November 19, 2012

Mixed berry cake with whipped cream

It was Aswin's birthday last week and this time we made a mixed berry cake with whipped cream topping. Lil A is not so fond of cakes, but he does like to lick all the cream off the cake or cupcakes. So when he demanded a blue or green cream topping, I knew he was serious.

I chose a simple mixed berry cake from Smitten Kitchen and then tweaked it. Whole wheat flour to replace all purpose flour, no lemon zest and glaze either, instead sinful whipped cream that Lil A helped stir and decorate with. I also made fresh buttermilk with homemade yogurt and since I had no fresh berries, used couple of cups of frozen berried from a mixed berry bag.

The cake came out delicious and was enjoyed by friends who had dropped by to wish Aswin. And as you can see, it was Lil A who was so excited and even helped his dad blow out the candles. Tiny M on the other hand, was content in the arms of his parents, aaji and aunts and uncles.

It was a busy evening and I forgot to take a picture of the slice of the cake. I am sure to make this again and will take a picture then and update the blog.

Mixed berry cake

(adapted from Smitten Kitchen)
2 1/2 cups plus 2 tbspoon whole wheat pastry flour
2 tspoon baking powder
3/4 tspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter super soft
1 3/4 cups sugar (I used brown sugar)
3 eggs at room temperature
1 tspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 cups frozen mixed berries

Whipped Cream topping
3 cups heavy whipping cream
1 cup sugar
10-15 drops of green food color

Preheat your oven to 350°F. Generously grease cake pan with butter and sprinkle flour on top. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, sift the flour (leaving out the 2 tbspoons), with baking powder and salt. Now, in a separate bowl, cream together butter and sugar continuously for 5 minutes till it is fluffy and lighter in color. Then, add eggs one at a time. Then add the vanilla extract.

Now is the time to add the flour to the mix. Instead of adding it all together, add little bit at a time followed by buttermilk. Also be careful as the batter will be quite thick.  Add the frozen berried in a bowl and add the flour. It helps them from sinking to the bottom.

Once the batter is done, gently add the berries into the cake batter. The batter will be very thick and this will seem impossible without squishing the berries a little.

Bake for 45-50 minutes, rotating the cake half-way through. Check with a toothpick.

Now for the whipping cream, beat the sugar, heavy cream and color together till stiff peaks form. Add it smoothly over the cake and decorate it in any way.

Mixed berry cake
Cool till ready to serve. 

November 09, 2012

Our Diwali is brighter this year...

Birth announcement

with the addition of a new member - Manan. Unlike Lil A, Tiny M is loud. When we went to the pediatrician, she commented "he has to be heard over his brother, so he's already practicing." 

My MIL is here helping us as we all realign ourselves. As for this blog space, it's an important part of my life and I don't intend to neglect it completely. I will be posting as and when I get a chance.

Hope your Diwali is full of joy and happiness too. I very grateful for the love and good wishes that I get from my blogging friends readers. Thank you!


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