Saturday, April 30, 2011

Checkered Cake

Slice of Checkered Cake

Are you curious to make similar checkered cake? A checkerboard cake appeals to everyone, especially the little ones in your house. It looks tricky, but when you follow the steps it's as easy as making any other cake.

The design you see in the cake is from the alternate arrangement of chocolate and vanilla cake. All it takes is an extra time and effort to make homemade checkerboard cake.

What's different?
From the outside Checkered cake looks like any other cake. The beauty of this cake comes out when you slice it.  This cake gets the unique design from the chocolate and vanilla flavor. I'm sure it's all set to melt-in-your-mouth.

Now what are you waiting for. Try checkered cake at your home!

Here's the recipe for checkerboard Cake

Striking Checkerboard Cake
  • Flour - 180gms
  • Baking powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Butter -120 gms
  • Powdered sugar -180 gms
  • Eggs -3
  • Vanilla -1/2 tsp
  • Salt - a pinch
  • Warm milk - 1/3 cup
  1. Sieve flour, salt and baking powder
  2. Separate the eggs
  3. Beat egg white till stiff.
  4. Cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy
  5. Add egg yolks and vanilla.
  6. Fold in flour.
  7. Add sufficient milk to bring the mixture to a dropping consistency.
  8. Divide into two and add  2 table spoon of coco powder dissolved in milk to one part.
  9. Mix well and fold in egg white to both.
  10. Take two 8" pan, grease and line it with butter paper
  11. Place two rings 6" and 3" and pour 2/3 of chocolate and vanilla mix alternately.
  12. Pour the remaining in the second pan.
  13. Remove the rings
  14. Bake at 180 degree for 15-20 mts in a pre heated oven
  15. Cool and slice the them
  16. Cover it with fudge icing.
The two designs inside this cake will double the surprise element to your kinds. Now, start innovating with this design to make baffling checkered cake.

Check Mate,


BTW: Call me at # 9379398865 to learn checkered birthday cake. I'm based at Indira Nagar, Bangalore If you're a beginner, you can start with cupcakes and tea cakes. Click here to learn the cake baking classes. 

Friday, April 29, 2011

Slice of Royal Wedding

Prince Willam and Princess Kate of Cambridge
Royal Kiss 

Stepping in the Altar of Marriage
Pronouncing Man and Wife
Images of Prince William and Kate exchanging vows. It was a simple, wedding worth watching. May thew remain united in love. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Exotic Cake Baking Classes

Heart Shaped Cup Cake
Cake Baking Classes - (Beginners to Advanced)  

Get the right foundation on cake baking. Start making delicious cup cakes and cakes, Brownies in one class! Learn a new hobby, or kindle a new passion in baking this summer! 

Cake Thrillers – Stage

·         Theory, Tips & Techniques on baking
·         Learn to make Cup Cakes – 5 types
          ( Vanilla, Strawberry , blue berry, chocolate & choco-chips )
·         Teacake with fudge icing

Cake Delights – II

·         Black Forest Pastry
·         Pineapple Pastry
·         Swiss Roll

Cake Exotics – III

·         Death by Chocolate Cake
·         Fruit Gateaux          
·         Strawberry Torte
·         Coffee Streusel Cake           
·         Banana Loaf
·         Truffle cake
·         Mocha cream gateaux
·         Checkered cake
·         Walnut cake with American frosting
·         Apple cake

Cake Heavy – Stage IV

·         Rich Plum Cake

Cake Lite - 

·         Egg less Upside down Pineapple Cake

Get hands-on-experience with one-on-one practical lessons in baking.  Start making yummy cakes and treat your family and friends today!

Contact Marina Ph # 9379 398865 or email at
 Location: C5,292, 2nd Cross, 4 th Main, Domlur, Bangalore.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Learn to bake

Whether you're a serious baker or a newbie looking to perfect the imperfections, then my baking classes will put you on the right track. Each class features up-to-date baking recipes with one-on-one instructions, not to mention tasty recipes.

Topics include from basic cup-cake to death by chocolate cake, and more.

To get started, choose a right course for you. Each baking class features convenient daily lessons. Each lesson gives you one-step towards complete baking  prowess.


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Indian Culinary Lesson in Bangalore

Cooking Class - Students and the teacher (me) :)

Are you mystified with Indian curry or spices?
Do you wonder about the secret behind scrumptious Indian food?

Are you keen to learn Indian breakfast items?

If yes, then here's the chance to learn Indian cooking from the scratch. I take customized Indian cuisine classes for expats and foreigners in Bangalore.

You can learn with clear instruction the easy-to-follow popular Indian recipes more. Learn all about Indian food - flavors, spices, aroma.All classes are hands-on with and you get the chance to taste what you cook.

Apart from learning, you learn the tips, time saving techniques, and learn to grind Indian Masala ( Garam Masala )

What’s different with Indian Cuisine?
Food is a large part of the Indian culture. Each state has its own unique culinary style. All the food, diet has evolved through different influenced by different countries. For instance, we have common or variation of food used in countries like Ceylon, Persia, Singapore and from European countries. Apart from this there are some age old traditional recipes that is as old as our land.

If you don't know where to start to spark your culinary adventures, then you've come to the right place.

Menna’s Indian Cooking Classes
It all starts here! Come to Cambridge layout, (Close to Foreigners’ Registration office, off ESI hospital Junction).

Take the Mystery Out of Indian Cuisine
Get the first experience in Indian Kitchen and learn every secret Indian herb that goes to make the Indian flavor! Moreover, you get the little know tips, secrets, and knowledge on buying Indian spices and you get the
printed recipes of the dishes.

Contact me, Marina, Ph # 9379398865 to know details on personalized Indian Cooking class.

Monday, April 18, 2011


Indian Scone 

St Andrews Scone
Scone - St Andrews, Kazhakuttom Special  Snack
Though Scone originated from Scotland, it's a popular snack through out the world. Surprisingly Scone, is popular in St Andrews. I wonder who introduced Scone to this remote sea side town in Kerala. Do you have any answer to it?

My Grand Mom ( Polly Cruz) used to make Scone for evening snacks. It's still popular with folks in St Andrews, and people from St Andrews living around the world. 

Here's the vintage Scone recipe from St Andrews

Ingredients for Scone ( St Andrews recipe)
  • Maida - 1 cup
  • Sugar - 1 tsp
  • Egg -1
  • Grated Coconut - 1/2 cup
  • Salt - one pinch
  • Water- 1 cup
  • Baking powder -1/2 tsp
  • Butter -2 tbsp
Steps to prepare Scone:
  1. Grind the grated Coconut.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix maida, baking powder, egg, water, sugar and salt
  3. Add the coconut paste and one table spoon of butter to the above mixture
  4. Heat the griddle (pan) spread the remaining butter in the pan 
  5. Pour the batter in the pan and cover it with a lid
  6. Cook in sim for 5 min
  7. Flip it over and cook for another 5 min.
In seven steps, your first Scone is ready to serve. Have it hot with honey/ Jam/ cream/ butter.

Enjoy the Scone,


BTW: Try out these St Andrew special dishes, Pork Vindaloo, Banana Dosi

Friday, April 15, 2011

Office Lunch Pack - Bangalore

Peas Pulavu, Raita and Potato & Cauliflower dish
Home Made Office Lunch Packs
Welcome to Menna's Lunch Box. I deliver home made lunch for schools and offices around Cambridge Layout and Domlur. My lunch pack has comes with assorted vegetables, fish curry, fry or chicken dishes with rice ( Kerala boiled rice or Sona Masuri) or roti. The food I prepare has a mix of Kerala recipe, with a glint of Andhra touch and an Anglo Indian finesse.

I keep experimenting with new recipes so you get to enjoy variety of food for lunch.

Delightful break from work place Stress and bluesTry Menna's lunch packs for a change. Get a break from the regular canteen food. 

What's unique?
The lunch packs are prepared daily to ensure quality, and taste. My aim is to provide homely  food with wide variety of homely foodie items. I try my best to provide good service at competitive prices. I also customize lunch packs as per your preferences.

Vegetarian  Lunch Pack Menu
  1. Rice, Dry Sabji, Dal, Cutney and papad
  2. Peas Pulao, Dry Sabji and Raita
  3. Rice, Sambar, Dry Sabji , Pickle and Papad
  4. Rice, Soya Curry and Dry Sabji
  5. Veg Briyani and Raita
Non Veg – Egg- based Lunch Packs
  1. Rice, Egg curry and Dry Sabji
  2. Egg Briyani and Raita
  3. Rice, Egg roast and Sambar
  4. Egg Fried rice and Raita
  5. Rice, Scramble egg and Dal
Non Veg – Chicken/Fish (Kerala  Lunch Packs)
  1. Boiled Rice / White Rice, Fish curry, curd curry and Dry Sabji
  2. Rice, Peas Pulao, Chicken Kheema and Raita
  3. Rice, chicken curry and Mezhukkupuratti  ( Vegetables)
  4. Chicken fried rice and Raita
  5. Boiled Rice, Fish fry, Sambar and thoran (Dry sabji)
For details contact me # 9379398865 or email

BTW: For fish curry I use Mackerel. If you're a sardine fan, then I can give you Sardine curry. 

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Cupcakes Lessons - From Start to Finish

Special Summer Vacation Classes - Bangalore

Just in time for this Summer Vacation, this introductory baking class is just right for you to learn baking. From school kids to seniors you can join my baking class to make delicious cupcakes.

My baking class at Cambridge Layout, Bangalore cater to a variety of skill levels from beginner to more advanced skills and gives you wonderful introduction to the art of Cake Baking.

This baking class offers popular home-baking classes where you can learn to make perfect cupcakes or muffins. and receive instruction to do it yourself. You'll learn to do cake mixing and baking cupcake, and you'll make decorate cakes with sparkles.

In one session, you'll learn the ins and outs of preparing to perfect cupcake in OTG or in microwave oven. Contact Marina at 9379398865 to schedule your baking classes. 

Cupcakes Demystified
Baking is no rocket science. Anyone can learn baking. All you need is the interest or the desire to learn. If you're one of them, then join baking class to get a good foundation in baking.

Now what are you waiting for? Join now and get ready to flaut your baking skills by making yummy cupcakes for your family and friends.