Valentines’s Day Special Mini Cake : Feel The Love, Not The Guilt ! ❤️

Want to bake something sweet for your loved one on Valentine’s Day ?

Roses are red, chocolate is divine and hearts are pure romance, all the essentials to the perfect Valentine’s Day Mini Cake. These little gems are Devil’s food layers filled with raspberry cream and covered in glossy chocolate ganache. !!

3 cups granulated sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1 cups cocoa powder , sift if lumpy
1 teaspoon baking powder
2  teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup hot coffee
Raspberry Cream:
1 cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons raspberry preserves
Chocolate Ganache:
1/2 cup apricot jam, heated and strained if there are chunks of fruit
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons corn syrup
Bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped.
Blackberry :
2 cups frozen or fresh blackberries
3 tablespoons sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line two jelly roll pans with parchment. 

Combine the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl and whisk until combined, set aside. 

Whisk together, milk, oil and vanilla until well combined. Add the mixture to the dry ingredients and whisk until smooth.Slowly add the hot coffee to the batter and whisk until smooth, about 2 minutes. The batter will be quite runny.

Top the cream with another layer of cake. Cover the cake with plastic wrap and refrigerate while you make the ganache.

To make the ganache:
Heat the strained apricot preserves in a saucepan over medium-low heat until melted.Add the cream, milk and corn syrup and heat just to simmer. Remove from the heat.

Add all the chopped chocolate, swirl the pot to make sure the chocolate is completely covered by the cream.

Let sit for about 3 minutes and then gently whisk until smooth.

Pour about 1 cup of the hot ganache into a shallow dish and refrigerate for 10 minutes or until slightly firm, but still spreadable.

Leave the remainder of the ganache in the pot to keep it pourable.

With a small spatula, spread the refrigerated ganache over the sides of the cakes. The goal is to fill the gap between the layers of cake and make them smooth.

We want a smooth surface so that when you pour the ganache over the cakes you will not have any bumps.

To pour the ganache on the cakes:
Set the cakes on a cooling rack over a sheet pan lined with parchment. You want to do this to catch all of the dripping chocolate.Slowly pour the ganache over the cake, starting in the middle and working outward. Be sure to check all the sides as you go. There will be a lot pooled up on the parchment, but you can scrape that up and melt to use again.

If your ganache starts to get too thick, return the pot to the stove and heat on very low heat, just for a few seconds.

Allow the cakes to set at room temperature for about 20 minutes. If you need to refrigerate them, they will lose their shine.

Once you return them to room temperature the shine will come back. You can find edible roses at some grocery stores.

Cook the berries, sugar  in a saucepan over low heat at a simmer for about 5 minutes. Use an blender to puree the berries. Strain through fine mesh strainer.You are done ! Impress your Valentine with this Mini Cake ! 🙂

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A special message :
” Love is the memories we share ” 
♥♥ Happy ValentinesDay ♥♥
Happy Valentines day to all of you ! Stay Tuned for the next post 🙂
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Chocolate Truffles – Chocolate symbol of love & commitment 🍬 ( Chocolate Day )

Are you feeling in the mood for romance ? One of the nicest ways to show someone how much you care, and how special they are, is by taking the time to make them a thoughtful handmade gift. So why not show someone you love them by treating them to some of these stunning  Valentine’s Day treats ? From Strawberry Rose ,   Eggless Molten Choco Lava Cake , No Bake Strawberry Jelly Hearts Cheesecake to  Chocolate Truffles 🍬  , there’s something for every love-bug in our round-up of the loveliest, most romantic Valentine’s Day recipes! Continue reading “Chocolate Truffles – Chocolate symbol of love & commitment 🍬 ( Chocolate Day )”

Strawberry Rose – Rose Symbol of Love 🌹 (Rose Day Special )

What better way to express your love than with roses ? This year, Rose Day will fall on a Wednesday. On Rose Day, people give roses to their loved ones as a symbol of their love. While red roses are traditionally associated with romance.

However, did you know that even cooking with roses can be pretty romantic ? ❤ 🙂 Continue reading “Strawberry Rose – Rose Symbol of Love 🌹 (Rose Day Special )”

Rajasthani Interiors – Padhro Mhare Desh!!

Welcome to the “Land of Kings ” – Rajasthan.

 

Rajasthan is a true state of contrasts, and Rajasthan travel reflects that  !

Jaipur – ” The Pink City ”

Udaipur – The “City of Lakes” or “Venice of the East”

Jodhpur – ” The Blue City ”

Rajasthani culture & interiors are beyond a superficial level.

Ever felt excited on hearing about the maharajas and maharanis of Rajasthan ?. Dreamt about the palaces they lived in, the way they decorated their interiors and led a luxurious life ?. Bright and beautiful is what we can describe Rajasthani décor with !!

Rajasthani culture is famous not only for its tradition but also for its beautiful interior designs and printings on walls which depict the tales of the folks.  We of course cannot bring back those times for you but we can try to help you make your place a royal Rajasthani piece of art. Continue reading “Rajasthani Interiors – Padhro Mhare Desh!!”

Baked Carrot Fingure Fries 🍟

There is no need to sacrifice flavor for healthiness with these vitamin-packed, Healthy Baked Carrot Fingure Fries! These carrot fries are loaded with all the health benefits of carrots and all of the tastiness of fries – that’s a win-win in my book! 🙂 They are baked and not fried !  But they taste fried ! Guilt-free, and fried-free, fries that  taste like delicious sweet potato fries!  Hurray ! Continue reading “Baked Carrot Fingure Fries 🍟”

Makar Sankranti / Uttrayan – Kites to Bonfire the various flavours of Makar Sankranti all over India

The date 14th January, everyone eagerly waits for it. An auspicious occasion i.e. Makar Sankranti is celebrated on this day at various places of India with different names and significance but with high spirit. It’s an important festival of the Hindus. Continue reading “Makar Sankranti / Uttrayan – Kites to Bonfire the various flavours of Makar Sankranti all over India”

Paper Kites – Let’s Fly High 🎈

My girls are on watch for a windy day perfect for Uttaryan. Until then, we have some colourful paper kites decorating on windows .This is a super-easy, no mess crafts great for little ones and big kids as well ! Continue reading “Paper Kites – Let’s Fly High 🎈”

Festival Tags – Get Inspired this Uttrayan !

Let your creativity soar this Makar Sankranti OR Uttrayan with these perfect DIY Craft ! These kiting ideas are guaranteed to elicit peals of laughter and fun and are perfect ways for kids to experience the spirit of Sankranti. Save a trip to a fancy art store with this DIY craft, which will have you and your family making stunning kites from scratch.

Here’s a simple and fun paper kite Maker that is perfect as well as useful.

    Things Required: 
  1. Empty Cereal Box or any cardstock paper
  2. A Satin Ribbon
  3. Glue
  4. Marker pens                                                                                                               
  • Cut the cardstock into 2 identical kite shapes.
  • Cut the satin ribbon into a strip.
  • Place the ribbon between 2 diamond shapes and glue them all together.
  • Use a marker pen and draw any design you like.
  • Take a satin ribbon and tie it at the end
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    Festival tag is ready 🙂

     

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    Ready to use DIY Festival Tags

     

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Try out this different design bookmarker

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Til Chikki – ( Caramelized Seasame Seeds )

Til Papdi or caramelized sesame seeds is a sweet prepared in India for the winter festivals like Makar Sankranti, Pongal, Lohri etc. Variety of sesame seed sweets are made and exchanged in various parts of India during winters and especially for the festivals of Sankranti/Lohri.

The names of the festivals and the way they are celebrated differs throughout the country. Only practice common is to eat sesame seeds on the festival day. Sesame seeds are high in iron and calcium and also helps in lowering cholesterol levels. Roasting the sesame seeds lightly adds the crunch to til papdi.

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Bruschetta

Crostini, a classic combination of bread, olive oil and tomatoes which has been enjoyed for hundreds of years, is also called “bruschetta” around rome. Although unique to italy, similar toasts are eaten in greece, france and in particular spain. Good bruschetta relies on the quality of the olive oil and the amount of tomatoes used.Cubes of firm ripe red tomatoes marinated in olive oil, combined with fresh aromatic basil leaves topped on crispy bruschetta, are starters that can liven up any dinner party!

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