This is a very special cake for me as this was an order placed from my co-sister from Bangalore, for her one and only sister in Cochin, to be presented as a gift. The choice was entirely left to me and hence I needed to meet her expectations. I told her, that I am just a beginner and why me…She just said,” I know you would meet my expectations”…Now that is whole lot of trust on you and a great responsibility !
I spend weeks working on this. Had sleepless nights thinking on how to get it right, what design to make, which cake to make and so on. Since this cake was gifted for attaining a PhD, I then thought the graduation cap idea would be a good pick. I then started doing trials and working in mind of the various color combinations, how to decorate and so on. In fact I even started dreaming cakes in my sleep!!!!
Few days back, I made this cake for my little sweet 2 year old neighbor and it was well appreciated and so I thought, would take up the same cake and design it differently. This time it was a bigger one. A 2 kg cake for the first time ! wow…lots of new experiences. Anyways I thought will take that extra step and give a try.
Servings – Measurements for a 9″ pan
100 gms Butter
1 1/2 cups Castor Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla essence
1/4 cup Oil
4 eggs separated
1 cup All purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup Cocoa powder
3/4 cup butter milk
For Vanilla Butter-cream Icing/ frosting
100 gms butter
3-4 cups Castor Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla essence
2-3 tbsp Milk
. Pre-heat oven at 370 for 10 mins. Grease the pan and keep aside.
. Sift the all purpose flour,baking powder, baking soda and cocoa powder and keep aside. ( dry ingredients)
.In a bowl, mix butter, sugar and vanilla essence till creamy. To this add the oil and beat well till smooth and creamy.
. Separate the egg yolks and whites. Beat the egg whites separately till soft peaks are formed.
. Mix the yolks to the butter mix and blend till just mixed. To this add the dry ingredients alternating with buttermilk and mix well.
. Fold in the beaten egg whites gradually.
. Pour the batter to the prepared pan and bake for about 30-35 minutes or till cake is done.
For the butter-cream
. Beat the butter till soft and fluffy.
. Add in the vanilla essence and sugar. Add sugar one cup at a time and taste as you go. Just add up to your requirements.
. Add in milk just to make it a smooth consistency and hence add one spoon at a time.
Once cake is baked and cooled,design the cake to your choice.