Tuesday, January 19, 2016

5 am Club -Robin Sharma

Get up early, life is too precious to waste. Join the 5 am Club

Rise of Food Trucks in Bangalore

Good news for foodies in Bangalore...There's a new trend in Bangalore City - food trucks are the latest rage. Recently while driving around Indira Nagar road, I happened to see a fleet of food trucks lined in one of the sub roads in the locality. It was dinner time and I wasted no time to explore the different dishes dolled by these food trucks.

The food on wheels has been there in Bangalore, but there has been a spurt in such kind of dedicated food trucks. These food trucks offer a varied line of food from sandwiches to Italian delicacies. Seeing all these food trucks, I too get the idea of starting one. Well, it's not as easy as it seems. There's a lot of work behind it, but someday I might try to sell my masterpiece chicken or beef cutlets in these vans.

Food Truck - Other Ideas to Explore
Probably, they can include food truck with exotic food or new varieties like: egg special ( imagine a truck with a egg design), a tandoor food truck ( hot chicken tandoor) , organic food, sandwiches, Coorgi food (pandi curry and sanas) , Mangalore cuisine ( crab roast, neer dosa), meat grills, all variety of steamed food ( tapioca, and other roots), libido boosting food, chocolate delicacies, fish varieties ( better be fresh), spicy Andhra cuisine, North East delicacies, etc.

Looking forward to many more food trucks

I love this! Design and Presentation!

Food Truck from "The Lalit"

S W AT Food Truck

Inside View of Food Truck

Place Your Order Here!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Gooey Chocolate Mud Cake

Full mud cake
Mud Cake - Full Frame Pic

Recipe to make Gooey Chocolate Cake
Part of Mud Cake in Focus

Slice of Mud Cake
Slice of Mud Cake
 Mud Cake ( Another 5 star cake for Chocolate Cake fans)

One of my student introduced me to mud cake. Ever since, I'm a big fan of it. I have my reason for liking this cake - it's the mud kind of consistency, and rich taste of chocolate which is not overwhelming, and the ease of baking this cake

When I googled about mud cake, I found out that it's a relatively a new cake ( which came up somewhere in the 70's). But now, you can find many variations to this cake

So, if you are a typical chocolate cake fan, then there's every chance that you'll like mud cake.

Here's the recipe which I followed to make this cake. I forgot where I picked this recipe. And, when I find it I will attribute its source.

  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Cup milk
  • ½ Cup oil
  • 250 gm dark chocolate
  • 1 Cup hot strong coffee
  • 2 Cup flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs


  1. Mix lemon juice and milk and keep it aside
  2. Place oil, chocolate, coffee  in a pan and heat it up
  3. Sieve cocoa, flour, soda powder, baking powder and powdered sugar
  4. Mix egg and soured milk into the cooled chocolate mix
  5. Now whisk the sieved flour and pour the batter into an 8 inch pan
  6. Bake in 180 degree for 1 hour.
  7. Cool and pour Ganache and serve the cake

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Bake Pray Love

Baking lessons in Trivandrum...
  • Why does my cake have a sticky top
  • Why does my cake crack open like a volcano?
  • What's the optimal temperature to set the oven? 
  • Where can I get baking ingredients in Trivandrum? 
When it comes to baking, there are many things that go wrong - wrong or bad quality ingredient, wrong process in baking, over beating, or skipping certain parts of the recipe, adding excess baking powder, opening the over door before it's time, and many other little but important things.

So, if you have doubts about baking or you think of correcting certain mistakes, then it's time to put things straight.

In Trivandrum, I conduct baking lessons once in every month or two month. These classes are suitable for beginners or those who are looking to understand the right process.
Baking and Cake Decoration Class

You'll learn to bake, decorate and take home recipes to make exotic cakes, cupcakes and pastries. Anyone one from kids to seniors can join cake baking class. I even offer cupcakes classes for kids to the joys of cake baking. Call me now at #09379398865 to know details of cake baking/decorating classes!

Cupcake Class for Beginner

NB: Apart from cake baking classes, I also teach chocolates, North Indian cooking, South Indian Cooking ,  Kebabs, etc. Give me a ring at #09379398865 for class schedule.

New year - 2016

New year, New look, New start of the day... Looking forward to another wonderful 365 days.
Pose at Kovalam, with lighthouse view


Same Spot - meeee
Let me share few goals I long to achieve in this year:

1) Experience. ( Do you blog? If not, give it a start.)
2) Make practical use of recipe books, which are bought and unused. ( How many recopies did you try from the cook book you bought last year?)
3) Conduct more baking classes in orphanages and for underprivileged children. ( Share your knowledge - I hope you'll share more.)
4) Expert!!! Practice and train to be a specialist. ( Be a Champion in your turf)
5) Finally, plan and organize. ( It's a lifelong goal for all of us)
So, what's your vision for 2016?

My Dream Project - The Wedding Cake

"I'm a dreamer. I have to dream and reach for the stars, and if I miss a star then I grab a handful of clouds". Mike Tyson
I fell in love with cakes during my hunt for my perfect wedding cake. And when I said goodbye to my corporate career I learned everything I could about cakes. It was a dream come true for me to do a wedding cake.
I was so happy to take up this wedding cake when my cousin approached me to do her cake. It is my first official wedding cake. I know there're room for improvement, perfection and polishing. I hope I'll pick the lesson as I keep doing more.
I'm satisfied and content that I have grabbed a handful of clouds and hope to reach the star soon!!
Cake right on the Wedding Pavilion

Waiting for the Couple and well-wishers

I, Me and My first Wedding Cake

Monday, January 11, 2016

Fine Dining at Villa Maya, Trivandrum

Floral Arrangement at the Entrance of Villa Maya at Trivandrum

Water Sprout at Villa Maya

Once upon a time an Amma Veedu  

Presentation & Ambiance 5 Star
Villa Maya stands apart as heritage hotel, with its fine ambiance, well done decor and clean surroundings. For first time visitors, this place is tucked away from the street noises, with ample doze of  refreshing greenery, water cascades, and manicured lawns.  

Enter Baking!

Jan Baking Class Calendar in Bangalore
Red Velvet Cake

Classic Chocolate Cake
Cupcake Classes in Bangalore
Cupcakes Class ( Every Saturday, 10:AM to 1:PM)
cupcake lessons in B'lore is hand crafted for beginners and those looking to perfect their cupcake baking skills. In this 3 hr class, I cover these aspects of baking:
  • Measurement ( Use of correct measuring cups and spoons)
  • How to use OTG ( Oven Toaster Grill) and the functions?
  • Learn the ingredients used in baking and the purpose
  • Folding techniques ( Why we follow a specific method?)
  • The right temperature to set for baking - pre-heating the oven, etc
  • Shops in Bangalore where you get baking ingredients
  • and more...

    All the sessions are hands-on classes. This explanatory and practical baking classes will give you a real feel of baking and you get a chance to clear your doubts.

    Kerala Dishes ( Veg and Non-Veg)
Bread Baking ( For Beginners)

Have you ever thought of baking bread? 
Now imagine the whiff of freshly baked bread in your house. Yes, you can do perfectly shaped breads, and very healthy ones in your home after this training. In this class, you'll learn 5 to 6 types of bread ( Milk Bread, Multi-Grain Bread, Buns, Stuffed Buns, Dinner Rolls, etc)

Now, after learning to bake breads, you can surprise your friends and family with your bread creations. Once you're comfortable baking bread using maida, you an go for wheat bread
Blackforest cake class in bangalore
Black Forest Cake & Pineapple Pastry

     Black Forest and Pineapple Pastry cakes are the intermediate level baking class. Here you'll learn to bake butter free, and moist pastry cake. These popular cakes are ever in demand by students who are new to baking.

Other popular classes:
  • Fondant Icing
  • Buttercream Icing
  • Advanced level of Cupcakes
  • Pies and Tart
  • Cooking Class for beginners
buttercream icing decoration on cupcakes
Buttercream Icing on Cupcakes 

Get instant information on Baking & Cooking Lessons in Bangalore

Pls refer to the baking class calendar given at the top of this page or check my baking class Facebook Page . If you require more information, pls call me at 9379398865, or 8861389165.