I just survived one of the 'busiest' & 'demanding' week ever! PHEW! Was out of touch with my beloved blog, my twitter family and even my ongoing project -- a crochet traycloth :P
We have been on a 'hosting' mode for guests since 2 weeks ( it still continues ! ) and I also managed for a quick 'n' short one day trip to Bangalore for our 'Hostel Re-union'.It was maddening!! I hardly spent 10 hours in B'lore but almost 23 hours in the bus! ACK! Never mind! Loved every minute of it though!! :)
When I returned home, I was greeted by my most favourite niece Navya (8 yrs) and nephew Neev (5 yrs) & Nial. They are the cutest beings on earth! Nial is just 8 months old and is like a soft cotton pillow :D
Navya is a hardcore cake fan and I wasn't suprised to see Neev sporting a ' #1 Chocoholic' slogan on his T-shirt that day! :) How I wish I had such cute T-shirts when I was growing up :P
I needed a break from the hectic schedule and that's when I asked Navya to help me bake a cake and relieve my stress! Yes, baking does wonders to me! :)
So inorder to keep it simple and also to keep her involved she read the recipe aloud for me . She was so surprised to find how granulated sugar could turn out to be smooth & soft when ground in a mixie :) Then came a lot of questions about 'why do we need to use baking powder? ' why do we need to add eggs one by one? ' why is Riammai's cake mould flexible? ' ( I used my silicone mould) etc.
The best part was when I made the ganache! They lined up in queue to do the taste test ;) and also to lick the bowl clean once I am done with the frosting :)
1-2-3-4 NUTMEG CAKE with MOCHA GANACHE
Recipe source: Roshini
Sugar-2 cups, powdered
Baking powder-2 tsp
Milk-5-6 tbsp or as needed
Nutmeg - 1/2 to 1 tsp, freshly ground
- Sieve flour, nutmeg and baking powder together.
- Beat butter and sugar till soft and fluffy.Add in the eggs one at a time. Beat well.
- Fold in the flour . Add milk to loosen batter if necessary.
- Pour into a prepared tin and bake for 40-45 mins or till done.
Instant coffee powder-1/2 to 1 tsp
- Heat cream to a boil and pour over chopped chocolate. Set aside for 5 mins.
- Add coffee powder and mix well till glossy.
- Pour over the cake and decorate with grated pistachio.