Monday, December 28, 2009

Easy Cake for December Closing

“If winter comes, can spring be far behind” as I relax I just recall this beautiful line from Shelley’s Ode to the West Wind. Long time I read this poem, no if I refresh my thought’s, maybe about a year back my friends daughter asked me about the ending line of this beautiful poem. This was sometime in the winter months, in Dec. maybe in Jan. What difference does it make as long as we remember such beautiful unforgettable lines from such great poets?

Winter is in full swing. My legs are feeling the cold, they are cold but I don’t like to wear my socks. Feel lazy to get up from the sofa, fetch my socks and wear them. Best, covered my legs with the shawl and I’m enjoying the book I’m reading.

As I read on I read about cakes and then I think of making one…quick and easy…and relish it with a cup of hot tea. The laziness disappears and I start with my work.

All I needed:

Eggs: 3

Maida: Same weight as the eggs

Sugar: same weight as the eggs

Butter: 100gms

Baking powder: 11/2 tbsp

Vanilla essence: ½ tsp


I broke the eggs into the mixie jar. I told you I wanted to make it quickly and easily. I had no time to powder the sugar. So added the sugar to the eggs and let the mixie complete the work. I used my fingers to see the sugar had melted completely. Poured the combination into a bowl.

Rest of it goes like this…

Now add the baking powder to the maida and put it through a sifter.

Gradually add the maida and mix it with a light hand using a wooden ladle. Make sure to mix it in one particular circular movement, either clock wise or anti-clock wise.

Melt the butter and add it to the batter. Finally add the vanilla essence. Grease and dust the baking dish. Pour the batter into it. Put it in the micro oven for 6-7 minutes. Check it with a knitting needle to see if it has been baked. Don’t take it out of the oven immediately. Let it stay in the oven for 2-3 minutes. The cake is ready.

It took me hardly half an hour to make the batter and rest of the time for baking. It was a quick feat indeed and the hot cake went well with tea. And Shelley’s poems, I love them…one of my fav poet.


  1. Dear Didibhai
    Excellent method and recipe. I am scared to bake in a micro. I may burn it.
    I normally bake with a very low energy 180 Watt micro, and the Oven set at 180 deg C.
    Will try your method, and keep a watch. I guess, you must have used at full energy mode around 700 to 900 Watt
    Happy New Year

  2. Awesome cake.. and I need to go refresh my memory on Ode to the west wind ..lovely post

  3. Thanks for sharing this method.Your cake looks soft and delicious.

  4. Cake looks simply superb..Sounds easy too...
    I studied Ode to the west wind for my graduation :-)

  5. lovely and yummy cake dear................

  6. Perfect and soft cake..great for the holiday season..Happy new year !!!

  7. Ushnishda,there is always a first time. So give a try. I had the same thought in mind when I tried it for the first time.
    Bake it on the high mode.
    Still I do most of my baking in the old baking oven I have. Till now this is 'old is gold' for me.
    Subho nobo barsho. Dekha hobe agami bachore(smiles)

    ...keep smiling...

  8. Nostalgia, thanks for spending time here and gald to read your nice comment.

    ...and keep smiling...

  9. Hi Padhu, thanks for liking this and your sweet words.

    ...and keep smiling...

  10. Hi Sarah, thanks for your sweet words...remembering An Ode to West Wind...

    ...and keep smiling...

  11. Prasu, thanks for stopping by and your nice words.

    ...and keep smiling...

  12. Gulmohar, nice to see you here. Glad you liked it.
    Good wishes for the New Year.

    ...and keep smiling...