RED VELVET FRUIT CAKE


This is my own create and innovation.!

Well,I’m not blowing my own trumpet,this cake

was really,an absolute taste of flavours!

Adorned half of the cake with cashew nut

fondant,and the flavour was rich.

With soaked fruits in brandy,and a little

beetroot wine,the aroma it spread confirmed

Christmas in the air .

Finally no colour was added,( I don’t like to use

much coloring ),and the red colour was

extracted by boiling the beetroot ( slightly

ground) till I got the required colour .

The authentic red velvet cake had no colour ,it

was ground beetroot purée or extracts.

The feedback given by my loving ‘ food critics’

was ‘It’s Awesome’ and better than the basic

fruit cake .

To the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

100 gm butter

2 eggs

150 gm flour

75 gm brown sugar

30 gm white sugar

1/2 cup almonds ground

25 gm cashew nuts chopped

15 gm ginger preserve/ ginger chips

15 gm pumpkin preserve

15 gm raisins

15 gm sultanas

15 gm black raisins

Few apricots

15 gm tutti frutti(optional )

15 gm cherries (optional)

5 gm orange rind grated

2 tbsp jam (blueberry/cherry/ marmalade/

strawberry)

1/4 cup brandy/rum

2-3 tbsp beetroot wine or red wine

1/4 cup honey

1/4 tsp nutmeg powder

1/2 tsp allspice powder

1/2 tsp vanilla essence

1/2 tsp almond essence

1 cup beetroot extract*

1 tsp vinegar

1 tsp baking powder

1 tbsp cocoa powder

A pinch of salt

1 tsp cornflour to sprinkle on the soaked fruits

before adding to the batter.

METHOD

Mix the bold listed ingredients and allow to

soak for a few hours or 1 day .

•Beat the butter and sugars till creamy .

•Add in one egg at a time and beat lightly .

•Sieve the flour,baking powder,cocoa powder

together.

•Now fold in the flour,nuts ,soaked fruits,

beetroot juice and the rest of the ingredients

alternatively into the butter mixture and mix

till well corporated .

• Line the baking tray with parchment paper.

•Transfer the cake batter into the prepared

cake tray and bake in a preheated 175C oven

for 35-40 minutes.

•Insert a skewer,and if it comes out clean,it’s

done.

•Poke holes and pour brandy (2-3 tsp) on the

top after baking.


For the cashew fondant

1 cup finely ground cashew

1 tsp glycerine

A little egg white to bind

1 cup icing sugar ( depends on the binding)

2 drops rose essence

2 drops almond essence

Bind all the ingredients to a soft dough

consistency.

Roll out on a board dusted with icing sugar

or cornflour.

Place the rolled dough on the cooled cake ( Put the fondant the next day )

You can add sliced pistachios if you like.


*Beetroot extract

3-4 beetroot peeled and ground coarsely.

Cook in 2 cups water,till it is reduced to 1.

Strain and use.

CHOCOLATE MAYONNAISE CAKE


This is the first time I tried this cake with home

made mayonnaise. The texture and taste was

amazing .Added beauty of the ganache on top.

Simply excellent.

This is an eggless cake ,so I made the mayo with

egg .

Next time ,I want to try with eggless mayo,and

other flavours too with mayonnaise.( will

update when I try )

The photo is the witness to the taste . 🤣.

Was left with only this piece for the photo 😉.

To the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

1 cup sugar ( brown )

2 cups flour

1 cup mayonnaise *

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

3 tbsp cocoa powder

1 tsp vanilla essence

1 cup milk


For the mayonnaise

1 egg

Oil ( 3 times the volume of egg)

1 tbsp vinegar

A pinch of salt

Add all the ingredients listed for mayonnaise in a blender or jar and whip till thick ( no need to be very thick )


METHOD

Mix the wet and dry ingredients separately.

•Now mix both together without any lumps.

•Bake in a 180C oven for 30-35 minutes or till

done .

• Glaze with Chocolate Ganache .

RICE-BANANA CAKE WITH LEFT OVER RICE


I have posted halwa and chakli with leftover

rice before.

Link to halwa ( Kerala kinathapam)

https://calinskitchen.wordpress.com/2019/11/01/kerala-kinathapam/?preview=true

Link for chakli/ murukku with leftover rice.

https://calinskitchen.wordpress.com/2020/05/20/cooked-rice-chakli/?preview=true

This recipe is an addition to the same .

I came across this recipe today,and on the

instant tried it with my inclusions.

Lovely texture and taste!

Easy to make,a whizz with your mixer,or

processor,and it’s ready to bake.The aroma it

spreads while baking is really awesome,so do

try this recipe,and post in your comments!

INGREDIENTS

3 cups leftover basmati rice

3 eggs

1 big red banana

1/2 of a coconut ground fine (1 cup ground mix)

1 cup brown sugar

1/4 tsp nutmeg powder

A pinch of cinnamon powder

1/2 tsp vanilla essence

3 tbsp oil/ melted butter

1/4 cup cheese ( any cheese you like )

1 tsp baking powder

A pinch of salt

A few cashew nuts for topping

METHOD

Mix all together in a food processor,or mixer

till fine .

Transfer to greased baking tray .

Bake in 180C preheated oven for 30-35 minutes.

My suggestions to a variation

You could make a caramel base and then pour

this mixture over .

CRANBERRY UPSIDE DOWN ORANGE POUND CAKE


Cranberries contain many health benefits and

have the highest level of antioxidants.

It is good for liver,blood pressure, cardio,and

urinary tract health.

Cranberry juice,Cranberry jam,Cranberry

sauce,Cranberry jelly ….there’s a lot you could

make with this amazing berry .Today’s recipe

will be a cake with cranberries at the bottom.To

be clear it’s a cranberry upside down cake.

I was able to get only dry cranberries,but the

taste was amazing .

If you are fortunate to get fresh cranberries,

you could get the lovely red colour of the

cranberries at the bottom . Anyway,do try this

recipe and please do drop a line,about this

recipe .

INGREDIENTS

100 gm butter

100 gm sugar ( sulphur free or unrefined)

2 eggs

1/2 cup orange juice

2 tbsp milk

100 gm flour + 2 tbsp cornflour

1 tsp baking powder

Few cranberries

METHOD

⭐️Beat butter and sugar till creamy.

⭐️Add eggs one at a time with cornflour and

mix in the orange juice.

⭐️Add in the flour,baking powder and mix

well.

⭐️Add the cranberries to the base of the tray

you are going to bake in.

⭐️Pour the cake mixture, and bake in a

preheated 180C oven for 30 minutes .

Note:If using fresh cranberries, slightly stew with a little sugar and add.

HUMMINGBIRD CAKE


Why is it called a hummingbird cake ?

Because the National bird of Jamaica is the

hummingbird,and the recipe originated from

the island of Jamaica.

This cake has a wonderful,moist taste,and has

to be topped with cream cheese frosting .

I made this cake for Easter with cream cheese,

and today I made muffins out of the same .

I think it’s awesome,enough to be served

without the cream cheese adornment.

Made with overripe bananas,pineapple and

pecans ( I made with almonds) it is an excellent

cake .

Moving to the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

1 big banana /2 small bananas ( ripe)

1 cup fresh coarsely pureed pineapple

10-15 pecans / toasted almonds

1 cup oil

3/4 cup sugar ( preferably brown )

1+1/4 cup all purpose flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

A pinch of salt

2-3 eggs

1/4 tsp cinnamon powder

1 tsp vanilla essence

METHOD

•When you start to preheat the oven,allow the

nuts to get toasted in the heat .

•Put all the ingredients into a food processor,or

mash it in one bowl with a hand blender.

•Pour into cupcake moulds,or cake tin if you

like to ice the cake .

•If you want to make two layered cake ,double

the quantity.

Cream cheese frosting

425-450 gm icing sugar

75 gm unsalted butter

125 gm cream cheese

A tsp of rum / vanilla essence

Beat all together till creamy and use for icing.

BANANA-YOGHURT MUFFINS


This is a recipe innovated by me.Again..the

question of how to use ripe bananas in a new

recipe ….?I got this idea when I was about to

sleep,so today morning after preparing

breakfast,my next action was to prepare this

awesome muffins.

Made a ‘lassi’out of bananas and curd,and then

mixed in to the batter. I love to make any type

of banana cake with brown sugar, for colour

and taste.So,if you are using white sugar you

can caramel a little and then add to the

mixture .( Always use sulphur free sugar)

Do try this easy,quick and tasty muffins and

share your feedback !

To the recipe

INGREDIENTS

3-4 medium sized bananas

3 tbsp thick curd

2 eggs

1 cup sugar (brown)

1/2 cup oil

1/2 tsp cinnamon powder

1/4 tsp nutmeg powder

1 cup flour +1 tbsp cornflour

1/4 tsp baking powder

A pinch of baking soda

Few almonds to place at the base of the muffin tin

A little brown sugar to sprinkle at the base.

METHOD

•Blend the curd and bananas together,set aside.

•Beat the eggs and sugar together well,till sugar

is dissolved.

•Add banana mixture ,oil and mix.

•Mix in flour,spice powders,baking powder,

baking soda and gently mix till well corporated.

•Grease the muffins tins,sprinkle a little sugar

at the base with 2-3 almonds and pour batter. ( half of tin)

•Bake in a preheated 180C oven for 30 minutes.

AVOCADO WALNUT BROWNIE


This is a lovely brownie with more of a

chocolatey taste.

If you have it just out of the oven,you may get

the taste of avocado.Allow it to cool ,or have it

the next day .Very moist,no need to add butter,

less on flour too .

Now to the recipe

INGREDIENTS

1 big avocado or two medium sized avocado

1 cup sugar ( 1/2 cup brown )

4 eggs

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1/2 cup flour

200 gm melted chocolate

A handful of walnuts

A pinch of salt

METHOD

Beat the eggs,sugar and salt till light in colour

Add the cocoa powder,flour and the melted

chocolate

Mix till well corporated.

Add walnuts .

Transfer to a greased tray and bake at 180 C in

a preheated oven for 25-30 minutes .

COFFEE CASTELLA CAKE


This is one of the best sponges I have tasted.

The texture and taste is so awesome you can

serve it plain without any adornment.

Your choice, to ice the cake or serve it with

custard preferably coffee or chocolate custard.

This cake is baked in a water bath,and the

preparation is totally different compared to

the normal sponge.

Do try this easy recipe and post in your

comments !

INGREDIENTS

5 eggs ( yolks and whites separated)

75 gm butter

75 gm sugar(use half brown sugar )

75 gm flour

1/4 tsp cream of tartar/ vinegar

1 heaped tsp.instant coffee powder

3/4 cup milk

METHOD

•Heat the butter and milk only till it’s warm.

•Remove from fire.

•Add the coffee powder and mix well.

•Next add the flour to the butter mixture and

mix without lumps.

•Beat egg whites with cream of tartar,stiff till

peaks form.

•Mix in the flour butter mixture gradually into

the beaten egg whites .

•Mix well and pour into a greased tin .

•While preheating the oven,keep a bigger

vessel of water in the oven. ( 155C)

•Place the cake tray in the bath containing the

heated water,and bake for 50-60 minutes till

done.

•This could be baked in individual cups too.

DATES SEMOLINA JAGGERY CAKE


This is an awesome cake which tastes better by the day !

It’s like a love cake but with jaggery and little

brown sugar.

I have posted a lovely jaggery cake recipe

before . Do check on it too.

https://calinskitchen.com/2017/04/12/semolina-jaggery-cake/

People who cannot indulge in much sugar,can

try this recipe . Only a tbsp of flour was used ,

otherwise it’s a semolina and cashewnut cake .

Try once,you will make always !

So let’s get into the recipe

INGREDIENTS

100 gm butter

100 gm dates

2 eggs

100 gm semolina

1 tbsp flour ( to mix the pumpkin preserve and

half cashews ) – (you could omit the flour )

1 tsp coffee

50 gm pumpkin preserve chopped

1/4 cup dessicated coconut

75 gm finely chopped cashewnuts

50 gm jaggery powder + 3 tbsp brown sugar

1/2 tsp mixed spice powder ( cardamon,clove,

cinnamon,nutmeg ,fennel seed)

1/2 tsp rose water / essence

1/4 tsp vanilla essence

2 tbsp brandy

1 tbsp honey

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

METHOD

•Soak the seedless dates in 1/2 cup hot coffee

and allow to soak minimum 1 hour.( You could

soak overnight too).

•Lightly roast the semolina,and once it is warm

remove from fire and add the butter and mix

well.

•Mix in the baking powder ,and let it rest

till dates are done .

•Mash/ grind the dates,and add the jaggery

powder and rest of the ingredients except the

eggs.

•Add the semolina mixture and half of the

cashews and mix well.

•Beat eggs lightly with salt and fold into

mixture.

•Pour into a well greased baking tray,and

sprinkle the remaining cashews

•Bake in a preheated oven 180C for 15 minutes.

•Reduce heat to 170C and bake for another 20-

25 minutes or until done . (Skewer inserted

should come out clean).

•This cake can be kept out for a week even,

provided it’s left in the tray .🤪.

EARL GREY TEA,CARDAMON ROCK CAKES


Yet another combination to innovated Rock

cakes.

This is made with infused tea and cardamon

powder,and ginger powder.

Tea with these tea rock cakes was awesome !

Do try this variation and post in your feedback.

INGREDIENTS ( makes 15)

100 gm butter

1 cup sugar

2 cups flour + 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 egg

2 tea bags ( earl grey )

1/2 cup milk + water ( mixed)

1 tsp cardamon powder

1/4 tsp ginger powder

Few cashewnuts chopped

A pinch of salt ( use only if you are using

unsalted butter)

METHOD

•Heat milk and water, add tea bags and boil till

it’s deep dark colour ,and set aside.

•Beat butter and sugar till sugar melts.

•Add egg and beat lightly.

•Mix in the infused tea,cardamom ginger

powders.

Fold in the flour and cashews and mix .

Place rustic portions on a greased tray and

bake in a preheated 180C oven for 25 minutes.

The bottom of the cookie should be brown.

FIG ‘N’CHOCO-WALNUT CRUMBLE CAKE


This is crumble cake with a wonderful taste.

This cake can be made with apples,pears,

prunes,peaches ….

Today’s recipe is with fresh figs layered on top

of the cake,with a crumble to cover it and then

baked.

It’s a cake worth trying !

To the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

Fresh figs cut into halves ( enough to cover the cake)

2 cups all purpose flour

1 tbsp cornflour

1 tbsp cocoa powder

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp ginger powder

1 tsp cardamon powder

1/2 cup water

1 tsp vanilla essence

3 eggs

1 cup sugar ( 1/2 cup brown +1/2 cup white)

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup oil

METHOD

•Mix the dry ingredients,and wet ingredients in

two separate bowls .

•Mix in the wet ingredients to the dry mix ,till

well blended.

•Pour into a greased baking tray.

•Arrange the figs on the top.

•Spread crumble on top of figs and bake in a

175C oven for 45 minutes.

FOR THE CRUMBLE

Ingredients

50 gm butter

1/2 cup flour

1/4 tsp baking powder

2 tbsp brown sugar

2 tbsp sugar

1/4 tsp cinnamon

A handful of walnuts

A pinch of salt

1/4 tsp nutmeg powder/ allspice powder

Method

Mix all together with your fingers until

crumbly .

Spread over figs and bake .

NOTE:This can be made into individual

cakes .

For a richer taste you could drizzle with

chocolate or caramel syrup .

POUND CAKE CHOCONUT TARTS


I love making and innovating tarts ! Here’s to

another lovely tart with the authentic pound

cake mixture, sprinkled with chocolate and

dessicated coconut .

I use the chappathi press to make the tart shells

so it’s quick to get the tartlets done faster.So…..

now I have given a tip to convenience 😊.

Now to the recipe

INGREDIENTS

For the crust

1 cup flour ( 100 gm)

2 tbsp powdered sugar

50 gm butter

A pinch of salt

a little milk enough to bind .

Bind all to a soft dough .

Wrap and keep in fridge till filling is made

Divide into portions .

Roll out and place each on greased tart tins.

Add filling and bake .


For the filling

Ingredients

100 gm butter

100 gm sugar

100 gm flour

1 tsp baking powder

2 eggs

1/4 cup milk

1 tsp vanilla essence

Few barks of dark chocolate / chips

1/2 cup desiccated coconut

Method

Beat butter and sugar till light and creamy.

Add in eggs one at a time beating lightly.

Add milk and essence .

Fold in the flour ( mixed with baking powder)

and mix well ( not beating ).

Fill prepared tart shells .

Sprinkle coconut , and chocolate on top ,and

mix lightly with a skewer or fork.

Bake in a preheated 180C oven for 25-30

minutes.

BOUNTY BROWNIES


Brownies with the taste of bounty chocolates is

an amazing treat !

After making this recipe I thought of another

combination to halve the quantity of brownie

mix ,and increase the amount of coconut ,and

then add chocolate . That way 2 layers will be

equal ( brownie + coconut) .Anyway try both, as

this recipe was delicious .I made the chocolate

(homemade chocolate )with cocoa powder,

coconut oil and honey .

You could use the basic ganache on the cake .

Thin bars of these beauties,can be dipped in

chocolate ,refrigerated and served.

Do try and post your feedback

INGREDIENTS

For basic chocolate brownie

100 gm butter

100 gm sugar ( 50 gm brown +50 gm white)

2 eggs

2 tbsp cocoa powder/ 100 gm chocolate/ chips

1/2 tsp vanilla essence / rum/ brandy

75 gm flour +1 tbsp cornflour

A pinch of salt

3/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp coffee powder ( optional)

METHOD

•Using a double boiler method melt the

chocolate and butter together.

•Remove from fire

•Add coffee powder and salt.

•Beat eggs and sugar in another bowl, till sugar

is melted.

•Add to the chocolate mixture and mix well.

•Fold in the flour , baking powder and bake in a

preheated 180C oven for 20 -25 minutes .

•Allow to cool .

•Add coconut layer and top it with ganache.


For the coconut layer

( for a thicker layer double the quantity)

1 cup desiccated coconut

1 tsp liquid glucose

3/4 cup -1 cup powdered sugar ( according to

your sweet tooth)

a pinch of salt

Method

•Mix all together for 2 minutes on a low flame .

(only to get the moisture ,and not crumble)

•Spread on cooled brownie, and press slightly .

•Pour ganache and allow to set in fridge .

•Cut into slices and serve !


Homemade chocolate

1/2 cup cocoa powder+a pinch of coffee powder

1/4 cup coconut oil

a pinch of salt

5 tbsp honey or icing sugar ( if using icing

sugar add later)

1/2 cup cream ( to make ganache)

Method

Melt coconut oil and cocoa on a double boiler .

If adding honey add now ,or remove from fire

add 1 cup icing sugar .

If too thick ,add 1 tbsp of hot water and mix to

required consistency.

Using a spatula keep mixing the chocolate till

thick and creamy .

Heat cream ,and to chocolate mixture and pour

over the brownie.

SPICE ‘N’ NUTS CHOCOLATE CAKE


This is a chocolate cake with nuts and spices.

Honey is also used in the sweetness .

Found this in my old stack of recipes,and made

half the quantity .

Will be sharing the full quantity.

So here’s to the awesome recipe !

INGREDIENTS

150 gm butter

100 gm sugar

2-3 tbsp honey

2 eggs

200 gm all purpose flour

2 tsp baking powder

2 tbsp cocoa powder

1/2 tsp mixed spice powder

1 tsp cinnamon powder

1/2 tsp nutmeg powder

1/4 cup chopped dates and nuts ( almonds)

1/2 tsp vanilla essence

1/4 cup milk

METHOD

Cream butter and sugar till creamy .

Add honey and beat again lightly.

Add in one egg at a time .

Mix the flour with all the other powders.

Next add the dry fruits into the flour

Fold in the rest of the ingredients gradually,till

well blended .

The mixture may look thick,but the cake will be

soft .

Pour into a greased tin,and bake in a preheated

oven (180C) for 30 minutes.

Layering and icing may be your choice .

Pour chocolate sauce , or ganache .

Add chopped nuts to decorate.

BLUEBERRY,CARDAMON BROWNIE ROCK CAKE


Those who are following me know that I’m

trying out varieties of these rock cakes .Rock

cake like cookies . They are soft inside and melt

in mouth cakes, and easy to make.

This time I mixed half almond flour and half

all purpose flour ,and the texture was good .

I used blueberry ( as it’s in season ).You can use

any other berries of your choice .

Now to the recipe ..

INGREDIENTS

100 gm butter

100 gm sugar ( use half brown sugar)

2 tbsp.cocoa powder ( unsweetened)

100 gm almond flour

100 gm all purpose flour

1/4 cup milk

1 tsp baking powder

3-4 tsp cardamon powder

A few blueberries

A pinch of salt

METHOD

Melt the butter and chocolate in a bain-marie

( double boiler) .

Beat eggs,sugar,cardamon powder,salt together

for few minutes.

Mix the egg mixture in to the chocolate mixture

Mix the flours and baking powder together

Fold the mixed flour into the chocolate mixture

and mix till well blended with milk .

Even if the mixture looks thick do not worry,it

will be soft .

Place rustic spoonfuls in a greased tray ,and

bake in a 180 C oven for 25 minutes.

Allow to cool and store .

Can be served with ice cream too😋.

CARAMEL CHOCOLATE BROWNIES


Innovated a different method of mixing

brownies, and it turned out to be delicious and

soft.

As it’s my happiness to share recipes and tips

I want to share this recipe with you folks!

INGREDIENTS

100 gm butter

100 gm sugar

2 tbsp water

150 gm dark chocolate ( sweetened)

2 egg yolks

2 egg whites

1/2 tsp vanilla essence

75 gm flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

a pinch of salt

METHOD

Caramelise the sugar with water till it bubbles

and changes colour.Remove from fire and mix

well ( to avoid crystallisation).

Whilst it’s hot add the chocolate and butter to

the sugar mixture, and mix .

Next mix in the yolks ,essence and beat well for

5 minutes.

Whip the egg whites with salt ,in another bowl

till stiff.

Fold in the flour and egg whites alternatively,

and mix till it’s well combined.

Pour into a greased tin,and bake in a preheated

oven (180C)for 25 minutes.