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Monday, October 13, 2014

My Experiments with Cakes!

Being the Foodie that I am, I love cupcakes and cakes (who doesn't?). I used to search for the best cupcakes in and around the city to taste them. I was pretty surprised by how they were expensive than the normal cream cakes, but when it comes to food one shouldn't ask too many questions. This continued for a while and I found out that these treats weren't easy on my wallet. That was then I took a decision, that was to change my life!

Yes, I decided to give it up.

Wait, wait. I'll make it clear. I decided to give up on the habit of buying cupcakes and decided to bake them on my own :-) So I got an OTG and started experimenting with cupcakes and cakes, and boy I was surprised (shocked) at how well they turned out.

Since a lot of recipes online kept confusing me, I stuck to the one that my friend had shared long back, and which had come well in the microwave oven when I tried baking.

So here you go :-)

I always prefer writing down recipes in a language that I understand better, and with measurements I'm capable of understanding. (And when there is a nice colour pen around, why not write every little detail!)




So this was chocolate cupcake on Day 1, the vanilla cupcakes were pretty decent too.


And the week after, I tried the Vanilla Sponge cake. My mom loved it so you know how it must have been ;-)



This is the first batch of the cupcakes, from the back to back baking that I did on Sunday! Phew. 

(Not seen in picture, my folded hands, praying that the cupcakes would rise. God is great! )



Voila, here they are! Vanilla cupcakes :-), Want to taste? ;-)



So, I read about pioneer woman's frosting (Google Best Frosting ever Pioneer Woman) and decided to try. 

Should've been thicker, still working on that. 



And a small portion of my Experiments with Cakes on what was a truly wonderful Sunday! :-)



So, I'm going to be baking for a few friends and family, since they think this is awesome. And will slowly graduate to more varieties. I'm so excited already :-)


P.S. If you've come across any website that has amazing recipes (which you've tried), please do share it. Thanks :-)

P.P.S : Another item checked on my wishlist. It's about a new skill and I say Baking!

Cheers!



44 comments:

  1. Two observations Ashwini - 1) The cakes look awesome. 2) For someone in the IT industry, your handwriting is really good! After more than 7 yrs in this industry, my handwriting resembles that of a doctor (only I understand what I write) :P

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    1. Thanks Binu :-)

      And for the compliment about the handwriting, as you said it's not even close to what it was when I was at college, but thankfully trying to write more and make it legible :-)

      Thanks again :-)

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  2. I prefer cream cakes over cupcakes, that too without much sugar. The cupcakes sold in shop are too sugary, especially the chocolate cupcake. Recently, I tasted one of the best cakes from cakemall.in - try it.

    Destination Infinity

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  3. Very tempting, Ashwini! Being a foodie, I too have experimented .....:)

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    1. Thank you Sir :-). I think that it happens to all of us at a point, the more we love eating, the more we want to start experimenting as well. :-)

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  4. Well done Ashwini! I too started my cake making with cupcakes and then to bigger ones. Yours look really yummy :)

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    1. Thanks a lot Uma :-) Please feel free to share recipes :-)

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  5. WOW, you bake well. I will take eggless recipes from you.

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  6. Thanks Saru :-). I tried eggless cakes the first time and it came out pretty well too. Will definitely share them :-)

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  7. Those look so yummy! I am making cupcakes for friends this weekend, I hope they turn out as good as yours :-)

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    1. Thank you Raaji :-) Good luck. Do instagram those pics :-)

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  8. Awesome!!
    Love of food is always the first step in experiments, and then there is no stopping.
    I have made some lovely cakes without using eggs, and also without using any dairy products.
    You have hundreds of recipes in the net, and it is fun to try them out.

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    1. Thank you Rama. Yes, waiting to try the recipes one by one. The trick lies in choosing the right recipe though, coz not all that they claim to work, actually works!

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  9. wow they are so yum. so tempting to grab one.. happy baking..! :)

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  10. Really Ashwini your cakes are awesome,they look good enough to gobble down right now-from my monitor,but i will have to start baking once again if i am to eat home made ones.I left baking when my kids got married and moved away,but now baking soda is on top of my shopping list

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    1. Thanks a lot :-) This is by far the best compliment I'm reading :-)

      Oh yes, please start baking and share more recipes :-)

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  11. I am dying looking at those fabulous cupcakes. I only have microwave at the place I am put up currently. I miss oven!
    Btw try, HERSHEY'S PERFECTLY PERFECTLY CHOCOLATE CAKE.
    It cannot get better than that!!!!!!

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    1. Hey, there are a few recipes for Microwave cakes too. You wont get the brown top, thats the only difference and they're pretty decent too. I recently got an OTG. Before that it was always with the microwave.

      Thank you :-), Will definitely try them :-)

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  12. wait wait!!! where is the recipe?!! You know my old eyes can't read from that photo!! The cakes look amazing and how cool that you too follow the Pioneer Woman's recipe!!

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    1. Will post the recipe in another post. It's very simple :-)

      Thanks a lot, so happy reading your comment. And the Pioneer Woman is just awesome. Can't believe my first attempt at frosting was this good!

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  13. Been long since I last visited and boy, you are now a BB (Blogger baker!). Congratulations indeed and the cakes look delicious and lovely.

    Here's to more food and baking.

    Joy always,
    Susan

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    1. Hi Susan! Long time :-)

      Thanks a lot Susan. I owe you a cake when you come here next :-)

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  14. The pics look pretty good. I guess the taste is not far . Goodluck

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  15. Pics look good :-) Would you be kind enough to share those easy recipes with me?!?!?! I am new to baking - looking to try really simple recipes!

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    1. Definitely Divya. Will post the recipe. It's pretty simple :-) And even I'm new to all this and I'm enjoying so much :-)

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  16. They look lovely, ash!
    Yes, I wanna try :) Love cakes!
    Do share the recipe in another post!

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    1. Thanks a lot Anita :-) Will post the recipe :-)

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  17. The cakes look yum and picture perfect. Good job! Keep going.

    P.S. - I have the same pen and I love writing with that coz of the colour of the ink as you said it ;)

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    1. Thanks a lot Jyotsna :-)

      Haha, same here. I was tempted to write coz of that pen :-)

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  18. Those cakes look so yummy Ashwini. I bought some recipe books for baking and have been following them mostly for making cakes etc. And guess what, even I write my recipes in a diary just like you. :)

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    1. Oh. Good luck to you too. We should share recipes definitely :-)

      And thanks a lot. See we have one more recipe-writing habit in common :-)

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  19. they look yummy! I loveeee choco lava cakes, they are a class apart <3

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  20. Hey your cupcakes look amazing PLEASE do share the recipes you used for the vanilla and chocolate cupcakes. They have turned out simply perfect. Waiting for your mail/response. My mail id is shilpaagarg@gmail.com
    Thanks in advance, Ashwini :)

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    1. Thank you so much Shilpa :-)

      I will send you the recipe by today :-)

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