I'm a singer and cook trapped in the body of an HR professional. Experimenting is the name of my game. What you'll find here is a mixed bag: a treasure trove of traditional and fusion foods, all with two common ingredients, enthusiasm and love.
Although I celebrated Appa's birthday on The Singing Chef with a Date and Fruit Cake, in the non blog life, I celebrated it with this simple strawberry cake. My friend in Bombay had sent me 2 boxes of strawberries through Amma and they needed to be used up really quickly. So I decided to use them up in a nice manner. I even tried to decorate it with some strawberry halves, but they all sank in. The cake turned out to be very tasty and extremely moist. I loved every bite. Half of the cake was gone in no time at all. The other half was savoured slowly. I didn't get any pictures of the cake after it was cut.
1 cup Flour
1/2 cup Sugar
2 tsp Baking Powder 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
a Pinch of Salt
1/2 cup Milk 1 cup Strawberries, chopped
1/4 cup Oil
1 tsp Vanilla Essence
1 Egg, beaten
a few drops of Red Food Colouring (optional)
Preheat the oven to350F (180 C).
Grease and flour/line an 8-inch cake tin.
Sift the flour with the baking powder, baking soda and salt.
In a mixing bowl, add the egg, milk, sugar, oil, vanilla and food colour (if using). Beat well together. Add the flour mixture to this and blend well. Add the chopped strawberries and mix well.
Pour the batter into the prepared cake tin. Decorate with strawberry halves, if desired, and bake for 30 minutes or until a knife/skewer, inserted into the centre of the cake, comes out clean.
I'm sending this cake to Sig as she celebrates her birthday. Since it has as much fruit as it does flour, I hope she won't mind a small slice. This blog is now 21 months old and I am thrilled to celebrate my 400th post here with this cake.