Strawberry Vanilla Cake

                              Happy Valentine's Day


I had two cakes in my mind for baking on Valentine's Day - a Tiramisu Cake and a Strawberry Vanilla Cake. When I asked my Valentine, he preferred former. Unfortunately, I didnt have the mascarpone cheese. So decided to bake the latter....*smiles*...Afterall, it should be all red on Valentine rt??


Ingredients:
Recipe Adapted from: Parita's World and Spicy Tasty

For the Cake
All purpose flour - 225gms
Condensed milk - 400 gms (1 tin)
Vanilla essence - 1 tsp
White unsalted butter - 125 gms
Baking powder - 1 tsp
Baking Soda - 1 tsp
Plain Soda - 200 ml

For Decoration
Heavy Whipping Cream - 400ml
Icing sugar - 1/2 cup
Pure vanilla essence - 1 tbsp
Gelatin - 2 tsp
Cold water - 8 tsp

For Sugar Syrup
Water - 1/2 cup
Sugar - 4 tbsps
Strawberry essence - 1 tsp



Method:

Preparing the Cake
  • Preheat oven to 170 C.
  • Sieve the flour, baking podwer and baking soda together and keep aside.
  • Beat together the butter and condensed milk until light and fluffy for about 2-3 mins.
  • Now spoon by spoon, add the flour mixture to the butter mixture along with little soda water and beat well. The mixture should be of thick pouring consistency. Do not use the entire soda if not required.
  • Grease and flour baking pan. Pout the batter in the pan and bake for 30-45 mins or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  • Cool the cake completely. Run a knife along the pan and gently remove the cake from the tin. Let it set for atleast an hour before decorating.
Preparing the whipped cream
  • Whipping cream has to be chilled. Also chill the container and the whisker blade before whipping.
  • To prepare the gelatin liquid, add 2tsp of gelatin to a sauce pan along with 8 tsp of cold water to form a paste. Mix well over medium heat till gelatin is completely dissolved. Cool it. Do not refrigerate, then it will set.
  • Now pour the whipping cream and vanilla essence in the chilled container and start whipping the cream at low speed.
  • Slowly add the gelatin liquid and beat at medium speed. Add icing sugar and beat at high speed till stiff peaks are formed when you lift the blade. Refrigerate.
  • To prepare the sugar syrup, add 4 tbsps sugar in 1/2 cup water and heat over medium heat till the sugar dissolves completely. Once cooled, add the strawberry essence.
Decorating the Cake
  • Wrap the cake in a plastic sheet and freeze it for 4 mins. Cut it into 2-3 layers.
  • Cut the strawberries into small pieces.
  • Take the bottom layer of the cake and spread the sugar syrup on it. Then spread the whipped cream and place some cut strawberries on it.
  • Now place the next layer of the cake and repeat the process.
  • Spread the whipped cream all over the top and sides of the cake and even it out.
  • Refrigerate it for 1/2 an hour and let it set.
  • After 1/2 an hour, decorate the cake using your imagination.
  • Refrigerate and serve chilled.

 


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Tiramisu - An Italian Indulgence

This month is a month of disasters for me when it comes to baking...*sigh*......two burnt brownies (smoky oven,narrowly escaped from putting it on fire..phew!); a failed caramel custard (burned my fingers in the process).....Too much of wastes--waste of products, my time and my efforts!!!But you learn through your mistakes....rt??So, all these failures were a kind of lessons to me....*sigh*



Luckily I was able to prepare a Tiramisu without much fuss....*smiles*.......I had read about this dessert in many of the blogs I follow, but hadn't given it a try, eventhough the pictures were tempting. Then a few months back, I got to taste it, when dining in an Italian restaurant. It was soo delicious and creamilicious!!!




So presenting this sweet Italian dessert to all Tiramisu lovers (and to myself, as an encouragement for all the failures *winks*)....And ya, this is my 25th post.....So Enjoy!!!



Ingredients:
Recipe Source: Good Housekeeping

Hot Water - 2/3 cup
Brandy/Rum - 2 tbsps
Instant coffee powder - 2 tbsps
Sugar - 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp
Whipped cream - 1/4 cup
Mascarpone cheese - 225 gms (softened)
Milk - 1/4 cup
Vanilla essence - 1/2 tsp
Cocoa powder - 1 tbsp
Chocolate sponge cake - 1 x 400 gms

Method:
  • In a bowl, stir together hot water, brandy, coffee powder and 1 tbsp sugar until the sugar dissolves. {I used Rum}
  • In another bowl, with the mixer on medium speed, beat the cream until soft peaks form when the beater is lifted.
  • In another bowl, with the mixer on medium-high speed, beat the cheese and 1/4 cup sugar until fluffy ahout 4 minutes. Continue beating; add the milk and vanilla in a slow, steady stream. Beat until well mixed and fluffy, for about 2 mins.
  • With a spatula, gently fold the whipped cream into the cheese mixture.
  • Slice the cake in half horizontally and arrange in a dish, in a single layer. Pour half of the brandy mixture evenly over; let it stand until the liquid is absorbed.
  • Spread half the cheese mixture over the cake evenly. Top with the remaining cake. Brush the remaining brandy mix over the cake, allowing the liquid to be absorbed. Spread evenly the remaining cheese mixture.
  • Sift cocoa powder over the top. Cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for atleast 4 hrs or overnight. Serve chilled.


The Verdict: My kids didn't have their lunch and dinner for 2 days!!! As usual, me and JJ got a small piece of Tiramisu.....:-)