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.
Abigail Dodge’s recipe is for chocolate cupcakes, so I adapted her recipe a bit and made a bundt cake. I have found that a lot of cakes that are made with oil as the fat of choice, tend to have a slightly pasty mouth feel which I don’t particularly like. However, oil does give cake a certain desirable moistness. So one thing I like to dowith cakes that usually are made with oil, is to substitute about a part of it with melted butter. Here, if you wish to use all oil please use 3/4 cup of oil.
I wanted a vanilla cake but if you want a chocolate cake, substitute 1/2 cup of the flour with cocoa powder. I covered the cake with glace icing and sprinkles according to my daughter’s wishes. Akshaya was one happy girl going to school with cake. Mission accomplished!