December 22, 2007

Quick Blender Cake

Yesterday my daughter’s class at school was having their Christmas celebrations. Akshaya has been looking forward to this also because she would have a 10-day vacation immediately after this. She had wanted me to bake a cake to take to school. It just so happened that I have been recovering from a bit of a fever and cold and my energy levels are at an all time low.
I could have bought her something to take to school, but I know she was looking forward to taking something that “Amma made”. So I scouted around my recipe collection for an easy-to-do recipe. I found the perfect one in The Weekend Baker by Abigail Johnson Dodge. The best part about this recipe is that all the ingredients are mixed in the blender at one go and the resulting batter is baked. I don’t think cake making can get easier than this.

Her recipe made chocolate cupcakes. I made a couple of minor changes (I needed a slightly bigger cake) and poured the batter into a tube pan.
I, later, covered the cake with glace icing and sprinkles according to my daughter’s wishes. Akshaya was one happy girl going to school with cake. My mission accomplished!

2 ¼ cups all purpose flour
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
1 ¼ cups hot water
¾ cup corn oil
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 egg
1 ½ tsp vanilla essence
If you want chocolate cake, substitute ½ cup flour with cocoa powder.

Mix all the dry ingredients in the blender. Add all the wet ingredients and blend till well mixed and smooth. Pour the batter into a well greased and floured cake tin/ pan and bake at 190C for about 20 minutes. Cool and serve or decorate if you wish.
My daughter wanted a chocolate icing, not too thick. I made a chocolate glace icing with 2 cups of icing sugar, 1 tbsp cocoa powder and a couple of teaspoons of water. I poured this over the cake and covered this with coloured sugar sprinkles.

I will finish this post wishing fellow bloggers and non-blogging visitors dropping by My Diverse Kitchen (my blog statistics tell me that I have a lot of silent visitors and am encouraged by their presence, too) a Merry Christmas and a happy and fun holiday season.


Nags said...

looks nice and lovely. these tube dishes seem very popular, i need to get one myself!

Jayashree said...

Nice, easy recipe....looks good too.

Rajitha said...

the cake looks great..belated birthday wishes to ur sure she had a great time..

sunita said...

That is a quick cake indeed! Looks wonder Akshaya was so happy :-)

Jeena said...

What a lovely cake Aparna it looks so tasty. :-)

Vcuisine said...

Aparna, a quick cake with nice icing. Wishing you the same. Viji

Rosie said...

WOW a beautiful cake! It really looks very tasty and love that topping :)

Happy Holidays ;)

Rosie x

Laavanya said...

That's a lovely cake and super easy to boot.

TBC said...

Best wishes for a joyous holiday season. Happy 2008!

bee said...

dear aparna, we wish you a wonderful christmas and new year.

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

That is great! I am sure your daughter was proud to bring that to school for her holiday celebration! Lucky for you it was so easy!

Happy Holidays!

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arundati said...

am making this in the choco version now... will keep you posted ... i needed something quick to take to an office celebration...and the damn power was off all morning

Aparna said...

Good to know it worked out eventually and was so popular, Arundati.

suma said...

Lovely super quick cake !! I love to bake cakes for my son to take to school,kids are so so proud to say 'Amma made it', specially in India where home baking is still not all that common..