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Life can be stressful.


That’s why God gave us cake.


Like this one.


Chocolate rum cake 1


He also gave us goofy friends who say silly things and make us laugh even when everything is miserable. And then all you want to do is feed them cake :)


Like this one.


Manasvi


Sometimes things in our lives are spiralling out of control.
Or things are not going the way you want them to.
Or hey, you’re unhappy about something and it’s all you can think about.
Been there, done that.


But you know what’s a billion times better than dwelling on those sad thoughts?


Doing something for you. Just for you.


A little pick-me-up or a stress-buster, and having some fun while you’re at it.


Here’s 10 things to do for yourself to feel better right this minute.


1. Cuddle with a puppy. Stick your face in the soft furriness and cover his face with smoochies. How about this one?


Simba


2. Call an old friend. Talk about monkeys, fitness, philosophy or food. Whatever you fancy- those are just a few things I talk to my oldest friend about.


best friends


3. Stand in front of the mirror. Let your hair down. And dance to this song. (I just did. And I can’t stop.)



4. Grab a cup of tea, get under the covers and drown yourself in a good book. I recommend this or this.


5. Go get some sunshine and breeze. Everywhere has someplace quiet and beautiful, but if you’re in Singapore like me, nothing beats the Botanical Gardens and this stunning trail.


6. If you have a funny dad like mine, (most people do right?) send him a message and then grab your stomach laughing for the next 5 minutes. Real examples below:


Funny Dad texts 1


Funny Dad texts 2


7. Go be a badass at the gym. Nothing feels like a problem when you’re snatching a heavy bar over your head. Like seriously. If you’re in Singapore come hangout with these super fun people at CrossFit Firecity.


crossfit


8. Write. About anything. Let that pen hit paper and you’ll see things tumbling out making you feel better. Not convinced? Read this.


9. Sleep it out. Sleep makes everything calmer and clearer. Stay in bed all day. It’s okay to be lazy sometimes. Really, it is.


sleep


10. Bake this cake. Boom. Life is better.


Chocolate rum cake 2


Flour-less Chocolate and Rum Cake


Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Serves: 8-10


Ingredients:


180 g dark chocolate (the best you can find)
120 g butter (salted), plus a little extra for greasing
120 g caster sugar
4 eggs
11/2 tsp vanilla extract
60 g cocoa, sifted
100 ml dark rum
cherries to garnish (optional)


For the glaze


100 g dark chocolate
50 g butter
60 ml dark rum


Ingredients


Method:


1. Preheat the oven to 190º C. Melt the chocolate and butter together over a low flame, stirring until both melt. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Add the sugar and stir in well.
2. Crack the eggs in one at a time, making sure to mix well and fully incorporating each before adding the next.
3. Add the vanilla, cocoa and rum and stir well until everything comes together in a loose batter. Pour into a greased 9-inch round tin and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and leave to cool completely on a wire rack.
4. For the glaze, melt the chocolate and butter together, and remove from the flame to cool. Stir in the rum.
5. This is a soft cake so make sure it is completely cool before you turn it out onto a plate or it may break. Placing it in the fridge for a few minutes before turning out usually helps. Once transferred onto a plate, pour the glaze over and top with cherries if you like.


Chocolate rum cake 3


This cake reminds you to be nice to yourself. Be kind. Things can get hard sometimes, but more often than not, they get better.


Spoil yourself a little. Because you’re amazing. And never for a minute think you’re alone.


In the end you’ll see, we’re all sitting across each other at a giant table, eating cake and laughing together :)


Chocolate rum cake 4


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So Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Again.


Hello star struck couples.
Hi everything red.
And hey there, strawberries and chocolate – get in my face already.


Here’s where I am on the romantic front.


Fridge


But, since I’m a total sucker for love and a big fan of mush-ville, I’m going to shout out to my 5 most favorite couples.


These are ones who make me believe in real love.


Not the kind of love that happens when it’s convenient or easy.


But the kind of love that respects, and sacrifices, and understands, and never ever gives up.


All these people are amazing as individuals, but together they’re even better.


I admire all of them for who they are – you guys keep my faith in love alive.


Couple 1: Mom and Dad


Mom and Dad


I see in them everything I want my life to be. They’re perfectly balanced, and they bring out the best in each other. From them I’ve learnt that real love is for a lifetime, and no matter what life throws at you, you can get through it if you’re together. Love you both more than anything in this world.


Couple 2: Parul and Andy


Parul and Andy


It’s strange I’ve never met Andy, but I feel like I know him so well through Parul. Theirs is the classic young-love story. Despite the pressures of distance, their relationship proves how resilient love can be. From them I’ve learnt what unconditional support and trust in a relationship really means.


Also, any couple that brings this most adorable munchkin into the world, is clearly doing it right. I love this baby to bits.


Ally


Couple 3: Shriya and Mukund


Shriya and Mukund


There are some love stories you’re lucky enough to witness blossom and grow – Shriya and Mukund’s is one of those. This picture-perfect couple share a love for travel, fitness, and puppies. They are always doing immensely thoughtful things for each other, and take the time to share wonderful experiences together. I miss them so much!


Couple 4: Mona and Badri


Mona and Badri


You’d think they’re so different, but Mona and Badri fit together like 2 pieces of a puzzle. I love them because when you’re with them, it’s always unbelievably fun. From them I’ve learnt that opposites not only attract, but are also better together! Hugs, you guys!


Couple 5: Rupa and Judo


Rupa and Judo


These two have been married for a few years now, but the way they talk to each other, you’d think they just started dating. There is a refreshing child-likeness in their relationship – they always make the best of whatever the situation is, and wherever they are, there is sure to be laughter. And guess what, now the babies have their very own baby – I can’t wait to meet him :)


This Valentine’s Day, I’m sending my love to all these wonderful people who’ve taught me a thing or two about love. Here’s to many, many more years together of laughter and fun and craziness and happiness for all of you :)


Now that you’re all full of that warm, cozy feeling I’m gonna share a crazy easy, no-bake, healthy dessert with you guys, so you can hop right into your kitchen and make it for your Valentine <3!


Did I mention it’s stunning too?


Panna Cotta 1


I used pink dragon fruit, coz duh! It’s Valentine’s Day :P


It’s 4 ingredients and it’s a Paleo dessert – so it’s as guilt-free as you can get!


Panna Cotta 2


Paleo Coconut milk Panna Cotta
Adapted from: Deliciously Organic


Prep time: 10 mins, plus cooling and chilling time
Serves: 6


Ingredients:


1 litre coconut milk (full-fat)
11/2 tbsp unflavoured gelatin
100 ml raw honey
1 dragon fruit (or any other fruit you like)


Panna Cotta 4


Method:


1. Pour 250 ml of the coconut milk into a large saucepan and scatter the gelatin in. Stir to mix in and leave for ten minutes.
2. Place the saucepan over a medium flame and keep stirring until small bubbles appear on the sides of the pan. Pour in the remaining coconut milk, followed by the honey and stir until everything is mixed well. Remove from the heat and leave to cool for 10 minutes.
3. Pour into 6 small bowls or glasses, cover with cling film, and refrigerate overnight. Before serving, top with chopped dragon fruit.


Fun fact: Dragon fruit stains your fingers a pretty pink colour – much like beetroot :)


Panna Cotta 3


Happy Valentine’s Day, guys :) Cheers to love!


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Do you love children?


I do.


I remember a time when I didn’t, though – I found them snotty, and whiny, and tiny, and annoying. This was probably when I was a snotty, whiny, tiny being myself.


Having now matured into a (slightly) less whiny adult, I find myself rather happy in the company of children.


They’re quite wonderful, these tiny people. They say the funniest things, look at every single thing in wonder, and teach us to really live when we forget.


Also they’re so darned cute. And I happen to know and love some particularly adorable ones. I mean just look at these faces.


Sometimes they wear yellow glasses and eat cake. That makes me happy.


Niks


Other times they take a break from pillow fighting and smile for the camera. You can’t help but smile too.


Rishi chikki


When you’re stressed, they tumble over boxes and chatter with you non-stop until you forget your worries. You realise you want to tumble over boxes too. (It looks like so much fun, right?)


Ally


And then, once in while, they dress up and look so adorable, it melts your heart. You realise they’re growing up too fast.


Raya rahil


Children are quite wonderful. But when you throw cooking into the mix, they’re unstoppable.


They love getting their hands dirty, they aren’t afraid to experiment, and they will try anything once. Tell me that’s not the very definition of a fantastic cook.


Ally 1


Which brings me to an exciting announcement :)


There’s a fabulous new treat for all the young chefs out there.


Dorling Kindersley India and Vikas Khanna have created a one-of-a-kind cookbook for children that’s being released on 14th November, 2013.


The book is a fantastic mix of modern recipes, step-by-step images, and easy-to-follow instructions. It’s a wonderful book for any child who is interested in cooking – both for those who are already cooking and want to expand their skills, as well as those who’ve just taken a peep into the kitchen and like what they see :) This book will give them just the encouragement they need.


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I’m giving away a copy of this book to one of you fabulous people. It’ll be signed by Vikas Khanna too! :) All you need to do is drop me a comment below telling me who your favourite little person is and why you love them. Entries will be accepted till 30th November, after which I’ll pick one winner by a random draw.


If you can’t wait to buy Young Chefs, go to Penguin India and get it now!


Thank god for children. For the silliness and the laughter and the fun.
There’s so much to learn from them :)


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For many lucky girls around the world, their Dad is their hero.


Dads teach us how to ride bikes and laugh from our stomachs.


They take us on adventures we can’t ever forget.


They protect us like a literal human shield, from all life’s bad things.


My Dad is that Dad.


Papa and me 1


And here are 10 things he’s taught me about life.


1. You can never be too early to catch a train or a flight. (2-3 hours before is mandatory, but anything above 3 hours, and you’re gold.)


2. Don’t worry if you can’t make it to a birthday party, but always make sure you attend a funeral.


3. Mixing a single malt with Coca Cola is a sissy thing to do. Drink it on the rocks. Like a boss.


4. Always do more than what is expected of you. Much, much more. And do not expect anything in return.


5. It is not nice to stand too close to boys in photographs.


6. If you have to read aloud at an event, the only thing to remember is to read slowly.


7. Try all the crazy things you want to. Just try them at home.


8. When you’re sad, watch The Tom and Jerry Show and you’ll feel better instantly.


9. If you really love something, chase it with everything you have. You will reach it.


10. Family always comes first.


There are so many more, but these are the ones I try to live by.
The ones that are now a part of me.
The ones I might pass on a daughter some day.


Mom says I am very much like my Dad. And nothing makes me prouder.


So this one is for you, Papa.


Papa and me 2


The first man I ever loved.
Baker of the softest cakes.
Granter of my every wish.
Protector from every pain.
Filler of my fridge.
Teacher of tough lessons.
Encourager of my every dream.
My biggest supporter.
My first hero.
My shoulder, my safe haven, my strength.


For everything you’ve taught me by example, and for everything you are, I love you more and more each day.
Thank you for being my rock.


I wish I could send you some of this wonderful Paleo chocolate, but it’d melt.


Paleo chocolate 5


This Paleo chocolate is THE only Paleo hack you need.


Just a few simple ingredients and some stirring will result in the most dark, bitter, smooth, silken chocolate ever.


Melted paleo chocolate


I feel like chocolate was the one thing I was really missing on my Paleo challenge and now I can eat it while being 100% Paleo!


This stuff is crazy rich though, so don’t eat a whole lot at once like I did. You’ll get a tummy ache :P


Since coconut oil is the base, you will be able to taste it a little, so I wouldn’t recommend it if you can’t stand the smell/taste of coconut.


You can make them in mini cupcake cases, and top them with nuts.


Paleo chocolate 1


Or cut up in haphazard shapes :)


Paleo chocolate 6


A little goes a long way – the piece will melt gently between your fingers as you nibble on it, so you can lick your fingers after as well :)


Paleo chocolate 3


Paleo Chocolate


Prep time: 5 mins
Makes: 20-30 pieces


Ingredients:


120 ml coconut oil, melted
100 g cocoa powder
2 tbsp wild organic honey (or maple syrup), plus more to taste if you want
pinch of sea salt
assorted nuts (optional)


Method:


Paleo chocolate 4


1. Pour the coconut oil into a medium mixing bowl. Add the cocoa powder a little at a time, stirring to mix well.
2. Add the honey and salt and stir everything togther until well mixed. Taste and add a little more honey if it is too bitter for you.
3. Pour into mini cupcake cases and top with nuts if you like, or pour over a parchment-covered tray and spread out to an even layer. Freeze for 2-3 hours. Roughly chop up the chocolate on the tray and store in a box in the fridge. The chocolate minis should also be stored in the fridge.


I’m telling you – Paleo never tasted this good!


Have a fantastic day my darlins :)


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Let’s talk about best friends today, shall we?


I’ll start.


Aditi’s been mine for more years than I can count now.


Here’s a picture of us from about 10 years ago.


Ad and I 10 years ago


To the world, Ad is many things – a star basketball player in school, a tennis enthusiast, a Thai-everything lover, an HR expert, a Twitter pro (if you’re not following her yet, you should – @ADwiser), an ace pianist, and a mentalist (or so she claims), among others.


For me though, she’s a whole bunch of other things.


She’s the person I call when I need to think, but can’t. Then she thinks for me.


The voice of reason, when I’m doing something silly.
The voice of silliness, when I’m doing something too serious.


She knows the worst parts of me – the absolute worst. But never judges.


We’ve been planning a holiday around the world since we were 13. We’ll do it one day.


Sometimes we laugh so much, we can’t breathe.


Best friends 1


An analyzer – she’ll sort out any situation, any problem, you throw at her by breaking it down most skillfully.


Oh and she does this annoying thing where she uses her name to emphasize certain words. Like this morning, she said “ADios”. AD-ios? Get it?


I have also been witness to words such as ADmire, ADvice, ADore, and my favourite one yet – ADdictive.
Grow up Ad, you’re an ADult. Hehe :)


In the words of Dr Cristina Yang (Grey’s Anatomy), “She’s my person. If I murdered someone, she’s the person I’d call to help me drag the corpse across the living room floor. She’s my person.”


Aditi’s in Bangalore now, and even though we are in separate cities, we time our morning runs together. It’s wonderful to wake up and check in with your friend for a workout – it’s so much more fun, and you’re much less likely to skip it when you have to answer to someone. Try it with your bestie! :)


Ad and I are on a getting-healthy spree, and to celebrate that I made these really cute eggplant pizzas. They’re gluten-free, vegetarian, baked, and really good for you!


It starts with this rather heavenly mix of olive oil, garlic, onions, tomatoes, and herbs.


Garlic and onions


Ooohh you will also need some of this white, delicious stuff called Mozzarella, baby.


Mozzarella


Stick some eggplant pieces in the oven to bake.


Eggplant pizza 1


Don’t you love eggplant? I think it might be my most favourite veggie!


Then load ‘em up with the tomato-onion mix, fresh herbs, and cheese.


Eggplant pizza 2


Make many, okay? Coz they’re yummy.


Eggplant pizza 3


When that wonderful stringy cheese melts, you will be happy. Aren’t you smiling already? :)


Eggplant pizza 4


I love healthy recipes that don’t taste “healthy”, if you catch my drift ;)


Gluten-free eggplant pizzas
Recipe adapted from: Kalyn’s Kitchen


Prep time: 30 mins
Cook time: 45 mins
Serves: 4


Ingredients:


2 round eggplants (you should be able to get 8 half-inch circular pieces from them)
salt
2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for greasing
7-10 garlic cloves, chopped
2 onions, chopped
2 tomatoes, chopped
4 tbsp tomato puree
2 tsp dry mixed herbs
100 g Mozzarella, torn up or roughly cut
handful of coriander, chopped


Method:


1. Cut the eggplants into 4 even sized circular pieces each (aim for half-inch pieces). Place the pieces on paper towels and gently rub with salt on either side. Leave them for about 20 minutes, so all the water is drawn out. Wipe with a paper towel and set aside.
2. Heat the olive oil in a non-stick pan. Add the garlic and onions, and stir over medium heat until slightly brown and fragrant. Add the tomatoes, tomato puree, 1 teaspoon of the dry herbs, and salt to taste – stir everything together well for about 5 minutes.
3. Preheat the oven to 190º C. Grease a baking tray with olive oil and lay out the eggplant pieces on it. Drizzle olive oil over the pieces and sprinkle over 1 teaspoon of the dry herbs. Bake for 30 minutes.
4. Remove the tray from the oven carefully. Top the eggplant rounds with the tomato-onion mix, followed by coriander, and a few pieces of Mozzarella. Put the tray back in the oven for 10 minutes and switch to the grill setting for the last two minutes. Remove and eat hot.


If Ad was here, we’d probably eat these while knocking back a few cold beers or whiskey sours. (Have I told you guys I make a KILLER whiskey sour? Recipe soon, I promise :))


I really do believe that Ad and I were destined to be in each other’s lives. It can’t be that such a wonderful person just happened to drop into mine.


Best friends 2


All I know is I’m thankful for her everyday and I’m so glad she’s in my life.


Thank you for putting up with all my crap. I love you, Ad.


Here’s a picture of us from about 2 years ago.


Ad and i 2 years ago


We’ve aged so well, haven’t we? :)


Tell me about your best friend and why you can’t do without him/her. I’d love to hear :)


Have a lovely weekend. Love you guys!


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In April this year, Mom, Dad, Luke (a.k.a baby brother), and I took a long-awaited family trip to Meghalaya.


For those who don’t know, it’s a state in North-east India where clouds and rain make the days cool and misty and magical. We spent most of our time in Shillong, also called The Scotland of the East, but I think Land of delicious pork would be a much more appropriate name.


Shillong is a very special place for us as a family. Mom went to school there, Dad taught in the Univ there, they met and fell in love there, and I went to play-school there.


The whole trip was a whirlwind of happy emotions, delicious food, and much-needed family time. Here’s just a little taste of what went down.


Let me begin with our first meal. We stopped at a small shack, just before entering the city. It was drizzling and the food was piping hot.


Rice and vegetables.


Rice and boiled veggies


Beef curry.


Beef curry


Boiled pork.


Pork curry


The spiciest, yummiest chilli-bamboo shoot pickle.


Spicy chilli pickle


Stomachs full, we headed off into the city.


This is a view from the guest house we were staying at. Don’t the flowers make you happy?


View from our guesthouse


It was a cosy place, complete with wooden floors, and the occasional friendly stick insect.


We had many, many friends to meet and places to (re) visit.


This is Dad outside his room in University (NEHU).


dad-outside-his-old-univ-room


This is Mum with her best friend from school – Aunty Iris. I learnt that day that crazy laughter and silly jokes and happy memories only get better with age.


aunty-iris-and-mumma


Here’s Gail (Aunty Iris’s daughter) and me – we went to play-school together. The only thing we remember about the time was eating our tiffin as soon as we reached school. What can I say? I started young :P We were meeting after 25 years!


gail-and-i


This is what Aunty Iris made for us. We couldn’t move very much after this insanely good lunch.


spread-at-aunty-iris


We took a day trip to Cherrapunjee. Obviously, it was drizzling that day.


 cherrapunjee


But there were many hugs to keep warm.


warm-hugs


And who said swings were only for children?


swinging


It was beautiful every where we turned.


Undulating hills in light and shade.


wavy-hills


Waterfalls that beckoned with their misty blue spray.


waterfall


I spotted this mumma hen keeping her baby warm. So cute, right?


hen-and-chick


The most exciting part of the trip was our adventure in the Mawsmai caves. I think the poor quality of air in the caves brought out the best in my mad family. Don’t believe me? Here’s proof.


Things started out pretty sane.


cave-and-me


But very quickly it turned into this.


cave-drama-1


And this.


cave-drama-2


After much excitement, there was light at the end of the tunnel.


 cave-adventures


The food on this holiday was the best. We ate like monsters (to put it politely).


But can you help yourself when this is what the local cuisine consists of?


Dokleh: Pork salad with ginger, onions, and chilli. I tried making this once. Go here for the recipe.


dokleh


Jadoh: Rice cooked in pork stock and eaten with Dokleh.


 jadoh


Tyrso doh sngiang: Boiled pork with greens. Mom’s favourite. Apparently it’s all she ate when she was preggers with me. No wonder I’m a pork fiend.


dosniang


Tungrumbai: A pungent fermented bean and pork paste. The yummiest, stinkiest thing ever. Mom’s friend, Aunty Ru, made all these divine things and even packed me a jar of Tungrumbai to carry home!


 tungrumbai


There were many other local specialities around.


Fresh honey.


 fresh-honey


Beautiful, woody cinnamon bark.


cinnamon


Local berries were my favourite snack all through the holiday. I kept thinking how pretty they’d look tumbled over a white whipped-cream frosting.


berries


If you’re in Shillong and go shopping in Police Bazaar (which you must), and your feet get tired, walk into Glory Plaza and on the top floor you’ll find some momos that warm your soul in a place called Tibetan Kitchen.


momos


Also, remember to order a Juicy Lucy burger at Munchies in Laitumkhrah. Luke declared it the best burger he’d ever eaten in his life.


I met Juni – one of my closest friends from college. We hung out at Matter of taste, a quaint cafe filled with happy, young people, and had some coffee and delicious pie. We laughed till we had tears in our eyes. Sometimes the distance and time and every thing else just doesn’t matter. You meet a friend after years, and it’s that same wonderful, comforting feeling.


Jun and me


Juni also got me some divine White Forest cake from a bakery called Caramel in Laitumkhrah. Not to be missed.


We did some touristy things like boating in Wards lake. The fun part was feeding the rather chubby ducks.


Feeding ducks


One cold morning, Dad surprised Mom with a special horse ride. We all had a go, but Mom was ecstatic :)


Mumma horse ride


We also took a trip to visit our old house – the one in which I sat by the fireplace reading books and generally pranced around. It brought back memories I didn’t know I had.


our old house


Here’s the four of us on the steps.


 family-4


Speaking of which, we got some really good family pictures.


Here’s one.


family-3


Here’s another. (Don’t miss the doggy who decided he’s ours.)


family-2


Here’s one of my brother pretending he’s thinking of something serious. (Who you kidding, Lukey?)


 luke


But this one is my favourite.


family


There’s just something about it that says holiday and family and love.


Tell me about the last trip you took with your family, won’t ya? :)



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You guys know HOW much I love eggs. I first revealed my undying love for them in this post on Creamy baked eggs.


I love their versatility – how you can bake, fry, boil, steam, and poach them. I love how they add their wonderful creaminess to everything you drop them in. They make soups yummier, pies glossier, sandwiches dreamier, and no self-respecting dessert is ever egg-less.


Or so I thought.


I’m the first person to stick up my nose at “egg-less” cakes. I view them with great suspicion, kinda how I view math.


Math problems


But a couple of days ago, I had to bake an egg-less cake. It was for my cousin’s birthday and some of her friends don’t eat eggs. (I need to meet them and set them straight.)


I wanted this cake to be gooey and moist. And that’s quite the opposite of what egg-less desserts usually are.


Then I chanced upon this blog. One look at the picture and I knew I had to try it.


The batter was the first sign this was going to be good.


Egg-less cake batter


The cake came out crazy moist and utterly chocolately. I could not believe that it had no eggs. How was this possible?


Egg-less cake 1


I think the magic ingredients are the yogurt and the coffee mix. Whatever it is, this has become my favourite chocolate cake and you’ve got to try it.


Egg-less cake 2


Sorry, eggs. I still love you. I promise.


Egg-less chocolate cake
Largely adapted from: Maria’s menu


Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 35-40 mins
Serves: 10


Inside the cake


Ingredients:


For the cake


220 g plain flour, sifted
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
6 heaped tbsp cocoa powder
165 g sugar
110 ml vegetable oil, plus extra for greasing
1 tbsp strong coffee powder dissolved in 50 ml boiling water
50 ml milk
50 g yogurt
1 tsp vanilla extract


For the frosting


60 g butter, at room temperature
2 heaped tbsp cocoa powder
150 g icing sugar, plus more if needed
2 tbsp hot milk, plus more if needed
1 tsp vanilla extract
sprinkles, optional


Egg-less cake 3


Method:


For the cake


1. Preheat the oven to 180º C. I used a foil tray to bake this cake since I had to transport it, but you can also you a regular 8-inch round cake tin. Grease and line with parchment.
2. In a large mixing bowl, add all the dry ingredients. Make a gap in the centre and add the wet ingredients. Whisk everything thoroughly until well combined. You should have a smooth batter with no lumps.
3. Pour into the greased tray/tin and bake for 35-40 minutes. Leave to cool on a wire rack.


For the frosting and assembling


1. Mix all the frosting ingredients (minus the sprinkles) and whisk together thoroughly till you have a smooth frosting. You can add more icing sugar to make it stiffer, or loosen it with more milk if you like.
2. Once the cake has cooled, transfer it to a serving plate (if you baked in a tin) and cover the top with frosting. Scatter over sprinkles if you wish. This cake is gooey, and doesn’t slice very neatly, but that’s a small price to pay for the yumminess :) If you prefer neat slices, chill for about an hour before slicing.


Look at this happy face. This is why I bake :)


Happy face!



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