From my kitchen to yours

From my kitchen to yours

Sunday, October 17, 2010


Woke up this morning knowing fully we'll that its going to be high octane, fun , mad and well....a day we'll lived.....
So i was to make a cake and it had to be a Ravan cake for Dassera, so i got all my ingredients together , made my batter in a jiffy and baked this really was a piece of cake ha ha ha ....looking at that round piece of chocolate sponge, i had absolutely no clue how to make it look like Ravan, so i did what i do best, googled ravan photographs and picked 1 that i liked, oh before i forget , the recipe for the cake before i forget...

3 cups maida
1 1/2 cup sugar
2/3 cup cocoa
2 1/4 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 1/2 cup water
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

line 2 greased and floured 9-inch round baking pans with waxed paper and grease the paper and set aside...
In a large bowl combine the 1st 5 ingredients...
In another bowl, whisk the mayonnaise, water and vanilla until smooth, stir into dry ingredients until well blended and transfer into prepared pans and bake at 170 degrees for 30 minutes, sool it a bit and then transfer onto wire racks to cool completely...

and then for the frosting...

1 cup nutralite butter
1 cup margarine
8 cups icing sugar
5-6 tbsp milk
2 tsp vanilla

in a large bowl , beat the butter and margarine, till it is wonderfully fluffy, add the icing sugar, milk and vanilla and continue beating till you get the consistency you like, i always adjust the consistency , depending on whether the frosting is being used inside to layer the cake or then to cover the cake up or then to decorate it.....

Well must say that the whole experience of dong something when you have no clue where and how in a pretty daunting task after you have shot your mouth off saying , "I'll make a Ravan cake"....but slowly slowly my Sweet tasting Ravan came to life, with expert advice from Zeke , who was guiding me on colours and combinations as he is the expert....hmmmm...

We were to reach Mini's place at 3 which did not happen, but we finally did reach her place by 4 which was bustling with activity, Kabir was getting the skeleton done, Jaye and aunty Leela were helping the kids with Ravans face, Mini was multi-tasking, i went into the kitchen and decided to make a variation of Danish pastry with a chicken sausage and Anusha...we'll we found her girl i say...
The kids Vivaan , Sairah, Kabir, Gia, Seher, Zeke , Zene, Arsalan and Ayatal were busy cutting, pasting painting and making the 10 faces of Ravan....
And suddenly after a bit , we found all the girls had left their masks to dance to the songs of"Dabang" so Jaya and me also joined in, we also caught Aunty Leela burning the dance floor ha ha ha she is going to kill me for this ..or then she may not ,after all she is a Sagittarian ...

Mini in the mean time, was getting food ready for a whole country, there were tuna, nutella, cheese and peanut-butter sandwiches, huge plates of chaat, juices and our hot favourite "Maggi"

We all ate non stop, till we were ready to burst and then settled with some very lovely Earl grey tea served in tea-cups that Kabir's dad bought from Russia..

We , and by that i mean the kids and all us adults , thankfully Shaheen and Roshan had also come by then, we all said ha ha ha ha in our best villainous voice and i had to put the knife into Ravans stomach , we ate some more after we were already full , with sandwiches, chaat and the danish chicken rolls, and when we were finding it a bit difficult to move.....we had to just move..and so with lotsa noise and c'mon c'mon, lets go, where are the kids and blah blah blah....

Ravan was taken down into the building and we all did photographs with the good looking chap and then set him on fire , the crackers went off in a frenzy, with all of us cheering and simultaneously running away ha ha ha ......

Yup "good always triumphs over evil" even if it takes a loooong time....
and so here it is "ha ha ha sweet Ravana" only from "Maria"s Kitchen"


  1. You guys really have lot of fun..and i thought being a mommy means to work and work:D

  2. Lovely looking cake and innovative too. Must have been fun eating the Ravana.

  3. Hi..came to ur blog thr ur Twitter update..You have a lovely blog with amazing mouth watering yummy recipes and Lovely clicks...I m following your blog...Looking fwd to ur amazing new recipes..One query, i have never baked cake before.. can u guide me to a basic simple cake recipe for first time bakers?
    God bless you and your family always with Lots of Happiness and Good Health

  4. HAHA... class.... we all thought that ravan was missing in our lives.. n then u bring him back where we all can relish him to death.... :D

  5. Hi,

    That looks real yumm...


  6. Amazing cake! And a very well written piece! You HAVE to go professional with both your cakes and writing!