Hidden Heart Cake | Valentine Kid Birthday | Baking in Wok

14 February yes, it’s Valentine Day. The Day of love but WE have one more special reason to celebrate. This day is more special for us because it is our son Reyansh’s 11th Birthday.  This Hidden Heart Cake is perfect for this occasion. This cake is made with whole wheat flour and it is soft, moist, filled with lots of love 🙂 and chocolate.

Yummm Cake

How to make this cake ?

Making of Heart Cake Batter: Start by making a chocolate curd cake batter and bake it in a loaf pan. Cool the cake completely and then use a cookie cutter to cut it into heart shapes.

Make vanilla cake batter. I used vanilla curd batter recipe. It makes the most delicious cake.

Assembling: Spoon some vanilla cake batter in the bottom, then place the heart and then cover the entire cake with remaining batter and bake.

Decorating and Serving: Drizzle some chocolate sauce with sprinkles and it’s done.

Three boys of my house

Hidden heart cakes, or surprise cakes, are a simple and creative way to add a fun twist to birthday cakes. This is also a unique and thoughtful gift for a friend or loved one. And the effect is much easier than you may think. This doubles as a craft for kids as well and really wows them :). With only a few tweaks and a couple of extra steps you will transform a loaf cake into an impressive and beautiful dessert that also serves as a perfect Valentine’s Day gift for any cake lover.

Wok Cake

I used curd as one of the wet ingredients in this recipe. Curd is an excellent replacement for the egg when used for baking. It adds a very nice softness to the baked good it is added too in eggless chocolate cakes and eggless vanilla cake. Instead of sour curd, you can also use plain curd, baking soda, and baking powder to make the cake spongy and fluffy.

Hidden Heart Cake

Chocolate Cake Recipe :

Ingredients :

Whole Wheat Flour – 1 & 1/2 cups

Greek yogurt – 1 cup

Brown sugar – 1/2 or 3/4 cup

Cocoa powder – 1/4 cup

Baking Soda – 1/2 tsp

Baking powder – 1 tsp

Refined Oil – 1/4 cup

A pinch of Himalayan pink salt

Method :

  1. Dry mixture: Shift whole wheat flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda. Mix salt and keep it aside.
  2. Wet mixture: In a grinder add brown sugar, curd, oil and mix until smooth.
  3. Mix dry mixture into wet mixture.
  4. Put prepared batter into a greased pan.
  5. Tab the pan on a countertop to release any large air bubbles.
  6. Put the pan into the preheated wok and bake it for 1 hour.
  7. When cake is done, allow to cool for 10 minutes. Remove bread from the pan and set them on a rack set over a tray or sheet pan.
  8. Allow cake to cool completely .
  9. Once cool, use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out chocolate sponge hearts. Keep it aside.

Vanilla Cake Recipe :

Ingredients :

Whole Wheat Flour – 1 & 1/2 cups

Greek yogurt – 1 cup

Sugar – 1/2 or 3/4 cup

Baking Soda – 1/2 tsp

Baking powder – 1 tsp

Refined Oil – 1/4 cup

A pinch of Himalayan pink salt

Method :

  1. Dry mixture: Shift whole wheat flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Mix salt and keep it aside.
  2. Wet mixture: In a grinder add sugar, curd, oil and mix until smooth.
  3. Mix dry mixture into wet mixture.
  4. Assembling : Transfer some of the cake batter into the baking pan, just enough to create a thin layer of batter at the bottom. Arrange the sponge hearts in a row along the middle of the baking pan. Pour/spoon the rest of the vanilla curd batter around and over the row of sponge hearts, smooth out the top,
  5. Tab the pan on a countertop to release any large air bubbles.
  6. Put the pan into the preheated wok and bake it for 1 hour.
  7. When cake is done, allow to cool for 10 minutes. Remove bread from the pan and set them on a rack set over a tray or sheet pan.
  8. Allow cake to cool completely before slicing.

For chocolate sauce – In a bowl add chocolate sprinkles (1/2 cup) with one piece of dark chocolate and milk (1/8 cup). Microwave high for 1 minute and its ready.

Valentine Kid Birthday
HOW TO BAKE THE CAKE IN KADAI (WOK)

In a heavy bottom, kadai add a cup of salt or sand. Place a steel stand in a wok. Cover and preheat the kadai on high heat for about 8 minutes. (Adding salt at the bottom ensures that the kadai doesn’t burn. Heavy bottom kadai acts as oven and ensures even cooking from all sides). I never used salt in my baking because I use a heavy bottom kadai (Prestige Brand) and I am baking for the past 2 years in the same kadai. It works perfectly fine. But, it depends on the brand, quality of the kadai.

After 8 minutes, lower the heat and put the baking tin in a kadai (wok). Cover a lid and bake bread for 60 minutes. After 60 minutes check the cake with a knife, if the mixture does not stick, it means the bread is done. If batter still sticks to the knife then again bread for another 10 minutes.

Tips:

  1. Baking time may vary.
  2. If cake batter looks dry, add 2- 4 tbsp of water or milk.
  3. If baking in Oven: Bake in the preheated oven at 180 deg Celsius or around 360 Fahrenheit for about 1 hour 30 minutes. The baking time may vary. So keep checking the cake after 40 to 45 minutes.

Heart Shape Goodies :

Easy homemade cake goodies covered in a sweet chocolate coating. The perfect bite-sized party treat or favor for any occasion.

Dip the end of the toothpick into the melted chocolate and push that same end into the heart shape sponge. The melted chocolate helps as “glue”. Coat sponge with chocolate sauce and top with sprinkles. Then keep them in a refrigerator for one hour.

Cake Goodies

Whole Wheat Banana Choco Cake | Healthy Tea Time Cake | Pressure Cooker Cake

Have some overripe bananas languishing in the fruit bowl? Put them to good use and bake this delicious and super moist tea time cake. The perfect cup of tea deserves the perfect partner and this Whole Wheat Banana Choco Cake is just perfect. Whole Wheat Banana Choco Cake is a delightful combination made with whole wheat flour, bananas, brown sugar, cocoa powder, sesame, and flax seeds gives perfect crunch.

Whole Wheat Banana Choco Cake

Ripe and overripe bananas are a superhero of whole-food, plant-based baking, keeping things moist while adding flavor and natural sweetness. Because the resistant starch changes to simple sugar when a banana ripens, bananas are easier to digest.  The higher glycemic index of ripe bananas shows that they are digested quickly. Bananas also have higher levels of antioxidants as they ripen.

Healthy Tea Time Cake

Chocolate and banana make one amazing combination. Wonderful on their own, these two ingredients can make their way into an abundance of amazing dishes and this Banana Choco Cake recipe is my favorite. You can make almost any sweet food using these two ingredients – pancakes, ice cream, breads and many more.

Sesame, Flax seeds & Chocolate Sprinkles

Whole Wheat Banana Choco Cake | Healthy Tea Time Cake

This moist healthy chocolate cake has no butter, but gets its super moist crumb from riped bananas. It’s also whole grain and lower in sugar than typical cake. That makes this perfect for breakfast or tea time. Banana lovers do try this cake ..

No Oven Cake

Ingredients :
Ripe Banana – 4 (small size)
Whole Wheat Flour – 1 & 1/2 cups
Brown sugar – 1/4 cup
Refined Oil – 1/4 cup
Cocoa powder – 1/8 cup
Baking powder – 1 tsp
Baking soda – 1/2 tsp
Vanilla extract – 1/2 tsp
Sesame and flax seeds (3 tbsp each) for toppings
A pinch of Himalayan pink salt

Healthy Chocolate Treat

Method :

  1. Dry Ingredients – Sieve whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa powder directly in the bowl.
  2. Add himalayan pink salt and mix all ingredients well.
  3. Wet Ingredients – In a mixer add bananas, brown sugar, oil, vanilla essence and grind it into a smooth paste.
  4. Now mix wet and dry ingredients well. Put the batter into a greased pan. Sprinkle topping over batter and with help of spatula press nuts gently.
  5. Tab the pan on a countertop to release any large air bubbles.
  6. Put the pan into the preheated pressure cooker and bake it for 1 hour.
  7. When the cake is done, allow to cool for 10 minutes. Remove the cake from the pan and set them on a rack set over a tray or sheet pan.
  8. Allow the cake to cool completely before slicing and enjoy.
Best Use of Ripe Banana

Tips:

  1. Adjust brown sugar according to your taste.
  2. Baking time may vary.
  3. If cake batter looks dry, add 2- 4 tbsp of milk.
  4. If baking in Oven: Bake in the preheated oven at 180 deg Celsius or around 360 Fahrenheit for about 1 hour. The baking time may vary. So keep checking the cake after 40 to 45 minutes.

Pressure Cooker Method:
Grease the baking tin with oil and dust it by sprinkling whole wheat flour over greased surface evenly. Pour the mixture into the greased baking tin.

Wholesome Cake

Important Notes:

  • Use the baking tin of 6 inches in diameter, so that it can easily get into the pressure cooker.
  • Use a 5-liter pressure cooker. It should be big enough to hold the baking pan.
  • Baking Tin should be made of Aluminium.
  • If baking tin comes into direct contact with the base of the pressure cooker, it can burn ( overbake ) the cake. So use pressure cooker container which has big holes in it or any aluminum small stand.
  • No gasket and whistle are needed. Remove them before baking.
  • Don’t add water to the pressure cooker.

How to Bake In A Pressure Cooker?

  1. Heat the pressure cooker on high heat for 2 minutes. Use sea salt or sand as a layer inside a cooker. Put a steel stand on a layer of salt or sand.
  2. Now put the cake tin containing the cake batter ( Do not put water inside the pressure cooker).
  3. Close the pressure cooker lid and do not put the whistle on the lid. Remove the gasket (rubber ring) from the lid.
  4. Lower the flame after 2 minutes. Let it bake for 50 -60 minutes on low flame. After 60 minutes check cake with a knife, if the mixture does not stick, it means the cake is done.
  5. If batter still sticks to knife then again bake for another 10 minutes. Do not open the lid immediately.
  6. Eggless Pressure Cooker Cake is ready.
Chocolate Sprinkles

Sunshine Cake | Happy Friendship Day | Sunshine Tea Time Treat | Custard Powder Cake | Eggless Custard Cake

Friendship Day is celebrated on the first Sunday of August in India and falls on August 2 this year, it is the day people come together with their friends to celebrate with each other. No matter how old or young we are, friends are what keep us going. They are always around to lighten the mood when tensions are high or as an emotional sounding board when we need to rant about our life’s misgivings. One can always count on one’s friends, no matter what. And the biggest privilege in life is being the same for someone else. I am lucky to have the best buddies in my life. Love you all.

Sunshine Cake

This year, amid the coronavirus pandemic, meeting your friends may not be possible – but the good news is that friendship does not depend on how often you meet. Friendship is being there for your friends, even if it is from a distance. What better way to express your emotional bond for your friends than by treating them to the warmest and comforting present of all – a nice self-made cake. The cake is often classified as ‘comfort food’, which means it gives a sense of comfort.

Happy Friendship Day

Summer Sunshine Tea Time Treat | Custard Powder Cake

A golden sunshine color, soft and spongy cake recipe made with custard powder. It is perfect served with a warm cup of tea or coffee. 

Sunshine Tea Time Treat

Custard powder is mainly used to make dessert recipe like fruit custard. Most common recipe is fruit custard which is made with milk to form a thick sauce to top with fruits. I also make custard rice kheer with custard powder and it tastes delicious. I usually use custard powder in my cake recipes to give a nice yellow color. Some cake recipes with custard powder – Malai custard cake, Pumpkin cake and I always use custard powder in my most favorite cake – Orange cake.

Custard powder

Custard powder not only adds good aroma in baking it also makes them more delicious, and it gives beautiful golden yellow color after baking. This custard powder cake have perfect golden color with perfect texture that melts into your mouth and its eggless, butterless too.

Eggless Custard Cake
Ingredients

Flour – 3/4 cup ( I used 50-50 Whole wheat flour and All purpose flour)
Vanilla flavored custard powder – 90 ml ( 1/4 cup + 1/8 cup )
Baking powder – 1/2 tsp + 1/8 tsp
White Sugar – 1/2 cup
Oil – 1/4 cup
Milk – 3/4 cup
Colorful sugar sprinkles – 1/4 cup ( I use sprinkles after baking)
A pinch of salt

Method :
  1. Dry ingredients : Sieve flour, baking powder and salt. Keep it aside.
  2. Wet ingredients : Now add sugar, oil, milk and custard powder in a grinder and make a smooth batter.
  3. Mix both dry and wet ingredients. Put prepared batter into a greased baking pan. Tab the cake pan on a countertop to release any large air bubbles.
  4. Put the cake pan into the preheated pressure cooker and bake it for 1 hour.
Custard Powder Cake

Tips:

  • Don’t over mix the prepared batter.
  • Don’t demould quickly allow it to cool down completely.
  • Baking time may vary.
  • If cake batter looks dry, add 2- 4 tbsp of milk.
  • If baking in Oven: Bake in the preheated oven at 180 deg Celsius or around 360 Fahrenheit for about 1 hour. The baking time may vary. So keep checking the cake after 40 to 45 minutes.

Pressure Cooker Method:

Grease the baking tin with oil and dust it by sprinkling whole wheat flour over greased surface evenly. Pour the mixture into the greased baking tin.

Important Notes:

  • Use the baking tin of 6 inches in diameter, so that it can easily get into the pressure cooker.
  • Use a 5-liter pressure cooker. It should be big enough to hold the baking pan.
  • Baking Tin should be made of Aluminium.
  • If baking tin comes into direct contact with the base of the pressure cooker, it can burn ( overbake ) the cake. So use a pressure cooker container which has big holes in it or any aluminum small stand.
  • No gasket and whistle are needed. Remove them before baking.
  • Don’t add water to the pressure cooker.
Pressure Cooker Cake

How to Bake In A Pressure Cooker?

  1. Heat the pressure cooker on high heat for 2 minutes. Use sea salt or sand as a layer inside a cooker. Put a steel stand on a layer of salt or sand.
  2. Now put the cake tin containing the cake batter ( Do not put water inside the pressure cooker).
  3. Close the pressure cooker lid and do not put the whistle on the lid. Remove the gasket (rubber ring) from the lid.
  4. Lower the flame after 2 minutes. Let it bake for 50 -60 minutes on low flame. After 60 minutes check the cake with a knife, if the mixture does not stick, it means the cake is done.
  5. If batter still sticks to knife then again bake for another 10 minutes. Do not open the lid immediately.
  6. Eggless Pressure Cooker Cake is ready.
Tea Time Cake


Eggless Cherry Orange Cake | Boiled Orange Cake | Baking With Whole Wheat Flour

Eggless Cherry Orange Cake is a moist and delicious fruit cake. It could also be called a Whole Orange Cake because the entire orange (peel, juice, and pulp) is used. It is perfect served with a warm cup of tea or coffee. In Orange cake generally, we use juice or zest of orange. But in this cake, I used “boiled orange”. Yes, boiled orange with peel, juice, and pulp. It will give you a perfect & full flavored orange cake.  Oranges Lovers do try this cake.

Eggless Cherry Orange Cake

Ingredients :

Flour – 1 cup

( I used 50:50, Whole Wheat Flour: Maida or All Purpose Flour )

Malta Orange – 1

Cherry (deseeded) – 1 cup

Powdered White Sugar – 1/2 cup

Cold milk – 1/2 cup

Refined Oil – 1/4 cup

Vanilla custard powder – 1 tbsp

Baking powder – 1/2 tsp

Baking Soda – 1/2 tsp

A pinch of salt

Boiled Orange Cake

Method:

  1. Boil whole orange (with skin) in a pressure cooker with 2 cups of water (cook in low flame till one whistle ) or in a saucepan put 2 cups of water and orange. Boil it for 60 minutes covered in low flame.
  2. After boiling allow orange to cool down completely. Then remove its pulp and remove pith from the skin.
  3. Wet mixture: In a grinder mix sugar, oil, cold milk, boiled orange (with the skin after removing pith) and grind into a smooth batter.
  4. Toss cherry with 1 tbsp of whole wheat flour and keep it aside.
  5. Dry mixture: Sieve flour, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla custard powder, salt. Add tossed cherry and keep it aside.
  6. Mix tossed cherries with dry and wet mixtures. Mix them well.
  7. Put prepared batter into a greased pan and tab the cake pan on a countertop to release any large air bubbles.
  8. Put the cake pan into the preheated pressure cooker and bake it for 1 hour 10 minutes.
Tea Time Cake

Tips:

  1. Use Malta Orange for the best result.
  2. Don’t reduce the quality of sugar otherwise, the cake will taste bitter.
  3. Baking time may vary.
  4. If baking in Oven: Bake in the preheated oven at 180 deg Celsius or around 360 Fahrenheit for about 1 hour 10 minutes. The baking time may vary. So keep checking the cake after 40 to 45 minutes.
Baking With Whole Wheat

Pressure Cooker Method:

Grease the baking tin with oil and dust it by sprinkling whole wheat flour over greased surface evenly. Pour the mixture into the greased baking tin.

Important Notes:

  • Use the baking tin of 6 inches in diameter, so that it can easily get into the pressure cooker.
  • Use a 5-liter pressure cooker. It should be big enough to hold the baking pan.
  • Baking Tin should be made of Aluminium.
  • If baking tin comes into direct contact with the base of the pressure cooker, it can burn ( overbake ) the cake. So use pressure cooker container which has big holes in it or any aluminum small stand.
  • No gasket and whistle are needed. Remove them before baking.
  • Don’t add water to the pressure cooker.
Pressure Cooker Cake

How to Bake In A Pressure Cooker?

  1. Heat the pressure cooker on high heat for 2 minutes. Use sea salt or sand as a layer inside a cooker. Put a steel stand on a layer of salt or sand.
  2. Now put the cake tin containing the cake batter ( Do not put water inside the pressure cooker).
  3. Close the pressure cooker lid and do not put the whistle on the lid. Remove the gasket (rubber ring) from the lid.
  4. Lower the flame after 2 minutes. Let it bake for 50 -60 minutes on low flame. After 60 minutes check cake with a knife, if the mixture does not stick, it means the cake is done.
  5. If batter still sticks to knife then again bake for another 10 minutes. Do not open the lid immediately.
  6. Eggless Pressure Cooker Cake is ready.
Healthy Slice Of Cake