Authentic Recipes from the Kitchens of Shriya, Nithu & Arthi!

Pool Table/Billiards Fondant Cake

Posted by on Feb 13, 2013 in Baking, Fondant Cakes | 10 comments

I made this cake for my husband’s birthday party. He loves biliards and he is a good player too. So I wanted to surprise him with this cake. We threw him a surprise birthday party and he was totally surprised and was really excited seeing this cake. This is the first time I tried making fondant cake and it came out pretty good. Everyone loved it. One of my biggest inspirations for making this cake is a good friend Krupa Golla. She made poker cake and I was totally impressed with that and since then I wanted to try this cake. I also made another gift wrap cake for a good friend Murali and he loved it too. Since I made this cake for a surprise I didn’t get a chance to take step by step pics. But I’ll...

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Vattayappam (Steamed Rice Cake)

Posted by on Dec 15, 2012 in Christmas Recipes, Snacks | 1 comment

Vattayappam is a traditional steamed rice cake from Kerala, South India and it is served as a tea time snack. The name is derived from its shape and texture, “Vatta” means round “appam” means cake. They are also made during Christmas time and served for breakfast. Vattayappam or Vatteppam is spongy, sweet (mild) with bursting flavors. Cashew nut and raisins gives a crunchy bite. This dish is supposed to be less sweet but you can add more or less sugar adjusting to your taste. Enjoy this wonderful dish with your family for this Christmas… Preparation time: 12 to 14 hours Cooking time: 25 minutes No. of servings: 15 Ingredients: Raw rice – 1 cup Grated coconut – 3/4 cup Cooked rice – 3 tbsp Active dry yeast – 1/2 tsp Sugar – 3/4 cup (adjust to taste) Cardamom pods...

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Pound Cake Recipe

Posted by on Dec 12, 2012 in Cookies and Cakes | 3 comments

Pound Cake is a traditional cake made with one pound of each of four ingredients, flour, butter, eggs and sugar. This makes a very large cake and hence the quantity is changed to the desired size. We can do so many varieties of pound cake by changing the ingredients according to our taste. Time of Preparation : 20 minutes Baking Time : 1 hour No of Pieces : 10 Ingredients: Cake Flour – 1 1/2 cup Baking Powder – 1 tsp Baking soda – 1/2 tsp Sugar – 1/2 cup Butter – 3/4 cup (room temperature) Sour cream – 3 tbsp Salt – 1/4 tsp Eggs – 3 (room temperature) Milk – 3 tbsp Vanilla Extract – 1 tsp Method of Preparation: Preheat the oven to 350 F and grease some butter on a 9×5 inch baking pan. Line...

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Coffee Cake

Posted by on Nov 21, 2012 in Cookies and Cakes | 1 comment

A class of cake intended to be eaten along with coffee is “Coffee Cake”. Though it is called coffee cake, it does not necessarily contain coffee. Coffee cakes may be flavored with cinnamon or other spices, seeds, nuts and fruits. A adapted this recipe from “Joy of Baking” and it came out so perfect. Time of Preparation : 20 to 30 minutes Baking Time : 45 to 50 minutes Ingredients: For Topping: Walnuts / Any dry fruits – 1 cup Light Brown Sugar – 1/4 cup Chocolate chips – 1/3 cup All purpose flour – 1 tbsp Ground Cinnamon – 1/2 tsp For Cake: Unsalted Butter – 1/2 cup (room temperature) Sugar – 1 cup Vanilla Extract – 1 tsp Eggs – 2 (room temperature) Sour Cream – 3/4 cup All Purpose Flour – 1 2/3 cup Baking Powder...

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Cake Pops

Posted by on Dec 31, 2011 in Baking, Cookies and Cakes | 3 comments

We wish all our readers a Happy and Wonderful New Year 2012…May this year bring you joy and prosperity…¬† Cake pops are the cutest and delicious baked food I have eaten. Today I have made a white cake batter and baked it into cake pops and then I dipped them in white and milk chocolate and decorated using simple techniques. This recipe is about making cake pops using the Cake Pop Maker that I bought recently during the Thanksgiving. It’s a Bella Cake Pop Maker for $8.99 after a $10 rebate from Macy’s and I would say it was a great buy. Like everyone, I was not sure how the cake pops are going to turn up but after seeing the results, I was amazed. The pops were moist and soft and it was very easy and quick to...

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Coconut Macaroons

Posted by on Dec 22, 2011 in Baking, Cookies and Cakes | 3 comments

Macaroons have always been one of my favorites. It tastes absolutely delicious. So I decided to make it at home. I had some shredded coconut sitting in my pantry so decided to make coconut macaroons this time. It came out absolutely yummy. In fact, I think I am gonna make this for the Christmas party this week. Preparation Time : 30 minutes No of pieces : 16 Ingredients: Egg whites : 2 Shredded Sweetened Coconut : 14 ounces Salt : a pinch Vanilla Extract : 2 tsp Sweetened Condensed Milk : 14 ounces Method Of Preparation : Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Combine the shredded coconut, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla extract in a large bowl. Whisk the egg whites and salt on high speed in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment...

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Pineapple Cake

Posted by on Aug 27, 2008 in Baking, Cookies and Cakes, Featured | 23 comments

This Pineapple Cake is a wonderful juicy two layered cake, with whipped cream frosting and a few pineapples chunks and maraschino cherries.¬†Yesterday was my First Wedding Anniversary. So I wanted to surprise my hubby with his favorite cake. Both of us love the Pineapple Cake from La Bonne Bouchee, a popular French cake shop here. I thought I can order it from there. But then, it’ll always be special if we bake it for them with right? So I decided to search for a good recipe and I took a few tips from VahvrehVah. I made a two layered heart shaped cake. For that I used two baking trays of ¬†13 by 9 inche. You can do any shape of your choice. First I made the base cake and then cut it into two heart shape layers. You can...

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Black Forest Cherry Torte – Black Forest Cake

Posted by on Aug 11, 2008 in Baking, Best of ST, Cookies and Cakes, Featured | 16 comments

Cake, when you hear the word, you can imagine all the mouth watering cream and toppings blended with the soft layers of the spongy cake. Black Forest Cherry Torte (torte is the German word for cake) is one of the popular German dessert. It is a chocolate layer cake with whipped cream, cherries and chocolate curls. The cake is further decorated with whipped cream, cherries and chocolate shavings. It is a pure heaven when it melts in your mouth. This is the first cake I have ever baked in my life and I am so happy that the output was good. I made this wonderful cake for my friend Satish’s birthday. Satish is my one of my best friend and luckily we happened to stay in the same city and he stay very close to my house. This was...

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