Mixed fruit Vanilla Cake…..food and happiness on my father’s birthday

vanilla cake with mixed fruit

One fine day,  it occurred to me that every week, we must observe two days as ‘gadget free and TV. Free days’. As expected, my son is always ‘game on’ for my such kinds of adventures but my husband  rejected the offer as he  finds our ideas absurd. homemade chocolates for decoration

Though, it was not easy for an addict like me, who everyday spent a considerable amount of time sitting in front of computer either to feed a post or to check my stats to know  some good or bad views from my readers.   But for my son, it was not a big problem as he has done this before with equal enthusiasm and spirit and even for a  longer period of time (one full week).

By end of the first week, we both kept our promise and didn’t touch any such thing.

Our this plan was a  success, but  there was one more plan  (involving many more family members) which went as successful as this one – a picnic, which my brother planned for my father’s birthday.fruit and vanilla cake
My father always says  that we must  interact and meet  more often with our  family members and friends – living far and wide as  that helps to cement a  relationship. My brother, who also believe in the same  institution and always try to organise such family get together every once in a while.     So when his birthday approached, he called us to come and bring  with us a basket full of  food and happiness

picnic basket

As it was the surprise picnic, so obviously, he had no idea that we all would be waiting for him in the park.  Seeing us all there, he was really surprised and happy.my fatherIt was the perfect glowing day for picnic, we spread the sheet and settled down to start all the fun and games; jokes and riddles; shrieks and conversation. Amidst all the fun and laughter we ate whatever we all have packed in our bags along with the cake.Mixed fruit Vanilla cake

As the day progressed, we started feeling a little cold, so we folded the sheets and  wiped out every  evidence from the park  by throwing the garbage in the bin and distributing whatever left  amongst ourselves , we came back home.

Recipe of sponges adapted from Natasha Kitchen
• Whole wheat flour – 2 ½ cup – 2 tbsp
• Corn flour – 2 tbsp
• Baking powder – 2 ½ tsp
• Baking soda – 1 tsp
• Salt – 1 tsp
• Vanilla essence – 2 tsp
• Small eggs – 5
• Sugar – 1 ½ cup
• Oil – 1 cup
• Buttermilk – 1 cup


for sponge
Preheat the oven to 180°C and line three 7” cake tin with baking paper. In a bowl, whisk together flour, corn flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In another bowl beat eggs with hand blender then add sugar and continue to beat for another 3 to 4 minutes. Add vanilla and oil and beat for 1 minute on slow speed.On the same speed slowly add about half of the flour mixture. Add half of the buttermilk, then the rest of the flour mix and the rest of the milk. Beat until just combined and smooth, scraping down the sides of the mixing bowl. The batter should be thin, if it is not, add little milk to it. Pour this batter equally into three prepared, bake for 12 -14 minutes or until the folk inserted comes out clean.
For Frosting
• Heavy whipping cream – 2 cup (what I get here, has sugar in it so I don’t add extra. If your cream has no sugar, you can add ¾ cup powdered sugar).
For sugar syrup
• Water – 1 cup
• Sugar – 2 tsp
Fillings and topping
• Tinned fruits – 1 1/2 cups
For frosting
• Beat the heavy cream until stiff and spreadable (1-2 min on high speed).
For sugar syrup
• Boil water in a pan. When bubbles starts to appear add sugar and switch off the gas. Let it come on room temperature
Once your cake is completely cooled to room temp, put first layer of cake on a serving plate, sprinkle some sugar syrup over it then spread enough cream to cover the layer from the top, sprinkle some tinned fruit over , repeat these steps for 2nd layer.
On 3rd  layer too, do all the steps as mentioned above excluding sprinkling of fruits.
Frost the outside of the cake and sides then decorate with chocolate, fruits or with whatever you like.

I decorate the cake with some homemade chocolates, crispies, crushed gems and fondant.


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