A birthday and a cake

Last week, I celebrated my birthday. The celebration were a little different. My 4-year old daughter told me, “Amma, I’m a little girl I can’t go to the shop and order a cake for you so instead you bake one at home and we’ll cut it together”. I melted at those words and baked a sponge cake. She wanted a birthday cake. I didn’t want to let her down. So while she napped, I did a little decoration. My birthday cake looked like this –

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This is what I did
I baked a basic sponge cake in a hexagonal cake tin.
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With help of a sharp knife, I cut the cake vertically into two.
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Using store bought vanilla icing I spread it on one slice. Then, closed it with the other half. Then, I spread the icing all over the cake liberally using the knife.
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Later, decorated it with the very colorful Gems.

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I had grated a bar chocolate and kept in the freezer for an hour. I used this to further decorate the cake.

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And that is how I got my birthday cake!!!
BTW, this is my first attempt at decoration. Hope to improve this skill with time 🙂

Basic Sponge Cake without eggs

I searched and searched for this recipe, here, there, everywhere and finally combined 3-4 blog posts to get me this recipe. I wanted a recipe which was eggless and did not use Milkmaid. This is a simple recipe. I have tried it time and again and turns out great every time.

Ingredients

1 cup or 200ml set curd ( I have used different brands like Amul, Nestle, Nilgiris, Nandini. All of them give the same result)

1/2 cup sugar ( I like my cake if its not too sweet, feel free to increase the quantity if you like it sweet)

1 and 1/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup oil

1 tsp vanilla essence

1 and 1/2 cup All purpose flour / Maida

Getting into action

Preheat the over at 180 degree Celsius. While the oven is doing its work, let’s do ours.

In a mixing bowl, pour the set curds. Whip it well to remove all the lumps. Once done, add sugar and whip is again.

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To this add the baking powder and baking soda. Set is aside for 5 mins.

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You will observe formation of bubbles.

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Now add the oil and vanilla essence. Mix it well. To this add and flour and mix it such that there are no lumps. Batter is ready. In a hurry I could not click pics of the batter, will upload it soon.

Grease a cake tin and pour the batter. Once your oven declares that its ready, push in the cake tin and bake it for 30 mins at 180 degree Celsius.

Please note – Each oven has its own baking time. 10 mins before the allocated time, check your cake if it is done.  You will know the cake is done when the knife/fork/skewer/toothprick  inserted, comes out clean. Even if there is time left, go ahead and take the cake out of the oven. Cool it on a rack.

Sit back and enjoy your slice of cake!!

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