My last visit to the local bakery in old Nashik got me nostalgic. Looking at those colourful buttercream birthday cakes,reminded me of my early birthdays! That was the time when cakes were a luxury, and we children used to await birthdays to indulge. That was also the time,when gourmet gateaux, and fresh cream cakes were not very common and reachable to the middle class population. What was affordable was these coloured cakes,laden with butter cream icing, or rather an icing made with veg. shortening,mostly vanaspati ghee and sugar. It would be a nightmare (both gastronomic as well as cholesterol)to eat those now. I could still feel the grainy sugar and the ghee icing on my throat. But that still used to be a treat for all at that time. Our first encounter with a premium cake happened, courtesy “Monginis” a very common and famous cake shop chain, who were apt in marketing their unique product “ The Blackforest Cake and Pastry”. It was an instant hit. The smooth taste of the soft chocolate cake, and the fresh cream ,together with the cherries ,sung in perfect harmony. They commanded a premium price though , but still were a preferred choice with both adults and children. I tried creating just the magical taste , that I so remember as my first encounter with the real world of Cakes , and later led me into my baking passion.
Mix together the butter and Chopped chocolate and place on a double boiler to melt together. Add sugar and cocoa powder and eggs and beat using electric beater.Fold in the self raising flour , till batter is smooth.
Bake the cae at 180 deg C preheated oven for 20-30 mins. Cool and Demould the cake.
Lightly mash the cherry and mix with sugar and 2 tbsp water and bring the mixture to a boil. Mix cornflour with some water and add tot he cherry mixture. Keep stirring till thick and smooth. Transfer in a bowl and set aside to cool.
Mix the whipping cream or cool whip with sugar and vanilla and beat till stiff peaks. Refrigerate till further use.
Slice the cake horizontally. Place the base slice over a plate or a turn table. Drizzle cherry syrup or sugar syrup on the base slice to moisten it. Apply the thick cherry sauce prepared earlier. Layer it with whipped cream
Top the layer with cherries and grated chocolate. Cover it with other layer of cake and repeat the steps.
Cover the entire cake with whipped cream. Even out the edges. Spread the chocolate shavings, sticking them on the sides as well. Pipe some rosettes of whipped cream over the cake and top them with cherries. Refrigerate for 10 mins before serving.
Hi! I am Sonali, mom to a fast growing teenager and a homemaker.I love to cook, read and travel ( and in that order). I believe that travel keeps the cook ever so innovative. Each time I travel, I scourge the market places and eateries for some new ingredient or recipies. I believe that every type of cuisine has its own story to relate……One that’s fascinating.Being born and brought up in Mumbai which is often called “a melting pot of culinary delights” helped me explore and experiment with a wide range of cuisines.So come share with me the tang of lime, the bite of chilli, the fresh herbs, the crunch of raw veggies and experience the wide spectrum of textures and sharp flavours of different cusines.
I’m Harshada Sandhan and welcome to NamakShamak.com..my little world of culinary adventure ,where I pour my successful kitchen experiments,rustic learnings and travelogues into systematic ,easy to follow recipes and fun to read blogs.
I hope you find my recipes helpful and my blogs as interesting as much as I ve enjoyed Cooking ,Clicking and Writing them.
Working professional turned Food Blogger, Harshada Sandhan discovered her passion towards cooking after the birth of her son. The numerous recipes, tried and tested in her kitchen soon found their way on her food blog NamakShamak.com, run by Harshada and her sister Sonali. Mumbai born Harshada is Married into a Maratha Family, and is known for her unique Khandeshi Recipes and Rustic Mumbai Vadvaali Cuisine. She was also featured in online magazines like Salt(Ezine by Food Bloggers Association of India), in editions of Pune and Mumbai Mirror (Times of India). Namakshamak.com and has also won an award for Regional Blog (Awards by the Food Blogger Association of India) in 2016.
Harshada is a self-confessed bakeaholic and enjoys baking treats for her kids and fmaily. She also retails her Baking ,Gourmet Chocolates and Confectionery under “Angel Delicacies”, a venture she started with her friend Sangeeta and Sister Sonali. Angel Delicacies currently operates in Thane and Mumbai and works with individuals and corporates on customised gifting solutions.
Harshada also likes developing fusion recipes with nutritious Indian ingredients in her kitchen.
She’s a kitchen gadget freak, and loves working with modern kitchen tools and gadgets. She’s always on a look out for online websites offering gourmet food ingredients and learning newer kitchen trends. An avid reader, Harshada also loves writing about food and culinary travel. Harshada is currently based in Thane ,Mumbai with her husband and two Sons.
Nostalgia has its way with emotions... when a parent look at their children growing into young adults,its an emotional feeling to think about the childhood, about the journey that brought both the parent and the child at the present That shaped us into what we are....