Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Velvet Cupcakes

I spotted this recipe in a magazine a while back and was mesmerized by the colour of the cake and wanted to try it out sometime. And Madhu wanted to try her hands on baking, so this looked like a perfect recipe to try.

Also baked goodies is associated with a certain guilt , this has beetroot juice in it, sounded like a healthy twist. :)

To our slight disappointment, the colour didn't turn out quite like the magazine pictures, but it tasted awesome and velvety, so decided to share it here. Its a definite must-try for moms, because it makes a great snack for little ones.

So here is the list of ingredients:
  • 125 grams  Unsalted Butter
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup castor sugar
  • 1 1/3 cup plain flour
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp fresh beet juice (thick concentrate)
  • 2 tbsp strawberry jam
  • A pinch of salt.

1.Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius
2.Sieve together the flour, baking powder, baking soda,salt and keep it aside.
3.In a seperate bowl, beat egg whites until they foam up.
4.With an electric beater, mix butter, sugar and vanilla extract until light and fluffy.
5. Add the beet juice and beat well. Mix in the Strawberry jam.
6.Add the sieved dry ingredients and butter milk in small batches, alternating.
7.Fold in the beaten egg whites.
8. Pour in to cupcake moulds and bake for 20 to 25 mins.

The original recipe had just baking soda as a rising agent. But the cakes flattened out a bit. So substituting it with combination of baking powder and baking soda .

Divya Nair.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Back to Blogging

 It's been more than 4 years since I last posted here. Moving from USA to INDIA and settling down in my new home, life got busy and blogging took a back seat. As much as I cooked,  I missed clicking and blogging.  I lost interest in blogging when I lost couple cameras within a short span of time. Now getting  back to the thing I like the most, cooking and sharing recipes.
Camera ready to roll

       This time it's going to be more fun cooking and clicking.  My friend Divya Nair will be joining me in my kitchen. She is a baker and also a very good  photographer. So together we will be baking more, cooking new recipes, explore authentic recipes from Karnataka, Kerala and many other states and countries.
       Since I am  learning to bake, my first post with my new guest on this blog will be of our baking adventure.