Birthdays are a time for celebrating…you, your family members, and your friends!
You can make the cake and do it yourself…yes, you can and it doesn’t have to be perfect.because you’re celebrating someone and their birthday, that’s the most important part to remember.A perfectionist at heart, it’s hard to let go of perfection.

I have always wanted to make a rainbow cake. Since I have seen this one, I have always wanted to do it…like seriously on my baking bucket list.And my husband’s birthday is the most awaited and special day I decided to try this …PicsArt_07-21-07.31.22


I like to use my homemade Eggless malai vanilla cake for this recipe. Most recipes I’ve seen online for rainbow cakes use a couple of box cake mixes to make the process easier.  I’m not knocking the box cakes at all honey if that’s your thing, do what you gotta do! It’s hard out here!

Let me tell you right now – this cake is DELICIOUS! The concentrated gel colors have no effect on the flavor – a yummy vanilla cake sandwiched together with gorgeous whipped cream and ganache frosting! Soooo good!

It was so much fun and hopefully, with my straightforward photos and steps, you can do it too! It will be perfect for your next birthday celebration. You can do it…if I can…you can too!

I am happy and excited.I nailed it beautifully.My hubby darling loved it.



For the cake
Malai  1 cup +1/2 cup
Sugar 1 cup +1/2cup
Refined flour (maida) 2cups+ 1cup
Milk powder 1 cup+ 1/2 cup
Baking soda 1tsp
Baking powder 2tsp
Salt to taste
Milk 1 cup+1/2cup
Vanilla essence 3/4 Tsp
lemon juice 1 tsp +1/2tsp
curd 2tsp
Gel colors (purple, blue, green, red, orange, yellow)

For the frosting
Whipped cream 3cups

For Ganache 
200 ml Amul cream
200 gms white chocolate
Chocolate colours
1tbsp butter



  1. Preheat the oven at 180°C.
  2. Combine the Malai and sugar lemon juice and curd in a bowl and whisk well.
  3. Keep aside.
  4. Combine the plain flour, baking powder and baking soda and sieve 2-3 times and keep aside.
  5. Add the milk and milk powder and maida mixture to the malai gradually and keep stirring.
  6. Gradually and alternatively finish the mixture and keep stirring.PicsArt_07-25-01.29.49
  7. The mixture should be of the pouring consistency.
  8. Now add the vanilla essence and lightly stir again once and used a ladle to separate it as evenly as possible into six bowls. (There will be six layers to the cake, hence the six bowls.)



I used my gel colors to dye each bowl to my desired color.
Add food coloring to each bowl to create a vibrant red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet.PicsArt_07-25-01.39.00



  1. I greased two 6″ heart-shaped baking pans.Pour each colored batter into the prepared pans and spread out into an even layer. (layers will be thin)
  2. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until center is set.
  3. Repeat the same process with rest of the batter and bake all 6 layers.Allow the cake pans to cool a little bit and then wash them. Bake and cool remaining 3 cake layers.PicsArt_07-25-01.44.51
  4. Remove from oven and let cakes cool in the pan until pans are warm enough to touch.
  5. Run a spatula around the edges of the pans to loosen the cake and then very carefully remove the cakes from the pans.
  6. Place on a cooling rack and cool completely.PicsArt_07-25-01.45.57



  1. Put a little of the cream cheese frosting on the plate or cake stand you’ll be using to adhere the first layer of cake. Pop it onto the center of the plate, and then frost and put on the next layer.PicsArt_07-25-01.46.39
  2. Place the violet layer down first and frost.
  3. Followed by the blue layer, green layer, yellow layer, orange layer and finally the red layer. (Frost between each layer).PicsArt_07-25-01.49.20
  4. Place a thin coat of the icing on the cake to create a crumb coat. This will make the cake even all around and seal any loose crumbs.PicsArt_07-25-02.21.25
  5. Once the crumb coat is set, finish frosting the cake.PicsArt_07-25-02.22.39


At this point, I was feeling so accomplished. Ignore the mess behind the cake…this is what happens when you’re making a birthday cake…and it’s okay!

Almost done!

So exciting!

Refrigerated the cake for at least 2 hours or overnight before cutting.



  1. Place chocolate in a medium heatproof bowl; set aside.
  2. Place cream in a small saucepan over medium heat and bring to a simmer.
  3. Pour over chocolate and let stand until chocolate has softened about 5 minutes.
  4. Add butter and stir until smooth. Let cool slightly before using.
  5. Divide ganache between 6 bowls. Color each bowl of ganache using candy coloring creating a purple, blue, green, red, yellow and orange.
  6. Start at one end of the cake and pour a spoonful of purple ganache over the top edge allowing it to drip down the sides of the cake.
  7. Next, to the purple add a spoonful of blue, then green, yellow, orange, red, If desired, swirl the colors on the top of the cake.
  8. If the ganache becomes too thick, heat it in the microwave for about 10 seconds to thin it out.

Finish cake border with whipped cream frosting and silver lace.PicsArt_07-25-02.25.45

Done! I felt so accomplished and excited!
And I held my breath when I cut into it…PicsArt_07-21-07.09.38

And literally squealed with excitement! I couldn’t believe I did it…I was so excited and seriously, the gorgeous colors, it made me smile the entire day!PicsArt_07-21-07.05.47

Now I’m more excited to try different color combinations.


you may adjust the size of cake layers.

you may make more or fewer layers.


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A warm welcome to you all on my blog…..
Let’s begin our journey on a healthy note. It’s a time for celebration in my family.My elder daughter got the first position in her class (7th).I always congratulate her with my astha’s kitchen style. It’s a proud feeling always to see your kids succeed. Without cake /cupcake celebration is not complete.
This time I thought of some healthy celebration and here I share the recipe of whole wheat oats cupcakes with chocolate ganache.

I love to bake cakes/cupcakes with whole wheat flour, oats, millet flour and other food grains rather than maida/all purpose flour because frequently I made cakes for my kids.

This whole wheat oats chocolate Cupcakes were moist, soft, lightly sweet and delicious with chocolate ganache topping. Once you measure all the ingredients and keep it ready, it is just a matter of few minutes to make this cake.PicsArt_07-07-07.02.20


Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
12 cupcakes(medium size )
24 cupcakes (small size )

recipe courtesy- yummytalesoftummy


Dry ingredients
Whole Wheat flour – 1 cup
Oats – 1/2 cup
Baking Powder – 1 tsp
Baking soda – 1/4tsp
Brown Sugar – 1 cup +2tbs
Wet Ingredients
Oil – 1/2 cup olive oil /any flavorless oil
Milk – 1 cup
Vanilla essence – 1 tsp
desiccated coconut 2 tbsp

Oil – 1 tsp for greasing cake tin
Wheat flour – 1 tsp for dusting
Cupcake molds with liners

For ganache
200ml cream
300gm white chocolate
1tbsp butter
red gel color 2,3 drops
silver ballsPicsArt_07-07-06.38.44



  1. Chop the chocolate into tiny pieces. Make sure the chopped pieces are all of the same sizes so that it will all melt at the same time.
  2. Heat the cream in a saucepan or a microwave until you see tiny bubbles appearing around the edges. If using the microwave, as a general rule, keep for 30 seconds.
    Once you see the bubbles, remove from heat (otherwise the cream will bubble up and overflow) and pour over the chopped chocolate.
  3. Submerge all the chocolate pieces and let it stand for 5 minutes.
  4. After 5 minutes, start mixing the chocolate and cream together. Add the butter. Keep mixing until it all comes together as a smooth mixture.
  5. If there are pieces that have not melted, put it back in the microwave for 30 seconds and mix again until it is smooth.
  6. Once cool, use it if using for the glaze. Otherwise, cover it with a cling film and keep it refrigerated until it sets well and uses as needed.
  7. If refrigerating, bring it to room temperature before using.



  1. Preheat oven for 10 minutes at 180°C.
  2. Grease the baking tin with a tsp of oil, dust wheat flour all over and tap the cake tin so that it is evenly dusted with flour. Keep it aside.9 if making cake)
  3. In a bowl, add whole wheat flour and oats. Add baking soda and baking powder and desiccated coconut mix everything together.PicsArt_07-07-06.42.07
  4. In a separate bowl, mix oil and brown sugar. Add vanilla essence and milk to the sugar + oil mixture.PicsArt_07-07-06.40.09
  5. Add the dry ingredients kept aside, little at a time to the wet mixture and mix well without lumps.PicsArt_07-07-06.44.39
  6. Now our cake batter and the greased cup cake molds are kept ready.
    Transfer the batter to the mold. I used small cupcake molds.PicsArt_07-07-06.45.30
  7. You can use any baking tin but make sure that you leave enough space for the cake to rise. Do not fill the batter up to the brim.PicsArt_07-07-06.46.45
  8. Bake the cupcakes in a preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcakes comes out clean.PicsArt_07-07-06.47.51
  9. Once the cupcakes cool a little, place it on a wire rack, then transfer to a plate.
  10. when cupcakes are fully cooled, make a swirl with ganache, a and decorate with silver balls.

yiepeeeeee cupcakes are  ready to impress Nirali (my daughter)

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Hi, this is my anniversary cake. This time I made bounty cake.I got this idea from my dear friend anubhuti .she is also a good cook and tries new dishes. She made this cake and it was really liked by me and my daughters. The taste is superb with the coconut enhancing the flavor of the cake.
Bounty chocolates are favorites of those who love the combination of chocolate and coconut.  This time I  made this eggless chocolate cake recipe combining some of my recipes.PicsArt_1492226077605


All purpose flour (maida)1Cup
Butter 1/4cup
Milk powder 1/2 cup
Powdered sugar 1/2 Cup
Cocoa powder 1 tbsp
Baking powder coated tsp
Baking soda 1/2tsp
coffee powder (heaped)1/8tsp
Milk 1/2 cup
Curd 1/4 cup
Water 1/4 cup
Vanilla essence 1/4 tsp
Whipped cream for decoration
small star nozzle
piping bag
Heart shape chocolates and sprinkles


  1. Grease and Dust the cake tin…. process of applying a thin layer of butter to the tin and then coat it with Maida is called grease and dust. This process ensures easy removal of cake.
  2. Take a heart shape pan, apply butter all over the inside part of it, sprinkle Maida (I used the maida and cocoa mix) and rotate the pan as you rotate a steering wheel when you drive a car. Tap the pan on the back and dust off the excess flour.
  3. Mix flour with baking powder, soda, coffee and cocoa powder and sieve it thrice.
    Why thrice?
    One, by sieving thrice all ingredient will mix together nicely.
    Two, sieving will incorporate air to the maida.
  4. Take a bowl, add soften butter and sugar, beat until light.
  5. Now add milk powder and curd beat thoroughly. Add essence.
  6. Add Sieved flour (with baking powder and soda, coffee and cocoa) gradually with milk and water and fold the batter with the help of a spatula.PicsArt_1486380883585
  7. Do not beat much at this point. Pour this batter into a greased cake tin and tap the pan twice on your kitchen counter to release air pockets. picsart_14863809162801
  8. Preheat the oven at 180*, bake it for 30-35 minutes.  To check, insert a toothpick in the middle of the cake if it comes out clean, it is done.
  9. Take it out from the oven, let it cool for 8-10 minutes in the pan and then invert it on the wire rack for about one hour and let it cool complete.


  2. 4tablespoons of desiccated coconut
  3. 3 tbsp milkmaid
  4. Mix the coconut with the milkmaid to make into a smooth spreadable paste. Keep aside. If it thickens a bit you can add some more milkmaid to get it into the spreadable consistency.
  5. So, we have our perfectly baked chocolate cake! Let it cool completely (this is VERY IMPORTANT) and once it’s cooled, keep it in the fridge for a few hours.
  6. Since this is a very soft and moist cake, if we do not keep it in the fridge it will not cut nicely.
  7. Once it is in the fridge and cool cut in in half with a serrated knife.
  8. On one-half spread the coconut mixture and then put the other layer of cake on it pressing it gently.PicsArt_1492603863873
  9. Spread the whipped cream on the top and the sides. Cover the cake with whipped cream.
  10. make the border with a star nozzle and decorate with chocolates and heart shaped sprinkles.
  11. dust the cake with red color spray color.Here the picture I have used.PicsArt_1492603765059
  12. Now time for fondant decoration.I used blue color fondant.First, roll the fondant with rolling pin.cut the heart shapes with fondant tools.
  13. Make lock with a cookie cutter.Take some rolled fondant and make the key impressions.
  14. Arrange lock and key on the cake .write message.PicsArt_1492226106020
  15. Your “bounty” cake is now ready to be eaten!! You will love the light texture of the cake combined with the sweet coconut filling.NOTES:

    For best results, the cake needs to be refrigerated for a few hours before you slice it to sandwich it with the smooth and sweet coconut filling.

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“Yeah I know he’s cute but he is forever mine,” says this cute little girl ❤💑❤
Instead of the conventional notes/cards… why not say it with cupcakes!?
This time on my anniversary made these fondant cupcake toppers to show my love.PicsArt_1492225969148

My marriage is my life.💑
I make our marriage organized, you make it outstanding. I make our married practical, you make it perfect. I keep it grounded, you give it wings. I love you.

My anniversary day  is like a festival for me .I am here with satisfaction and happiness because of my marriage ..
😊😊😊😊If I start showing my love cupcake recipe will be left out..
Love is a big part of me, my life and my cooking. “Romance and Chocolate goes so well together”- say these beautiful cupcakes….I am happy i nailed it beautifully….
tadaaaaa selfie time …20170414_184927

Recipe courtsey…Diya haldipur my facebook group member ..Thanks dear.
Cupcakes 2 (I made chocolate cupcakes)
whipped cream 1cup
Corn starch
Fondant colours of your choice .here i used white,blue, red, brown and skin colour
rolling pin
heart fondant cuttersPicsArt_1492314625605
round cookie cutters for the topper bace and faces.
edible marker
a knife
fondant toolsPicsArt_1492315541158water to be used as glue


  1. Make the cupcakes first (recipe here Eggless Chocolate Cupcakes) cool them and then do the frosting and fondant toppings.
  2. using the larger cookie cutter, cut two big circles for the base for the topper. roll some skin coloured fondant and using cookie cutter cut two small circles for the faces .then using a knife or fondant tools, cut the parts where you will be attaching their hair later.
  3. fix the faces at the top portion. cut out the girl’s dress and sleeves using some blue coloured fondant .you can use fondant tools to make some impressions on the dress.
  4. Time for little hands. Roll out two small skin coloured fondant balls and make them ovel shaped. Place it at the end of the sleeves. Roll out brown coloured fondant in to balls and make them a bit ovel for her shoes.
  5. After the little girl’s shoes are attached , we move on to the cute boy .make small shirt using some white fondant. With brown fondant make a tear drop shape and roll out the fondant .Cut it in shape of pant and attach it. Make his sleeves using same technique as we did for the girl.
  6. after attaching his little palms, we move on to his hair. Roll out a tear drop shape and flatten. Attach this to his head and using a knife or tool, draw lines to give his haira combed look. Do the same for hia girl.
  7. And the eyes and eyebrows using an edible marker or you can paint using a brush as well. Using heart shape fondant cutters make two sizes of hearts and attach.PicsArt_1492281940802
  8. Frost the top of your cupcakes and press one of the cupcake toppers onto the frosting.



  • If you are not going to serve your cupcakes the same day, it is best to store just the fondant cupcake toppers in an airtight container until the day you need them. Then place them on the cupcakes up to several hours before serving.

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Gulkand Muffins with Apple  – Muffins with a twist of candied rose petals and walnuts.
Fusion food is a general term for the combination of various forms of cookery and comes in several forms.

I love baking and so this time I baked these muffins for me .l love gulkand flavor but my kids said Mumma -no gulkand, but when gulkand muffins came out, they were loved by all.
Hi… I am here with an interesting recipe today, eggless gulkand Muffins.
Gulkand is nothing but rose petals jam and it is well known for its cooling properties and relieving tiredness. It has a refreshing pleasant fragrance. I like gulkand so much for its unique taste and smell. This can be added to many Indian desserts like barfi, laddoo for added flavor.I saw this recipe on food food tv show.These gulkand muffins are mildly sweet and perfect.Gulkand / Rose petal jam is used for this muffins and the aroma of the cake is wonderful.

As most of you may know gulkand is a rose preserve with many health benefits. It is natural coolant and you can use it in the summer season to cool us down.
Do try these yummy muffins if you love the gulkand flavor. A rich and tasty teatime treat it will be.PicsArt_1491296347607

Prep Time: 6-10 minutes Cook time: 31-40 minutes

Recipe courtesy.Food Food tv


Gulkand 2 tablespoons
Red apple 1
Refined flour (maida) 1-1½ cups
Butter 1/2 cup
Castor sugar (caster sugar)(I used regular powder sugar) 1/2 cup
Yogurt 1/2 cup
Fresh cream (I used Amul) 1/4 cup
Walnuts chopped 1/4 cup
Salt to taste
Baking powder 1 teaspoon
Baking soda 1 teaspoon
Vanilla essence 1 teaspoon
Oats for sprinkle


  1. Preheat oven at 180° C.
  2. Cream together butter and castor sugar in a bowl. Add yogurt and fresh cream and whisk well.PicsArt_1491924590278
  3. Add candied rose petals (gulkand), walnuts and salt and whisk well. Sieve in flour, baking powder and baking soda and fold. Add vanilla essence and fold well to make a thick batter.PicsArt_1491924646069
  4. Fill ¾ of each muffin molds with the batter.PicsArt_1491925716748
  5. Deseed and cut Washington Apple into small pieces.
  6. Top the prepared muffin molds with some chopped apple and sprinkle some oats.PicsArt_1491925763665
  7. Put the prepared muffin molds on a baking tray. Place the baking tray in preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes.
  8. Demould and serve.



  • you may adjust gulkand quantity according to your taste.
  • you may also use silicon mold for baking.

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appy holi everybody!No festival is complete without sweets especially a cake. This holi I  made a very colorful cake and used my favorite fruit strawberry in it.

Recipe For The Cake:
Eggless Vanilla cake

Malai  1 cup
Sugar 1 cup
Refined flour (maida) 2cup
Milk powder 1 cup
Baking soda a 3/4spoon
Baking powder 1 1/2 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Milk 1 cup
Vanilla essence (1/2 tsp)
lemon juice 1 tsp
1and 1/2tsp curd


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Combine the malai and sugar lemon juice and curd in a bowl and whisk well.
    Keep aside.
  3. Combine the plain flour, baking powder and baking soda and sieve 2-3 times and keep aside.Add the milk and milk powder and maida mixture to the malai gradually and keep stirring.
  4. Gradually and alternatively finish the mixture and keep stirring.
    The mixture should be of the pouring consistency.
  5. Now add the vanilla essence and lightly stir again once.
  6. Grease the cake mold and sprinkle little maida into it.
  7. Pour the batter into it and bake in a pre-heated cooker or oven for40-45 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  8. Place the tin on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
  9. Remove and cool.INGREDIENTS REQUIRED FOR THE ASSEMBLY:Whipping Cream  – 1 cup
    Strawberries 1cup
    black grapes 1/2 cup
    blue, green,red,yellow, orange icing colors
    sugar syrup
    Vanilla cake
    piping bag

    For The Sugar Syrup:

    Sugar-1/4 cup

    Water- 1/4 cup

  1. Let them boil until sugar dissolves completely. Remove from flame and once cool, store in a bottle in the refrigerator.
  2. You can add any essence to flavor the syrup.


  1. Add a little bit of the whipped cream on a plate or cake board and place one cake on it.
  2. With the help of a brush apply the soaking syrup on the cake. The moistness of the final cake will depend on the soaking syrup as the cake will be refrigerated. So apply it generously.
  3. Slice the cake into 2 halves
  4. Drizzle generous amounts of the simple syrup and let the cake soak it up.
  5. Add whipped cream with an offset spatula and spread it evenly.
  6. Place the other half on top.
  7. You can refrigerate the cake in between layers to make the frosting work easy.
  8. Drizzle again with syrup.
  9. Now apply the cream on all sides of the cake and with the help of a spatula make it even.
  10. Slice the strawberries into thin slices and arrange them on the cake.
  11. Cut grapes into halves and place them on the sides of the cake.You can also use them as pollens in between the strawberry flower.
  12. Put some whipped cream in bowls and add different colors.
  13. Make a border of colored whipped cream.yipe Eee EEE your cake is ready
    enjoy holi
    Serve it chilled.PicsArt_1489410709025