Race Track Cake
This year it was to be strictly no party but he implored with tears in his eyes and the innocence of a child (read: manipulator) how he really wants to invite 2 of school friends. And from no party, we ended up doing a party for 2 school kids. The number of guests may have been lesser but the work involved was equal to a full-fledged party for 20-25 kids, from balloons to home-made cake to burger and then Indian meal of Chole-Poori.
I actually wanted to make a number ‘9’ cake but the size needed for cutting out a perfect number was too big for a party of 3 kids and one mini-kid. So ended up requesting Vedanta to choose a simple race track cake which seemed easier to create.
The Race Track cake called for racing cars but we searched for smallest dinky cars in Vedanta’s stash, washed and used them. So a transformer robot, a truck and hatchback is what you see on the track. :D
After soaking, filling and crumb coating the cake, I poured ganache over the cake and tried to create grass, track lines etc. The skill is abysmal at best but my son was the happiest and told his friends how the cake looks bakery made but my mother has made it. This was the full payment and satisfaction to the cake and the process.
The sonny boy doesn’t like too bitter or strong chocolate flavour, so made white cake base with ganache on top. Moist and just enough chocolate-y.
Race Track Cake
|1||cup of all purpose flour|
|½||cup of sugar|
|¾||teaspoon of baking powder|
|¼||teaspoon of baking soda|
|¼||cup of unsweetened apple sauce|
|½||cup of curd or buttermilk|
|2||tablespoons of oil|
|½||tablespoon of apple cider vinegar|
|1||teaspoon of vanilla extract|
|a pinch of salt|
|1.||Pre-heat oven to 170°C. Grease and line an 8 inch round pan.|
|2.||In a large bowl, combine together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda. In a separate small bowl, mix curd or buttermilk, oil, vinegar, vanilla extract and apple sauce.|
|3.||Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients bowl until just mixed. I added another teaspoon of curd to adjust the consistency. Pour the batter into prepared pan. Bake for 25 minutes or till the tooth pick inserted near the centre comes out clean. Cool the cake completely in the pan before de-moulding. Freeze the layer till further use. Bake 2 more layers.|
|4.||Assemble and decorate as per your choice.|
This recipe makes 1 layer. Repeat this process to get 3 layers.
After soaking, filling and crumb coating the cake, I poured ganache over the cake and tried to create grass, track lines etc. The skill is abysmal at best but my son was the happiest and told all his friends how the cake looks bakery made but my mother has made it. This was the full payment and satisfaction to the cake and the process.