The past few weeks have got me thinking about life and cake, and all the little things that go into theircreation. There is the essential person who makes our life what it is, let’s call him Flour. And then there are all the other ingredients. Some are essential, like sugar and some are the silent catalysts that make a cake happen. And so too, our lives are made up of people who love us and people we can’t do without and then there are those whom we’d rather not have around, or some situations that make our lives bitter. In cake world, these potentially-bitter elements are the baking powder. These baking powder people make our life-cake all nice and fluffy! Only a pinch is enough to bring out the best in us. So the next time something bad happens, think of it like baking powder – a little is essential for your cake to taste good and add that very essential texture to your character.
Makes one think, what kind of cake do I want to be?
Here’s a recipe for a delicious date cake. I’ve tried it many times and it turns out great almost every time. If I were a cake, I’d be the date cake: simple, sweet and carefree!
18 seedless dates
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup maida
1/2 cup oil (can totally be avoided)
1 tea spn baking soda
P.S.: If you use ‘baking powder’ instead of ‘baking soda’, cake becomes a bit harder.
Preheat the oven at 350F/180 degree.
Soak the dates in warm milk overnight (I usually don’t soak the dates since I use the seedless dates, I just heat milk and dates for few minutes or microwave them so that dates becomes soft and help in grinding). Add sugar and grind them to a smooth paste along with the milk in which it is soaked in.
Add oil and mix.
Sieve the flour and baking soda together. Add the flour mix with the date mixture in batches and mix slowly.
Bake the cake at 350 F/180 degree in a greased ovenproof dish for 35-40min (or till a knife inserted in the cake comes out clean).