Deepavali or Diwali is next week and I normally do not prepare any savouries and sweets for the festival, unlike the tradition back home. This year however, seeing the preparations of fellow bloggers, I was motivated to prepare some at home. Sunday morning, I baked Nippattu from Red Chillies and she says baked nippattu are very popular in Bangalore bakeries.
This is Ina Garten’s cake. I saw it couple of days ago on food network and wanted to try it. The reason I liked the recipe is that it doesn’t call for butter and uses only vegetable oil. I know oil is fat too but I rather use oil to butter! I have not come across a cake of Ina or Paula Dean that is not load with loads and tons of fat. Since this recipe has no butter, I wanted to try it and baked it yesterday. I thought the cake was ok but U & his cousin liked it. If U likes it then it is not as bad as it tasted to me…
Source: Ina Garten of Food Network Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes Preparation: 5-10 minutes Baking Time: 1 hour Yields: 1 loaf
Phew… this time it took me 3 tries to get it right. This month, the Sweet & Simple Bake is Rosie’s Vanilla Cup Cake. I usually don’t have any problem with the sweet & simple bakes recipes, but this time it was an all different story. All three times, the cup cakes tasted greet.. the only problem was getting the perfect shape. Culprit for my disasters, or should I say not so perfect cup cakes (in shape) is my muffin pan. I have a 6 hole pan and this recipe yields 12 cup cakes. So, I cleverly decided to use the 6 hole pan and my 12 hole mini muffin pan. I assumed 12 mini hole pan requires equal amount of cake mixture as the 6 hole pan. Oooh boy, wasI wrong.
The first time I baked the cup cakes, I forget to get the mini cup cake liners and I used the medium cup cake liners. That messed up every thing and also I over filled the batter/dough in the 6 hole pan. When the cakes came out of the oven, my cup cakes tin looked like pancake pan… 🙁 But the cakes were delicious. So, I decided to bake them again for perfect cupcakes, with correct cup liners for my mini cake pan.
Are these cupcakes or pancakes?
The second time, I was certain I would get perfect cakes. But no luck again. I again over filled my pans, both the 6 cup muffin pan and the mini muffin pan. Yet again, when I removed the pans from the oven, I had pancakes… 🙁 Then I realized that my assumption that 12 mini cupcakes would require same amount of dough as the 6 regular cupcakes was wrong. In fact, it requires less dough.
When I baked them again today, I used 2 ramekins and 2 small heart shaped pans also, and got the perfect shape. No more pancakes… 🙂 Altogether, I had 6 regular cupcakes, 12 mini cup cakes, 2 cups cakes in a ramekin and 2 heart shaped cakes.
The cakes were so good that I ate most of the cakes myself, even though the shapes were not so perfect (cup cakes first 2 bakes). I must have put on at least 2 lbs this month, eating so many cup cakes… 🙁 I did not have time to prepare the icing and decorate the cup cakes and hope Rosie would accept my entry. Rosie has the recipe for the cup cakes and the icing on Sweet & Simple Bakes. These cakes are moist, spongy and yum yum that one can’t stop eating them. Thanks Rosie for this recipe. Easy Chinese Shrimp Noodle SoupPlay Video
Update: I could not see those cupcakes without any decoration. So went ahead and decorated half of the cup cakes and the heart shaped cake. Can find the recipe for the icing here.
Love those cupcakes. Are they tempting? Those are as delicious as they look… I am finding it very difficult to resist eating them… 🙁 🙂
I followed the recipe on the packet of Toll House semi-sweet chocolate chip cookies. The recipe called for semi sweet chips but I used combination of semi sweet chocolate chips and white chocolate chips. I made ½ the recipe that was on the packet.