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Bated Breath Birthday Surprise

I have been known as one of those species, that experiment.  My lab is none other than my kitchen! Yes, I am a Chef of sorts! I love taking risks and cooking something new. Coming from the Gujju background, everyone in my family is a foodie. Every celebration at my house thus has to have a good spread of sweets and snacks.  Add to it, my adventurous nature! I look forward to occasions to surprise my near and dear ones with a new dish. Not all the surprises are worth remembering though!

One such adventure however is fresh in my mind and will always be. How can I forget the bated breath with which I was waiting for it to come out nice, fluffy and aromatic?

It was my father in law’s birthday. This year I had made plans to surprise him with home made egg less cake. Off I went to a bake shop and gathered all the ingredients after referring to a cook book. I was excited! As I began following the steps, I soon realised that the fear factor has entered my brain ware like a creepy crawly! It was then the time to keep the cake mould in the OTG and wait!

The wait of 25 minutes seemed eternal! As if transfixed, I was standing right opposite OTG. Soon the aroma started wafting in the air. My thoughts by now had wandered into what if land. My breath was getting deeper and deeper, as if trying to shy away from the end results. As the OTG buzzed, signalling the end of baking, my thought train came to a screeching halt.

My legs started wobbling at the thought of reaching up to the other side. With bated breath and little shaky hands, I pulled the cake mould out. With a deep long breath, I pierced a skewer into the cake and pulled it out. 

Oh my my! It has come clean! I was on the moon now!

Decorating it, with chocolate frosting and some dry fruits was like a cake walk for me, courtesy the excitement that has resumed! Evening was far more than delectable, as my father in law could not stop appreciating and blessing me!

Sharing the recipe of the Chocolate cake with you all. This is the one that I have tweaked, based on my further experiments, and is tried and tested for sure!

Ingredients for chocolate Sponge Cake: 
·         1 cup condensed milk / milkmaid
·         ¾ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
·         1½ cup maida / plain flour / all purpose flour
·         3 tbsp cocoa powder
·         ¾ tsp baking soda
·         1 tsp baking powder
·         ¼ tsp salt
·         ¾ tsp vanilla extract
·         ¾ cup warm milk, add as required
For Chocolate Frosting:

·         ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
·         ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
·         2 cups powdered sugar / icing sugar
·         1 tsp vanilla extract
·         ¼ cup cold milk, add as required

Chocolate Cake Recipe:
In  a large mixing bowl take condensed milk and butter. Beat in one direction till the mixture turns smooth and fluffy. Sieve maida, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Fold them gently. Add vinegar, vanilla extract and warm milk. Mix gently to attain smooth dropping consistency. Transfer the cake batter to a cake mould. Bake the cake at 180 degree celsius for 25 minutes.( you can bake it in cooker too. That recipe some other day, some other post!!!) Cool down the cake completely. Once cooled, cut it in two equal halves horizontally.

Chocolate Frosting Recipe:
1.     In a large mixing bowl take butter and beat it.
2.     Add cocoa powder, powdered sugar, vanilla extract add cold milk.
3.     Beat till the mixture turns smooth and spreadable.
Decorating Chocolate Cake Recipe:
Spread the generous amount of prepared chocolate frosting on top of the lower half of the cake. Then place another half on top of it. Spread the frosting on its top and all along the side. Decorate it with dry fruits or fresh fruits or Gems or rainbow sprinkles.
Plate it in an attractive dish. Store in fridge till its cake cutting time!

-----By MocktailMommy Ruchi
 #writebravely  #writetribeproblogger

Linking this post to #FridayReflections by SanchVee and Corinne


  1. I know that feeling when you wait for the cake to be perfect . The anxiety that takes over you while you wait for it to bake. A great read.

    1. Looking back, I can not but smile at it now, Sudha. Thanks for visiting and sharing your experience.

  2. Congratulations on getting the cake right first time around!
    This was such a sweet post, I could feel your apprehension and later happiness at getting the cake right.
    Wish you had shared a pic of it though :)

    1. First attempt and then getting it right is absolutely a great achievement and a cherished memory too!
      As for the pic, I am sorry, I could not add it, courtesy my mobile. Its aging and had corrupted many old files. Thankfully the aroma and the memory lingers on in my mind.
      Thanks Mayuri for visiting and encouraging.

  3. I have never baked with condensed milk and vineagr; I guess they split up and create the rising up for the batter! I must try this out soonest - thanks for the share Ruchi! I loved how you described the first time excitment of baking a cake- I remmeber my time and I was 12-13 at that time!!!

    1. Shalini, you can use the flax seeds as a substitute to the eggs as well! Thanks for visiting and sharing your experience with us.

  4. Well, I've been looking for an eggless cake recipe as my bai always asks for one so I'll definitely give this a shot. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thats good.. and its the best compliment I can ever get! Let me know, once you make one!

  5. Wah! I can relate to the feeling of relief when it comes out clean and the way you expected. for me it just occurred once in blue moon, and I just lost the hopes now ;) Glad you got it perfect; I am surly going to try.

  6. I am sure Dipika, it will come out well! Just do it!
    Thanks for visiting and sharing your experience.

  7. Ah! Cake experiments and bated breaths are synonymous, for they can be a hit or a miss pretty easily! Glad that it came our perfect and thanks for the recipe, Ruchi ! :)

  8. Somehow I am postponing my experiments in baking, truly, for the fear of it. I could see myself in this post as you shed out your fear and baked the cake. I am glad you have posted the recipe here! Thanks a lot Ruchi!

  9. I love such experiments, and the end result gives plenty of happiness. Eggless cakes are really good. I have never tried baking with condensed milk. Thanks for sharing the recipe. :)

  10. Big lover of cakes here, yet I've never invented a recipe. Nice work! Will have to try this.

  11. Ah! Glad that your experiment turned out well.

  12. Ah! The joys of having a cake well done is something I know very well. This was a fun read.

  13. I behave in the same manner while baking cake at home. Its always a surprise to see my cake nicely made. Thanks for sharing the recipe too

  14. I know the excitement and tension brooding along with the cake. Even I am very frightened to open the oven door and frankly speaking most of times the end result is not good..hehe.
    Noted the recipe, shall try soon.

    MeenalSonal from AuraOfThoughts