The Weekend Kitchen

Some hits, some misses… my kitchen, over the weekends

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Fresh Strawberry Cake

Last year was when we first saw strawberries in plenty, or maybe it is then that I started noticing it in abundance. The fact that daughter took a strong liking to it maybe the actual reason. Anyhow, since the day I started baking in earnest, she has been asking for a Strawberry Cake. And I’ve been telling her, let the season start.

She was an exceptionally good girl today morning, dusting the bookshelves by herself, that too so perfectly. So when I started for my weekly grocery shopping, I promised her a surprise. Imagine my pleasure when I saw boxes of strawberries stacked on the fruit shelves. Being the start of the season, they were slightly expensive, but then, what else is money for if not for such indulgences? And the pure joy on her face when she saw it….priceless!

Here is the recipe that I hunted down from


For the cake:
2 1/4 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla essence
3/4 cup fresh strawberry, crushed

For the glaze:
1/2 – 3/4 cup crushed strawberry
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tbsp butter, melted
1/2 tsp vanilla


Sift flour, slat and baking powder
Beat butter and sugar till soft and fluffy
Add eggs one at a time, beat well along with vanilla
Add flour mixture in batches alternating with crushed strawberry. Beat well
Bake in a pre heated oven at 180C for 25 – 30 minutes

For glaze, mix all ingredients together and whip for 2 minutes.
Top the cake with the glaze.

I would bake it everyday, if only for that beatific look on daughter’s face after the first bite 🙂



Chocolate Cup Cake

My niece celebrated her first birthday two weeks back and my cousin had ordered a chocolate cake for the day. It was so moist and tasty and my daughter who does not have the word diplomacy in her calendar came straight and told me, “amma this cake is better than the ones you make”. What an insult, right?

That was challenge enough for me. Being a faithful follower of food blogs, there are a few that I rely on for almost everything. Needless to say, my quest for the ultimate, super moist chocolate cake ended here

I made a few minor tweaks to the original recipe, the result was ‘awesome’ to say the least.

Milk – 1 1/2 cups
Butter – 100 gms
Oil – 1/4 cup
Coco Powder – 1/2 cup
Flour – 1 cup
Baking Powder – 1 tsp
Salt – 1/2 tsp
Baking soda – 1/2 tsp
Instant Coffee Powder – 1 tbsp (not part of original recipe, i am a coffee freak…so :))
Egg – 1 beaten, room temp
Sugar – 1 cup + 2 tbsp (250 gms)


1. Boil together milk, oil, butter and cocoa powder till butter melts. Let it cool to room temperature
2. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt
3. Beat egg and sugar together till light and fluffy
4. Add cocoa mixture and beat well
5. Add dry ingredients and beat on lowest speed and blend well
6. Add 2-3 tbsp to cup cake liners
7. Bake in a preheated oven @ 180 C for 15 – 20 minutes
8. If you are making a cake and not cup cakes, bake for 25 – 30 minutes

Cool well before you devour it, actually tasted best the next day, it just melts in your mouth 🙂