Baking in Delhi

“When you celebrate, there is sure to be cake.”
Florence Ditlow

Coffee Dark Chocolate Roulade Coffee Dark Chocolate Roulade … that’s what I made because I was craving coffee in cake. It’s been a while since I did coffee in a dessert. Roulade or Swiss Roll also because a load of my friends have been making them of late, and yes, I got tempted. First it was Himanshu, then Ruchira. Yesterday, I sauntered into the kitchen with no specific plan in mind, and this is what I came up with. Was yum! Hit the right coffee spot!

KitchenAid Inida Probaker 2015Just a short while ago, I got an email confirming that I made it to KitchenAid India’s Probaker challenge, one of top 50 Indian home bakers. It’s going to be a fun challenge, and for me, hopefully will give me more creative exposure. Will be baking with friends, and cannot wait to see how differently ‘baking minds‘ think when presented with similar ingredients. ‘Marching‘ ahead in anticipation!

Spring I love this month. Come March, and there is inspiration galore. The weather fills you with energy, the air is nice and crisp, new blades of grass, ladybugs, flowers… so much INSPIRATION! There’s also something terribly inspiring about a cake that rolls. It’s a whole lot of fun too! My recipe for a V E R Y simple roulade lives in my head. I’ve made it with variations for years. 3 eggs, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup flour. Quick, simple, fun!

Coffee Dark Chocolate Roulade

A roulade is a dish of filled rolled meat or pastry. Traditionally found in various European cuisines, the term roulade originates from the French word “rouler”, meaning “to roll”. Some roulades consist of cake (often sponge cake) baked in a flat pan rolled around a filling. Cake rolled around jam, chocolate butter cream, nuts or other fillings, is an example of a sweet roulade like the bejgli or the Swiss roll. The bûche de Noël or “Yule log” is a traditional French Christmas cake roll, often decorated with frosting made to look like bark.

I find it comforting that everything sits snug inside a cake. It’s a funny way to look at it, but nice. One of my most memorable ones was a savoury Ricotta & Spinach Roulade from Ottolenghi. That was special and carried trademark Ottolenghi flavours and philosophy. Fresh, seasonal, simple. And then another, the Raspberry Pistachio Swiss Roll {or Spring Roll to herald in Spring one year!}

GF Mango Almond Quark Roulade I’ve done a couple of gluten free ones as well. Those I loved heaps! A GF Mango Almond Quark Roulade and a GF Strawberry Almond Roulade. I also like that you can customise them to moods and ingredients on hand. So Spring often sees loads of strawberry flecked roulades, while summer will definitely see a mango and cream. Oh and summer will also see an ice cream roulade. That is even more fun!

Coffee Dark Chocolate Roulade This one went the  coffee way. I prettied it a lil too as everything came together really quick which meant extra time. I had forgotten how soon these come together. With March still quite cold, the bake cooled a lot faster too. So I saved some ganache in a piping bag and did some free hand doodling over the roll. Wasn’t sure if the contrast would work, but I think I did OK. It looked pretty, subtle but pretty!

Barnis {Indian Pickling Jars}Oh and before I go, did I show you the very sweet Barnis {Indian Pickling jars} I got in the mail 2 days ago? My dear and very talented food blogger/food stylist friend Sanjeeta mailed them from Chennai. It was love at first sight. I couldn’t resist filling one with coffee beans and sneaking them into the frame!

Coffee Dark Chocolate Roulade

You can find loads of COFFEE in my desserts here. That’s my most favourite flavour ever!

[print_this]Recipe: Coffee Dark Chocolate Roulade
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Summary: A quick Coffee Dark Chocolate Roulade that comes together with minimal fuss. If you like love coffee, then this is for you. Paired with a dark chocolate ganache, flavoured with a hint of Kahlua, dressed up with doodles, what’s not to love about it! Serves 6

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hours

  • Coffee Roulade
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup – 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1tbsp instant coffee
  • Coffee Syrup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 25g brown sugar
  • 1 tsp instant coffee
  • 1tsp Kahlua {optional}
  • Filling/Chocolate Ganache
  • 120g dark couverture chocolate
  • 100g single cream
  • 1 tbsp Kahlua {optional}
  • Icing sugar for sifting


  1. Preheat the oven to 190C. Line a jelly roll pan with baking parchment.
  2. In a large bowl, using an electric beater, whisk the eggs and brown sugar until tripled in volume and light and mousse like, about 8 minutes.
  3. Add the coffee and vanilla extract, and beat for another minute.
  4. Sift the flour over the bowl, and gently fold in making sure you don’t release the beaten in air.
  5. Turn batter into prepared tray, smoothen out and bake for approx 25 minutes until light golden and firm to touch. Keep an eye during the last 5 minutes.
  6. Lay a kitchen towel flat on the counter and sift over with powdered sugar. Turn the baked cake onto it, and gently peel off the parchment. Sift over with icing sugar, cover with sheet of parchment and roll gently into a tight roll, using the kitchen towel to guide you. Leave to cool completely.
  7. Coffee Syrup
  8. Place all ingredients in a small pan and simmer until the sugar dissolves. Cool and stir in the Kahlua if using. Reserve
  9. Filling/Chocolate Ganache
  10. Place the chocolate and cream in a heatproof bowl. Heat until the chocolate is 3/4 done in the microwave, one minute at a time, or over a double boiler. Whisk until smooth. Add the Kahlua if using, whisk again. Cool completely. Reserve 2 tbsp in a piping bag if you wish to decorate the outside.
  11. Assemble
  12. Gently unroll the cake, paint over with syrup, and then spread the chocolate ganache all over it. Roll back gently but firmly, wrap in cling wrap and allow to chill seam down for an hour or two {or overnight} to allow the flavours to develop.
  13. Unwrap and place on serving platter. Pipe a design over the roll if desired, slice and serve.


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“Cake is happiness! If you know the way of the cake, you know the way of happiness! If you have a cake in front of you, you should not look any further for joy!”
C. JoyBell C.

Peaches & Cream CakeIt was a Peaches & Cream Cake for my father’s birthday last week. Everything was going according to plan,and I toyed around with summer cake ideas in my head. Summer is for stone fruit, and the cake would most certainly have some! Peaches! I had a kilo of them in the fridge. Cream? Yes of course; there’s always some on hand. Time for peaches and cream!!

Peaches & Cream Cake Despite knowing that whipping cream in miserable summer heat is sure to fail, I marched ahead. At 43C, life was never going to be a cake walk in the record breaking heat and humidity we have had this summer. That the rains failed added to my misery. 75% humidity and everything looks like it’s condensing! Not the best weather to work with cream cakes in …… Peaches & Cream Cake 4…and then it was time for a power breakdown. It had been assembled but a cake needs chilling you know. I stuck the cake into the fridge and we finally left for dinner. The cake survived as power was back when we returned. I thanked my lucky stars that it held together until we cut it, well almost. It was YUM! Oh, did I tell you I never got to my kilo of peaches? Peaches & Cream Cake 3Yes that happened too. With all the unnecessary drama of no power, I just reached out for a tin of canned peaches; probably my best idea that day. Another good idea was the  Crème patisserie I made for the frosting … finger licking good.

Peaches & Cream Trifles

Peaches & Cream TriflesI saved some cream and peaches; enough to make a few trifles. Layered the same way as the cake, they were fun to assemble … and eat of course! The goblets are one of my favourites from Urban Dazzle. I use them often for different stuff like Dark Chocolate Mousse, Peach Lime Coolers & Stone Fruit Salads.

Peaches & Cream Trifles

[print_this]Recipe: Peaches & Cream Cake
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Summary: A light summery birthday cake, the  crème patisserie lends a nice, deep flavour to the frosting on the Peaches & Cream Cake. Use fresh peaches or even apricots in season. The cake would work really well with mangoes too.
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour plus cooling , chilling time

  • Sponge Cake {Make 2 X 3 egg sponges}
  •  3 eggs
  • 100g Castor sugar
  • 70g plain flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • Filling & topping
  • 500g low fat cream, chilled
  • 75g icing sugar {adjust as per requirement}
  • 1 850g tin peach halves {I used Del Monte}
  • Crème patisserie {can be made a day before}
  • 200ml low fat cream
  • pinch salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 vanilla bean scraped
  • 50g sugar
  • 15g cornflour


  1. Sponge Cake
  2. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Line, grease & a 7″ loose bottomed tin.
  3. {If your oven in big, bake 2 X 7″ cakes together}
  4. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt 3 times. Reserve.
  5. Beat the eggs, essence & sugar till mousse like {almost 10 minutes}.>
  6. Lightly fold the flour in 3 goes in figure 8 movements (so as no to release the air bubbles).
  7. Gently turn into prepared tin & bake for 20-25 minutes till light brown & spongy.
  8. Repeat for 2nd cake.
  9. Cool on racks completely, then slice horizontally into 2 layers each
  10. Filling
  11. Whip all ingredients together to medium peaks.
  12. Crème patisserie
  13. Bring cream and a pinch of salt to a gentle boil in a pot.
  14. In the meantime, whisk the egg yolks and sugar with a wooden spoon in a big bowl until the mixture becomes pale and light. Stir in the cornflour slowly until it is thoroughly mixed with the egg mixture.
  15. Pour the boiling cream into the mixture a little by little while whisking continuously to avoid curdling.
  16. Transfer the whole mixture into a pot, with the seeds scraped from the vanilla bean {throw in the shell too}, and simmer over low heat. Stir it constantly with the wooden spoon or spatula scraping the sides and bottom until it has thickened.
  17. Once the custard has thickened, take it off the heat, and strain it into a clean bowl. Add a dash of peach liqueur if desired. Cool, cover with cling wrap touching the surface, then chill for a few hours. This is going to be very thick.
  18. Assemble
  19. Drain the peaches and slice 3-4 halves for topping. Chop up the rest.
  20. Reserve the peach syrup to moisten the sponge with.
  21. Reserve 1 cup of whipped cream for the frosting.
  22. Place 1 layer of sponge on serving platter, moisten with reserved peach syrup, top with 1/3 whipped cream, and 1/3rd chopped peaches. Repeat with remaining layers.
  23. Loosen the chilled crème patisserie and gently fold in the reserved whipped cream. Don’t whisk briskly or it will become too floppy for frosting.
  24. Taste and adjust sweetness if required. Frost the top and sides of cake with it.
  25. Top with peach slices, chill for at least half an hour for flavours to mature.


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