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Monday, October 5, 2009

"Pat a Cake"- 'Car' Vanilla Cake

Had a perfect lazy and relaxing weekend. Since 'M' had to work on his MBA assignments, did not go out much either.Just attended 'E's friends birthday party.
Lately I have been experiencing 'homegrown' competition......are you wondering what that means??? Hahaha! "M' had been pretty active in the kitchen on weekends.Last weekend he made 'sheera'...this weekend he made 'Aloo-Chole' for Saturday night dinner.And he is really good...all the seasonings are perfect! It's a threat to my 'head chef' position in the house...but I love the 'threat' of this homegrown competition...it gives me some time off the daily cooking!
So, since I was 'relaxing' this weekend,I thought of sharing this cake which I baked for my Little 'E's 2nd birthday(in June 2009).'E' is crazy about cars...and needless to say he has tons...literally tons of those.So, when I thought about baking a cake for him,I did not have to think much....'CAR' was the first thing that came to my mind.Here is the cake I baked for my Little Racer...

2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2-1/2 cups All-purpose flour
1 cup (250 mL) milk
3/4 cup (175 mL) vegetable oil
2-1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla essence

For the icing:
2 cups powdered sugar, sift before measuring
1 1/2 tbsp butter, soft
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
3 to 4 tbsp milk
1 tbsp cocoa powder for chocolate icing
Edible colors

1)Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Grease one 9x13-inch (23 x 33 cm) rectangular baking pan.
2) In a large mixing bowl, with an electric mixer, beat sugar and eggs together until slightly thickened, about 1 minute. Add flour, milk, oil, baking powder, and vanilla and beat for another minute, just until the batter is smooth and creamy. Don't over beat. Pour batter into the prepared baking pan.
3)Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until the tops are golden and a toothpick poked into the center of the layer comes out clean.
4)Loosen the sides of the cake from the pan with a thin knife, then turn out onto a rack. Let cool completely before covering with frosting.

1)Combine all icing ingredients in small mixing bowl. Stir until smooth and well blended. Adjust for spreading consistency if necessary, adding more milk or more powdered sugar.
2)In a small bowl mix some cocoa powder in the icing to make chocolate frosting

3) Divide the rest of the icing into parts and mix the desired colors for the car.

Cut the Vanilla Cake into 'Car' Shape by placing a car stencil on the cake.I just drew and colored the car on a paper and cut out the shape.

'Car' Cake after been cut.

Slice the cake horizontally into 2 layers. Spread the chocolate frosting in between and place the upper layer back again.

Spread and decorate the 'Car' with remaining frosting mixed with desired colors.
The 'Car' is ready to Race!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Deepti,
    Even my son, Mayank also love playing with cars. I prepared this cake. It was excellent. I baked it in pressure cooker.