Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Sour cream vanilla cake with vanilla butter cream frosting and a Tala cake pan review

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As cliche as it sounds, here's wishing all you guys a Happy Valentines Day in advance. I used to get all excited about the day during my school and college days when cards, flowers, gifts etc. were all part of the fun. Now, if the husband wishes me, its celebration time :) Other than the one time just after we got married, we have never actually celebrated V-day. This year isn't any different and so the most I could do was make these cute lil heart cakes and call it a day.

Talking of which, how adorable are these hearts? I think they are the perfect size, especially in households like mine where its just two of us and don't want to bake a huge cake to satisfy those sweet cravings. Tala is a very popular brand in UK and their retro-looking products are a fave of mine. This mini heart cake pan is from their bake ware range and is perfect for a V-day treat. The springform base makes it easy to release the cake and the non-stick interior does its job really well. The only issue I had was the batter seeping through the base when it went into the oven, but like all springform pans, its better to line the interior or place it on a baking tray to catch all the drips. Other than that, I am very happy with the cake tin.
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I didn't want to actually bake a cake in the pan, I wanted to do something different, but lack of planning and a busy schedule meant a normal vanilla cake it was. I had some sour cream in the fridge and thought of putting it to good use. Hence the sour cream vanilla cake. The husband will be disappointed because a lot of vanilla-ness has been doing the rounds here. He will have to bear with this one too. I, on the other hand, love plain vanilla cakes and this one was great as well. 

About the frosting...I hate butter cream icing and that's the very reason why its not made its mark on my blog. Today however, I broke my vow, and went ahead and made it. Since a very small quantity was needed, I thought it should be fine. The taste, I still am not a fan, but the fact that you can pipe it out in whichever design, shape etc makes it a winner. I shall not be trying it out again, but maybe incorporate butter into my cream cheese frostings to make it hold firmer..yes that's a possibility.

Recipe adapted from here (makes 2, 10cm hearts)
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Plain flour- 3/4th cup
Sugar- 1/2 cup
Baking powder- 3/4th tsp
Salt- 1/4 tsp
Butter- 4 tbsp (57gms), unsalted and at room temperature
Sour cream- 1/4 cup
Egg- 1 small
Egg yolk- 2 small
Vanilla extract- 3/4th tsp

Mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a the bowl of your mixer using the paddle attachments.
Into it add the remaining ingredients one after the other and continue beating on medium speed everything is mixed well. There shouldn't be any traces of butter or flour visible.
Increase speed and beat well till you get a smooth and satiny mix.
Transfer the batter into the pans (greased lightly) and bake in an over pre heated at 175C for about 30 minutes or till a skewer comes out clean.
Take the hearts out of the oven and after 10 minutes release them onto cooling racks. 
Once completely cool, wrap them in cling film and refrigerate till ready to frost.

Vanilla buttercream frosting (recipe adapted from here) makes enough to fill and frost the cake as in the pic
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Butter- 70gms, unsalted and at room temperature.
Powdered sugar- 85gms
Vanilla extract- 1/2 tsp
Milk- 1 tbsp
Red gel paste- a pinch

Beat the butter till light and fluffy.
Add the sugar, vanilla and milk and continue beating till they all come together. It should be smooth but stiff.
Add more milk (but by bit) to loosen the mix if needed or if too loose then add more sugar.
Add the red colour and mix till the colour is evenly spread throughout the  ix.
Fill the piping bags and pipe away.

Assembly
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Bring the cake to room temperature and slice into half. It was really easy to slice these darls.
If you want, moisten the cake with some sugar syrup, or even coffee.
Fill with the butter cream and top with the other half. Pipe on the sides, and also fill the top if needed.

With thanks to Tala for sending me the heart shaped cake tin to review.

13 comments:

Manju said...

I like these sort of small quantity cake recipes...its so difficult to find them.

Really liked the theme and I love buttercream btw. not a huge fan of cream cheese frosting, though I eat both if given to me :-D

Happy V Day dear!!

-Manju

Vineetha said...

V day is not a big deal here too..Me and S r from mars and Venus !
Loved the tin ..I am not a buttercream fan either( too sweet for me ) but planning to try a slighlty different buttercream soon which I think I might like.
Happy V day :)

ANU said...

awesome cake and luv the color of the frosting...
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lifescoops said...

Endae nisha kutty...This is such a beautiful post and love the small cute heart baking pan
Happy valentines day to you!!

Sumi said...

looks perfect :)

Sarah said...

love the cute cakes! V-day is no big deal for us... its just a day when u see everyone around go bonkers about gifting, eating etc... and u feel sad that u aren't doing anything abt it... :P Oh well... its the same thing every year... I'm too lazy to make the effort though still i wish i did...

suhaina aji said...

wow..mind blowing.. nice one dear...love the cuties..

Poornima Nair said...

Nothing cuter that mini cakes! I have the same pans too. The cake looks fab and I love the picure of the two sponges. Got to see if Manoj wishes me tomorrow, if not it'll be fun pretending to be angry!

Akila said...

Cute n beautiful cake for a perfect v day...

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Priya said...

Cute cakes, beautiful sponges..Let me see,am also planning to get some baking pans from london,fingercrossed.Happy valentine's day.

divya said...

OMG! what a stunning pic! Drooling here...Happy valentines day to you!!

Suja Manoj said...

Happy Valentine's Day! looks so cute and elegant,lovely

Food Lover said...

These cakes look so beautiful! I love the color and how you frost them.