Thursday, September 10, 2009

Vanilla cake

Vanilla Cake with butter-pineapple icing:)
This is a simple cake for those who are new to cooking.
This was the fourth time i was trying to make a cake. The first 2 times the cake didn't rise at all.... Then i saw a cake recipe in Asian Food Channel(afc) which is the only interesting channel i have here in Singapore other than asianet..:( It was a pumpkin cake recipe. Also, I have the habbit of making my own changes in any recipe... But i didn't want to take a risk with my cake experiment for the 3rd time. So i sticked to the recipe fully. And the cake came out well. Then i understood the problem with my first 2 cakes was the blending and whisking of egg. But the taste of the cake became sour after 2 days...:( and i think it was because of the pumpkin..
Anyway i tried it again on a weekend so that i can get my husband's muscle power to do the whisking part..:)And this time,it came out well and we had our first successful cake for next 3-4 days.
According to my husband, his whisking did the magic :)
For Cake :
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2tbs oil
  • 2 eggs
  • A pinch of baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 tbs warm milk
  • 1tsp vanilla essence
For Icing:
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar/powdered sugar with 1 tbs corn flour
  • 1/2 cup butter(room temperature)
  • 2tbs pineapple jam

For cake:
  • Beat egg yolks and add powdered sugar little by little till the sugar dissolves and the mixture reaches a creamy consistency.
  • Sieve flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder thrice.
  • Add vanilla essence to the butter mixture and add flour mixture and milk alternativily making sure that no lumps are formed.
  • Whisk egg whites to form peaks and fold in the same to the rest.
  • Keep a buttered cake tin ready so that the batter can be poured into it as soon as we fold in the egg whites.
  • Heat a pressure cooker, and place any plate/ bowl in the cooker above which the cake tin can be placed.
  • Close the cooker lid and don't the weight on it.
  • Allow18-20 min for the cake to be fully cooked. and switch of the flame.
  • After reaching room temperature, the cake can be moved to other plate.
For Icing:

  • Beat butter and add powdered sugar mixture along with the jam till the sugar is fully dissolved.

  • When it reaches the icing consistency evenly apply it on the cake with knife/spatula.

Tip:It can decorated with shredded chocolate or chocolate sauce as above pic.

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