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.
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
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
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.