Vanilla Essence

  • Egg Free Orange And Chocolate Zebra Cake

    Egg Free Orange And Chocolate Zebra Cake

    The zebra cake needs no introduction to most food bloggers. It's one of those cakes that scores pretty high on what my daughter calls the "wow" factor but requires no ...

  • An Alcohol-free Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte or Black Forest Gateau/ Cake

    An Alcohol-free Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte or Black Forest Gateau/ Cake

    Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte literally translates as Cherry Cake from the Black Forest region of Germany. I don’t think there are too many people who haven’t heard of this cake of German ...

  • Egg Free Dark Chocolate and Orange Mousse (GF)

    Egg Free Dark Chocolate and Orange Mousse (GF)

    The three of us love chocolate and I really cannot think of a better way to celebrate anything, food wise, than with chocolate. August is a month of celebrations in ...

  • Margot's Pineapple Banana Coco Smoothie (GF)

    Margot's Pineapple Banana Coco Smoothie (GF)

    I made this smoothie to send in for the Monthly Blog Patrol, an event started by Coffee from The Spice Café. This month’s event is being hosted by Sig from ...

  • Quick Blender Cake

    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 ...

  • Dry Fruit Truffles (GF, V)

    Dry Fruit Truffles (GF, V)

    When I saw that Dry Fruits were to be this month’s fruit on A Fruit A Month (AFAM), I really wasn’t sure if I could come up with anything. These ...

  • Date and Walnut Muffins

    Date and Walnut Muffins

    I had some dates leftover from making date-filled rolls and was wondering how to use them up. I was reminded of a wonderful date and walnut cake we used to ...

  • Egg Free Cornflakes Cookies

    Egg Free Cornflakes Cookies

    Our daughter, then somewhere in between 11 and 12, was one of the reasons I started my blog. She was convinced that my cooking needed to be out there and ...