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Chocolate Banana Cake

Recipes - Anupriya kapur - May 10, 2016

I always stock bananas (runner syndrome I guess!) in my house but during summers they obviously ripen very quickly. But of course, ripe bananas are perfect for baking. Chocolate Banana cake is wonderfully moist, soft and a bit dense. I like my cake without frosting but if you are looking to serve it as a dessert, you can top it with some chocolate ganache (click here for recipe).

And surprisingly my son loves it too. Now to the easy peasy two bowl recipe –

Flour – 125gm

Sugar – 200gm (granulate after measuring)

Cocoa  Powder -37/38gm

Bananas – 11/2 medium size or half cup post mashing (riper the better)

Baking Soda – 3/4 tsp

Baking Powder – 3/4 tsp

Water – 120ml (slightly warm)

Milk – 60ml

Oil – 60ml

Egg – 1

Vanilla Essence – 3/4 tsp

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  1. Pre heat the oven at 180 degrees for 8-10 mins.
  2. Mix/sieve together all the dry ingredients in a big bowl.
  3. Mix together all the wet ingredients and mash the banana into it (I do it with a fork).
  4. Mix the dry and wet ingredients together.
  5. Pour the mixture in a greased pan lined with butter paper.
  6. Bake for 30-40 minutes (mine was done in about 38 minutes) at 180 degrees C in a 8 inch square or round baking pan.

Remove the cake from the baking pan after ten mins. Let the cake cool down on the wire rack as shown below in the pic.

I prefer this cake after keeping it in the fridge for a couple of hours. IMG_20160504_163617

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Easy Chocolate Chip (chunk) Cookies

Recipes - Anupriya kapur - March 21, 2016

Kabir (my son) loves these Chocolate Chip Cookies a bit more than the brownies that I bake. And I baked them today to give him a little sweet surprise as today is his last day of 3rd grade. Perks of working from home I guess. This one is chewy and quite rich. Since, I have run out of chocolate chips, I will be using chunks of chocolate instead.

Butter – 113gm

Granulated White Sugar – 75 gmIMG_20160321_141427-01

Light/Dark Brown Sugar – 80gm (don’t use Mawana as that’s just colored white sugar)

Egg – 1

Vanilla Essence – 3/4 tsp

Flour – 150 gms

Chocolate Chips – 135gm (I used Morde Dark Compund, any chocolate would do)

Baking Soda – 1/2 tsp

  1. Preheat oven at 190 Degrees C for about 8-10 mins. Line the baking tray with butter paper.
  2. With the hand mixer, beat the butter (straight from the fridge) in a bowl until soft and creamy.
  3. Beat the sugars with the butter till mixed well.
  4. Beat the egg as well as vanilla essence into the mixture and scrape the sides of the bowl as and when required.
  5. Mix all the dry ingredients together and add it to the above mixture till it incorporates.IMG_20160321_142507-01
  6. Add the chocolate chunks in the end.
  7. If the mixture is too soft (generally it is ), then refrigerate this mixture for half an hour or so.
  8. Use an icecream scoop or spoon to drop the mixture on to the baking sheets.
  9. Bake for 10-14 minutes. The sides should be golden brown but the center will still be little soft.
  10.  Let them cool down completely before picking up.

Note – Baking time will also depend on the size of the cookies you are making. This batter will make about 15-18 big cookies as shown in the pic above.

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Basic Chocolate Cake

Recipes - Anupriya kapur - March 18, 2016

This cake recipe is as simple as it gets. I wanted to bake a Kitkat cake for my son on his 5th birthday and that’s why I hunted the internet for the easiest Chocolate Cake and Ganache recipe. I did a couple of trials and found this one the easiest.

I like my chocolate cake with Ganache topping (click here for the recipe). You can just pour the ganache over the cake once it cools down. This recipe can be used to make Chocolate Cupcakes as well. I once did a baking class for kids and they loved spreading the ganache on their cupcakes and decorating them with sprinklers. On my later posts, I will also share how to assemble the Kitkat cake (it looks very professional).

Flour – 125 gmIMG_20160314_160153

Cocoa Powder (Hershey’s or Cadbury’s) – 30 gm

Sugar- 2oo gm

Baking Powder – 1 tsp

Baking Soda – 1/2 tsp

Egg – 1

Warm water – 120ml

Milk – 120ml

Oil – 60ml

Vanilla Essence – 1 tsp

  1. Pre heat oven for 8-10 minutes @ 180 degrees C.
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients well.
  3. Mix all the wet ingredients.
  4. Gently mix the dry and wet ingredients with the spatula.
  5. Pour the mixture in a 8″inch round/square greased pan lined with butter paper.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes at 180 degrees C.

 

Disclaimer – This is not my recipe. I got it from the internet 3-4 years back.

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Carrot Walnut Cake

Recipes - Anupriya kapur - March 7, 2016

Carrot walnut cake tastes awesome by itself but it tastes divine with the cream cheese frosting. The cake is nutty, has a spicy touch to it because of the cinnamon powder and is wonderfully moist.

I’m sharing the Cream Cheese Frosting recipe here. You don’t have to worry about the smooth edges and piping the frosting as the cake looks rustic when you just spread the frosting casually. That’s my excuse to not put in the hardwork 😉 I have used a spatula to spread the frosting (the one in the picture).

Flour – 130gms

Grated carrots – 170 gms (after grating)

Eggs – 2IMG_20160307_154939

Sugar – 150 gms

Oil – 120ml

Walnuts – 50gms

Raisins (optional) – 25 gms
Cinnamon Powder – 3/4 tsp

Baking Powder – 3/4 tsp

Baking soad – 1/2 tsp

Salt – 1/2 tsp

Vanilla Essence – 1 tsp

Place walnuts on a baking sheet and bake for about 8 to 10 minutes at 180 degrees C or until lightly brown and fragrant. Remove from oven and coarsely chop.

  1. In a bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon powder.
  2. In a different bowl, whisk the eggs (I use the Phillips beater) for 2 minutes, add sugar and beat for another 2-3 minutes or till mixture is light.
  3. Add the oil slowly in a steady stream while beating the mixture and add vanilla essence as well.
  4. Lightly fold the dry ingredients to this mixture.IMG_20160307_155626
  5. Add the walnuts and raisins.
  6. Pour the mixture in a greased pan lined with butter paper.
  7.  Bake for 30-40 minutes (mine was done in about 35 minutes) at 180 degrees C in a 8 inch square or round baking pan or a loaf pan.IMG_20160307_155711

Note – I always add the raisins as it makes the cake more moist.

Disclaimer – This is not my recipe. I had got it from the internet 3-4 years back.

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Get your brave on

Fitness, Fitness related, For the soul, Parenting - Anupriya kapur - January 2, 2016

When I became a mother 8 years back, it was a validation of my existence. It was as if I got to justify my right to occupy space on this earth in that very moment. And I lost myself in motherhood. The best way to describe it would be that I started “decaying in the gentle state of happiness” (quote borrowed from my favourite book). The only thing was that I wasn’t happy. I was making myself believe that I was. This realisation made me restless and I didn’t know what to do. To a lot of people, my life might have even seemed ideal. But I was being pulled in to a deep dark hole of misery and self pity. And I started finding comfort there. I saw myself as completely worthless once my son started spending more time in school and the park. I became extremely negative and didn’t think I was capable of anything including being a good mother.

Running saved me a lot of times but an injury took that away from me (for a few months) and that’s when I hit rock bottom. I realised that my home baking venture which had started as love for baking turned into waiting for appreciation from others. So when anyone smirked at my idea of baking as a business, it deeply affected me. I had never believed in New Year resolutions till then and was one of those people who make light of it. But two years back on this day, I decided that the only way to save myself was to turn my life around. I didn’t share my resolve with anyone as I was scared of being made fun of. No one took me seriously in any case. I was supposed to be this happy-go-lucky person with whom nothing could ever go wrong and could never be lost. It was a tough call to give up baking. I started meditating at home for 20 minutes on my own every day (Pranic Healing). I used to think meditation is a fancy thing rich people did. I don’t think I have ever been more wrong about anything in my life. I started forgiving people and myself for everything wrong that had happened in the past. I cried a whole lot. But I felt strangely light. It’s tough to describe that feeling unless you go through it yourself. I started looking at myself and situations more objectively, became less critical of myself and prepared to fail.

Around that time, I also started my blog with the hope of inspiring women like me to do something for themselves and to save themselves. The blog got noticed in more than one way and I started getting a bit of content writing work. It is a constant struggle to write when you are low but I didn’t want to give up this time, this was my only chance. I started receiving mails/messages from a lot of people(men and women both) that my blog is inspiring them to take up fitness/running and to revive their passion, which inspired me further to keep at it. I also realised that with so much happening I started to become a more understanding mother. And now all I want for my son is to feel loved and create his own journey.

In 2015, I got a lot of content writing work, I blogged more frequently, took good care of my son, have done several races (injury free!) – 2 full marathons, several half marathons, several 10kms, paced at Bengaluru marathon and my blog got covered in a national daily 🙂

I might not have achieved anything significant but enough to keep me going. At times, I feel a strong pull to go back in to the dark hole and trust me it’s very tempting but I have managed to kick its butt on most occasions and will continue to do so.  But it all started with one resolution on a cold winter evening and some very supportive people.

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