Chocolate Cake with a Sweet Surprise
Step1: Follow recipe1 to make the orange cake and using a star/heart cookie cutter cut it into star shapes.
(Tip: You can cut them heart-shaped to make a cake with hidden hearts and surprise your loved ones on this Valentine’s Day!).
Step2: Follow recipe2 to make the batter for the chocolate cake. Prepare a deep loaf pan or a bread pan and pour 1/5th of the chocolate batter first. Arrange the orange cake stars in a row, without any gaps in between. While the batter at the bottom helps to hold them in place, pour the rest of the batter to cover the stars entirely and spread the batter evenly. Bake at 170 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until done. Once completely cooled, dust with some icing sugar and garnish with candied orange slices.
Recipe1: Orange cake
|1 1/2cups all-purpose flour+3tbsp corn flour
|2tbsp zest of Malta oranges (wash and scrub the oranges well before grating to remove dirt
or any wax).
|1/2 tablespoon baking powder
|1/2 cup softened butter
|1/2 teaspoon baking soda
|Muffin cups – 12
|1/4 teaspoon salt
|2 large eggs
|1 cup+2tbsp sugar
|1/4 cup buttermilk
|1/4 cup fresh orange juice
In a large bowl, combine sugar, butter and orange zest. Beat this mixture until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition and occasionally scraping down sides of the bowl, until mixture is light and very fluffy.
Combine buttermilk and orange juice. While beating on low speed, add dry ingredient mixture in three parts, alternating with the liquid mixture.
Pour the batter into prepared pan And bake for 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes before inverting onto the wire rack to cool completely.
Recipe2: Easy one bowl chocolate cake
|1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
|3 large eggs
|3 cups all-purpose flour
|1 1/2 cups buttermilk
|3 cups sugar
|1 1/2 cups warm water
|1 tablespoon baking soda
|3/4 cup vegetable oil
|1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
|1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
|1 1/2 teaspoons salt
Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Grease the pan with butter and dust with cocoa powder.
Into a large bowl, sift cocoa, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. With the mixer on low, stir in eggs, warm water, buttermilk, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract until you just about have a smooth batter.
Pour the batter into prepared pan and bake for 35-40 minutes or until done.
Cool the pan on a wire rack for 20 minutes before inverting to cool completely on the wire rack.
For candied orange slices:
Wash well 2 Malta oranges and scrub to remove dirt and wax. Cut them into thin rounds and remove the seeds.
Add the orange slices to boiling water, boil for 5 minutes and drain. Repeat this process for 2-3 times to remove the bitterness from the peel.
Prepare sugar syrup by boiling together 1/2cup water and 1/2cup sugar. Add the orange slices, cover and cook on low flame first, then remove the lid and cook until the syrup is all reduced coating the orange slices well (Do not stir or move the contents around much to avoid crystallization of sugar). Once done, gently take the slices onto a wire rack and cool completely.
Recipes contributed by Gayathri V Datla of The Sweet Saga
Vanilla Muffins with Strawberry Reduction
Ingredients for Muffins
|All-purpose flour – 1.5 cups
|Cognac – 2 tsps
|Castor Sugar – 1 1/4th cup
|Eggs – 4 large
|Baking powder – 2 tsps
|Muffin cups – 12
|Refined Oil – 3/4th cup
Ingredients for Strawberry Reduction
|Strawberries fresh – 1 box
|Star anise – 1
|Brown Sugar – 3/4th cup
|Cinnamon powder – ½ tsp
|Cinnamon stick – 1 inch
|Port wine – 2 cups
Method to make the strawberry reduction
Heat up a pan. Add strawberries and sugar. Mix well. Add the port wine. Add the Cinnamon Stick. Add the star anise. Mix everything and let it cook. Gradually the wine will reduce and the strawberries will start shrinking. Once cooked well. Switch off the gas and sprinkle cinnamon powder. Mix well. Serve along with vanilla muffins
Recipe contributed by Manjusha Sinha of Bayleaf by Manjusha
|Wheat flour-500 gms
|Sesame seeds / til-1/2tbsp
|Ghee/oil for frying
Dissolve the jaggery in 1/2 lt water and boil it to make a syrup…Ek tar ka chasni
Allow the jaggery syrup to cool. In a big bowl take the flour. Add ghee and mix the flour with this ghee evenly. Now Add some sesame seeds Knead into a tight dough using jaggery syrup only Let it rest for 1 hour. Take a big portion of dough roll it. Cut mathri of the desired shape. Here I used a heart-shaped cookie cutter. Pierce them with a fork or else they will puff up while frying.
Deep fry the hearts carefully on medium heat. Do not overcrowd them in the kadhai
Recipe contributed by Deepali Bakshi of Deepali’s Kitchen
Born and brought up in a Punjabi household, Deepali is the youngest of the 3 siblings and was always pampered with an extra dollop of butter and a second serving of parantha. After quitting her formal corporate job, she ventured into the food industry as a home chef and cooks North Indian recipes which she loved while growing up.
Butter Garlic Prawns
|Green onions – 100 gms
|Salt- to tast e
|Butter -as per choice
|Pepper -to taste
|Vinegar – 1tsp
|Egg – 1
|Cornflour -2 tbsp
|Chopped garlic-2 tsp
|Soya sauce -2tsp
Clean and de-vein the prawns. Marinate prawns with salt, pepper, egg and cornflour for an hour. Then fry till 3/4 done.
Chatpatti Gosht Nallis
|Nalli mutton- 5pcs
|Ginger garlic paste – 2tsp
|Green elaichi – 3pcs
|Yoghurt -1cup around 200gms
|Cloves – 3- 4 pcs
|Red chilli powder – to taste
|Cinnamon -1 stick
|Salt – to taste
|Tejpatta – 1
|Black pepper powder – 1tsp
|Onions – 5-6
Recipe contributed by Shipra Mathur of Shipra’s Kitchen
If you love experimenting with recipes then this one is with a twist, a combination of roti and pizza
|Plain Wheat Dough -for chappatis
|Salt -to taste
|Shredded boiled chicken (optional)
|Pepper to taste
Roll the dough to make 2 round chapatis. Set aside For the filling: Heat oil in the pan and add chopped onions.Saute it till golden brown. Add salt and pepper to taste and add chopped tomatoes. Saute until soft. Add shredded chicken ( for non-veg) or finely chopped capsicum and saute until cooked. Now heat a pan and add one chappati. Add the filling and top it with grated mozzarella cheese. Now cover the filling with the second chappati. Cook on both the sides and add refined oil to cook it as a paratha till cooked Slice it into pieces with a pizza cutter or knife
Recipe contributed by Anshu Bhatia
Anshu is the Managing Editor at gurgaonmoms.com and she also loves to experiment with her culinary skills. Cooking for her is a stress-buster and she loves to prepare interesting and innovative recipes for her daughter.