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Cake never lets you down!

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Todays weekend plans included watching a good game of cricket while enjoying my favourite Almond Blueberry Cake. Turns out rain may cancel the game today, but thank God for this cake which never disappoints ….

Almond Blueberry Cake

Almond Blueberry Cake

The original recipe belongs to ‘Entertaining with Beth’ but I have re-written the recipe in my own way.

Ingredients:
All Purpose Flour (sifted): 1 and 1/2 cup
Caster Sugar: 1 cup
Baking Powder: 2 tsp
Salt: 1/4 tsp
Unsalted Butter (melted): 3/4 cups
Vegetable Oil: 1/4 cup
Water: 1/4 cup
Eggs (large): 2
Almond Essence: 1 and 1/2 tsp
Blueberries: 170 gms or as required
Flaked Almonds: enough to cover the top of the cake
Icing Sugar (optional): to garnish

Method:
Pre-heat your oven at 180 degrees Celsius. Grease a 10″ cake tin and set aside.
In a bowl, whisk together all the wet ingredients together i.e. butter, oil, sugar, eggs, and water.
In a separate bowl, sift and mix all the dry ingredients together i.e. flour, baking powder, and salt.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture a little at a time. Fold the mixture with the help of a spatula until well-combined.
Add the blueberries to the flour mixture and carefully fold the mixture.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients bowl and give the mixture one final mix.
Pour the mixture in your greased cake tin. Add the flaked almonds on top of the cake mixture.
Gently tap cake tin on your counter to make sure the cake is levelled properly.
Bake in your pre-heated oven at 180 degrees Celsius for approximately 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean.

Recent giveaways ….

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Here’s a sneak peak into what I’ve been upto this week …. sadly, didn’t have any of these myself but the smile I got from the lucky recipients made it all the more worth it!

First up on the list was this pink-themed Marshmallow Kit Kat Cake for lil’Roshaney who turned 5 … what’s a birthday without extra goodies though right? So found these adorable jars with a pink lid, and filled them up with candies to give along with the cake. Happy Birthday Rosh, gimme a high-5! 🙂

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Marshmallow KitKat Cake

Next up on the to-do list was an attempt to cheer up a friends little one who had been under the weather lately. What better way to do that than to bake a giant chewy chocolate fudge cookie … Hope the adorable cookie monster shared this one with his siblings as their face lit up too at the sight of this scrumptious cookie!

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Giant Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie

Now that it’s weekend here in Dubai, time for me to bake something for myself and my Mr. Time to browse your wonderful blog posts to get some ideas then ….Drop me a line of all your favourite baking blogs … would love to have a look! 🙂

Surpriiiiise!

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I love surprises! And if it’s a birthday surprise, then even better …. So that’s exactly what I did to surprise my friends 9 year old by baking a Chocolate Oreo Cake as a birthday treat! Doesn’t one big smile at the end of a hard days work make it all worth it? :)<3 … Will add the recipe for this soon … For now, I need to go for a long walk as I feel like i gained calories just by looking at and sniffing this cake! 😀 ….

Chocolate Oreo Cake

Chocolate Oreo Cake

It’s raining Carrot Cake!

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After all those months of scorching heat, summer is finally behind us in Dubai and we enjoyed what looked like the first day of winter yesterday. It was an absolutely beautiful day with plenty of cloud and rain. And not just that, I had luckily baked some goodies a night in advance which meant my day wasn’t spent indoors but on the beach instead. Woohoo! But now that the sun is out again, time for me to get back inside, and share today’s recipe with you … Moist Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting! This has to be the best Carrot Cake recipe I have tried to date. The best part about it (other than being so moist), is it tastes great on its own too as well as with the frosting. So if are worried about the calories then I’d suggest just skip the frosting and have it plain while reminding yourself it has carrots in it which are great for the health. ;). Or if you happen to be a fan of cream cheese frosting then go for it, and keep telling yourself it’s the weekend and you deserve a break! At least that’s what I told myself 😀 ….

Original recipe belongs to ‘Sally’s Baking Addiction’ website but I have explained it in my own way. 🙂

Ingredients for the Cake:
All Purpose Flour: 2 cups
Light brown sugar (packed): 1 cup
Baking Soda: 1 tsp
Cinnamon powder: 2 tsp
Nutmeg powder: 1/4 tsp
Salt: 1/2 tsp
Vegetable Oil: 3/4 cup
Yogurt: 1/4 cup
Eggs (large): 3
Vanilla Essence: 2 tsp
Carrots (4 medium sized and grated): 2 cups
Walnuts (chopped): 3/4 cups
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Italy or Eat-aly .. can’t decide!

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Hiya! (been a few years since I shifted from London, but somehow the habit of saying ‘hiya’ remains) … In case you’re wondering where I had disappeared off to, was away on holiday in Italy – a dream destination for foodies like myself .. To give you a short recap, breakfast every morning was a delight for anyone with a sweet tooth as the Italians are quite big on desserts for breakfast. Unfortunately I only made use of that on the last day, as otherwise I just can’t get myself to eat so much sweet in the morning!! But don’t you worry, I was far from being ‘good’ on holiday as their gelato ice cream was impossible to resist (and everywhere you turned around to look!) As for the pizza’s, not only was I impressed with the texture of their thin crust pizza’s, but in love with the square pizza’s they serve! The fact one can choose the size of their own pizza slice, meant being able to taste more flavours without going overboard … My absolute favourite had to be the ‘potato pizza’ (which we had at an amazing place called ‘Alice’) and the ‘chicken kebab pizza’ (which was at a Halal place I managed to forget the name of, but promise to google it later!). Booked a ‘food tour’ as well which involved a pizza making class in a wooden burner (it only takes 3 minutes to bake a pizza in that!) which was loads of fun, particularly watching Mr. Bakealogue make his very first pizza ❤ … Tasting different kinds of bread as well as cheese (omg, the variety!) was also part of the tour which was a learning experience. So that was the food side of things in a nutshell.. I’m actually laughing to myself right now, as I re-read the post and feel like I did nothing but eat in Italy .. haha! It would only be fair to mention, given the great weather there, we walked to most places making sure those calories were burnt! 😉 Obviously there is a lot more to Italy than just the food, but won’t touch on that, as it is a food blog after all. 🙂

Walnut Coffee Cake

Walnut Coffee Cake

Coming back to today’s dessert, baked a ‘Walnut Coffee Cake with Coffee Buttercream Icing’. Got the cake recipe from a book called ‘A World of Cakes’ that was gifted to me by a friend. However, I have tweaked it a little bit to suit my own taste. The Coffee Buttercream Frosting is also entirely optional and was not mentioned as part of the original recipe. I personally thought it added a lot more flavour to the cake.

Ingredients for the cake:
All-Purpose Flour: 2 1/2 cups
Vegetable Oil: 1/2 cup
Unsalted Butter (melted): 1/2 cup
Sugar: 1 cup
Packed Brown Sugar: 1 cup
Eggs: 2
Vanilla Extract: 1 tsp
Baking Soda: 1 tsp
Salt: 1 tsp
Cinnamon: 1 tsp
Buttermilk: 1 cup
Chopped Walnuts: 1 cup Read the rest of this entry

Cake that can be called ‘food’ ;)

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And here it is .. my first-ever ‘Healthy Chocolate Cake’! Healthy baking is something I’ve been asked about a lot but never quite got around to doing, until my friend challenged me to bake a healthy cake for her birthday. Those who know me will know the word ‘challenge’ was enough to get me going! Luckily for me, my Niece is obsessed with making ‘healthy desserts’ and she introduced me to this whole new world of healthy ingredient substitutes that I never even knew existed! After being given strict instructions to ‘make sure it says 100% pure with no sugar added’, I set off to Waitrose to shop for the ingredients and was surprised to see the variety that was available. There is clearly a demand for healthy baking out there! Not tasted it yet as need to wait for the birthday girl to cut it first to see how it tastes. But the best part about these vegan desserts is because there is no egg involved, so you can always taste a bit of the batter to make sure it is according to your taste, and tweak if necessary. That’s what I did too, and have made a few changes to the original cake recipe posted by Papaya_Sunshine… So by all means, follow your own taste buds. I’m still fairly new to this whole healthy concept, so will share more tips learnt through trial-and-error as I go along ….

Healthy Chocolate Cake

Right, time to have a look at the ingredients now, and then you can decide for yourself if it’s healthy enough or not? 😉 But not before saying a big fat (calorie free) thank you to Noreen for all her help with the research (I haven’t forgotten what I promised you in return ;)), and Tania for the challenge.

*Few hours later*
Ok, finally had the cake, and it tasted quite nice. Was not as bitter as I expected it to be. It was very moist with a mild hint of banana flavour. The frosting went well with it, and is best served cold. Would definitely make it again.

Ingredients for the Cake: 

Spelt Flour: 1 cup
Hersheys unsweetened Cacao (not cocoa) Powder: 1/3rd cup
Banana (mashed): 1
Apple sauce (chop 1 apple into small cubes, cook in 1/4 cup of water and blend all together): 1/2 cup
Maple Syrup (100% pure with no sugar added): 4 tbsp
Almond Milk: 1/2 cup
Ground Almonds: 1/3 cup
Baking Powder: 1 tbsp
Vanilla Essence: 1 tbsp Read the rest of this entry

Weekend treat!

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Blueberry Almond Cake fresh from the oven just in time for tea in Dubai! Now that’s the easy part done … the hard part will be to wait for my husband to get home before I can have some! Shouldn’t be too long now … Have a great weekend everyone 🙂

Blueberry Almond Cake

Thank you ‘Entertaining with Beth’ for this wonderful recipe!  Read the rest of this entry