Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Mascarpone Magic!

Vanilla sponge cakes dressed in pinaeapple mascarpone icing and coffee mascarpone icing

Hello foodies :) the long awaited home- made mascarpone cheese is atlast histroy in my kitchen :) yes!! this was the one thing I'd been eyeing for a very long time...but was'nt sure "to make or not to make" Then Parita's post came as a tempter which I couldnt resist ;) and I had to be done with it ..so made it the very next day.
The crazy bug that I am...I started jumping with joy at the last stage of the cheese making process...lol, and after refrigerating it ...I used to peep into the container every 30mts .. that says it all isnt it!!! The final product was kinda thrilling...lol(Coz I was reeeeeeeeeeeeally ealted, thrilled and what not!)
When in Chennai, I had to shell a bombarding price for a tin of mascarpone ...which I had bought to make Tiramisu :) The experience of making mascarpone cheese at home is simply superb and super easy..and all thanks to Parita !!! Thanks sweetie :) for that little encouraging push! :)
here's the recipe for mascarpone cheese from her blog
I was in an experimentation mode so made 2 eggless vanilla sponge cakes :), not the same day though ;) baked one cake in a round tin and another in a loaf tin...
The recipe for the cake is as follows:
Eggless Vanilla Sponge Cake:
Recipe adapted from: one of the bakes from collaborative curry , Thanks dearies :)
Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup oil
1 & 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1 cup cold water

How to get started:
1. pre-heat the oven to 180*C , grease a baking tin and set it aside
2. Sieve the flour, sugar , baking powder and salt a couple of times and ensure it's lump free
3. Add the vanilla essence, oil and gently stir once, then slowly add water and keep stirring gently till the cake batter consistency is reached.
4. Pour the batter in the greased tin and bake for 25-30 mts, or till a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
5. Remove from the oven and cool completely before decorating/icing.
* Note: Both the icing called for Whipping cream, I omitted it...the final result was still mmmmmmmmmmmmm :)
Coffee Mascarpone Icing:
Ingredients:
4 &1/2 tsp instant coffee powder
1 tbsp hot water
1 cup chilled whipping cream ( I didnt use it )
1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
pinch of salt
How to proceed:
  • Stir coffee powder and water in a bowl till disolved set it aside.
  • sieve sugar and make it lump free, set it aside.
  • Add mascarpone, (whipped cream), vanilla essence, salt, coffee mixture in a wide mouthed vessel and beat until thick and smooth, to form firm peaks * dont over beat for it may curdle.
  • The coffee mascaropne icing is ready to adorn ur cake :)

Pineapple Mascarpone Icing:



Ingredients:
1 cup mascarpone cheese
3/4th cup powdered sugar
1&1/2 tsp pineapple essence
1-2 tsp cold milk
How to proceed:
  • sieve the powdered sugar to make it lump free
  • In a wide mouthed bowl add the mascarpone cheese, powdered sugar, pineapple essence and beat till thick and smooth, you may add a spoon or tow of cold milk to get the desired consistency. dont over beat as it may tend to curdle
  • The Pineapple mascarpone icing is ready to dress the cake :)

Have a great week ahead!

Take care! Be Good ! Be Happy!!

38 comments:

Sushma Mallya said...

wow cake looks too delicious with yummy icing...loved both of the flavours...u have so much patience to try this out...but worth your efforts..nice one suparna...

AshKuku said...

Oh! this hot summer & this cool piece of savory...... Hmm... Very yummy indeed...... I loved it every bit...... KUDOS!!!!

Ash...
(http://asha-oceanichope.blogspot.com/)

Suma Rowjee said...

Looks yumm..Interesting eggless sponge here. Am yet to try my hand at making mascarpone at home.

aquadaze said...

I did try your cauliflower koftas and they were perfect! In fact, I loved eating the koftas just like that!

Even I made mascarpone cheese at home couple of weeks ago - influenced by all the daring bakers - now I will never buy it! I can imagine your excitement to see the cheese come together :)

Must have tasted DIVINE flavoured with pineapple and combined with the cake, but I am partial to the coffee flavoured one.

Priya said...

Seems like u r in baking mode now...Just love that coffee mascarpone frosting looks really awesome also pineapple icing looks delicious tooo...

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Wow making Tiramisu, and now this its quite an achievement in itself..looks great..i like the coffee cake icing.

Sarah Naveen said...

i love mascarpone...this looks too good and delicious..

Vrinda said...

Gr8 frosting and yummy cakes..lov mascarpone ...

Parita said...

Wow i love both the flavors, especially the pineapple one! Must have tasted fabulous na? Thanks for the mention dear :) I am so glad you liked it :)

Anu said...

Cake looks delicious and yummy... Love that pineapple icing.. Mouthwatering..

Gita said...

Dear. you are really excited about the cheese :) why not, the cake looks absolutely decadent and tempting...good job da :)

sowmya's creative saga said...

lovely icing on the cake.....looks so delicious

Ms.Chitchat said...

Wow, such a delicious cake. Looks amazing,soft and spongy. Loved ur write-up too :)

Valarmathi said...

Wow....that looks fantastic and yummy.

Deepa G Joshi said...

that looks so delicious and gorgeous..

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Padhu said...

Wow Looks fabulous!

SK said...

lovely flavors, Suparna...I am all excited reading about making the cheese...I should try it too

SE - Denufood

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

the cake looks so mouth-watering and i'm drooling here:)

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Both of them look mouth watering and its completely new to me Suparna! Especially the Pineapple Mascarpone Icing i loved the best!

Sashi said...

Loved the coffee icing since I love coffee taste in my desserts. They look delicious !!

indhu said...

wwoww.. that's a very talented piece of work... like the detailed instructions :)

- Indhu(www.thayirsaadham.com)

Sush said...

You need an applaud Suparna. Great job. I will try the cake for sure, mascarpone.., may be later :(

smsinhindi.com said...

"home- made mascarpone cheese is atlast histroy in my kitchen"

hope it will be history in reader home too.. thanks 4share.

india143.org said...

Hey.. How do your make these stuff.. great..

Ruchikacooks said...

Cake looks so yummy esp the designs and icing.

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Pravs said...

beautiful bakes. I am excited for you :) Can you please tell me, if you use convection microwave to bake the cake in or something else ? If so which brand. Thanks.

Varunavi said...

Looks excellent,ur a brave lady to attempt a new and exotic dish,i would never have done this

Ammu said...

Wow! thats looks delicious. There is something waiting for you in my blog. Plz collect it :)

PS said...

looks heavenly, my first time here, i like your space.. am a new blogger, do visit my space..

Divya Kudua said...

Making mascarpone cheese at home is on my agenda too..love the recipes for eggless sponge.The coffee flavored slice is calling out to me..:):)

Priti said...

Yummy cake and gr8 icing...looks too gud

Gulmohar said...

Hey..how did I miss this post...
You are tempting me to try my hands on cheese making..lol..
The cake looks too good,Suparna

AnuSriram said...

Looks awesome! Gr8 work!

Sashi said...

Hi Suparna, Please grab the award I have shared with u here. My hearty wishes to you to receive more, Congrats !!

Indrani said...

wow..just lovely..I have some gifts for u in my blog..pl. collect

Akal's Saappadu said...

wow, that's a fabulous cake love the coffee icing very much!!!

Mascarpone cheese from the scratch is something amazing that I haven't tried yet!! Deeba and Parita are excellent bakers too!!! lovely recipe!! have a nice weekend!!!

Kavitha said...

Hi Suparna ,

Cake looks yummy!!

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http://thedabbaexpress.blogspot.com/

Warm Regards,
Kavitha

Yasmeen said...

Scrumptious cake,I love the creamy mascarpone :D