July 03, 2007

HAPPY BIRTHDAY,V!!



Life has become so busy all of a sudden,instead of finding myself time to blog and read more blogs about food,read books and spend my time in a leisurely manner,I am now running out to finish my chores both at home and outside before the kid comes home from the nursery.Coupled with all that,the weather here has been very rainy here and pretty dampening.And so the days passed by until a little bird reminded me that it is hubby's birthday soon.And with that began one more errand of frantic shopping amid plans of what to make!

Finally I decided to make a cake and a very simple dinner.Then comes the kid into the kitchen and says,"Mom,its my birthday today.Can you make me a cake (pronounced "kaik",dutifully in UK accent,learnt at the nursery)please?"So I decided,OK,just a small cake.

Here are the pictures of the cake I made.This first one, a heart shaped one is for Little A,who wanted to cut a cake along with her dad.Her friend Neel helped her cut the cake.

This is a plain chocolate cake,made in two layers and sandwiched with chocolate buttercream.The stars have been piped using whipped heavy cream.They held up their shape beautifully.


This one is the cake I made for dear V.I really am blessed to have him by my side in this life.Apart from being so good to me in general and never complaining,
not once has he grudged when I wanted to buy the numerous cake pans--fancy,plain
et all, the icing sets,the weighing scales and the measuring cups and spoons (which ,however many I have,I am not satisfied)!Now that surely makes me a foodie if not anything else.OK,so back to the main person in this post(
V somehow always admires all the fancy things I do,like decorating cakes, and baking marble cakes and the like.Which is why he was very happy when I made him this:

This cake was made in a checkerboard cake pan set in 3 layers and frosted with chocolate buttercream.My first attempt at dipping the strawberries in white chocolate was not that bad afterall.

The recipe is a very simple one, and can be found online too.I used the recipe that came along with my checkerboard cake pan set.For the heart shaped cake,I used only half the recipe with the chocolate and baked it in two 7 inch heart shaped pans.

30 comments:

Mishmash ! said...

Both your cakes look great :)

Shn

bee said...

those are truly beautiful, vini. that checkerboard looks fantastic.

Padmaja said...

Amazing cakes and hope u all enjoy together

Padmaja said...

amazing cakesQQ
have a great time

sra said...

Lovely, lovely cakes both, Vini! I rarely bake, and when I do, I don't ice them. Happy Birthday to the birthday boy!

Suganya said...

Amazing cakes Vini. I wish you had given the recipes too. Checker board looks gr8!

Coffee said...

OH!!!!! Thats fantastic!!!! Its very neat work Vini. I am sure little K must have had a great time. :)

bhags said...

The cakes looks out of the world....Vini, you must have put huge amount of effort in them. Way to go.

Jyothsna said...

The cakes look great Vini!

Arundati Rao said...

the cakes are a true labour of love Vini and even if the husbands don't say it often enough....when the table is laid and the food served they are sending up thanks with a "thank god i'm with a foodie in this life"!!

Asha said...

Beautiful cake Vini!Great icing there girl.
I know what you mean.Blogging can be so addictive and time consuming!!::)

Cynthia said...

Vini, both of those cakes look fantastic. I particularly like the first one.

marriedtoadesi.com said...

Your cakes look amazing! You must be a professional.

Kanchana

DEEPA said...

You rock vini .....both the cakes are great and excellent one ...

Dilip said...

wow...what can I say...such a lovely cake...very nicly done ben...great work ben...thanks

Hema said...

Vini, The cakes are beautiful. I couldnt have guessed it was whipped cream on Ananya's cake, if you had not mentioned it. It has really held up well. I always wanted to try the checkerboard pattern. Did you cut them out with two circular rims or three? True labor of love...

USHA said...

Hi Vini,
Cakes looks very delicious....amazing....hope your hubby &kid would have enjoyed the cake alot.

Sharmi said...

those two cakes look so beautiful. how did you manage to do two. I loved the marble one. how is it done? is the checkerboard a special kind of pan for this? my belated wishes to ur hubby. so cute of you to bake a cake for the lil one.

swapna susarla said...

Wishes to V.The cakes are looking so beautiful.Tell us the truth..the heart shaped one is for V right...:-D

Vini K said...

Shn,Bee,Padmaja,Thank you all.We did enjoy the day:)

Sra,thank you dear.Have conveyed the wishes to V.

Suganya,I will give the recipe in my next post dear.

Coffee,thanks dear.A was positively glad that mum made her the heart shaped cake:)

Bhags,thanks dear.Just trying to feed my passion:)

Jyothsna,thanks dear.

Arundati,thanks for the words dear.I agree with your wholeheartedly:)

Asha,thanks dear.And yes,blogging is too addictive.

Cynthia,thanks dear.

Kanchana,I am truly flattered by your comment dear:)

Deepa,thanks dear.Your words are encouragement for me:)

Dilip bhai,Thank you so much:)

Hema,I did use the checkerboard cake pan set which comes with the batter dividers.But if you donot have them,you can still make the cake by cutting out the circles using a shapr cutter or knife but you have to use some kind of jam like apricot jam to join the rings together.yes,the whipping cream did hold beautifully.Thanks dear.

Usha,thank you so much dear.weThey both enjoyed the day.

Sharmi,the chekerboard cake was made using a checkerboard cake pan set which comes with dividers.In my next post I am going to post the recipe for the cake as well as a picture of the checkerboard cake pan set.

Swapna,hee hee..but really the checkerboard one was the one for V because I slaved over it for longer than I did on the heart cake..wish I could have agreed with you but...:D

Poonam said...

Beautiful cakes....Really....I need to take some baking lessons from you!!

Sia said...

i feel like a small kkid whenever i look at ur divine cakes vini. liked tht checkerboard cake. so u get special tin to make these. see, i am so naive when it comes to baking:) gd to know A enjoyed her special heart shaped cake:)

Swapna said...

Beautiful decorations on both the cakes.

Viji said...

Hi vini,
Wowww such a beautiful decoration!!!Very tempting too :-) Thanks for visitng my blog and leaving ur guess vini..I have posted the dish with recipe:-)

Dumela said...

Hi Vini, wow I just looove the checkerboard design, didnt know you get a special pan for that... waiting for the next post on the recipe and the pan... the heart shaped one was also really nice...

Vcuisine said...

They are beautiful Vini. I am sure they would have enjoyed this much. Viji

sunita said...

The cakes look delicious...wishes for the hubby...hugs to little A...

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Vini K said...

Thank you everyone!:)

workhard said...

That is nice decorations, very well done,

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Konkani Foodie said...

That cake looks delicious!! Thanks for posting the recipe!!