Chessboard Cake [Checkerboard Cake]

My brother calls it the make-shift Battenberg and I guess you can call it that. It has no marzipan on it. It is simply a deliciously moist chessboard cake covered in luscious chocolate icing. So easy to make and what a delight for the eyes.

Looks complicated? It’s as easy as the Victoria Sponge. Here’s what you’ll need: Continue reading

Banana Cinnamon Bread

THIS BREAD IS BANANAS. B-A-NA-NA-NAS. GEDDIT?!
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Here is my re-appropriated version of the generic banana bread. It is no secret that I’m a fan of cinnamon; in fact, I have taken the Cinnamon Challenge and made it quite far. I also love bananas (I really love bananas, arguably the most versatile fruit on this planet) and apples – two fruits that can be married beautifully with cinnamon to add a brilliant flavour to your favorite baked goods.

My go-to banana bread is actually an amalgamation of two different recipes and has the extra dimension of cinnamon. It’s a perfect snack to go along with your late night coffee/tea breaks and a great way to get those rotting bananas off your dining table. Continue reading

Devil’s Food Cake (with extra extra chocolate)

Every one loves a chocolate cake; you, me and my mommy. That’s right, she didn’t before this one. I love trying Nigella recipes, they are so much fun. Since I have owned the book ‘Kitchen’, I have been skeptical about this recipe. . . well, until I cleared my doubts with the Queen herself.

I was slightly on the edge about using bittersweet chocolate, well, because it’s bitter. I was leaning towards milk chocolate till Miss Lawson made me realize it will be too sweet. So I went hunting for bittersweet chocolate right after her tweet. Now, I am glad I did. This cake is so so luscious.

I say extra chocolate because layered this cake with as many white chocolate buttons as I could. A freshly-baked cake is like a free-standing canvas, you may decorate it, as you wish.

I am not even going to pretend to type the recipe. You can find it here: http://www.nigella.com/recipes/view/DEVILS-FOOD-CAKE-5310 in the words of Miss Lawson. For more drool-worthy pictures. . .

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Rainbow Cake with Butter Cream Icing (A Birthday Success!)

I should have worked all day, today. Studied for class and stuff but here I am. Such is my love for baking. You’re welcome! This recipe has been floating in my head for quite a while now; begging me to get to it. I saw an opportunity and I thought. . . why not?

Do you know what this cake reminds me of? Australia and Delta Goodrem: here’s why! You should sing this song while baking the cake and I promise you, it will be magical!

(I missed you, jelly lump!)

Rainbow cakes are really popular and surprisingly, all the blogs and websites have the same recipe. I did some research and it is Martha Stewart’s recipe. (Of course! I told you she is extraterrestrial or something.) This cake is soft, moist and to die for.

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