It was his birthday, on May 4. And like all good wives do, I wanted it to be a special, memorable day for him. So I gave him the choice to decide/ask me what he wanted me to cook for him. And pat came the reply: Maggi for breakfast, Lamingtons as cake ( because his mom always made them for his birthdays as a kid),Chicken Biriyani for lunch and he said that I could decide the rest of the menu :)
So we had Tangdi Kabab, Naan and Dum Aloo for dinner. It was a very yummy affair, I must say! But I skimped on the dessert because I knew he would be attacking the Lamingtons till they are over and gone!
I love doing petit-fours. So I was happy when I had to make these little things. And boy! They are so easy to make! I didn't want him to cut just one, so I piled it up and made the tower and propped candles all over it. Just in case you are wondering where the tip of the tower was, we had it, just couldn't resist it!
I also have to tell you all something, starting from today, I am going to try 25 new things(of course, food related) in the next 25 days before I turn 25! :) I am so excited about it...and so is he! Actually, he was talking about someone doing 40 things before turning 40 and this idea popped into my head! I am glad it did! So this is #25.
Recipe Source: Laksmi Nair
[I made the cake extrra-special by not using my 'Reddie' but by beating the batter using elbow grease ;) ]
Things you will need:
For the cake:
All purpose flour-2c
Baking powder-2 heaped tsp
Baking Soda-1/2 tsp
Butter-125 g ( I used regular unsalted butter)
Sugar-7 tbsp, powdered
Milk-1 1/4 c
Vanilla extract-1/2-1 tsp
- Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.
- Beat butter and sugar together with a wooden spoon till light and fluffy.
- Add in the eggs one by one and beat it well after each addition.
- Add flour and milk alternately starting and ending with flour.
- Add in the vanilla extract.
- If the batter is thick, add more milk and make it to the right consistency.
- Pour into a prepared square pan and bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 C/350 F for 35 mins.
- Cool and cut the cake into small 2x2 inch squares.
For the chocolate coating
Butter-1 1/2 tbsp
Cocoa powder-3 heaped tbsp
- Mix sugar and cocoa powder in a bowl.
- Boil water and butter together. Add this to the sugar-cocoa mix and stir well .
- Chocolate coating is ready.
- Prick a piece of cake with a fork, dip it into the chocolate coating till well coated.
- Drain the excess chocolate by lifting the cake piece (with the fork still in it) and tap against the rim of the vessel.
- Roll in dessicated coconut using the help of a fork (so that your hand stays clean).
- Arrange it on a plate and serve.
- I refrigerated mine overnight but it still stayed soft and moist. I feel it helps to harden the coating too.