July 14, 2009

Peach and Ginger Cake

Our trip to the Piramal Haveli in Rajasthan coincided with not one, but two special events in our life. Of the two days that we were there, one day was the anniversary of the “dinner” that S and I had at Pebble Street in Delhi. That life altering dinner where sparks flew and we knew that we weren’t going to spend the rest of our lives being “just friends”, that we were going to be much more than that. The other day happened to be the day that we completed 1000 days of being married. Cheesy, you say! But what’s life without a little romance, eh? (And incidentally, this day(14 July), two years ago, I posted a record 17 posts. Everyone, Sig included, thought I'd gone off my rocker! So, after this brief hiatus, this cake and its timing seem perfect.)

I baked this cake to take along and hid it in my friend’s bag so S wouldn’t see it. We cut the cake at the Haveli to celebrate. This is a simple peach and ginger cake, moist from the peaches and with a zing that only ginger can bring.

1 cup Flour

1 cup Peaches, chopped
2 tbsp Candied Ginger, chopped

1/2 cup Sugar

2 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Baking Soda

a Pinch of Salt

1/2 cup Milk
1/4 cup Oil

1 tsp Vanilla Essence

1 Egg, beaten

Preheat the oven to 350F (180 C).

Grease and flour/line an 8-inch cake tin.

Sift the flour with the baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the candied ginger and mix well.

In a mixing bowl, add the egg, milk, sugar, oil, and vanilla essence. Beat well together. Add the flour mixture to this and blend well. Add the chopped peaches and mix well.

Pour the batter into the prepared cake tin. Bake for 30 minutes or until a knife/skewer, inserted into the centre of the cake, comes out clean.

P.S. I used some slivered almonds to write the number 1000 on the cake as I didn't want to mess around with icing.


chef and her kitchen said...

hmm so sweet of you raaga..congrats too..Even I was on trip last week and surprised dad n mom with eggless chocolate cake..good to give sudden surprises to note the sudden reaction from them..

Pari Vasisht said...

Thats a sweet gesture. A good way to spice our lives again.Lovely post dear.

CurryLeaf said...

Wow,Congrats and keep the romance going and celebrate more and more 1000's of days of bliss.The cake look perfect for the occasion.

Gita Jaishankar said...

That is so sweet! Congrats Raaga :) Perfect cake for the occasion.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A great combo! That cake must be delicious!



Ranjani said...

Fun cake for some great milestones and memories:)Happy Anniversary!

Nupur said...

Awww...that is the sweetest cake ever. Congratulations on your milestones and wishing you tens of thousands of days more of togetherness and love.

Deepthi Shankar said...

wow, I've never counted the no.of days I've been married .. Congrats on the milestone Raaga & wishing you many many more

Pretty Woman said...

You are romantic or what!! Congrats dhati! :)

Anonymous said...

Raaga,nice read there..and the cake,ginger flavour is my fav..looks great !

Shama Nagarajan said...

nice post dear..Congrats .....yummy delicious cake

Andy said...

So romantic!!

WinnyNinny PooPoo said...

I look forward to every one of your cake recipes, and 1000 days of marriage! WooHoo!! Congrats!

Divya Kudua said...

Congrats on 1000 days of marital bliss..ahem,I used to do the same thing after we got married-1 month anniversary and so on..:)Simple pleasures of life:).

Cake looks divine..haven't ventured into baking with fruits save for that once-in-a-while Pineapple upside down cake.Adding ginger is a great idea..for that extra punch huh;)??

17 posts in a day..??whoa..;)

Raaga said...

@Prathibha: Thanks :) The reaction is worth all the money in the world :)

@Pari: What's life without some spice, :)

@CL: Thank you :)

@Gita: :-) Thanks

Raaga said...

@Rosa: It was unusual, but nice :)

@Ranjani: Thanks. How's school coming along?

Raaga said...

@Nupur: Thanks :-)

@Deesha: I just happened to see a 1000 day project on someone's resume and decided to calculate :-)

@Janani: Surprise :)

Raaga said...

@Ann: Do try it :)

Thanks Shama

@Andy: what can I say? :)

Raaga said...

@Winny: Thanks :) I'm honoured.

@Divya: Would you believe we still celebrate monthiversaries :)

Bhagyashri said...

That is very sweet! Not cheesy at all, if you ask me. We have been married for almost 4 yrs & we still have these 'monthly anniversaries' :)

Ashwini said...


I found this idea of a cake with 1000 days very romantic!! Keep the spark alive always and enjoy the moments!! The cake looks simply yummy!!

Will try my hand at baking now that I have your recipes to try out.


Anonymous said...

awww!! beneath all that fire and brimstone is a very loving heart.... and i can vouch from experience.... many more thousands of years to you guys!! love and togetherness always!! hugs !!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Raaga! wish you and S many many happy years of togetherness :)
I have been a lurker here for months now, and love your simple and easy recipes :)
I need a favour- I read on another blog that you have tried SBD with Indian recipes. Could you please give me some ideas? [Entire recipe not needed, I could google those!] but just a few ideas to make it easier? especially breakfast for phase 1? Thanks a lot!


Raaga said...

Thanks everyone for your wishes :)

Kitchen Sprite: Thanks for not lurking any longer.


For breakfast in phase 1, I mostly ate egg with vegetables. I also ate several types of sundal.

I also had things like Pesarattu. Recipe here (omit the upma)

Besan cheela and dhokla are good too. You could also have things like vadas.(Omit the curd if you wish)

I hope this helps.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much, Raaga :) It's great to know that there are all these options. Just eggs=boring!
Now all I need is a trip to the groecery store, and I'll be all set. Had a nice carb filled dinner yesterday to cheer me up before the challenge :)

Aparna Balasubramanian said...

Congratulations on all the anniversaries. How could call this cheesy?

I've been reading about so many bloggers going off on breaks, I know I badly need one!

Miri said...

Congratulations!! and what a sweet thing to do :)

Girl after my own heart - "do away with the icing" :)