Thursday, December 22, 2011

Day 39/90

Cookbooks rule. Especially if they are written by Ritu Dalmia, a person who I know exists. I have eaten at her restaurants on more than one occasion I must say, and every time, the food is better than the last time. So when my hitler, oops, mother, asked me if I want the book, I said yes! :D 

So today, I give you her recipe for Red Velvet cake, please please buy the book, then you will know what I am talking about. It is amazing when she makes difficult dishes from ingredients we can actually buy in India, and also, the food looks really good, which is something I havent seen in Indian cookbooks, apart from Mr. Sanjeev Kapoor, who is Oh so passe. And the cover of the book, Ooh la la! There is just something so enticing about a lone woman travelling the world and reveling in food. Ah, the ideal life! 

Basically I love her, and basically, I am giving you this recipe for free so you should worship me. But its better you buy the book here.

So here goes..tra la la la! 


What you need: 

Use this convertor to convert all the ingredients to tablespoons or anything convenient if you dont have a weighing machine to weigh out the grams.

150 grams caster sugar 
90 grams butter 
2 eggs 
3 teaspoons of red colour 
75 grams of cocoa powder 
1 tsp of vanilla essence/1 fresh vanilla stick 
150 ml buttermilk 
(If you dont have buttermilk, use this recipe as a substitute:

Basically, add one tablespoon of vinegar to your measuring cup, and keep adding milk till it reaches the one cup mark. Let it stand for five minutes and then use as much as your recipe says. So basically, I had to throw away most of the milk, so let it come up till the half cup mark, for your own safety) 

300 grams of flour 
A pinch of salt 
3 tablespoons of white wine vinegar, buy the imported one.  
2 teaspoons of baking soda 
50 grams of melted chocolate 

For the icing 

One package of philadelphia cream cheese 
30 grams butter 
40 grams icing sugar 
Half teaspoon of vanilla essence 

What to do: 

1. Prepare yourself for around 30-45 minutes of mixing and adding things, because it is a lot of things we have to deal with. Now breathe. 

2. Put the butter and sugar together in your patila, and mix well till it becomes dreamy, and creamy. 

2. Add the eggs, oh the eggs, the eggs. 

3. Now, in a separate bowl, mix the red food colour, cocoa powder, and vanilla essence. You could also just add it all in, but if you want to be fancy shmancy, you can do the separate bowl thing. I did it. :D Also, preheat the oven to 200 degrees celcius. 

4. Add the flour and salt, and buttermilk. Then mix again. Actually, I had to wait for five minutes to make the buttermilk, but if you are smart you can make it earlier, or just buy buttermilk. Whatever suits you choons. Also, do the following and add it to the patila. 

So basically, you add the vinegar to the baking soda, and watch it foam up. Add this to the patila too. Also add the melted chocolate. 

6. Add everything to the awesome NEW cake baking tin you got on your birthday, and bake for 20 to 30 minutes, check at ten minutes with the fork trick. 

7. While it is baking, add all the icing ingredients in a bowl, and keep in a safe place away from dogs. 

8. Once its out of the oven, splather all the icing on it, or try and ice it fancily. This didnt work, it looked really shady, but im honest, so I will show that to you also. I basically added the icing to my piping bag, and this is what happened. 

So once that failed, we splashed it all over the cake, much like this. 

Then we added some stars, which looked like this. 

And like this... 

And this is what it looks like after greedy menons attacked it. 

Enjoy this, if you dont, I will kidnap your cake. 


  1. ooh lala.....tHis looks awesome sauce Devika! Mujhe yeh sab chahiye!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

  2. Your Hitler Mommy bought you the book. How kind is that! The icing was super, the cake was good too.