Piping roses with whipped cream is an easy task. If you just know the technique behind it, you can create beautiful colourful cakes with whipped cream. This is one of the most requested designs and finally I decided to make it for a celebration. My YouTube channel crossed 10,000 subscribers today and this is for all of you who have encouraged me with your comments and likes throughout my journey.
Baking without oven is an interesting technique and it has been so popular in India. In fact my mom used to bake her cakes in a cast iron pan filled with sand which creates the required temperature inside needed for baking the cake. But after we got our first oven, we completely forgot about it. Once I started posting videos, I have had so many readers asking me to do recipes without oven. So I started baking with pressure cooker again. My first recipe Eggless Red Velvet Cake was a hit among viewers. So I made these soft and tender pav buns in pressure cooker for all those who love baking but don’t have access to oven.
After the two chocolate cupcakes in a row, here is a different one which is a favourite for most of the people I know. Red velvet is is my favourite too. Even though some are not very keen on the food colour used, I don’t mind tasting this once in a while. But still I need to try a recipe using beetroot for those who wants the all natural cupcake. These red velvet cupcakes are made with oil and so these can be decorated with cream frosting and can be refrigerated without loosing the moistness. And like most of the eggless cakes, this is a one bowl recipe. Mix everything in a bowl and bake.
Cookies and cream is a combination which has been tried widely in cakes and desserts. So I decided to make my version of the cupcakes. For the cupcake recipe I used my eggless chocolate cupcakes I posted earlier with little change for a more fluffier texture. I also made a video for the same. The batter has an oreo cookie stuffed inside before baking. And the cream has the oreo crumbs in it. And finally, an oreo cookie tops the whole cupcake.
When I did the white modelling chocolate video, I had too many requests from readers and viewers to show how to use it on cakes. Though modelling chocolate is a great alternative for fondant, it doesn’t work like fondant. The clay is very different in texture and needs some getting used to before using it for covering cakes. It cannot be draped on a cake as it is not as pliable as fondant. You need to wrap the cake instead of draping. Here is my attempt to show you how to do it.
This post discusses in detail how to frost a cake with Ganache Upside Down Method and also a video which shows you how to do it. When I tried my hands at fondant cakes, this method helped me create a great base cake with sharp edges, which in turn results in a neatly draped fondant cake.
Last time when I made a video on dark modelling chocolate, I had so many messages on FB and YouTube asking for the recipe of white modelling chocolate. But white modelling chocolate has been my nightmare since long. Whenever I try it, I get a stiff, crumbly chocolate whatever recipe I follow. I have tried so many recipes so far, in so many ratios and I don’t know why, I never succeeded. Most of the recipes suggest corn syrup but they also say that liquid glucose can be substituted. So I just blindly followed their recipes. So every time I end up with a crumbly candy clay, I add a few drops of water and knead it to bring it to dough consistency. But I know that is not the way modelling chocolate needs to be treated.
Ever since I started posting videos, one recipe request has been asked frequently. How to bake cake in pressure cooker? Every one who messaged me wanted to know the technique of baking without oven. During my childhood days, my mom used either a cast iron kadai or pressure cooker to bake our birthday cakes. And she used fine sand inside them which maintains the temperature inside. In ovens whatever temperature we heat them for, it remains constant over the whole baking period. That is what gives the perfect cake.
Battenberg cake also known as Domino cake, Neapolitan Roll or Church Window cake is made of two sponge cakes, one pink and one yellow, arranged so that it forms a 2*2 checker pattern. Usually apricot jam is used to stick the cakes and marzipan is used to cover the whole cake. The origin of this cake is England and it is said that it was named in honour of the marriage of Princess Victoria, grand daughter of Queen Victoria to Prince Louis of Battenberg. The cake is made with almonds and I have tried my hand at an eggless version earlier. You can read about it here.
Modelling chocolate / Candy clay has been in my to do list for long. Once I made candy clay and made some diyas for a cake and I loved the outcome. But it was too hard and I had to add some drops of water to it to make it soft. I even have it on blog but I was never convinced that it was the best recipe. I wanted one recipe which stayed soft and worked like fondant.