I have been blogging about food for a while now, but for about the first half of that time, I wasn’t really very aware or interested in being on social networking platforms like Twitter and Facebook. In my book, networking is a means to increase one’s visibility for whatever purpose one chooses and I’m really not very good at this sort of stuff. I find making small talk, even in the real world, a very difficult thing to do. So, I didn’t really see the point of my being in these places.
So when someone suggested that I should be on Twitter because it was fun, I joined in a rather half-hearted manner. And then a cousin asked me to join Facebook, as most of my immediate and extended family from all around the world is there, and it would a great way to keep in touch. Though I am not a very dedicated Tweeter or a Facebooker, I now know enough people there to drop in and talk to them on a regular basis.
Not only have I re-discovered friends from my student days, but I have also made some awesome friends with whom I connect beyond food and blogging, and these are friendships that will be with me for life. So what does social networking have to do with a glazed mango pound cake?
Nothing much other than the fact that this cake was the result of a discussion with some good friends on Facebook. A week back Arundhati and Arundati (Yes, namesakes but wait; there’s one more in this story!) were discussing some chocolate chip cookies they were baking together, one in India and the other in Singapore, and having fun doing it. That’s when Nandita remembered how much fun they had a long time back baking cake together. Enter one more Arundathi and myself and the five of us thought it would be a wonderful idea and even more fun if we all got together to bake a cake.
I’m afraid I lost track of who suggested what exactly, but given that it’s the season for mangoes in India, and that Indians who do not passionately love mangoes are a minority, it was a natural conclusion that we unanimously decided to bake a mango pound cake.
We decided to make it even more fun by deciding that we could use any recipe of our choice. Now pound cakes are called pound cakes for a reason. Traditionally, a pound cake was made with a pound each of the four main ingredients (flour, butter, sugar and eggs). Over time, pound cake recipes have changed and there are so many variations on the original that some don’t resemble the original pound cake anymore. Even I have one of those non-traditional type of pound cakes I make with home-made paneer
My personal definition of a pound cake is that it is a cake which adds pounds to one’s frame! So I thought if I must make pound cake, maybe I could find one that wasn’t so heavy on the calories because frankly, I can do with less of them.
This particular pound cake looked promising, as I find I like the texture of buttermilk cakes. My adapted version is below. I used Mankhurad mangoes, which is supposed to be the best of all Goan mangoes. The best Goan Mankhurad mangoes come from the Chorao Island, and I can assure you that they are indeed the best.
I used 3/4 cup sugar because my mangoes were very sweet, and as I was using a sugar glaze I didn’t want a very sweet cake. I tend to add a bit of lemon juice and a largish pinch of salt to most of my sugar glazes because I find it balances out the cloying sweetness of the sugar. You can choose to leave that out if you prefer.
I used only 2 egg whites in this cake and chose to use vanilla as the flavouring rather than my favourite cardamom. I have been overdoing the cardamom a bit so the change, but I must tell you that mango and cardamom is an unbeatable and the best combination.