Vegan Chocolate pudding

This is a simple 4 ingredient chocolate pudding recipe. Quick and easy to put together. Great to rustle up for a vegan friend or a dairy allergic child. A family member had gifted us a lovely dark chocolate with orange – my all time favourite combination. But the chocolate was a bit too bitter to…

Happiness is…….sharing what you love!

If I weren’t a baker, I’d be a teacher!  And being able to share and teach my love for desserts is what gives me joy. Being able to make lighter versions of comfort foods. Being able to make gelatine free versions of beloved desserts like panna cottas and chocolate mousses. And finally making eggless avatars…

An Ode to Butterscotch

Oh Butterscotch, where have you been all my life? All these years, I turned my nose up at your homespun appearance and simple charm,  preferring to court your blasé city-girl cousin, Caramel! Caramel, that brittle, bittersweet beauty. Hard hearted and unforgiving! Creating huge insecurity in me due to my inexperience with sugar thermometers and such…

Rainbow Cake

“Life is like a rainbow, You need both sun and rain to make its colour appear” It turns out that I’m not the only one in love with rainbows! Every child below 10, that’s celebrating its birthday, regardless whether girl or boy, loves rainbows or rainbow cakes. I’ve made several of these rainbow tie-dye cakes…

Yo Ho Ho, and a Bottle of Rum!

A brand new client, a carved 3-dimensional cake and non stop rain in Singapore! A three fold challenge! I started by baking two rectangular chocolate cakes, and cut and stacked them to give me the height I required. I sandwiched them with chocolate buttercream and covered the structure with buttercream. Mistake number one 🙂 Carved…

A Birthday Blast!

The birthday boy wanted a Volcano. I wanted to create the best, smoking, spewing, exploding Etna. I researched dry ice and its merits and drawbacks. How to beg, borrow or steal it! Or simply to buy it. How to store and handle it. How to get it to smoke, effectively! But it wasn’t to be!…

At the Stroke of Midnight!

This was a cake for 5 year old Anika. Anika had three requests- a pink cake, Cinderella and a “glass” slipper! This was a 61/2″, three layered chocolate cake with pink vanilla flavoured buttercream frosting. I decided to cover the sides with ruffles, and used a petal nozzle to make them. Cinderella started out with…

Theobroma- Food of the Gods

……And the food of mournful, moping, moms. The last week has been full of frenetic activity. The Dee (short for Diva) was leaving- for a short holiday in Europe before going back to school in the US. There were gifts to be bought, appointments made, cakes to be baked, clothes dry cleaned. And chocolate truffles….

Cupcake couture

Some of you may have been wondering- what happened to the cupcakes I’d promised to post about? Did I forget? Not at all! Here they are, in a new avatar. Not just as deep and darkly satisfying cupcakes, but also Jungle animals that you can make with your kids! Or nieces 😉 Seven lovely ladies…

Deep, Dark and Devilish Decadence

I have many recipes for chocolate cake, and each time I think I’ve found my ultimate one, a new cake comes along, and I absolutely have to try it. I just can’t pass it up! I read about Tish Boyle’s Deep Dark Chocolate Cupcakes, on several blogs and decided I’d try them out. I made…

A rose by any other name…..

Growing up in sleepy cantonment towns all over India, with no decent shows on TV and no Internet, (and no social life to speak of), libraries were my favourite hang out joints. Cookbooks were few and far between. And Martha Stewart and Nigella Lawson yet to make their names and fortunes. But my mom’s Anglo…