“There is no love sincerer than the love of food.”
George Bernard Shaw

Foodhall @ DLF Promenade, New Delhi The Indian food scene is growing in leaps and bounds. New eateries are mushrooming across town, sometimes faster than it takes me to get the next meal on the table. Speakeasy bars a new trend, exotic ingredients suddenly commonplace, and Jamie Oliver practically rubbing shoulders with Ongs on every local grocery store! Taking this food festivity one step further, we saw the opening of the Foodhalla unique high-end destination for food lovers; a new shopping experience.

Foodhall @ DLF Promenade, New Delhi While the concept of a foodhall is pretty common place in the West, Indian is waking up to a food shopping experience that will leave you spoilt for choice, returning often! The Foodhall from the Future Group in DLF Promenade Mall, New Delhi promises you the best of ‘everything food’{read gourmet} under one roof. A well stocked  bakery with cakes, muffins, cupcakes,endless breads, flatbreads all baked fresh in their in house bakery.

Foodhall @ DLF Promenade, New Delhi You wander around through endless galleries with well displayed shelves full of everything you could ask for. Baking trays, fondue sets in colours that would make the heart sing, silpat, cupcake liners … and more. The baking trays are priced quite high, the silpat too; but the quality appears good. I did miss a dedicated baking ingredients aisle … the baker in me disappointed!

Foodhall @ DLF Promenade, New Delhi The pleasant surprise was the Olive Oil Bar from Leonardo. A unique concept where you can taste different varieties of quality olive oils from Italy in addition to infused olive oils. I loved that they have pretty little 100ml and 250ml jars that you can fill with your choice of olive oil from caskets stored on shelves.

Foodhall @ DLF Promenade, New Delhi The spice market was intriguing. Wooden boxes with little partitions were being readied for display and maybe sale with some of the finest hand picked spices from across the globe. The folk manning the spice counters were sadly aloof and rather preoccupied. Sad because spices can conjure up fascinating conversations, and have a huge connect with the Indian soul!!

Foodhall @ DLF Promenade, New Delhi With a well stocked frozen section and delicatessen, daily essentials, fresh produce, herb plants, cereal dispensers, a ‘dips and anti pasti’ counter, a kanafa counter, desserts, ready to eat food too, Foodhall is ready to rock the food scene in the capital. Never has the interest in gourmet food been so great!

Foodhall @ DLF Promenade, New Delhi

Foodhall @ DLF Promenade, New Delhi It was an enjoyable launch with plenty of good food making the rounds. There was a ‘live kitchen’ dishing out a variety of culinary delights. Each one of them were excellent, especially the kanafa. Absolutely delicious.

Foodhall @ DLF Promenade, New Delhi The Foodhall is a great beginning for food lovers, home cooks, adventurous foodies, passionate foodies. The Future Group has taken food retailing in India to the next level. However, I do hope we see some support for more locally sourced produce in the near future.

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“When you look at a cupcake, you’ve got to smile.”
Anne Byrn

I have to confess that I am not was never a cupcake person even though I love the eternal charm of these little baby cakes, and how immensely creative you can get with them.  I fell in love with them when Nadia invited me for the soft launch of her little baby in Gurgoan, The Cupcake Factory. Came back INSPIRED, dreaming of whites and pinks, feeling strangely happy!  Nadia’s passion shone ; she inspired me to make Almond Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Buttercream.The Cupcake Factory, GurgaonBut first about this enterprising young lady, hugely talented, very creative and so fortunate to have realized her dream. Nadia grew up in Kuwait, went on being a musician in Hollywood and then came right across seven seas to India and set up a cupcake shop here … amazing!! The Cupcake Factory, GurgaonThere are plenty of bakeries here, patesseries of every kind … but this was the first dedicated cupcake stop that I heard of locally. This young lady always loved to bake and somewhere along the way her dream was born. She has her own ‘factory’ or open kitchen on the side where fresh cupcakes are baked in house, the recipes largely developed by her and the flavours that set the heart a-flutter!The Cupcake Factory, GurgaonYesteryear cupcake memories tumbled right back in… Somewhere along the way the kids grew up and I stopped baking cupcakes. From a batch or two a week to maybe a batch in two months, I figure I became lazy! I had forgotten the charm of these precious little cakes…The Cupcake Factory, GurgaonA well set up shop, aesthetically designed, beautiful pinks, a state-of-the art attached kitchen, trained chefs from Kuwait, fresh flavours that had something on offer for everyone, it’s a shop that is a must visit for the ambiance, for the variety, for the freshness of flavours and for the ‘whimsical’ appeal!The Cupcake Factory, Gurgaon Cute little girls in pinks tripping along happily, tiny hands clutching cupcakes, pleading voices begging for more! The Cupcake Factory, Gurgaon Yes, the charm was alive. Offered the wide choice, I opted for espresso {what else???}. One bite later, I succumbed to cupcake magic! Fabulous beautiful flavours, light tender crumb, the sweetness just right and the butter cream silky smooth. Perfect! I savoured the cupcake to the last crumb, to the last bit of frosting! Almond Cupcakes with Salted Caramel ButtercreamI came back home and the teens {big kids???} searched my bag for cupcakes, so I put my plans to work early the next morning and made these, frosting and all! Was pretty chuffed with myself as they came out quite nice. {Thank you Jamie; I love the little hearts!}. Slightly sweet for Mr PAB because of the buttercream but polished off by the teens… the cupcake magic lives on!Almond Cupcakes with Salted Caramel ButtercreamIt was a pleasure to visit The Cupcake Factory. If you live in the vicinity, I urge you to stop by ASAP. Those honest to goodness tender beautiful bites will have you hooked.
The CUPnCAKE Factory
Ninex Citymart (next to Fortune Hotel)
Sohna Road, Gurgaon.Almond Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Buttercream

… and if you can’t, there are always these delicious ones you can bake!

Recipe: Almond Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Buttercream
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Summary: Almond and brown sugar cupcakes with a light, tender crumb topped with a silky salted caramel buttercream

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

  • Almond Cupcakes
  • 90g plain flour
  • 55g whole almonds
  • pinch salt
  • 1scant tsp baking powder
  • 100g brown sugar
  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 110ml 2% milk
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4tsp almond essence
  • Salted Caramel Buttercream
  • 15g sugar
  • 15ml water
  • 30ml low fat cream
  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 1/4tsp sea salt
  • 85g icing sugar


  1. Almond Cupcakes
  2. Preheat the oven to 190C. Line a 12 mold cupcake tin with 8 liners {fill the remaining 4 with a 1/8 cup water each aid even heat distribution while baking}
  3. Process the plain flour, whole almonds, 75g brown sugar {3/4 quantity}, salt and baking powder in the bowl of a processor until ground fine. Reserve.
  4. Beat the butter with the remaining 25g sugar until pale. Add the egg and both extracts and beat again.
  5. Add the flour mix in 3 lots alternating with the milk until smooth.
  6. Divide between the 8 cupcake liners and bake for 20-25  minutes until light golden and a tester comes out clean.
  7. Cool completely on rack.
  8. Salted Caramel Buttercream
  9. While the cupcakes are baking, heat the sugar and water in a heavy bottom saucepan,undisturbed, until the colour turns light golden brown.
  10. Add the salt and cream and whisk rapidly with a balloon whisk until it all comes together into a salted caramel. {Please take care as the mixture will splutter in the beginning and will be really hot}.
  11. Let it cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  12. Whip the butter and icing sugar until smooth and fluffy. Add the salted caramel and continue to whisk until smooth.
  13. Place into a piping bag and frost the cupcakes.


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