February is synonymous with Valentine’s Day or rather Valentine’s Month for me! First half of the month goes in anticipation and planning for The Day! And rest half goes in cherishing the sweet moments! And for a bakeholic like me , its yet another chance to don my apron and let my bakeholism take over! I remember I had made this one last month , during sankranti festival , especially for my Sis In Law , who has a weakness for strawberries and anything thats Pink! And when she did see this special treat , that was made as a surprise for her , she was like”Aww so suweet ..Pink Heart!” My day was done! I plan to bake this treat again for both my Valentines…my spouse and my kiddo , whos the sole reason I Bake Bake n Bake!
Preheat oven at 180 deg.C for 10 mins. Grease the baking tin (i used heart shaped tin) with butter and lightly dust with maida or flour.
In a bowl, cream together butter and sugar using electric beater till light n fluffy. Add eggs one at a time and beat together till mixed. ( Add egg replacer mixture at this stage itself)
Add vanilla essence and mix. Sieve together flour and baking powder and baking soda . Alternatey add flour and milk into the egg mixture , starting and ending with flour , till a ribbon consistency batter is formed.
Pour the batter in baking tin and bake in preheated oven 180 deg.C , for about 25- 30 mins, or till skewer inserted at the center comes out clean.
Cool the cake and demould.
Whip the cream with sugar till stiff peaks form.
Cut the cake horizontally into two slices.
Drizzle some of the water sugar mixture over the base slice just to moisten it . Now Spread strawberry jam or preserve ,gently over the base slice. Spread whipping cream over it and even out on into a uniform layer
Continue for the other layer on top. Cover the cake with cream and even out using frosting spatula.
Cool the glaze to room temperature, stirring continously , and pour over the cake. Pipe rosettes using cream filled in piping bag with star nozzle.
Cool the cake in refrigerator for atleast 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.
Most of us Ubanites have this new found love for a space that’ll give us some “space”..Literally!
A place outside the boundaries of your home or workplace where you can be alone or with your friends and not be bothered with the hovering staff to take your order, execute and slap a bill and wait for you to empty space. I love my personal space and I’m very protective about it. So when the saturation sets in, ( being a mom to two naughty boys, I need to reset myself very often) I head to a nearby cafe just alone or with my bestie to spend next few hours in peace.