Friday, March 23, 2012

Vanilla Cake With Apricot Filling


          Vanilla cake with a fruit filling, nothing much exciting about the cake, except that this is the first cake that I have decorated. I had joined a cake decoration class, and in the second class, we had to make our own icing, and decorate a cake. I was able to do only a little bit in the class, came home and completed it and was pretty much satisfied at my first attempt and what better place to share it than on my blog and with all my friends here. And also I can always come back to look and laugh at my first try. I am not a big fan of icing nor anyone in the family, especially knowing the amount of sugar and shortening that goes into it, but at the same time feel that, a decorated cake is always more appealing to the eyes..

Need To Have
  • All Purpose Flour Or Maida - 1 + 1/4 cup
  • Sugar - 1 cup
  • Egg - 1
  • Baking Powder - 1 teaspoon
  • Baking Soda - 1 teaspoon
  • Milk - 1/2 cup
  • Oil - 1/4 cup
  • Butter - 1/4 cup
  • Vanilla Extract - 1 teaspoon
  • Salt - a pinch
  • Apricot Preserves - 1/2 cup


Method
          Sift the flour, baking powder and baking soda, and beat the egg and add the sugar, oil, butter, milk, salt and the vanilla extract, mix everything well. To this, add the sifted ingredients little by little and blend everything together. Pour this in a greased pan ( I used a 8" circle pan ), bake at 350F for 25 to 30 mins. Remove, cool the cake at least for 2 or 3 hrs before doing the icing. Slice the cake across, place the top portion on the decorating board, sliced side up, pipe the icing around to form a dam, then spread the fruit filling. Now, place the bottom portion on the top, with the sliced side facing down, press it down slightly, then do the decoration. I made the basic confectioner's sugar, shortening  and vanilla icing.

Sending it to Tickling Palates for the I Love Baking event,
                to Food Corner for the Midweek Fiesta event,
                to Shama's Easy2cook Recipes for Sara's Cooking With Love - Granddad Series event and
                to Vegetarian Food And Me for I'm The Star event



Note
If the cake has a dome shape, just slice that portion, mix it with the fruit filling and spread it.
I tried a vegan cake, it flopped, I did a second cake and had to prepare the icing for the class, was tired, so I just stuck to the basic cake recipe.



 
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43 comments:

  1. Hema very nicely done. Great work. First time, you have done very nicely. Looks delicious.

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  2. love the decoration. superb cake

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  3. wow good job icing the cake.i can't get that part right yet!

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  4. SSS ippadi colour colour aa poodu vaayuura vaissittiingkalee hema

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  5. ஹேமா,கேக் டெகரேஷன் ரொம்ப அழகா இருக்கு,அப்படியே பார்த்துகிட்டே இருக்கலாம் போல இருக்கு...

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  6. nobody would believe it was done for the first time.. it has turned out so well.. You have become a pro at baking now :)...Thanks for lining it hema :)

    Ongoing Event : I'm The Star

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  7. Nice decoration Hema! Have seen many of my friends cake decoration class cakes! ;) waiting for your next icing! Good luck!

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  8. Love the colour and the decoration of your cake. It's awesome

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  9. thats a beautiful cake....wow

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  10. Beautiful cake Hema. Eager to see what comes next.
    Rajashree.

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  11. Great job,beautifully decorated cake,love the filling..totally yummy

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  12. Cake looks beautiful.. Great Job!!

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  13. looks delicious and lovely cake .....

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  14. this looks really delicious n very new also....loved it....
    Maha

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  15. hema its beautiful :)
    http://lavanyasrecipes.blogspot.com/

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  16. That is a beautifully decorated cake! Hard to tell it is your first time! :)

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  17. this is a very nice decoration!!I like this colour combination,pleasing eyes!!Very beautiful cake as the first attempt & waiting to see more in future....Even I started decorating few months ago & it is really interesting.
    Thanks a lot for sharing...

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  18. looks so colorful.....apricot filling looks great

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  19. ...And you succeed on the very first attempt. You have done it nicely.

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  20. lovely piece of art!!...perfect icing hema.....

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  21. Cake looks so beautifully decorated... Nailed it dear and looks delicious too..

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  22. Awesome!!so beautifuy decorated cake .loved the apricot filling..
    Anjana

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  23. Pure awesomeness Hema!!! Love the decoration :)

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  24. Hema congrats u have wonderfully in your first attempt...superb cake and decoration

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  25. What a delicious looking cake - inside and out :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
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  26. Hey hems...this is looking gorgeous......really loved the icing.......hats of to u..cake is looking very beautiful....

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  27. Beautiful cake, perfectly executed. Love everything about this cake!

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  28. Wonderful decoration..the cake looks really pretty..good job Hema!

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  29. wow! What a creative idea for a cake! The pictures are great and it looks and sounds delicious! love the decorations too :)

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  30. That's such a twisted cake with vanilla flavor..I especially loved the way you iced..Superb work..Nice meeting.Happy to add you in my reader.

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  31. Awesome decorating yummy twist flavor cake..Drooling..

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  32. The cake looks very tempting. Nice decoration and lovely pics.

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  33. Fruit filling layered cakes are always a wonderful treat. I really like the moist texture of the cake too. The way you decorated this is very stunning and eye catching. Well done and happy Monday!

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  34. Lovely cake and that's really a great job done it so perfect in first try ...

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  35. same pinch, even i made this exact same decoration in wilton's! looks so pretty, all the pastel colours :) the apricot filling mustav been super tasty

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  36. Hi Hema,
    Cannot believe this is your first time at cake decorating. The cake looks beautiful and so moist. Love it.

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  37. Vanilla cake with fruity layer sounds great.Must buy some apricot preserve during the next grocery trip.My son with gulp this cake off in seconds:)

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