Friday, 6 January 2012

The Mother of All Sister's Cake

Don't expect any modesty in this post. I baked and created something so amazing that I am not ashamed to say it. This is my Taj Mahal, my (non) Leaning Tower of Pisa, my Eiffel Tower, my greatest creation's so many things that I don't quite have the perfect name for it. Some call it the Chocolate Tower, some Banana Chocolate Mountain, or some simply dumb-it-down by naming it the Chocolate Truffle Cake. But for me this is the Dancing Queen cake made for my lovely sister.

You see, many years ago, my parents had a chubby baby girl called Neha who ate raw tomatoes and looked like her mother (and that has nothing to do with tomatoes). Five years later I was born because my parents felt she needed someone to play with, someone who'd dote over her even when they weren't around. And I take my job terribly seriously. So this year, for my sister's birthday, I baked her this mammoth cake.

This was my big challenge. I confess that I had pictured something quite different in my head but I am truly happy with what was finally presented on the table. Admittedly, lots of practice required in some areas but I have to say that the taste was bang on. Waise bhi, with so much chocolate, you can't go wrong.

Seriously, baking a cake like this is tough. Fancy cake bakers ko shatt shatt pranam. (Better photos coming up soon!)

I would like to take a minute to thank the organizers of the surprise party (Devika, Kshitij Chandiok), for giving me this opportunity; the attenders of the party (Saloni, Kanav) for driving me their and entertaining me along the way respectively; Zee for eating most of the cake; Mom for making it all possible; and of course my darling sister for being born. I love you guys. *sob weep breakdown in tears*

And here's a little something I baked for my best friend's younger sister. An improvement in piping, I see! Hope she enjoyed it :)

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Why we need to shake it

Came across this fantastic presentation on Facebook. Even though I didn't understand some of it, I think it is just brilliant how it's done. Thirty minutes a day for me, starting today! So this (below) is why we desperately need to shake ourselves out of lethargy. Please watch and share:

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Ring in the new year!

Happy New Year! Goodbye, 2011 and hellooo 2012! I can't say where this year went. I have the memory of a goldfish that way...And that's why I have to write everything down.

I baked something special for my mom on the last day of the year. Thought I'd pamper her a little so she'd forget all the mean things I've said to her all through the year. I made her a vegetable quiche and called it Memoirs of Quiche(a).

I started the year with some piping practice. I made yummy orange cupcakes and iced them with orange-coloured vanilla frosting! Lovely looking yummy stuff!