January 29, 2015

Beetroot and Chocolate Cupcakes

Made these cupcakes for my daughter, who after wishing her cousin a Happy Birthday on a long distance call, wanted to know "Cake kahaan hai" [ Where is the Cake]. There were some beetroots lying in the fridge and I searched for a recipe for cupcakes using them. This recipe had the most positive comments , so decided to make these.  And it turned out really moist and utterly delicious. These cupcakes are not pink or red, but dark chocolate colour.

Recipe for cake is from  here . It makes about 20-22 regular sized cupcakes. These taste best after cooling for few hours or kept overnight refrigerated covered..


  • 250g well-drained, cooked beetroots, pureed
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 300g caster sugar
  • 250ml vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 225g plain flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder


  1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease and flour one 20x30cm (9x13 in) or similar sized baking tin.
  2. In a large bowl, combine pureed beetroots, eggs, vanilla, oil and sugar. Mix with an electric mixer on low speed until well combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt and cocoa. Add to the creamed mixture, beating together well. Pour batter into prepared tin.
  4. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until done. Cool and frost with your favourite icing. 
I have frosted with chocolate ganache.

January 14, 2015

Oatmeal and Raisins Cookies

Oatmeal and raisins cookies
After a long time , I baked some cookies. These are really delicious with an amazing cinnamon flavour and moist raisins.

recipe from http://www.food.com/recipe/best-oatmeal-cookies-54351

Ingredients: for 24 cookies
1 1/2 eggs, well beaten
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup oatmeal
3/8 cup chopped pecans


  1. This is a very important first step that makes the cookie: combine eggs, raisins and vanilla and let stand for one hour.
  2. Cream together butter and sugars.
  3. Add flour, salt, cinnamon and soda and mix well.
  4. Blend in egg-raisin mixture, oatmeal, and chopped nuts.
  5. Dough will be stiff.
  6. Drop by heaping teaspoons onto ungreased cookie sheet, or roll into balls and flatten slightly.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. [Note: It took me several more minutes. Would depend on the oven.]

July 14, 2014

Another birthday cake!

While I was on the break from blogging , Had made this cake for my husband's birthday!

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