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.