Cinnamon Swirl Cake

One of the strongest associations I have with baking is the aroma that comes from freshly baked food. Whether it is chocolate, vanilla, banana or even chicken. It doesn’t always need to be sweet ๐Ÿ™‚ But one of my favourite baked food aromas has got to be cinnamon! By itself, like in this delicious cinnamon cake, or along with other flavours, the aroma of cinnamon wafting through the house is enough to make me hungry.

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Chocochip Pound Cake

One of my first cooking loves was baking. I grew up baking with my grandmothers and aunts, then moved on to baking on my own (with some supervision) using cookbooks for kids and then using boxed mixes (shudder!). There was a time in the middle, for about 10 years, where I did not bake much. There was college, then work and general growing up – Life happened. But once I started living alone in Gurgaon, I started cooking for myself a lot more. And the first things I bought for the kitchen were not pans and spatulas – but an oven and measuring cups ๐Ÿ™‚

One of the best food memories I have of growing up was eating simple vanilla cake! Specifically pound cakes, tea cakes and loaves with a vanilla base. However, I somehow never got around to baking a pound cake until very recently. I was somewhat daunted by the task of baking something so close to my heart. When I decided to setup this blog, I knew I had to have a pound cake (or a few) in it. But, turns out it wasn’t that easy to bake a pound cake. Who would have thought? I had a fair few not-so-great outcomes. But after some trying and testing, I finally feel I’ve got it right! I’ve nailed the flavours I loved when I was a child and I feel that I can now confidently say I can bake a lovely pound cake ๐Ÿ™‚

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