Birthday Cake

Birthday Cake

Cakes have sweetened our Birthdays for time immemorial….What would be a more wonderful gift than a home baked cake on a birthday!! So make the day special for someone special with this yummilicious cake.

This eggless cake is easy to make ,uses ingredients readily available at home and avoids use of artificial colour and preservatives.

Ingredients

Malai/Cream from whole milk 3/4 cup

Milk powder/Dairy whitener 1 cup

All Purpose Flour/Maida 1 cup

Granulated Sugar 1 cup

Milk 1 cup

Baking powder 1 tsp

Baking soda 1 tsp

Vanilla essence 1/2 tsp

Method

Sieve all the dry ingredients (except sugar & milk powder) twice.

Mix cream/malai and sugar together in a mixing bowl in one direction for five minutes (till the sugar blends in cream)

Now slowly add dry ingredients,milk powder and milk to the cream mixture stirring continuously to avoid lump formation.

Add vanilla essence to the cake mixture.Mix gently.

Pour the mixture into a greased and dusted 150 mm (6″diameter) cake tin.

Pre heat the oven to 200 degree Celsius for five minutes.Reduce the temperature to 180 degree Celsius and bake the cake for half an hour.(the cooking time and temperature differs from oven to oven.Bake the cake accordingly).

The cake is ready if it leaves the side and is spongy to touch.With the help of knife check if the cake is done(it should come out clean).When ready take the cake tin out of the oven.Allow to cool for five minutes.Invert the cake tin over a rack and tap sharply to remove.

This cake can be served hot or alternatively it can be cooled and garnished.

P.S. Alternatively you can also bake the cake in a heavy bottom pressure cooker.Make sure that the gasket/rubber tube is intact and the whistle is removed. Pre-heat the cooker in high flame for 5 minutes.Place a ring in the cooker.Now place the cake tin over the ring and close the lid.Bake the cake in low flame for about 40-50 minutes.Check if the cake is done as stated above.

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