As you all know that cake is synonymous with celebrations. So on my daughter’s birthday I thought, what better way to celebrate it than with a simple home baked cake. I chose a heart shaped pan to emphasize the fact that I am baking this cake from my heart!
The cake turned out so good that I wanted to decorate it but knowing that my daughter's dislike for icing, I refrained from doing it. So I thought of writing her name on it by piping it. I do not own an icing bag besides this was my first attempt at piping.
I prepared the icing cone from a food grade sandwich bag by folding it into a cone and then filled it with the icing mixture that I prepared. The first few letters came out fairly well and then the bag split due to the pressure that I applied on it. I had a tough time cleaning the mess and completing the remainder of the letters. Somehow I managed to complete what I wanted to convey though the result was not very refined.
Finally the look on my daughter’s face when she saw the cake (with her name on it) was all that mattered!!
Fresh from the oven
Overturned cake after cooling it completely
My attempts at piping
200 gms(or half a tin)
Maida (all purpose flour)
Mixed (chopped) dry fruits & nuts
about ¼ cup
- Sift maida (flour), baking powder & baking soda together (twice) so that they are well combined. Keep aside.
- Lightly smear the baking tin with butter and dust it with flour and keep aside.
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees centigrade.
- Put all the cake ingredients (except mixed dry fruits& nuts) in a large bowl and beat well for about 10 minutes. An electric beater will do this job quickly.
- Now combine the mixed dry fruits & nuts into the batter.
- Pour the cake batter into the readied baking tin/pan and shake the pan a little to level the batter and bake at 200 degrees C for 10 mins.
- Then lower the heat to 150 degrees C and bake for another 15 mins.
- Allow it to cool for few minutes. Then turn it over.
- Let it cool thoroughly on a wire tray and then cut into desired slices or pieces.
- Decorate it with icing or just leave it plain.
Preparation time : 30 mins
Baking time : 25 mins
- Do not add the mixed dry fruits & nuts directly into the batter. Sprinkle a tsp of the flour (maida) over the dry fruits & nuts. Mix it thoroughly and then gently fold it into the batter. This will prevent the dry fruits from sinking to the bottom of the cake.
- For mixed dry fruits & nuts, I used dates, raisins, cashewnuts & walnuts.