Have the cake and eat it too!!

Have the cake  and eat it too
What else makes for a cute selfie this Valentine’s Day than a mini cake or a cupcake bouquet? The day which has always been synonymous with chocolates, elaborate gifts and flowers, is seeing desserts at its best now. Homebakers across the city are dishing out their own way of expressing love in unique ways possible.

Choices of the day ranges from ‘Bird cage cake’ to ‘cupcake bouquets’, says Nazia Ali, a homebaker, who owns ‘Baking Express’. “I am making cupcakes in egg and eggless options that include flavours like strawberry, pineapple, lemon, blueberry, black currant and red velvet. I also do chocolate cupcakes with fillings and I like varied combinations too.

If someone is ordering a cupcake bouquet, I make them with a vanilla base and do centre-filling with assorted flavours like blueberry, black currant or chocolate ganache,” details Nazia. She adds that ‘cupcake bouquets’ are most popular for the day as they offer a variety of flavour and are unique in presentation.

“The ‘Bird cage cake’ is for those who would like a bigger cake as it needs a certain height and proportion, she adds. “These cakes are also made in varied flavours, but the most sought-after flavour is the ‘chocolate truffle’,” she adds.

Parrejat Boraah, a homebaker, says that not everyone wants a big elaborate cake for occasions like Valentine’s Day, and that gave birth to a cakelet. “A cakelet is a mini-cake. It is harder to bake it because the details of the cake are minute. These cakes which come in couple themes are very popular,” she says.

Parrejat, who owns ‘Ecstasy Homemade Kreation’ adds that these themed ‘cakelets’ represent the occasion too, and there’s not many leftovers. “Chocolate or red velvet (also because of the colour) are the dominant flavours of the season. Some also like alcohol flavours,” she adds.

Rajashri Manoj, a homebaker, gives a twist to the world of desserts with a heart-shaped donut. “I will be making heart-shaped donuts and heart-shaped apple pie-pops for the day. When it comes to savouries, I will also be making a pizza in the shape of a heart. The colours of season are red and tints of red,” says Rajashri from ‘All That’s Baked’. Since Valentine’s Day is all about love, red and white has been creatively mixed to make the donuts. “I stuck to a vanilla glaze and the flavour is introduced as a filling like custard or a fruit jelly. It can be a little difficult in a non-round shaped doughnut filling,” she details.

From cupcakes to themed-cakes, the season calls for innovative sweets, believes Harshitha Bhasker, another baker, who says that the chocolate flavour is symbolic to Valentine’s Day, as it is ‘understood as a very sensuous and seductive flavour’. “I will also be making gourmet chocolates for the occasion especially liquor-filled ones. Some of the customised cupcakes I make also have a surprise element in them, like a heart-shaped candy,” she says.

Red velvet cupcakes with cream-cheese frosting and rose fondant additions also make for the occasion. “Pink velvet cupcakes, which are not so common, and chocolate lava cupcakes are also a popular choice during this season,” sums up Harshitha.  

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