Baking | Lime ‘n Lemon Quark Cream Cake … the Philips AirFryer that bakes too!

“Will you still love me tomorrow?”

Lime 'n Lemon Quark Cream CakeOne bite of  Lime ‘n Lemon Quark Cream Cake later, “This is really nice. Will you now not use the Thermomix Mama?”,  asked a small voice. Then, “Ummm, may I have another slice please? “. The Philips AirFryer has caught my interest. Call it a new toy, an innovation or a creative idea, it’s here to stay. It’s my new passion, has me smitten. I baked a cake in it a few days ago! Almost a fatless sponge cake {if you don’t take into account 2 tsps of olive oil} which ended up a layered cake with a tangy quark cream … light, moist, flavourful and gone quick! Lime 'n Lemon Quark Cream Cake I treaded very gingerly, knowing from recent experience that the AirFryer can bake, but a cake? The bee in my bonnet will not sit still until I explore, so it was time for cake. A quick check meant my most oft used 7″ round cake tin was a perfect fit, and so I whirred the batter in the Thermomix.Philips AirFryer & ThermomixThe mind is still amused by the lads question. I wanted to show him that I would still love the TM forever. The cake was my effort to show him the best of both worlds, a pairing, or a jugalbandi. It worked! Philips AirFryer.This is in no way an attempt to prove that the AirFryer is an oven. It’s primary role is one of a fryer that uses less oil,  a LOT less oil. It is far easier to clean up than scrubbing the pan! Also, how cool is it that there is no ‘turn over when one side is done‘ step involved. It has a nifty timer …  leaves you ‘hands free‘ to chop the salad, wash the dishes, clear the counter … or sing to the dog! Lime 'n Lemon Quark Cream Cake An added bonus is that it bakes too. Surprisingly enough, the cake was ready in 15 minutes. The AirFryer behaves like a fan forced oven. The cake was slightly domed when I took it out. I leveled it while frosting, and ran the ‘dome’ in the Thermomix to make cake crumbs. I pressed those into the sides of the cake … nothing wasted! Lime 'n Lemon Quark Cream Cake We’ve had a miserable few dark and dull days here in North India, smoggy and bleak. The sad bit is that it’s man made! The NASA satellite has reported that the environmentally hazardous smog is attributed to farm fires {stubble burning} in the state of Punjab that lies to our North. My rather off colour cake pictures are therefore also attributed to the same! LimesA very sweet neighbour sent me limes from her tree a few days ago…beautiful, organic, unwaxed, seedless limes. her tree is ready to keel over with the fruit and I was a very grateful recipient. Last years crop that was gifted to me made some preserved lemons from Ottolenghi … Ottolenghis Preserved Limes … and a few jars of lemon curd. That found exciting use in Strawberry & Whipped Lemon Curd Napoloeans, Lavender Chiffon Cake with Whipped lemon Cake FrostingStrawberry & lemon Curd Shortbread and also a repeat of Chocolate Buckwheat Lime Curd Tart. I plan to make a few more jars this year too! Baking with Lemon CurdI  made some Lime Pistachio & Craisin Cookies yesterday which the kids loved {pictures still in the camera}, and a lime or two perked up this cake. Light and citrusy with a delightful twang of quark, it was a nice way to cheer up the dreary day! Clearer days are forecast by then end of the week. Oh and BTW, you can easily bake this cake in an oven, the good old way!

Thank you Indiblogger for picking me a winner for the Del Monte recipe contest. I am pleased {read very thrilled} to have won a Samsung Netbook. The recipe I created was a Tropical Cream Pie.

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About me: I am a freelance food writer, recipe developer and photographer. Food is my passion - baking, cooking, developing recipes, making recipes healthier, using fresh seasonal produce and local products, keeping a check on my carbon footprint and being a responsible foodie! I enjoy food styling, food photography, recipe development and product reviews. I express this through my food photographs which I style and the recipes I blog. My strength lies in 'Doing Food From Scratch'; it must taste as good as it looks, and be healthy too. Baking in India, often my biggest challenge is the non-availability of baking ingredients, and this has now become a platform to get creative on. I enjoy cooking immensely as well.


  1. What a lovely cake! That flavor is heavenly and so are the ingredients used. An interesting way of baking cake.



  2. you are unstoppable lady with that air fryer!!!….

    love it always :)
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  3. yummy cake/….
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  4. First of all congrats… Second of all gorgeous and third of I am drooling here…
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  5. Cake looks so lovely. I don’t what we call it – the silver sweet balls over the cake. As a kid, I used to scan and pick for those in my birthda y cake and i think I will still do that if I see them. And many congratulations Deeba!
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  6. The cake looks divine! In an air fryer? Really? Are you kidding? Don’t believe it. Well done anyway and great photography as always! By the way, we invited you to pin on a group board on pinterest. Did you see it?
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  7. My kind of cake, no fat. Sadly no one likes lemony stuff in my home. Great pictures to feast my eyes.

    My new post is to you as you have inspired me to blog more and create with an open mind.

    Thank you Deeba.
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  8. Dont know why my earlier comment has not appeared.

    If only they all liked lemony stuff, if I baked this I would have to eat this all by myself

    Anyway Deeba I just wanted to say you have been my inspiration in blogging and also in creating while I bake.

    My current post is to you.

    Thank you Deeba.
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  9. Congrats!!
    You really deserve it…the indiblogger prize♥♥
    And your lemon cake looks awesome!!!!!!
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  10. Congratulations on the second win with Indi Blogger .
    Lovely cake :)
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  11. The Thermomix and now the air-fryer!! Your new gadget sounds very tempting Deeba, the cake as always tempts and teases! I loved the ricotta I made(from PAB) and just cant wait to try quark!

  12. The Airfryer says, “I didn’t know I could bake that too!” You are giving the gadget a new dimension. Love the cake & seriously this bad weather is getting the best of me, considering I am a winter fan.
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  13. S many people are reviewing this fryer. I wish it was available here
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  14. First Congrats! Secondly this is gorgeous. I love Quark – in Sweden we use it all the time in baking, but it is not as common here. Very nice though.
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  15. Good stuff!!
    My most favorite flavor lime n lemon n to top it all less fat,what more can I ask for??
    What is the Indian name for raw sugar???
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  16. You are a powerhouse lady… I am awestruck by our productivity seriously.
    A treat to the eye this blog is, every which way. Congratulations again for the win win…. :-)

  17. I do not cook or bake like you do. Not even 1 % but I am so inspired by the everything you have done with the Air fryer that I want to buy one too ; )

  18. Nicholle Olores says:

    Oh I love that cake. It’s very elegant and i love the pearls on it.
    TY for sharing this here.

  19. Mmm now you have me craving something citrussy and the idea of a plain sponge with creamy quark citrus cream has me swooning and forget the chocolate squares now I want this. And it is stunning, as usual! You and all of your equipmant make me swoon – I am jealous just as I am laughing at how crazy it all is! I don’t know what I would do with them all except polish them and stare at them while I did everything by hand. But then I am not the cook and baker you are, my talented sistah!
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  20. The cake looks wonderful.
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  21. The Airfryer idea is a fantastic machine for a quick, easy 2 person meal and plus cooking was much healthier. Thank you. Thank for sharing that Airfryer recipes
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