Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Coffee Suagr Body Scrub : Last Minute Gift Idea




20 days to Christmas. Yes that’s right, and if you are still wondering about Christmas gift idea then I am here to save you. A perfect last minute gift that is -personalized, quick and will be loved by everyone. How about homemade body scrub? Everyone buys body scrubs from Lush cosmetics and the body shop and pays lot of money, why not make one for yourself.

Coffee Sugar Body Scrub. Yes. No preservatives or harmful chemicals- just some ingredients from your kitchen pantry. Coffee- I chose the cheapest one. Take any coffee powder. Coffee is supposed to tighten and tone your skin. Coffee is also great antioxidant and anti-inflammatory and of course the smell is to die for.

Next ingredient is sugar. I used white granulated sugar. If you have sensitive skin I would suggest that you go for brown sugar. Sugar acts as great exfoliator and removes dead skin.

Coconut oil- I used KTC cooking coconut oil. I believe that coconut oil that is suitable for cooking is the purest. When ever you scrub or exfoliate you need some moisture and coconut provides enough moisture and nourishes the skin. For, that festive touch be creative- pack in fancy bottles or monsoon jars.



Ingredients:
1 cup coffee granulated
1 cup white sugar
5 tablespoons coconut oil

Method:
Take a mixing bowl and mix everything togather. The consistency should be like of wet sand. Not to dry and not to runny.
That’s it. Fill it any jar or bottle and you can use it within 1 month.


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Best Chocolate Cake: Full Proof Chocolate Cake Recipe



Cake- I love cakes. Both baking and eating. Baking is a therapy and eating is pure indulgence. What’s the definition of a good cake? I asked this question to few of my friends and relatives. Cake should me beautiful, light, moist, fluffy, crumbly, not to eggy, rightly sweet and must make you forget your stress- were the answers. Honestly I don’t bake often and whatever I bake is with attention to detail. My cakes will taste good, they may not cater to all the characteristics mentioned above but the taste will always be fine.

Beautiful cake, I really don’t excel here. I can do simple icing and decorations but something too perfect and good looking is difficult for me to outcast. I have been baking Mr. Husband’s birthday cake for last 5 years and I love doing it for him. A home baked cake is so much better than those readymade ones. A home baked cake shows your love, passion and compassion. My cakes might lack that good looks but it will outshine any other beautiful looking cake in taste. I promise!!



For me, in this uncertain world, a good piece of cake is an undeniable pleasure. Period! My husband loves chocolate cake and that’s what I have been baking for him for all these years. Below are the cakes that I have made, also shows how my food photography has changed over years ;-)



A good chocolate cake. Now, everyone has the recipe that says this is the best chocolate cake-ever. I don’t want to brag that my cake is the best but what I want to explain is that everyone in this world should have one great recipe for chocolate cake that they can follow blindly. A simple recipe with handful of ingredients and this is my ‘that’ recipe.


A jaw-dropping chocolate cake- Moist sponge slabs layered with whipped cream and finally topped with coffee chocolate icing. If you are a serious chocolate lover then get ready for this ultimate chocolate cake recipe.

You can top it with any icing or just drizzle on some honey and enjoy. I made chocolate coffee ganache for this cake and it was super duper goooood (recipe coming soon). Serve the cake with tea, coffee or just enjoy whenever you want.

Ingredients
2 cups all-purpose flour/maida
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon coffee
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1½ teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 cup hot boiling water
½ cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Method:
Preheat the oven at 180C. Prepare 9 inch round pan. I used some butter to grease the pan.
In a bowl add flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar and coffee powder. Mix well. I used a electric beater and mixed these ingredients well.
Add milk, oil and vanilla to dry ingredients. Mix well.
Take one egg a time and mix/beat for 1 minute. Take another egg and beat well for 1 minute.
Mix water and beat the batter on high speed for 1 minute.
Pour the batter on the greased pan and bake for 40-45 minutes. Keep an eye on the cake. Bake until a toothpick or knife inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean.

Let the cake cool on wire rack. Remove the cake from the pan and frost with your favourite icing.