The NaBloPoMo took its toll all right! But I had to come back and post right away. I couldn’t let Sachin’s birthday go by without as much as a simple post. I threw a small get together to ring in his birthday and then we cut this cake in the wee hours of the morning. There was a lot of food. I made some Corn and Cheese Croquettes, Mini Cutlets, and Cocktail Pizzas for the starters. We had some Peas Pulao , Paneer in Coconut Milk , Egg Curry, Aloo Jeera and Rice Rotis for dinner. There was more food than we could eat which always helps in a post birthday hangover because I don’t like cooking the next day.
(And amidst all this cooking, I met up with Anita who had brought over some yummy pickle and her famous Goda Masala. I have been wanting to try out her cluster beans recipe for about a year now. Ask and you shall receive is the key phrase here. I asked and I received. Thank you so much Anita!)
I didn’t get a chance to take pictures of the food, but I did manage to take pictures of the cake.
2 cups Flour
6 tbsp Oil
¾ cup Sugar
3 tsp Baking Powder
1 Egg, beaten
2/3 cup Milk
For the Icing:
2 1/3 cups Icing sugar
1/4 cup Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup
1/3 cup Milk
1 tsp Vanilla Essence
Grease and line two 8-inch cake tins. Mix together the ingredients for the topping.
Mix the flour, baking powder, and sugar together. Add the oil, milk and beaten egg and whisk together. Divide the batter between the two cake tins.
Bake at 350F for 30-35 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the cake comes out clean.
For the icing:
Beat butter in a mixer jar. Add icing sugar and chocolate syrup alternately with the milk; beat to spreading consistency (additional milk may be needed). Stir in the vanilla.
Place one cake and pour the icing over it. Place the second cake over this and cover with icing. You may refrigerate the cake to help the icing set.
After the dinner party on the eve of his birthday, I treated S to lunch at Punjabi By Nature after which we went shopping. I bought much more for myself than I did for him and I feel bad about it. But all the discount sales are only around his birthday, so I can’t really help it, can I? Happy Birthday Sachin!