Monday, 25 November 2013

Desi Pound cake a.k.a. Ghee cake

Going for vaccations to my mum's place was always fun.Coming back, we used to buy eatables for giving away to our neighbours and friends. These eatables would be the local speciality from there. One such Item always on the list was a Ghee Cake. Me and my brothers would love even the thought of taking the cake  home because when we take, it would be 3-4 cakes :)

The taste of the ghee cake always intrigued me. The amazing flavour of Ghee (Clarified Butter) and the subtle taste of milk powder mmmm. I am already drooling over the thought of it.

It is when I started baking cakes that I thought of trying to make this. Then began my search and I knew I will not find any cake that is made using Clarified Butter. I then found myself searching for cake that has got buttery taste to it with lots of butter and there my search ended with pound cake.

Pound cakes were earlier made with a pound of Butter, a pound of flour, a pound of sugar and a pound of eggs thus, derived its name.Gradually, the recipe evolved but the richness in the cake stayed the same.

Here I will share the recipe of a pound cake where in, I substituted the butter for  Ghee (Clarified Butter) with a few modifications in the ingredients. Hope you too will enjoy it. Do Leave your comments if you try out the recipe. It is a great encouragement to keep going.

so here we get started

The recipe gives you one 8" Cake. You can also use a loaf tin.


3 Large eggs
3/4 Cup of Sugar
1 Cup Ghee (Clarified butter)
3 tbsps Milk
1 1/2 Cups of sifted Cake Flour
1/4 Cup of good quality Milk Powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp of vanilla essence / extract


Preheat the oven to 180 deg C (350 deg F).

In a bowl sift all the dry ingredients with the help of a whisk , including the sugar. Mix these really well.

In another bowl, Whisk eggs, Milk and Vanilla essence/ extract.

To the bowl of the dry ingredients add in the Ghee and half of the egg mixture.Mix just until the ingredients are moistened. Increase the speed of the mixer and beat well for a minute. Gradually add the remaining of the egg mixture in two additions and beating well in between each addition.

Pour the batter into a greased 8" tin and pop it into the oven. Bake it for about 50 - 55 mins. To stop much browning on the top cover the tin with aluminium foil after 30 mins.

Transfer to a wire rack. Serve it with tea or just eat big bites of the cake like I do :)


Thursday, 21 November 2013

The India Depressed Cake shop

 I have been waiting to blog about this special event. This is very special for me too as it was the first time I was baking at this level. I mean for sale purpose.

It is something that was happening for the first time in India.The idea was baked in the UK by Emma Cakehead and has now become a global movement. It is a 1 day pop-up bake-shop that raises funds and spreads awarenesfor Mental Health issues.

The Depressed cake shop has been popping up in differents parts of the globe and the proceeds are for the local Emotional wellness centre.

The India Depressed Cake shop -2013 was a great initiative by team Lavonne, especially Joonie Tan,a pastry chef with Lavonne academy and patisserie. Great efforts by all the volunteer bakers gathered there. The event was so much fun with the baked goodies and people to support and encourage, Wow!!!

The menu at the event had it all Cakes, cupcakes, cookies, herb buns,cakepops, jams and yes Gluten free bakes too.

It was so nice to see products made with the theme in mind -Grey colour, it was an awareness for depression right? we had cookies in shape of pills , sad hearts with stitches, smiley and sad cup cakes, cherries popping out in a cup of smore, grey frosting and colurful inside cupcakes. It was amazing. All of these giving out a message that there is colour under the grey colour of depression. Just need to reach out.



 As the theme was grey, from the time I knew I will be a volunteer it was decided I will do an ombre cake and by the grace of the almighty ,The cake stole away everyones heart. My efforts paid off :)

I had not prepared anything from before  and I had to make Rainbow cupcakes, an Ombre Cake with four layers, savoury muffins and a Carrot cake and lots and lots of frosting to be made and just two days left with me. Phew  I just didn't know where to begin with!!!

Firstly I thought lets make something that I can do quick so I got started with Rainbow cupcakes. I baked 36 cuppies.

The ombre Cake,I had a hard time with getting the right shade :-/ I had to bake three cakes extra as the shades of those were almost similar. and one turned out to be super super soft :( here I will share a pic of the cake :(

The savoury muffins was the last minute preparation. but managed it somehow :) All in all a fun experience to share with all of u and a wonderful cause to be a part of :)

And putting all this together was not alone me. It was my husband , my baby brother and my son. Without their help this event would have been IMPOSSIBLE for me.

where my brother walked around endlessly with me  through the market carrying my son looking around for things I needed for the event,Awwwh I love you buddy :) There was my husband,who came home after a tiring day from office and I saw him sitting with me and packing the cupcakes. Love you sweetypie. And my son, he doesn't skip his favourite cartoon for anything, comes and tells me Maa I will help you.Love u Shona papa and My Mum, I was so nervous about being a participant in this, as well experienced very creative people are going to be a part of this how will my products be?what will i do. she was there for me You are gonna be the best your cake is gonna be the one !! were her words. Love you umma for your faith in me. I thank my Almighty for his blessings in the form of a lovely family. Alhumdulellah for everything you have given me My Almighty Lord.

Wth their support they make us feel we mean a lot for them.

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Chocolate chip Muffins

Want to make something in a jiffy??? yet want it very tasty and satisfies your sweet tooth ... the answer is Muffins.

The moist texture, the cinnamony aroma hmmmm wow that sounds so much like muffins add in lots of choco chips and what else do you need to accompany your cup of coffee or tea :)

Like I said it can be made very quick. It just requires two bowls and your Whisk, thats it from baking to your mouth in 30 mins, done :) well depends on the oven too how long it takes to bake , mine it takes 20 mins. 10 mins for preparation :)

Making muffins needs the basic ingrdients thats there in your kitchen. Oh there is no milk in the picture. But we have used milk in this recipe.

Here I have added white sugar as well as brown sugar. If you dont find Brown sugar then  you can just take same amount of white sugar. Brown sugar adds to the colour of the muffin.
 The method is you take wet ingredients in one bowl , Dry ingredients in other bowl and you just fold them till they combine. Remember not to over mix the batter.

Then comes the best part adding in the Choco chips. There is no specific quantity it depends on what you love to eat if u like more chocolate in your muffins add more. If less then add only lil :)


Making them is so much fun. yeah it is really fun. One tip that i would like to share is add a tbsp of dry ingrdient to choco chips before mixing them in the batter. This will not let the chips sink to the bottom of the muffin.So get rolling
Time for you to have fun making the Choco Chip Muffins.

This will give you 12 Muffins


1 1/2 Cup of Flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 of ground cinnamon
2/3 Cup Milk
1/2 Cup Melted butter
2 large eggs
1 tsp of Vanilla essence / extract
2 Tbsp yogurt/ sour cream
1/3 Cup white sugar
1/3 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Choco Chips


Preheat the oven to 190 deg C(375 deg F)
Sift together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in one bowl. Add Sugar to this and mix it well with a whisk. In Another bowl take melted butter, eggs, vanilla essence, Milk and whisk it very well. Now combine the wet ingredients to the dry bowl. Add the choco chips and fold in to combine. 
Pour the batter into greased muffin tray or muffin liners.You can also sprinkle some choco chips over. Put them in the oven and bake them for 18 - 20 mins or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.