Once upon a brownie…. 

A long, long time back…. in what seems to be another lifetime, I used to make brownies for The Corner House, in Bangalore. Spurred on by my lovely friend (and main customer) Sagarika, to bake cakes and cookies, brownies and breads, I took my first steps towards setting up a small business. The first year,…

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…

Bloom

This one was for a little girl who turned 8 last week! This cake was so many firsts for me! First time doing a pink ombré buttercream frosting. First time I heard of Winx Club and Bloom– can you believe it! She even has a Facebook page. I started with 4 layers of pink and…

Dark Chocolate Cake

Five layers of chocolate cake, drenched in rum; sandwiched together with a berry buttercream; covered with a dark dark ganache. Crowned by luscious, brilliant raspberries! Enjoy! R

Perfumed Passionfruit Flan

Our Study Group on Women in Statecraft- In a Man’s World, came to an end last month. We had three presentations. Börte Üjin, and Kwa Geok Choo. Two strong women, wives of Genghis Khan and Mr. Lee Kwan Yew. And more importantly, companion, confidante and counsel to their man. Fittingly, our last presentation was on…

Orange and Chilli Cake

Yes, it’s Study Group Wednesday today. And I’ve been really lax in posting about all the remarkable women we are studying. What can I say, I’m like that only. I made this Dorie Greenspan cake, which I love, giving it a little twist at the very end! The cake is a yummy orange and olive…

Red Velvet Cake

This was a triple layered Red velvet cake with white chocolate cream cheese frosting, which I made for the 17 year old daughter of my friend. “No man is an island, Entire of itself”, wrote John Donne in 1624. A beautiful poem and one that I love! Are you wondering what John Donne and Red…

A little Ballerina

Move over George Clooney. There’s a new man in my life! Lischetti. Carlos Lischetti. He is super talented and a sugar artist to boot. And has a super talented twin brother who designs the most beautiful cakes that Carlos crafts into reality. Here is what I made for the lovely Miss Molly who turned 3…

Roasted Red Pepper and Pistachio Soup

My spice of choice is the chilli. Red or green, the spicier the better! When you think of chillies, they seem to be inextricably linked to the east- to India, to Thailand, to Sri Lanka. Where the food is as fiery as the temperature is high. So it came as a complete shock to me,…

Tinkerbelle and Pixie dust

Amaara’s mom wanted a fairy tale garden feel to her Birthday cake. She asked me to make a pale green cake covered with vines and trellises and an abundance of flowers. I had fun piping intricate scrolls on the top and sides of the cake. The cake was two pink and white marbled buttery layers,…

Jake and the Neverland Pirates

J.M. Barrie wrote Peter Pan in 1911. A much loved classic about the boy who wouldn’t grow up. Walt Disney who loved the story, wanted to make an eponymous movie on the story. His plan was that Peter Pan would be his second full length animated movie, after Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. After…