Funfetti Cake and Happy Occasions !
The fondest memories of my childhood involves me creaming the butter and sugar whenever my mom decided to bake a cake. That used to happen often ...a visit from any of our countless relatives was reason enough to indulge in it . Mother was a wonderful cook and loved baking too ,even though we didn't have a traditional oven . Her Prestige aluminium tandoor used to do the dual work of making Naans as well as cake and boy were they delicious!! I never bothered with the recipes though thinking I would have plenty of time to jot them down later. Life has a way of teaching us lessons and relations which we take for granted are cut short one day !!!!
Anyways, on my last visit to India my Bhabhi shared my mom's favorite cake recipe . It turned out to be the traditional sponge cake recipe .She worked her magic on it and turned it a culinary wonder . Maybe it was all those happy memories associated it which made it acquire a cult status bakewise . The festive occasion of Rakhi seemed to a good enough excuse to give the recipe a try again . Just to make it more colorful , I added some funfetti . Nothing like a good dose of color to mark an Indian celebration. The original idea was to make a tutti fruti sponge cake but I made the mistake of giving a choice between it and funfetti to a bunch of my favorite girls. You know who won now, right ?
Ingredients -6 oz all purpose flour
6 oz sugar
6 oz butter (unsalted and room temperature)
2 tsp baking powder
3 eggs (room temperature)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup funfetti
pinch of salt
Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease as well as flour the cake pan .
In a separate bowl , cream the room temperature butter and sugar till it turns pale in color.You may either use an electric mixture or use muscle power for the same. Take care as to not over mix.
Now, introduce the eggs one at a time and mix them till well incorporated. Add the vanilla extract as well.
Now , add the previously sieved dry ingredients (flour,baking powder and salt) in small portions and fold them in the batter with the help of a spatula.
Mid way through it add the funfetti , and fold it in as well along with the rest of the dry ingredients.
Transfer the batter to a greased pan and bake in the center shelf for 30 -35 till a tooth pick inserted comes out clean.
Cool on a wire rack and enjoy in the company of loved ones.