Rose Cake for A Wonderful ♥Husband♥ ~ Happy Birthday Darling ♥

To My sweetheart, 
You are all that I ever wanted & the best Gift from Above

♥ Happy Birthday Sweetheart ♥

This post is a Special dedication to my dear Husband

All my friends and well-wishers and readers of this blog, I have been getting constant mails, chats and even messages on what plans I have on my Husband's Birthday.  Well its time to reveal :D, this time around I had main focus to bake him a cake, wait bake 2 cakes and this is my very first attempt to make a Birthday cake. Like I had mentioned in my earlier post on ideas for Husband's Birthday, I incorporated one of the idea, which is to do what he likes and why not its his special day. So like most busy housewives I was planning my husband's birthday for nearly a month (too much huh?). I love to put in all my best efforts and ideas and to tell you he was just blushing the whole time :-), I thoroughly enjoyed if every bit and made me think of the earlier days before marriage when we used to meet and blush :P. 

Surprise 1

Alright going to what I had done, I made some lamingtons. Ok not just some, quite a lot around 60 pieces which took me nearly 2 whole days. Now I know you might ask why 60, well he is not that old (will reserve his age for his sake ;-), I had promised to send some to his friends at work. And I did make a tower of Lamingtons and added a candle, sparklers to make it even more surpricy. Made him cut the lamingtons at 12 midnight and he was so pleased. 

His Verdict: He totally loved the sweet treats and the melt-in the mouth snow-flaked beauties. And he like always was worried if the sparklers would make the smoke alarm ring :-/ but thankfully it didn't

Surprise 2

Since He loves roses and white cake, I tried to combine both and I baked a vanilla sponge (eggless & butterless) with vanilla butter icing and decorated with hand-made crystalised flowers/edible flowers. Well I went for the eggless butterless  version cos Lamingtons had both of them and wanted to try something different. This was the cake for the morning session before he could hit work

His Verdict: He loved that the cake was less fatty and the cake was a totally pleaser, spongy, moist and just melts in you mouth. He totally went bonkers for the crystallised roses. Well the cake did win his heart and he told me this "This is the best Birthday cake I ever had" and I said "Me too :P", now tell me what else could make my day even special?

Surprise 3

Well well well this is a secret will tell you when time comes, not in this post :P so you might have to wait for this and so does my Birthday Boy

Recipe Section 

Australian Lamingtons


Vanilla Sponge Cake (No Butter No Egg)
Source ~ Nags & Sharmi, Orginally from Nita Mehta cookbook



My Thoughts : This is a super easy cake and you do not need a whisk (electric/ free stand) to do the cake and just a spoon is more than enough to beat the ingredients. Its quick to mix and easy to do. Although the cake was eggless and butterless, it did not feel or taste different, and in my opinion it was too good. The icing gave a lovely balance to the cake.

Ingredients for Sponge - for 8" pan serves 10
(Please Read Notes Below)

All Purpose Flour/ Maida 1 and 1/2 Cup (200 gms)
Granulated Sugar - 3/4 cup (165 gms)
Plain yogurt (curd) - 1 cup (250 ml) ~ I used Onken, at room temperature
Baking Soda - 1/2 tsp
Baking powder - 1 and 1/4 tsp
Vanilla essence - 1 ad 1/2 tsp
Cooking oil - 1/2 Cup 
Milk - 1 tbsp (for brushing on top)

Method
  • Preheat oven to 350F / 180C and grease an 8" cake pan (or loaf pan) with some butter or oil and set aside. In a bowl sift the flour and set aside.
  • In another large bowl beat the yogurt with a spoon to remove any lumps and add the sugar to it, beat again and wait for the sugar to dissolve well, this would take 5 mins. Now add the baking powder and baking soda to it. Beat again and set aside for 5 mins until you see small bubbles on the surface of the mixture.
  • Its time to add the vanilla extract and oil. Mix well until the ingredients are combined. Now add the flour in 3 batches, gently fold the mixture using a whisk or rubber spatula (or even a wooden spoon) until you see no more bubbles/streaks of flour. Pour into the prepared pan and tap it firmly on the counter top a couple times to get rid of the air bubbles
  • Bake in center of a pre-heated oven for 30-35 mins until the top turns a golden brown and a tooth pick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out with dry crumbs. Brush the milk on top. Let the cake sit in the pan for 15 minutes and then invert it onto a cooling rack for 3 hours and later decorate with icing (see icing recipe below)
Notes

- Don't let the cake mix sit for too long outside before baking, it might end up in a hard cake
- use flavourless oil and make sure you use good quality vanilla essence
- make sure that curd is in room temperature
- you can also make the cake in a loaf tin and without icing

Basic Vanilla Butter Icing

Unsalted butter, softened at room-temperature-50 gms
Icing sugar-2 cups
Milk- 3 tbsp to loosen the mixture (use according to need)

Method
  • In a large bowl using a hand-held or free-stand mixer beat the butter until soft and gently add the icing sugar 1/4 cup each time and beat well. You will find the color changing from yellow to light cream color. It took straight 15 mins for me to get to this consistency, add milk to loosen the mixture. 
Note
- If your cream is still yellow either you need to whisk for a longer time or this could be cos of the butter you had used, they say that cow's milk butter gives a yellow tint.

Crystallised Flowers/ Roses
Prep time ~ 3-4 mins
Drying time ~ 8+ hrs
(Please Read Notes Below)
I made the crystallised flowers a day before so that they can dry up well. I left it in the kitchen counter top and it dried perfect.

Ingredients
1 Egg white
Roses/ petals/ flowers ~ as needed
Caster sugar 1 cup
A paint brush
Edible glitter (optional)

Method
Line a baking sheet with parchment. Place egg white in a bowl and sugar in another. Beat the egg white lightly. Hold the petal/ flower at the base and paint wit egg white. Gently sprinkle on the sugar, making sure that every surface is covered. Shake off the excess and let it lay on the parchment over night in room temperature/ slightly warm. You can also used some edible glitter to give it a bit of a sparkle like how i have used a silver one. But make sure it is edible glitter and not the one's we get in stationary shop. They will harden and turn brittle, it would take atleast 8 hrs to get this stage. Handle them with care

Assembly
  • Since I did not layer the cake i did not divide it to two, its upto you if you want to layer the cake double the quantity and divide in the center. Drop tbsp size icing on the cake and start spreading it with a off set spatula and create swirls, peeks or just vertical streaks with them.
  • Decorate the cake with the crystalised flowers/ edible flowers and refrigerate for atleast 20 minutes before cutting. This helps the cake to set well and icing to get firmed up but not too much
Notes
- you can use leaves and small fruits to crystallise but I have not tried it. In my opinion its best to get roses from a florist and make sure they do not spray harsh chemicals onto it. On a personal note we did not eat the petals and I have reserved them to see how long they last.

Hope you'll having a wonderful day :-)

97 comments:

  1. WOW!!! beautiful cake....lovely card....loving verdict from your hubby.. good job Priya! :) love your crystalized flower.

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  2. Awesome cake. Good idea. Nice clicks.

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  3. wow......wonderfully celebrated his birthday priya. Belated Happy Birthday to him. Cake, card and lamigtons awesome! I am spell bound now to see these all. Great job done dear.

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    1. Thanks Sanoli from him & me :-)

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  4. Delicious Attractive cake....like ur crystalized flower...so good

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  5. Awesome cake!!!!Ur hubby is lucky to have u as creative wife!!! :) So cute and lovely roses.I ll use the same as no egg no butter..its sponge cake nice one :).will make it for my brother's b'day tomorrow as he s not with us :( He s in Ship :(

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    1. Yes Archu you said it right :P I love ur cake too, thanks dear

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  6. Wow...Thats a wonderful b'day celebration...Your hubby is really lucky to have a wife like you..And everything here looks awesome...Loved the cake, decoration and clicks...

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  7. I dunno who is lucky here, you or he:)..You guys both are lucky for me, seems he thoroughly enjoyed all ur surprises and beautiful cakes..Loved both cakes.

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    1. LOL yes Priya we both are lucky, thank God :-) Thank u for the lovely words

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  8. Awesome Priya.... Hats off dear...ur hubby would be proud of you...

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    1. Thanks Akila :-) he takes great pride about the blog and even more the cake

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  9. OMG, cant take my eyes out of the cake...very well done... Lovely work... Good work Priya!!

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    1. Thanks Jillu girl :-) happy to read your comments

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  10. Wow! OMG! happy birthday to the lucky one...God bless!!

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    1. Thanks from him and me Nisa :-)

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  11. That i bet ur hubby was pleasantly surprised by the awesome cakes:-)Both cakes look stunning!

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    1. Ramya he was indeed pleased :-) thank u dear

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  12. wow...cake looks perfect...wonderful photos as well..love the last one very much...simply kidos..

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    1. Suhaina even I love the last pic :-) thank u dear

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  13. Raffinatissima delizia!!! Sono incantata!!!!
    Tantissimi complimenti e un grosso bacio!!!!
    A presto!!!!

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    1. Thanks Lory :-) you always give such lovely comments

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  14. awesome priya..love all d cakes..pls passs to me...;)...and convey my wishes to ur hubby

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    1. Thanks Preethi, wish I can pass it :-) but come home sometime.. thanks from him and me

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  15. Awesome cake looks delicious

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  16. delicious dear...join me in know your flours- corn flour event in my blog.

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  17. such an apt lovely sweet b'day gift to your better half!superb presentation as well..may god bless both..

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    1. Thank u Leela for the lovely words :-)

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  18. Such an elegant cake I have come across!!! Birthday Wishes to your Dear husband!! :)
    lamingtons look great! though u'd made them subtle :)

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    1. Thank u from husband and me Bharathy :-) so happy to see your comment

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  19. Birthday wishes for your lucky husband! Lucky bcoz he has got you. Boy, those cakes are amazing! :)

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    1. :-) thanks Charul for the sweet comment :D

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  20. Wow it is awesome dear,gorgeous cake and the lamingtons too,love the idea of crystallized flower,you rock Priya.
    Belated B'day wishes to your hubby..

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    1. Thank u Suja for the wishes, you always encourage me...

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  21. You done wonderful job. Your hubby will be happy. Beautiful cake Priya. You made his birthday very special.

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  22. wow... beautifully decorated cake... wonderful presentation...

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    1. Thank u Amina :-) for the lovely words

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  23. Wow, looks wonderful. You seem to have had a great celebration:-)

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    1. Yes Nagashree, thank u dear :-)

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  24. Nice way to celebrate our beloved ones birthday..Cake looks perfect in texture and color combination..Hope your husband enjoyed your birthday surprise..My bday wishes to him.. Thanks for your lovely words dear..

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    1. He did love everything Sara :-) thanks from husband and me for wishes

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  25. What a beauty! Lucky him.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  26. hi,wht a luvly post..even,i have celebrated my hubby's last week..I know how we feel to prepare something special for blushing man ;)

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    1. Thanks Priya , and birthday wishes to your husband too :-).. same pinch

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  27. cake looks great and the way you celebrated is lovely and fantastic Priya!

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  28. Wonderful Priya..lot of effort...i liked that rose cake and came out perfectly well...convey my wishes to your husband...

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    1. Thank u Shanthi for the wishes and comment :-)

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  29. What a lovely post.. this shows your love really.. Nice clicks as well Priya.. Thx for dropping in my space when you posted such a lovely post @ ur space (This cake).. coz, i got a chance to visit ur space n follow u.. :) keep rocking..

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    1. Thank u Poorni for your lovely words and following, too happy to hear from you. :-)

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  30. Fabulous surprises for your hubby, the cakes look wonderful! I love the blushing part:)

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    1. Thanks Poornima :-) me too ;-)

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  31. Brilliant idea dear. Cake looks very pretty. Well wishes to ur hubby and u all.

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  32. Your husband is so lucky to have a loving wife like you. God bless you both. Thanks for visiting my blog - you have a lovely space yourself. Take care.

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    1. Thanks Pragyan for the sweet wishes :-) and happy for your visit

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  33. Wow.....Wonderful Rose cake. nice gift to your husband.thanks....for dropping by my space,happy to follow u.

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    1. Thank u Manju :-) so glad you visited

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  34. Your rose cake is so pretty Priya! So much love and care you put into it. The Lamingtons look yummy too!

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    1. Thank u Reeni :-)its lovely to see your comment

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  35. Ranjit is one lucky dude :D. Anya & I liked your site very much.

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    1. Thank u so much :D its lovely to see your comment, made my day :-) i'd say its mutual, lucky to have him too

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  36. Very nice post...beautiful cake... I specially like those pieces in dim light.. nicely captured !!

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  37. awesome:)i really luvd it,,,,

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  38. yummy looking cake, virtual treat to my eyes!!! liked the idea of using rose petals :)glad to follow you back priya :)

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  39. Is it necessary to use backing powder and backing soda?

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  40. I tried out your Cake recipe but altered it a bit. Loved it. It's easy and quick to make and tastes awesome. Thanks for this recipe :)
    - Dia

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    1. thanks Dia for letting me know :-) happy that you loved it

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  41. Awesome, awesome, awesome, lucky guy huh.., can see all your love in it Priya, b'day wishes to your dear one..

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  42. The whole celebration sounds like a very happy couple who are in love with each other...:-)

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  43. wow. he must be so overwhelmed by surprises. so beautifully decorated cake. GOD bless you both.

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  44. Belated b'day woshes to your hubyy, that cake looks so beautiful and i am sure he was thrilled when he saw this cake.

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  45. Looks Delicious..wishes to ur H.
    maha

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  46. wow wo wow...Delicious and the cake looks fabbbb...Gorgeous white..Ur husband is very lucky dear..

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  47. Awesome cake cant wait to taste it!!!I wish I was beside ur home!!!

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  48. aww.. thats such a pretty cake.. I wouldnt even feel like slicing it out :) Goes to love :)

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  49. Its really looking very creative and yummy.I am not able to take my eyes from the cake for a minute.Good jop priya.must try recipe also.

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  50. Priya plz help me wat can b added instead of egg in rose

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  51. Priya plz help me wat can b added instead of egg in rose

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    1. Pooja if its cake I can give you a replacement but this is concerning the rose petals, personally never tried to replace egg whites but one of my friend said you can use sugar syrup, for 1 tbsp of sugar add 2-3 tbsp of water bring it a boil, once you see the sugar dissolving switch off and wait for it to cool down to room temperature. Now dip the rose petals and line on parchment for it to dry and may be coat it with sugar once done. I have not tried this but I think it should work. Do let me know how your trial went

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  52. Loved reading through! Lovely post! You have put in so much of thought and effort, looks delicious!

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  53. Very interesting post, it really inspiring me. This cake is really a perfect present especially when its partnered by some warm birthday wishes that are comes to the heart, that so sweet though. Anyway, thanks for sharing :) Well done !!


    Cheers
    Frenie

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  54. Hello, How did you get those white flowers on top of the cake where you placed whole red rose.. Did you do that with the frosting or are those real flowers too?

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    1. Hi Ashu,

      Those white flowers are real ones, I wanted to place the center rose and I used the white flowers to help it stand.

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