Good day ladies and gentlemen.
I am back from my blogging hiatus. The lack of posts was entirely due to time constraints, the volume of work has been overwhelming of late (Notcomplaining one bit). I’m back now and promise to be posting regularly.
Growing up, my mother always made for us vanilla cakes on our birthdays. Even when we would go to the supermarket for cupcakes for travelling or school break, we always had vanilla cupcakes. It was the norm and this made me a fan of all things vanilla.
So when I started my baking journey, my goal was to get a good if not perfect recipe for vanilla a vanilla cake. My mum never had recipes, she baked from eye estimation and it never backfired. I took my mother’s baking passion and my dad’s need for precision, so there was no room for risking with eye estimation, (kubahatisha, as we Kenyans are likely to say).
So my quest for finding proper ingredients begun. I tried every supermarket vanilla essence there was to no luck. the flavour just wasn’t what my mother got us used to. A friend of hers recommended me to Walibahi in town, where I went and requested for Vanilla essence. The gentleman there gave me Pradip Vanilla essence and told me how to use it and that is where the journey with Pradip begun.
Pradip have since improved the flavour from water based to oil based essence, thus making it much stronger and easier to use as not much is required.
Ingredients – Makes 1 – 8 inch cake- 1kg
- 250 grams margarine
- 1 & 1/2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoon milk
- 1 tablespoon oil based Pradip Clear Vanilla Essence.
- 4 eggs
- 1 & 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 & 1/4 cups flour
For the toppings
- Good quality whipping cream
- Food colour (Optional)
Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
Grease and dust your baking tins.
In one bowl, sift together the baking powder and flour. (refer to this for the importance of sifting them together).
In a second bowl, soften your butter or margarine with your mixer or spatula. Add the sugar and mix until well incorporated.
Add your eggs one at a time to the butter mixture, until incorporated.
Add the Vanilla Essence.
Slowly add your flour mix and milk into the butter and eggs mix. This should be done alternating so as to incorporate air into the batter and make your cake lighter as opposed to dense. Starting and ending with flour.
Once everything is well incorporated, pour the batter into your prepared baking tins and bake the 50 minutes.
Let the cake cool for at least 3hrs before icing it.
Decorating the cake
Add 1 Teaspoon Pradip Clear Vanilla Essence to the whipping cream
Whip the cream to a thick consistency (stiff peaks) and decorate cake as desired.
The client loved the cake and said her daughters classmates raved about it so much, That she decided she’d like more cakes during the holidays.
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A big thank you to Pradip for making my clients constantly happy.