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Ok, ok my sweet tooth is getting the better of me. I’ve started baking yummy things to  flatter my taste buds all the time. I can skillfully find an excuse to whisk up something sinful. I should try to keep my hands tied when I’m ‘free’ (when is that, anyway?). Guess how long it took me to mix the batter for this cake?

The security guard called saying I had a visitor – the aqua guard servicing guy. I didnt want to idle around near the door for 5 minutes waiting for the person to show up. So I whisked this cake instead!! By the time the servicing guy left the cake was ready. I wasnt paying attention to what he was saying. My mind was in the oven, completely! Somewhere towards the end I heard these words – cash or cheque ? I was taken aback. He actually wanted 7.5k for servicing periodically over two years. I asked him what my options were. Could I check out other options and revert? He said that they would penalize me about 500 rupees for a delay in response. Now I really needed some cake. I asked him to come back before the current contract expired. This was the scene around the baking of this cake. Guess the heat was not just from the oven 🙂

Ingredients :

  • 1.5 cups flour (maida)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence (or coffee essence)
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • Pinch of soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons of instant coffee powder (I use Bru)

Procedure :

  1. Sieve the flour along with the baking powder, baking soda and coffee powder.
  2. Mix the light brown sugar into this.
  3. Now stir in the oil, milk and vanilla essence. Mix the batter to get an even consistency.
  4. Bake in a preheated oven at about 180 Deg C for 30-35 minutes.

Please Note :

  1. You can add a tablespoon of chocolate chips to the batter.
  2. Instead of vanilla essence you can use Irish coffee essence or any other coffee-flavored essence you like.
  3. I added a tablespoon (!) of coffee powder because I like it really bitter. Go with your taste. That way you wont have to share it with anyone 🙂