cakes and cookies

Simple pleasures of baking

November 12, 2008
Yaah I call it pleasure an immense pleasure when I find my baked goodies turned out well and loved & enjoyed by friends and family. Last week when Rohan’s school slipped a note in his dairy that parents teachers association would like to have a bake sale to raise money for the underprivileged kids. I was thrilled This was going to be a double victory, I could get to bake and some proceeds would go to the poor kids. I flipped through quite a lot of cooking books. There were so many mouthwatering recipes but the one that caught my attention was simple yet desirable for kid’s distinguished tastes. Kids these days are really spoilt for choice, back in my days we had one variety of cake and I had to either eat it or loose it to my brother. The ones that grabbed my attention were shaped like chocolate dominos. Kids love chocolate and there is no denying that chocolate frostings are one of their most sought-after goodies.

I was equally thrilled as much as my little one who was all excited that mum would be getting some surprise goodies for his friends too. I baked a simple chocolate cake and frosted it with a combination of chocolate ganache and store brought frosting.




When I reached his school, he saw a glimpse of me through the window and his excitement grew manifold. It was an open day where parents were permitted to enjoy watching their kid’s activities. Needless to say Rohan kept proudly announcing that “my mum made this” to all his equally excited bunch of friends loading themselves with sugar and chocolate. He got an extra piece for his word of mouth advertising. Bless him my little prince.

Recipe for Chocolate cake
1 1/ 2 cup plain flour
½ cup butter
¼ cup cocoa powder
1 cup sugar
1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla essence

Shift flour, baking powder, cocoa powder in bowl. Beat sugar and butter till light and fluffy. Add eggs and whisk well. Gradually add the flour and mix till incorporated.

Preheat the oven 180’C. Grease a baking pan of your choice and bake it for 25 minutes or till done.

Remove and let it cool down. (I made it in the night and kept it outside covered with a tea towel).

¾ cup cream
80 grams dark chocolate.

Stir the above in a sauce pan on low fire. Take care not to boil the cream. Keep stirring till the chocolate has melted and mixed well. Remove and cool it.

Refrigerate it.

I blended few tablespoon of chocolate ganache and few tablespoons of store brought frosting together. Gently Label it with a spatula of the slices and decorate it with Smarties.

I also made these Checker board cookies and the recipe can be found here.



The chocolate dominoes goes Madhavi of hosting Children’s day event.

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  • Reply sunshinemom November 12, 2008 at 8:11 am

    The feeling of ‘giving’ must have definitely added extra taste! I too love it when my kids say – Mama, everyone was asking for more!! etc.. It makes all the cooking so much more worthwhile!

  • Reply Curry Leaf November 12, 2008 at 8:11 am

    Lovely and lovely.What you said is true -there is immense pleasure when the goodies are enjoyed by family.You have made your son proud,So be happy. Such experiences are to be cherished and remembered whole life.It may be simple,but precious.
    Well The cake is lovely especially with all the love that it is baked with.Checkers are checkmarked oops bookmarked.:D

  • Reply Aparna November 12, 2008 at 8:11 am

    These chocolate cake pieces look very attractive with the coated chocolate decorations. The kids would have loved them.

    Love checkerboard cookies too. My daughter can never resist them. She loves the way they look.

  • Reply anudivya November 12, 2008 at 8:11 am

    Aww! Your son is very cute, and nothing beats a kid marketing his mother’s cooked treats… how sweet! And they look very pretty and I bet the kids would have loved it.

  • Reply Divya Vikram November 12, 2008 at 8:11 am

    Both look pretty gal.And those colors on the cake must have been too inviting to the kids.

  • Reply Cham November 12, 2008 at 8:11 am

    The checker board and M&M topped goodie, aah sure my son would love these…!

  • Reply sowmya November 12, 2008 at 8:54 am

    cake looks really good..beauiful frosting..very cute..

  • Reply Kamalika November 12, 2008 at 9:31 am

    Can I have a piece please .. looks sinfully delicious .. Can you tell me how to make it in a microwave please

  • Reply DK November 13, 2008 at 12:03 am

    I can understand the sentiment only too well. I love love love baking and esp when I get to share it with someone – it makes it worth all that effort and some 🙂

    These goodies look amazing. Lucky those who got 2 taste it 🙂

  • Reply Soma November 13, 2008 at 12:21 am

    With all your beautiful cupcakes & brownies my daughter could go live in your house:-)

    I was not in to baking till I started blogging. Now cautiously I am trying out new things.

  • Reply Usha November 13, 2008 at 12:21 am

    It looks so yum and colorful….I am sure the kids enjoyed them a great deal…

  • Reply raaji November 13, 2008 at 12:21 am

    The M&m's are just for i will go with a plain cake :)……..
    The checker board cookies sound gr8….step by step directions made it a lot easier for me….

  • Reply Archy November 13, 2008 at 12:21 am

    Hey, both looks so yummy !! Nice presentation !! Shall try eggless :)!!

  • Reply Purva Desai November 13, 2008 at 12:21 am

    First time to this wonderful blog….Checker board cake looks tempting and cute…Cookies too look drooling

  • Reply Passionate About Baking November 13, 2008 at 12:21 am

    Wonderful goodies & ever so pretty…very very nice!! Everything looks perfet & your little Rohan must have been so PROUD of his Mom!

  • Reply Kitchen Flavours November 13, 2008 at 12:21 am

    Do i need to be kid again to have those yummies? No na then iam carving for those. Hum bhi agar bachae hotae hotae to khanae ko miltae cake cake cake. (Wish if we could also be kids we would get to eat cake caake cake) Looks yummy and simple to bake also.

  • Reply Dibs November 13, 2008 at 12:21 am

    So colourful and yummy! My only problem with baking is that hubby and I have to eat it all …and we both could do without the sugar and fat :-)))

  • Reply Bhawana November 13, 2008 at 12:21 am

    delicious entry. I had a horrible exp making checkers 🙁

  • Reply Rachel November 13, 2008 at 12:21 am

    S…now that is something any person and not just kids who would drool for..

  • Reply Arfi Binsted November 13, 2008 at 4:47 am

    When my kids saw the photos, they instantly recognize the buttons you put as the topping. They scream: Oh Mum! You should make those! I bet they are yummy and I have to fill in their request hahaha!

  • Reply Pearlsofeast November 13, 2008 at 11:16 am

    Hi kamalika,I am glad that u liked the cakes.I have never made cakes in microwave but I seen in many blogs they use microwave for sponge cakes. U can use the same ingredients and microwave it for 5 to 7 minutes depending on watts.Later frost it according the recipe.

  • Reply Uma November 14, 2008 at 2:03 am

    your son is a lucky boy to have such a talented mom! Wish I was at his school to taste those yummy cake and cookies!

  • Reply Nazarina A November 14, 2008 at 2:03 am

    Nice to make your acquaintance!
    These little domino themed and the checkerboards are just delightful.

  • Reply Arundathi November 14, 2008 at 2:03 am

    adorable! love the m&ms!

  • Reply SriLekha November 14, 2008 at 2:03 am

    Join in the Sweet Event going in my blog!

  • Reply Sharmila November 14, 2008 at 8:15 am

    Love all your baking stuff and the pics.
    Just wanted to say that I had some over ripe bananas and wanted to bake something .. and the first thing I did was head straight for your blog.I baked your banana cake … with a few ommisions … and it turned out nice.:-)
    Thank you for the recipe. 🙂

  • Reply Uj November 14, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    Chocolate cake looks yummy..Got to try it.. I have never made cakes until now and planning to do soon. thanks for an easy recipe 🙂

  • Reply Mansi November 15, 2008 at 2:07 am

    who wouldn’t love those! they look cute and taste great!! even I would settle for all of them:)

    btw, you could send these or your checkered cookies for my vegetarian thanksgiving recipe event!:)

  • Reply Vaishali November 16, 2008 at 2:31 am

    These look so darling, Pearls! Very nice job indeed.

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