Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Can u believe he's 4 months already | Vanilla Pound cake with Orange Caramel Drizzle

Yesterday was pretty hectic. It was time to bake another cake and with no one around to help me with the kid, I was pretty sure that baking a cake was a big no-no. Added to that the kid is down with flu. Running nose and dry cough, he hardly sleeps. Poor thing finds it hard to breathe and its been sleepless nights for me holding him to sleep. God how I want the week to end... Not to worry, he is recovering great.
But I didn't want to break the ritual... A cake had to be made. I wanted to bake something new and I had the right recipe in mind with tangy touches. Also I wanted my bundt pan to be put in use... Its been a year since I got it and not a single bundt cake on the blog. But with the sudden onset of the flu in the family every plan took a backseat. Yes, the flu took the family as a ring ~ first the huss, then me and now the kid.

So when the kid took his paracatemol and was fast asleep by mid-day, it gave me ample amount of time to whip the cake batter and make the caramel. Since the huss is around this time, I made it a bit exotic by drizzling chocolate over the cake. A touch which was perfect with the vanilla. Sprinkled some sugar balls and a beautiful cake was ready for my sugarplum.

Buttery Vanilla cake with dark chocolate and tangy orange caramel drizzle and studded with sugar balls...

The cake was super soft with a mild hit of orange tang to the palate counteracted beautifully by the dark chocolate. A winner...
And to those who have no idea why the name pound cake, here is the fact... Pound cake refers to a type of cake traditionally made with a pound of each of four ingredients: flour, butter, eggs, and sugar. Hence, any cake made with a 1:1:1:1 ratio of flour, butter, eggs, and sugar is called a pound cake.
~*What U Need*~
All purpose flour - 1 cup
Butter - 100 gms
Sugar - 3/4 cup
Eggs - 2
Vanilla extract - 1 1/2 tsp
Baking powder - 1 tsp
Baking soda - a pinch
Salt - a pinch (optional)
Milk - 2 tbsp (if the mix is thick)

For the orange caramel drizzle
(Inspired from Pain Perdu by Philippe Mouchel - Masterclass)
Sugar - 1/4 cup
Water - 2 tbsp
Orange juice - 3/4 cup

Melted dark chocolate, sugar sprinkles
How I made it:
Lets make the orange drizzle first. Heat a heavy bottomed skillet, add sugar and water and allow to caramelize. Once the mixture turns to amber, add the orange juice and mix well. Reduce to a syrup of pouring consistency. Set aside and allow to cool.

Sieve flour, baking soda and baking powder thrice. Set aside. Beat eggs untill light and fluffy. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar.

Add milk to eggs if using. Add this to the creamed butter and mix well. Add vanilla essence and mix.

Add flour mix in batches and combine well. Preheat oven to 175C. Grease the pan with butter. Pour the batter into the pan and bake the cake for 35-40mins or until the top turns golden brown (inserted tooth pick will come out clean). Cool for 10mins and then unmould.

Cool down completely and then drizzle melted dark chocolate followed by orange caramel evenly. Decorate with sugar balls.

Slice and enjoy.

** My Notes:
** Always use butter at room temperature.
** Skip salt if using salted butter like Amul.
** I reduced the sugar to 3/4 cup as I had the orange caramel drizzle over the cake. Increase to 1 cup if making the cake plain.

So thats it Folks...
With Love,

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  1. Wow...Celebration cake looks super...Hope your lil one is fine now...hey time sure flies...esp with little ones around...

  2. Lovely Bundt! and happy 4 month birthday to the little one! :)

  3. Wow so cute :) Happy 4th month B'day to little one :)

  4. Wow! super cake Vimitha, Happy 4th month

  5. That's really your pure dedication Vimitha..Lovely cake dear..

  6. With kids, yes, time does flies away very fast. Awesome cake to celebrate his 4th month.

    Divya's Culinary Journey

  7. Hope your lil one is feeling better now....I really appreciate the way you've been baking cakes for all his monthly b'days...the cake looks yum

  8. hope your lil one is fine now... when kids get sick, it breaks every mother's heart... the cake looks really yummy...

  9. Take care of your Lilliput.. its very hard when our Lil ones are sick..Don't worry he will recover soon..Cake looks delicious.. even in your hectic time, you made it perfect..

  10. Looks great! Hope your little one gets well soon :)

  11. Your little brave boy will be fine soon...don't worry..
    Cake looks super soft and how did you manage to make then click and post it is commendable

  12. looks delicious and take care to the little one :-)

  13. Nice effort and good memories vimitha. How is your kid now? I am sure he will cherish and like each moment you spent for him, when he grows!!! BTW the cake looks delicious and soft.

  14. Celebration cake looks delicious...Happy 4th month dear little one...

  15. Celebration cake looks so delicious, love that dripping chocolate!
    Enjoy these priceless moments!

  16. Awesome bake....Hope he s feeling better now....take care

  17. The cake looks great, hope your son recovers quickly!

  18. hope your son is fine now.. cake looks good..

  19. cake looks good for a celebration such as this :)

  20. Congratulations at first sweetie, for the little one of course! :) I was away from the blog world for a while so could not get any updates, but I'm so happy to know that he's 4 months old now; time seriously flies. You still might be missing his kicks in your womb sometimes. ;)
    When the kids are unwell, the whole world looks damn gloomy, so this cake was definitely a good mood lift. He'll be fine soon, mommy! :)
    This is a beautiful, beautiful cake with that delicious orange!! I wish I cud grab a bite... :)

  21. congrats for your little prince..cake looks so soft and moist...

  22. wow perfect cake,luks tempting...Keep rocking:)

  23. wow... happy 4th month of celebration, hope lil one is fine now... take care of him... lovely cake dear...

  24. Happy 4th month celebrations. Yummy cake.

  25. wow vimitha what a gorgeous cake that is. love the drizzle on top.

  26. wow...cake looks so delicious n u have made it very well...Nice celebration, hope he is doing great...Take care!!

  27. Wonderful cake to celebrate , very nicely done

  28. Perfect and yummy cake..Hope ur little one is feeling better now...
    Shabbu's Tasty Kitchen

  29. Omg, already 4 month, time flies na..Wat a super spongy cake, beautifully done Vimitha..

  30. I hope you are all feeling better! Such a yummy cake...I'm amazed you have time to bake at all with a wee one. I'm impressed!

  31. very delicious looking cake vimitha! i wonder how you find time to bake, click , post these with a little one at home. Kudoos!

  32. Hi Vimitha, this cake look awesome and mouth watering. yum yum....

    Have a great week ahead.


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