If you are a visual person like me and can gawk at food photos for hours, Himanshu's blog - The White Ramekins is one such stunning place! The colors, the props and the styling that he does are so beautiful. I simply adore his work and I am so glad he is sharing a cake with us. His Roasted Almonds Cake with Strawberries and Cream is such a perfect spring cake and the colors that he used for the backdrop are so vibrant! Thank you Himanshu for taking time to share this recipe out here.
I have been ogling at Sonali's Instagram feeds and her blog Sugar et al for a long time now. The color pop that she adds to those desserts is always so mouthwatering and vibrant! I am so glad she agreed to share one of her stunning treats of my blog. Friand is one of my favorite types of cake and this particular Chocolate Hazelnut Friands with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting looks gorgeous! I am definitely going to give this a try as soon as I get back home.
Layers of creamy chocolate with Oreo crust at the bottom and drizzle of chocolate ganache on top! This Easy Eggless Mousse Cake with Triple Chocolate is so taste and effortless to put together that I am sure you will make it over and over again.
Hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving! We had a blast yesterday at my cousin’s place. We went there in the afternoon and left pretty late at night. Those hours just flew by so quickly. We were either munching or drinking or dancing or laughing or doing all of that at the same time. I baked this fudge Spiced Poached Pear Chocolate Cake as my tiny contribution to the enormous feast. It was a fun party and a good break from all the workload of packing that we are busy with right now. Yeah, we are moving again. Not too…
Last weekend was one of those rare weekends when we spent both the days at home. We relaxed, cooked a lot and ate cake for breakfast in our pajamas. It was Arvind’s birthday on Sunday and this time, I got a little ambitious with the cake. I layered the cake, covered it with basil frosting and even made candied basil leaves to decorate on the cake. Although the flavor was really nice, the cake turned out a tad bit dry. And as for making the cake look pretty, I have a long way to get there!
There are a few ingredients which always pair effortlessly. When you put them together, the outcome will always be delicious. You just know it! Whenever I bake a cake, it never has frosting or layers. So, I always try to pick some winning flavor combinations. Chocolate with Raspberry, Banana with Nutella, Carrot with Cardamom, Honey with fresh Figs and this time, Honey with fresh Thyme! The subtle minty flavor of fresh thyme and perfume honey makes the cake smell absolutely divine. And just to make the honey thyme bundt cake extra flavorful, I added ghee (clarified butter).
Going for shopping with Avyan is not that cool anymore. He chooses walking around than sitting on his stroller. He grabs a basket and walks around like a grownup, pointing and asking me every now and then, if I need something. One of those ‘aww’ moments. It’s stays really cute until it reaches to the point where he takes something and won’t let it go. Or when he rips one banana from the stack, asks me to peel it, takes a bite and runs to tear another banana. Yep, no longer cute!
It’s been more than a year and half since I baked. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I have been missing it. Not that I would call myself a baker, but occasionally I just need to bake a cake! Ever since we moved back to India, we couldn’t really settle down in real sense and hence, buying an oven was last in our priority list. I sure did bake cake occasionally in microwave but we all know it’s not the same as oven baked. Last month, we just decided to go ahead and buy an oven. It’s…
This time of the year always takes me back to my days spent in Shillong, a tiny hill station in northeastern part of India. It was scenic, pollution free, pleasant and always much cooler than tropical India. That’s where I was born and spent a reasonable amount of time; learning, making mistakes and growing up. Even though I moved away after my graduation and my parents moved away after Dad retired, I still like to call Shillong as my hometown.
Did you guys have a great Easter? We didn't celebrate but certainly enjoyed spotting several cute little bunnies running around with a colorful egg basket in their tiny hands. There were some joyful cheers and lots of laughter. The sky was bright blue and beautiful spring air carried several families to the park. It was pretty clear that people were relishing the Easter weekend. And while you guys were busy boiling, painting, hiding and hunting eggs, I cracked a few and baked a cake!
Wish you all an extremely delightful 2013! I hope you get to smile more, love more and achieve more. Make the best of each day and live a little more! As I step in to a brand New Year, Sunshine and Smile steps in to its third year, celebrating its 2nd Birthday today with 220 posts including 197 recipes. That’s a lot of cooking in two years, my friend! Seriously, who knew surrendering life to a gastronomic journey could turn out to be so much fun and so exciting?
I always feel that after a vacation, I will be reluctant to enter the kitchen but it somehow turns out to be just the opposite. I only get more excited! It’s been a couple of days since we came back from our dream-came-true trip and I have loads to share with you. Hopefully, I will soon be done editing the gazillion photos that we captured. Yes, gazillion! What can I say, we visited Paris and Rome, and it was our first time to these beautiful places. We just couldn’t get enough of its beauty. I will share the travel post…