Happy Birthday Anishka!

How I love making these chocolate/candy loaded cakes! This cake was made for an adorable girl who loves pink. Four layers of moist vanilla cake with a sweet bakery style vanilla frosting with confetti quins, rainbow sprinkles and egg free cookie dough mixed it it. Then I poured a white chocolate glaze and covered it chocolate shards, cookie sticks, Oreos dipped in chocolate and lollipops!! I used one of Sweetapolita’s recipe for the cake and the decoration were inspired by the amazingly talented Whipped Cake Co! A nice crumb coat as it waits to be decorated! Rainbow jimmies and vanilla style frosting for the outside of the cake! Chocolate shards!Hope you had an awesome birthday Anishka! . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Black And White Angel Food Cake

Black and White Angel Food Cake- Recipe By Ina Garten I want to start the New Year with something sweet and what better than this black and white angel food cake. Made with egg whites and grated chocolate and topped with a rich chocolate ganache, it sure is a crowd pleaser. It’s so light and airy, the perfect dessert if you are making a heavy dinner. I had my close friend visit me from New York last week. I went all out with the dinner menu. I made minced chicken patties and turkey kebabs, home style chicken curry served with white basmati rice, Hyderabadi dal, dahi wadas, french beans vegetable and this cake for dessert. The perfect ending to a . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Chocolate Cupcakes With Chocolate Frosting

Chocolate Cupcakes With Chocolate Frosting – Recipe By Ina Garten and Frosting By Sweetapolita I hope all you’ll had a wonderful 4th of July. I have family visiting from New York and so the next couple of days are going to be super fun! Yay! I decided to make these cupcakes for my adorable niece who is crazy about all things chocolate and princesses. I just had to use these cupcake liners I had bought some time ago. I could just imagine the delight and joy she would feel on seeing them. As for the cupcakes, I went with a tried and tested recipe. Just love these cupcakes by Ina. I have made these cupcakes many times before. I love . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Raspberry Orange Trifle

Raspberry Orange Trifle– recipe by Ina Garten. Serves 6 to 8. I have such wonderful memories of this dessert. My mom would make a version of this for us kids using store- bought cake, custard from a box of Brown & Polson custard-mix, fresh fruits and fresh cream on top. Over the weekend, I made this terrific dessert for my family who were visiting us from New York – time to relive some very happy memories! INGREDIENTS: 1 orange pound cake, recipe follows 1 cup good raspberry jam 2 half-pints fresh raspberries orange cream, recipe follows 1 cup (1/2 pint) cold heavy cream 2 tablespoons sugar 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract Assembling the trifle: Cut the pound cake into 9 . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Orange Chocolate Chunk Cake

Orange Chocolate Chunk Cake -recipe by Ina Garten . Makes one 10-inch Bundt Cake. This is one of the first recipes I had posted on my blog. Unfortunately I lost the post because of my little knowledge about computers. I hit the forbidden red button while trying to update my blog and lost the entire theme and layout. I immediately called Maria, who is responsible for the layout of this blog. Maria who has a beautiful blog http://mommymelee.com/ fixed it for me within 24 hours. She was kind, professional and super quick in restoring the oringinal laylout of the blog. So I am re-posting this recipe because I didn’t do full justice to it the last time I posted it. . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Red Berry Trifle

Red Berry Trifle- Recipe by Ina Garten, taken from food network I made Berry Trifle for my daughter’s birthday last month. It was a very quiet affair celebrated with close friends. Since I had already made Ina’s raspberry orange trifle in the past (which is superb!), I decided to make red berry trifle instead. Trifle is an English dessert which consists of layers of cake, custard , fruit and topped with whipped cream. I remember my mom making this as a dessert for parties. She would buy the cake and make the custard from a “Brown and Polson” box and then layer it with fruit and fresh whipped cream. In the past I have layered the trifle in a big . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Strawberry Country Cake

Strawberry Country Cake- recipe by Ina Garten I baked this cake for our very close friend’s daughter’s birthday who’d just turned 7. She loves strawberries and had no idea I was making this for her. When she saw the cake, the delight and excitement in her eyes just made me feel on top of the world. It’s a super easy cake that will “wow” the youngest to the oldest guest. INGREDIENTS: 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature 2 cups sugar 4 extra-large eggs, at room temperature 3/4 cup sour cream, at room temperature 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 cup cornstarch 1/2 . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Pear Tatin

Pear Tatin- recipe by Ina Garten. Serves 6. I baked this cake for a friend’s wedding anniversary. It looks gorgeous and tastes amazing. I have baked it using plums, pears and apples. I can’t really say which one is my favorite because they all taste great! While baking this cake, you need to really keep an eye on the caramelisation of the sugar, it burns really quickly. Ingredients: 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus extra for greasing the dish 1 1/4 pears, peeled and slices into 12 pieces 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar, divided 2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature 1/3 cup sour cream 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 cup . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Lemon Yogurt Cake

Lemon yogurt cake…Makes 1 loaf, recipe by Ina Garten This cake was a big hit at my pre-schooler’s “Teacher Appreciation” week. Since it was such a hit, I baked it again for my book club meeting over tea. This time I served it with Ina’s blueberry sauce. Lemon cake is a refreshing anytime treat – satisfaction guaranteed! One note – whatever you do, do not skip the glaze! INGREDIENTS: 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt 1 1/3 cups sugar, divided 3 extra-large eggs 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest (2 lemons) 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice For the glaze . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Honey Vanilla Pound Cake

Honey Vanilla Pound Cake – recipe by Ina Garten. Makes one 8 inch loafI am always looking for reasons to bake. Bake to say thank you, as a hostess gift or party favors. I baked this cake for a friend who had invited us over for dinner. I made a little basket with this cake, Ina’s fresh raspberry sauce, fresh raspberries, raspberry zinger tea and honey. INGREDIENTS: 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at cool room temperature 1 1/4 cups sugar 4 extra-large eggs, at room temperature 2 tablespoons honey 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest 2 cups sifted cake flour 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon baking powder Method:Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease . . . CLICK TO READ MORE