Basic Marble Cake

I started baking when I was very young. Around the age of 4. I used to help my grandmoms by just mixing the final batter at the time and ate most of it while doing so 🙂 Over time, I moved on to doing more of the work, under their supervision and saw them make different kinds of cakes in the process. Best weekend or vacation activity, I say!

For the longest time we just had basic vanilla and basic chocolate cakes. With the occasional rainbow cake for fun. Once while we were out for a meal, I saw marble cake on offer. I was amazed at this magical way that both vanilla and chocolate were part of the same cake! As far as I knew, adding chocolate to a vanilla cake made the whole thing chocolate. What was this awesomeness?

This was around the time boxed cake mixes were my go-to (yes, I had that phase) and I found this marble cake at the store. Got home, tried it and was super thrilled! From them on, this has been one of my favourites to make. Obviously, it is now made from scratch. No box mixes anymore! This is such a throwback to discovering new kinds of cake and figuring out how to make them minus my friend Google 🙂

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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 🙂 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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Vanilla Sponge with Mangoes and Cream

Nothing says summer better than Mangoes! Especially in India. Especially in Mumbai.

There are so many delicious varieties of mangoes in India – Banganapalli, Langda, Dashehri, Kesar and so on. But my favourite has got to be the Alphonso! It is so sweet and full of flavour! Mangoes make the horrid summer heat a teeny bit more bearable. I dread summers. I am definitely a winter and monsoon person. The heat and humidity are just not my scene. Give me an air-conditioned room, coconut water and some tasty mangoes and I might feel a bit better about this time of year.

Mangoes are extremely versatile. Eat them as is, add them to milk to make thick shakes, puree them and eat them with puris, add them to a nice leafy salad, enjoy the chunks of mango in mango ice cream… the possibilities are endless. My favourites are the milkshake and the ice cream. And the plain fruit as is, of course. I took this love of mangoes and milk/cream and converted it into a cake!

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