Tuesday, August 31, 2010

HONEY COMB CAKE...celebration time for 200,000 hits!


Before we move on to the post, I would like to re-name this cake from Chocolate Buttercream & Vanilla Bubble Cake to HONEYCOMB CAKE. The credit for the new name goes to 'Appan', my dad. He said the former name was very lengthy and asked me to re-name it :)

This cake was featured as the Recipe Post of the Day on Foodblogs.com! Thank you all very much!

Okay, now onto the post.

I was very happy for my blog when it had 100,000 hits (in 7 months time) on 10 June 2010.  Today, I am even more excited that my blog had another 100,000 hits in less than 2 1/2 months! What more should a blogger ask for?

Thank you all very very much for your valuable support!  I have done a special something for you all, today.

If you look beneath my header, you will see a tab called YOU & I. Do read it if time permits. That's one way that I could show my appreciation for you all.

Now onto the cake.Let's celebrate people! Instead of opening a bottle of bubbly, let's dive straight into this decadent 3- layered Bubble cake! So get your forks ready! I'll provide the paper napkin :-) and yes, the cake too! ;-)











HONEY COMB CAKE

Things you'll need:
Traditional Vanilla Cake
Chocolate Buttercream
Semi-Sweet Chocolate
Surprise element- Bubble Wrap

Traditional Vanilla Cake
Recipe source: The Magnolia Bakery Cookbook


Ingredients:
Unsalted Butter- 1c
Sugar-2c
Eggs-4 large,at room temp
All purpose flour-2 3/4 c
Baking powder-2 tsp
Milk-1 c
Vanilla Extract- 1 tsp

Method:

  • Pre-heat the oven to 350F/180C
  • In a large bowl, cream butter on medium speed till smooth, about 2 mins.
  • Add sugar gradually and beat till fluffy ,about 3 mins.
  • Add eggs one at a time beating well after each addition.
  • Combine flours , add in 4 parts , alternating with milk and vanilla, beating well after each addition.
  • Pour into the prepared pan (I used a 9" round tin) and bake for 35-40 mins or till the inserted skewer comes out clean.
  • Cool in tin for 10 mins, then invert it onto a cooling rack and cool completely.

Chocolate Buttercream {EGGLESS}
Recipe source: The Magnolia Bakery Cookbook


Ingredients:
Unsalted butter- 1c, very soft & NOT melted.
Milk- 1 tbsp +1 tsp
Semi sweet chocolate- 6 oz, melted  & cooled to room temp
Vanilla extract- 1 tsp
Confectioner's sugar/Icing sugar- 1 1/4 c


Method:

  • In a medium sized bowl, beat butter until creamy for about 3 mins.
  • Add milk and beat until smooth for about 1 minute.
  • Add the melted and cooled chocolate and beat well till everything is mixed well.
  • Add in the vanilla extract and beat for 3 minutes.
  • Gradually add in the sugar and beat until creamy and of desired consistency.


Bubble Wrap Decoration
Ingredients:
Semi sweet chocolate-10 oz

Method:

  • Cut a template out of a fresh bubble wrap.
  • Melt the chocolate and let it cool to room temp.
  • Pour over the template and wait till the chocolate is half set.


Assembly:

  • Cut the cooled cake in 3 layers, horizontally.
  • Apply the buttercream in between the layers ,sides and on top.
  • When the chocolate is half set, invert the bubble wrap over the cake and press it slightly.
  • Leave the cake with the bubble wrap on in the freezer for 15 mins.
  • Peel away the bubble wrap carefully.



Verdict: 
It was difficult for me to cut through the bubble layer. I actually did hear Jobin gasping when I cut through it. We both were admiring the bubble layer even while I was clicking the pictures,but when I had to slice it, our hearts broke.

But the moment we had a taste of the cake...we were least bothered about the bubble layer! :-)

58 Comments:

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Congrats Ria on this milestone, wow 100K hits in less than 2.5 months, great achievement. Love your bubble wrap decoration. Simply adoring and drooling all over it :)

El said...

Congratulations on your hits. The cake looks beautiful!

Swapna said...

Congrats on your hits Ria! Bubble wrap decoration is something new to me...looks really beautiful!!

An Open Book said...

the bubble wrap idea is brilliant..magnolia is a fav bakery of mine..so anything they make is a big Yes for me

Pavithra said...

Congrats on ur hits Ria.. the picture are gorgeous and the bubble wrap idea is interesting....will adop this next time.

Deepa said...

Brilliant idea of using Bubble wrap. Very adorable.

Umm Mymoonah said...

Congrats Ria on your 200,000 hits, your bubble wrap decoration looks very good.

Preethi Sriram said...

Hey dear,

Wow Fantastic dear... its really mouthwatering dear...

Great clicks and thanks for the eggless preparation.....

love your baking recipes...

magpie said...
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magpie said...

Breathtakingly beautiful Ria! Was reading this with my just turned 8 month old sitting next to me on the couch and he made a lunge toward the screen when he saw your cake! Think he loves it too :)
Oh and thanks for your comment on the post about my hunt for the perfect knife! Have been waiting for someone to justify my current kitchen equipment acquisition craze! I blame food bloggers like you (and me) :P

Aparna S Mallya said...

Awesome milestone, fantabulous cake and definitely an admirable bubble of an idea!!

Nithya said...

This pattern is simply exciting :) lovely work and so clean and neat. :)

Satya said...

congrats ria ...n the cake looks simply awesome

Satya
http://www.superyummyrecipes.com

Shabs.. said...

i really loveed the idea of the bubble wrap thing... unique....Congrats on ur achievement!...pinney, these days i am just reducing the butter intake in my recipes. I love them and i can have them the whole day, but i can see myself exploding one fine day!i shud try this when we have a get together or something...impressive..

Sreelekha Sumesh said...

Fantastic Ria,cake looks utterly yummy!

Nachiketa said...

That's an amazing feat.... so many hits.....
Congratulations Ms.Popular Baker :)

Love the bubble wrap idea...

Cheers,
The Variable, Crazy Over Desserts - Nachiketa
Catch me on facebook @ Crazy Over Desserts

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

Congratulations, Ria. You are doing fabulous!!! I made the same thing once for decorating a cake, and that was hard. How come your top layer is so soft? I see you used straight up chocolate, the same thing I did, so how the huge difference in textures?

collin said...

Wow!!! Great job indeed. The decoration is mind blowing Ria. This looks nice and yummy. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I will surely try this out.

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Roshan said...

hey your blog is superlative!!

Divya Kudua said...

OMG Ria..you truly deserve a pat on your bag for a)gathering 100,000 hits in just 2 months!!! and b)for making a cake which sounds unique and looks fantabulous!!I love the way the top of the cake looks..the cake has a LOT of buttah!!!hehe.Got to save those bubble wraps without bursting..tough thing to do!!

Priya said...

Congrats Ria..Wat a fabulous looking cake, simply awesome..

archana said...

Congratulations Ria, your blog is precious !!!!

What a nice to way to celebrate, lovely cake. Warming the knife will help you cut through the modeled chocolate layer.

Sayantani said...

congrats on the milestone achieved Ria. the bubble wrap decoration is a super neat idea and looks adorable. will try it some time.

Bharathy said...

Congrats girl!!...the decoration is neat and unique!!!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Congrats!

That cake is fabulous! I love that decoration!

Cheers,

Rosa

RV said...

Oh boy, look at that pretty cake. I absolutely love love love this idea. You are extremely patient. Kudos

Ria Mathew said...

Thank you so much everyone!

Avanika- Did you freeze it for more than 15 mins? Did you try cutting it as soon as you took the cake out from the freezer?

Maria said...

Congrats dear!! The cake looks awesome! You make it sound simple pakshe njan athu cheyyumbol engane varummennu daivathinu ariyam :)

nivedita said...

Hi Ria,
Congrats on your milestone.
and what a sexy cake it is!!!!
I don't know how many years I need to learn to make it!!!

Simran said...

Congrats! It's a uniquely beautiful cake

Ambika said...

Hey Ria!! Congratulations!!! That is such a marvelous cake..love the bubble wrap decoration!

syndhu said...

Congratulations! I secretly think that you eat only dessert for all three meals :)

DEESHA said...

congratulations & this cake looks lovely ria

DEESHA said...

congratulations & this cake looks lovely ria

Smita Srivastava said...

Hello

First time at ur space .... I'm amazed by ur wonderful baking skills .. The honeycomb cake is out of the world ... love its creative decoration.

-Smita
@Little Food Junction

Margot said...

I love it! Idea of using bubble wrap to create the design is great :)

Patricia Scarpin said...

That is a work of art! What a beautiful cake!

Twinsy Rachel said...

Speechless at ur awesome creation :)

Bhargavi Maremanda said...

o-this is awesome. I came to your blog several times in the last month - its addictive ;) I enjoy the recipes you post and love your photography - keep up the good work!
Bhargavi

Reshmi said...

congrats for the lovely travelling....i mean for the milestone...wonderful n delicious cake ria.....

Aparna said...

Congratulations, Ria. YOur blog is looking lovely, your pictures are really good and that cake is out of this world!
Bubble wrap? I'm going to try this sometime. :)

Happy Cook said...

Congragulations. Love the idea of the buble wrap. You have real patience to do it girl.
I had to smile when i read both of you were admiring the bubles on the cake and that jobin gasped when you sliced the cake.
I love the Mangolia baking book too.

Happy Cook said...

Congragulations. Love the idea of the buble wrap. You have real patience to do it girl.
I had to smile when i read both of you were admiring the bubles on the cake and that jobin gasped when you sliced the cake.
I love the Mangolia baking book too.

Home of Cupcakes said...

Lovely..... cake... n congrats..

www.homeofcupcakes.blogspot.com

Dambilishi said...

Hi Ria,

More questions

1. Whats the oz to gms conversion?

2. Cup to gms for butter, flour, sugar (powdered, granules, icing)?

This cake looks stunning.

Preethi

Susan and Abraham said...

hi dear just to let you know your jaw-dropping recipe has been selected in 'the 30 best recipes of 2010' list. regards abraham and susan

Srivalli said...

This sure looks awesome Ria..:)

Vaishali Sharma said...

Congrats!! gorgeous looking cake!!!Can't believe u used bubble wrap to decorate it..so innovative!

cooking-with-thas said...

Congratulations on making it to the 30 best recipes of 2010. What an incredible cake and hats off to for using bubble wrap to create the honey comb effect. I cannot admire enough and yes I am drooling right now!

Now Serving said...

Agree with all comments above - Looks perfectly deliciouso!
http://priyasnowserving.blogspot.com/

Tamanna said...

wow...this cake was well worth it. congrats on it winning top 30 recipes of the year, time to celebrate the new year with this joy!

kristies said...

Hi Ria ji
Lost my english wordpower!!!Can find a words in any language i know!!!
U awe me!!!
I really really want a class from u!!
Inspiration has already made my two dishes from u so hit!!!
Tc
Criss

Seema Kamath alias Seema Abbas Ali said...

Hey Ria,

I made Hershey's 'Perfectly Chocolate' Chocolate Cake, sandwiched pepsi soaked layers with ordinary whipped cream. Topped it with your idea of bubble wrap pattern. Thanks so much for coming up with out of the box ideas and being an inspiration. Your ideas earn me accolades dear. Keep up the good work.

Here's the link to my post:
http://amchi-bong-konnexion.blogspot.com/2011/04/chocolate-honeycomb-cake-for-coveted.html

Regards,
Seema
amchi-bong-konnexion.blogspot.com
seemabbas.blogspot.com

Sonia said...

Ria,
Love the idea for the honeycomb pattern using bubble wrap. Will def use it sometime.

vineetha said...

First time here,saw a post in Rinku's blog which led me here.Ur blog looks so professional,I am speechless about this cake..I like to try this one,but scared whether it will comes out nicely like urs,but will definitely try it out.Liked the name too...very innovative !

Zo-Ya said...

Hey Ria, I had bookmarked this one to try it some day and I finally managed to gather guts to do it yesterday and it turned out beautiful.I was so thrilled when I lifted the bubble wrap to see the beautiful pattern. The cake was marvelous. A lil problem with the chocolate icing though, it was my bad I decided to have my own measurements but nevertheless the whole thing was divine,darling. Can't thank u enough for the inspiration.Will post pic soon. Hope you are enjoying your time in Kannur. Bye
Cheers

Emm said...

You know, I had just randomly written in my post what do you do with all that bubble wrap and a lady gave me your link. This is very creative indeed:)

sheethal mobin said...

Ria,
One quick question... The vanila cake recipe yields 2 round cakes?
Thanks in advance

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