolate Cake,then again this recipe will disappoint you. If you are expecting anything other than a magical,chocolatey,fudgy,gooey cake then you are on the wrong post.Seriously! I have listed all these disclaimers because this Quinoa Chocolate Cake is not a trade off cake.It’s not something you are forced to eat in the name of chocolate cake because of all the allergies and diets you have adopted. Don’t make it cause you want something gluten free..make it cause you want something super Chocolatey and fudgy. The recipe is adapted very …

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Lime and Jasmine Tea Cake

Jasmine Tea Cake

What are your thoughts on Jasmine tea?and Jasmine Tea Cake? My first memory of Jasmine flowers is when I was probably 7 or 8..I remember long long time back..when my parents used to take us to India Gate for a picnic on our trusty Bajaj scooter..Typically in the evening..We kids used to frolic around the lush garden in front of the eternal fire of the gate, gorge on orange lollys,forcing our parents to buy gigantic balloons,surreptitiously dip our toes in the water fountains(when we thought no one was looking) and my parent used to sit contentedly,probably for the whole of 2 minutes, if we didn’t fall or fight or bicker..but that’s not the point…My father used to always buy Jasmine gajra …

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French Apple Cake

Proper French Apple Cake Recipe with Rum

“A party without Cake is just a meeting” said the famous Julia Child and this cake is made to be served at a party!And I mean party party..not a little girls tea party!Though this French Apple Cake would be great for that too I recon. What makes this apple cake so special is the healthy splash of Old Monk.I keep a bottle of old monk stashed away for such recipes.Before you get all judgemental on me,the alcohol evaporates when you bake it so you have nothing to worry about. In fact,I have never appreciated alcohol much and since we welcomed our baby, I haven’t had any except in the Christmas cakes and now this.There is an old worldly charm about adding …

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Healthy Whole Wheat Tea Cake

Healthy Whole Wheat Cake

I was looking for a basic 100% Whole Wheat and a 100% Jaggery Cake, a quintessential all rounder  healthy Healthy Whole Wheat Cake, which tastes great,which doesn’t feel heavy or lumpy and also which doesn’t have the characteristic raw whole wheat taste.I definately didn’t want a cake which I am forced to eat in the name of health.I would rather just eat a cucumber for that.I basically wanted a Utopian 100% whole wheat and 100% Jaggery Cake. Most whole wheat cakes I have had are weirdly sunken in the middle or are way too dry.If they are good they usually contain corn flour ,which I have nothing against,in fact this cake was supposed to contain it but I couldn’t find the …

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Healthy Oats and Raisin Cookies

Healthy Oatmeal and Raisin Cookies

This post is about my favourite mom cookies-Healthy Oatmeal and Raisin Cookies. Once you become a mom, cookies become essential to life…or at-least you now have a reason for baking so many of them.:D..As much work motherhood is ,it’s also a nice smoke screen for gorging on desserts and those extra love handles…As a rule of thumb..you can blame pregnancy for everything.(ah such perks!)   I stumbled upon this Healthy Oatmeal and Raisin Cookies  recipe when I was looking for ways to make some healthy cookies for the baby because I am extremely uncomfortable giving him Marie biscuits of the world.I like to know exactly what is going in that little cudly bear’s tummy.Healthy Instant Oats cookies with raisins was just the …

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Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Pots

Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Pots

What we all need is a constant supply of these super decadent Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Pots.Really!! There is a dearth of laughter in our lives..Most entertainment today hovers around suffering, almost all critically acclaimed movies are based on tragedies, most bestselling books are about death, newspapers are about little else than Rapes..Even children rhymes are about how 5 little ducks went out one day and only 4 little ducks came back or how Humpty Dumpty falls.The classic nursery rhyme -Ringa Ringa Roses is about the symptoms of a plague which killed thousands,if popular folklore is to be believed.So yes we might have spent our childhood going in circles singing about a plague which almost killed a whole generation of people …

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Dark Chocolate Mud Cake

Chocolate Mud Cake

This cake was one of the first cakes I ever baked and it holds a special cozy little place very close to my heart.I have made it on countless occasions, when I am feeling sad, when I am feeling extra happy, when I am celebrating a special day and also when I don’t have the time and patience for elaborate recipes but I want something AAAMmmazing! It’s my fall back recipe for balmy endless days when chocolate cravings clench your heart till you don’t eat something dark, decadent and melty.Yeah Those Days I know! It’s also the cake I made when my Son turned 1 month old.Which speaks volume in itself cause I didn’t have the time or brain space …

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Sugar Shortbread Cookies

Buttery Sugar Shortbread Cookies

Have you been hypnotised with those cookie being adorned with icing on Instagram? As if those cute little edible snowflakes cookies aren’t pretty enough they are buffed, painted and brushed with gold dust to make them look more an ornament than a cookie.I would never eat such pretty cookie!okay who am I kidding..I will definitely eat those pretty cookies. Seeing all those videos I ordered myself a bunch of cookie cutters last year and kept on adding to my stash till my husband discovered my secret cookie cutter hiding place and decreed that I cant buy speciality cutters any more.agghhh.Life is tough! So here I am with a zillion cookie cutters and a ban on buying any further and I …

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Healthy Banana Raisin Muffins

Healthy Banana Raisin Muffins

How I wish I could twist and turn the words and sound all funny like MrsFunnyBones.She is my all time favourite Indian writer.Her wit and sarcasm has no comparison in my literary world.Though I confess that my literary world isn’t that wide cause though I might have read quite a few books(in my time) they were mostly junk about some stupid Viking or a Rodeo.Maybe then I would have had better luck describing these Healthy Banana Raisin Muffins. How I wish I had held the hand(figuratively off course!) of Salman Rushdie instead of Johanna Lindsay,then I would have sounded way more witty on this blog then my current wordless state. Putting aside my lack of writing skills today I present to …

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Saffron Cardamom Milk Cake with White Chocolate Ganache

Saffron Cardamom Cake

I am overwhelmed with the kind comments and encouragements I have received for this Saffron Cardamom Cake on my Instagram account in a matter of few minutes.You guys are the best! If you have been following me ,then you know that I have been celebrating my son’s monthly milestones by baking a special cake, every month.I spend countless hours every month researching for the perfect recipe to make a special cake for him.(which he can’t really eat but you get the drift!) This month’s two shortlisted cakes were a Chocolate spice cake and an Indian fusion Saffron Cardamom Cake.Though I did make the chocolate spice cake for our Diwali party, i couldn’t click any pictures.It was very decadently dark ,rich ,chocolatey …

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Lemon Cranberry Pound Cake

Lemon Cranberry Pound Cake

I asked my husband to hide this Lemon Cranberry Pound Cake away from me! Usually I give away a lot of cake to neighbours ,friends and people working in and around the apartment.I did pack this one too in a nice box to give it away but I think subconsciously I didn’t want to part with it! The lemon and cranberry lends sour notes to this buttery pound cake.The texture is rich and crumbly at the same time. From experience this cake gets better with days.I made it on a Friday and on Monday(day 4) this cake was even better than when I first took it out of the oven. I have adapted the recipe of  Vanilla Pound Cake Recipe …

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Coconut Cake with Banana Curd

Coconut Jaggery Cake with Banana Curd

I made a Coconut Cake with Banana Curd for my baby’s 7 month milestone celebration! I have been getting a lot of pats on my back along with some oh my god she is so jobless to and astonished and awestruck comments from people on the monthly cakes I have been making for baby Vansh’s milestones. A fair disclaimer here-These cakes are more for me than him cause he can’t really eat them.(Hence the extra 10 pounds that I have gained over and above my pregnancy weight! )He is more of a smoke screen here..giving me a reason to bake so many cakes cause otherwise it’s just me and my husband and our birthdays come only once a year.:D So …

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Homemade No Knead Cinnamon Buns

Homemade Cinnamon Buns with Sugar Glaze

Don’t make these Homemade No Knead Cinnamon Buns..don’t ever make these especially when you have guests..cause you can’t give them to anyone..not your partner and not even your children..but if you do have to make them double the recipe and make one pan just for yourself and the rest for others…Cause these are that gooddddd…and addictive! They are so good that your rotten day would suddenly turn musical…your children who have been nagging or irritating you nonstop would suddenly look cute!Love would just suddenly germinate..almost instantly after eating these! Okay i am not exaggerating!This is based on pure experience.All of the above happened to me after eating these amazingly yummy treats! But there are a few things you have to …

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Hot Milk Cake with Saffron and Pistachios

Hot Milk Cake with saffron and Pistachios

Today I present to you the most beautiful & crumbly Cake with Saffron and Pistachios.This cake is an amalgamation of the Indian flavours with the classic butter cake.It reminds me of the badam milk I have had in old delhi which has very similar flavours – Saffron/Kesar, Almonds, Pistachios, Milk and Sugar. The other day one of my friends was explaining to a stranger the kind of food I cook and he was a little perplexed. How would you describe what I make and post on this blog?A little cake,a little curry and a little love?A little Indian,a little Italian and maybe some asian? I think the best way my blog can be described is my personal food expression.I post what I make …

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