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August 4, 2008

Happy Birthday Sweetheart





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:
6 tbsp Butter, softened
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.


To Proceed:


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!

30 comments:

Vcuisine said...

Birthdays are special occasions which bring us together I feel Raaga. Irrespective of the age, I wish to celebrate it the way I like. Guess you had a nice time too. Happy birthday to him. The cake looks yummy. Viji

Vcuisine said...

Birthdays are special occasions which bring us together I feel Raaga. Irrespective of the age, I wish to celebrate it the way I like. Guess you had a nice time too. Happy birthday to him. The cake looks yummy. Viji

Sia said...

b'day wishes to sachin. girl, u cooked all that stuff? i should self invite myself next time u throw some parties;)

Raaga said...

Thank you Viji. I never feel older on my birthday and I think the number should merely change on paper... we are all as young as we feel :-)

Raaga said...

Sia... you never drop by Gurgaon... I'd love to cook all these and more when you visit... and in return you can teach me cooking :-)

Rajitha said...

Happy birthday to Sachin..that was some spread...and shopping more for you than him...happens ;)

Jayashree said...

Wow...that is some birthday bash, girl. You really have cooked up a storm...and the cake looks lovely.

Arundathi said...

Happy Birthday Sachin!

Laavanya said...

Sending birthday wishes to Sachin. That sounds like such a fun party with fabulous food and the cake looks pretty.

bindu said...

That sounds like such an awesome feast! Sachin is a lucky guy, and I am sure he had a terrific birthday.

Bhags said...

The cake looks awesome....and the menu sounds delicious.....Bday wishes to Sachin

Srivalli said...

many happy returns to S and that cake looks lovely...nice decoration...and of course yummy food

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

Belated birthday wishes!!!!! :) I hope you guys had fun

Aaarti said...

hey....

Wow, and hope ur sunday was nice n lazy... good talking to u guys@@ :D

FoodyGuru (Srimathi) said...

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sunita said...

Belated wishes to Sachin..you did cook up a storm, didn't you :-)...you never know, the next time we're in Gurgaon, i might invite myself to taste your yummies ...if you don't ask, you don't get it, right ? ;-))

Chitra said...

Happy Happy Birthday S :)

bee said...

what a gorgeous cake!! lucky guy.

delhibelle said...

what an elaborate spread and yummy cake.
Happy Birthday Sachin

Aparna said...

I can see it was great party. And a lovely cake.

Mishmash ! said...

Belated b'day wishes to Sachin :) That was LOT of food...but I see your point as I am like that....i like to live on leftovers for the nexttwo days after such a cooking storm :)

nirmala said...

Many more happy returns to Sachin! Thats a gorgeous party anyway! I remember a cake with chocolate frosting for last year's b'day right?

madteaparty said...

Now. if only I had known it was Sachin's birthday soon....Happy Birthday to Sachin, and I would like to wish for a slice of that gorgeous cake!

Jeena said...

Hi Raaga this cake looks really yummy, I bet it was a great birthday. :-)

Sig said...

Belated happy birthday to Sachin... That sounds like a feast you cooked up, and yeah I love having leftovers the day after a big party:)

Kitchen Flavours said...

Belated B'day wishes to sachin. Cake looks perfect and yum yum.

SMN said...

Raaga cake is looking very tempting birthday wishes to sachin

Raaga said...

Thanks all of you for your wishes. Sachin tried to log in and thank you all, but blogger didn't let him. So, I'm thanking all of you on his behalf.

Pran!t! said...

heya :)

i chanced upon your blog via your comment on another baking blog...lol...and i've been drooling ever since! :)

this cake looks amazing! i am pretty much a beginner when it comes to baking but i'd love to know where you got that confetti for decorating the cake...?
was it INA market by any chance or are there any other places in delhi where i can find such stuff?

thanks in advance :)

happy cooking!

Sachin said...

Thanks Sweetheart! I know its more than a month past the celebration and eating the cake, but you know I just started blogging. Love you.

Thanks all of you for your lovely wishes. :-)