After the Break! Here is a Coconut Cake!

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Don’t know  why it took me so long to start updating my blog again…it gives me so much joy to learn how to make a new dish, TAKE PICTURES and finally post the recipe!  It is always a delight when your family and friends love what you made for them.

Baking is not my forte….I hate to measure and go by the book…….but of late everyone around me seems to be baking such lovely cakes and I was tempted to try my hand at baking. I am very lucky to have a friend who is expert at this and showed me how to prepare this, thanks Sharmila, you are the BEST and you know I will keep troubling you 🙂

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Coconut Cake 🙂

Here is how the recipe goes…

Ingredients: 

  • 225 gms all purpose flour
  • 2.25 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 225 gms butter softened (keep it out of the refrigerator an hour before you start preparing)
  • 225 gms sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1tsp Vanilla extract
  • 225 gms finely grated coconut(fresh or frozen)

Method :

Preheat the oven to 160 degrees or 325 F. Grease the tin then dust with flour.

Ideally we must sift the flour with the baking powder and salt, I just mixed them softly. Keep this aside.

Beat the butter and sugar until creamy and lightened in colour. Lightly beat the eggs with vanilla essence and then add to this mixture, a little at a time, beating well after each addition. Gently fold in the flour three batches and then fold in the coconut as well to distribute the coconut throughout the cake batter.

Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes or until the cake is light golden brown and a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

Enjoy the cake, it is delicious when it is fresh and warm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bake a Cake!

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Baking a cake is a pleasure….as the aroma spreads, you know you are making something sugary, soft……..that everyone will love… and love you for!

My Mom makes the most mouth-watering egg less cakes. Growing up, I and Bro, feasted on these cakes. And, we had somebody else who shared the joy with us…Cheeku our little pet. He’d the first one to fall for the aroma of the cake being baked and then he’d just sit in the kitchen….waiting for his share.

Some of my most treasured memories as a kid are dipping my fingers into the melted chocolate icing or the cake batter and tasting the smooth batter;  Not to forget, collecting the leftover batter on to a spoon and relishing it ;-).

Last week saw couple of Arnav’s best friends celebrating their birthdays and a friend of mine also celebrated his birthday his birthday cake was one of the best cakes I have seen and eaten.

Coming to Arnav, he just needed a reason to cut a cake….he turned exactly 6.5 years on 28 January! And this was a reason enough for me to bake a simple & quick cake for my little sweetheart….who waited patiently as I prepared it. I usually make an eggless cake this time tried with eggs and it turned out super! Sure it wasn’t as nice as Mom’s but everybody still wanted a slice!

Now, the recipe

Bake a Cake

Bake a Cake

Ingredients-

1 + 1/2 cup (170 g) all-purpose flour (Maida)

1 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (dutched/dark)

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 cup (220 g) sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla essence

3/4 cup milk

3/4 cup (170 g) melted butter

2 eggs

Method-

Preheat oven to 350 deg F (180 deg C). Grease a 9 inch (23 cm) cake tin with ghee/oil or melted butter. Sprinkle some flour on to this.

Now Mix flour, baking powder, sugar and vanilla essence in a bowl. Melt the butter at low heat and add to the dry ingredients. Also add milk and eggs.

Mix everything together until smooth, either by hand if you have the energy or by using an electric mixer at slow speed.

Transfer most of this to the baking tin. Leave a small part. Add the cocoa powder to it. Spread this over rest of the mixture in the baking tin in a pattern you desire. Now bake at 350 degrees until a wooden pick/or a cake knife inserted in center comes out clean, approximately 40 to 45 minutes.

Wait for the cake to cool for at least ten minutes, before you gently invert it on to another plate/container. The cake is very soft when it is hot…avoid excessive handling.

And now, slice the cake, serve it to everyone, get yourself a cup of tea and enjoy your creation ;-)!

Cake for Arnavi!

Cake for Arnavi!

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