Tiramisu CakeTiramisu Cake

Three weeks back for my birthday, I had made this Tiramisu cake. Even though I got so drunk that I forgot to serve the cake at my birthday party (please don’t judge me as a host), the next day I got to take it for a family lunch and my whole family enjoyed it. It’s the second time I was making the recipe and I loved how it had turned out each time that I made a mental note to share it on the blog.

This blog has been active for six years now and in my first year of blogging I did post a Tiramisu cake recipe (Dorie Greenspan’s version) which I made when I had my first house guests. This recipe is slightly different than that one. While I loved the taste of that recipe, I felt a sponge cake would mimic the savoiardi biscuits that are generally used in the Italian dessert better. So instead of a cake that follows the creaming method, which is what I used in the other recipe, I used the genoise recipe from my Genoise with summer berry cake post. If you have a favorite sponge cake recipe then feel free to use that. The filling, unlike the one in the previous recipe I shared, is made the traditional way by first making a zabaglione, which is an italian egg custard. The filling, that I adapted from here, although a little time consuming, is light and airy and makes the perfect tiramisu and is the star of the cake. Believe me when I say you need this filling in your life!

When I was invited by JW Marriot for an Italian cooking class, chef Alessio told us that traditionally no marsala or alcohol is added to tiramisu, so I haven’t added it here, but you could if you want. Alcohol is always welcome in my books.

It was my mom’s birthday yesterday and while figuring out which cake to make, I thought the Tiramisu would be perfect. Since I got to take pictures this time, I am here sharing the recipe for this Tiramisu cake with you today.

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Earl Grey lemon coconut cake

It’s Christmas eve here in India, and since I am at my parents and my niece is visiting us there’s a lot of excitement around christmas in the house. We decorated our small little christmas tree today with some lights, and although my niece who found her presents and already opened them, she is still pretty excited about christmas.

My parents are leaving for Kasauli for two days to celebrate their anniversary with their friends. I will be babysitting my niece. I think I am being brave by planning an outing with my friends with her around, but hopefully she too will have a good time tomorrow. I would like her to see all the christmas decorations in the mall and maybe make her meet Santa as well. We baked a red velvet cake together for my parents anniversary, and even am glad to have my little helper with me always being so appreciative of my efforts.

Today I am sharing the last of the videos I did for TeaBox and Bake With Shivesh. Its an earl grey lemon coconut cake. I am in love with all the tea infusing in my baked goods and I am surely going to be experiment more with it. Since I planned to post this video just before Christmas, I made sure it had a more festive tune to it. Hope you like the upbeat music and the video.

Wishing all the readers of The Novice Housewife a very merry christmas and happy holidays!

Early Grey Lemon Coconut Cake from Shumaila Chauhan on Vimeo.

Credits:

  • Video: MuddyChoux Photography/ The Novice Housewife 
  • Recipe: Shivesh Bhatia, Bake with Shivesh
  • Brand: TeaBox
  • Music: Jingle Bell Rock- Megan Nicole (cover)

Christmas Punch
One day to Christmas and I have the perfect christmas cocktail for you today.

Two posts back I mentioned how I teamed up with Bake with Shivesh and made some recipe videos using wines from Big Banyan. This Christmas Punch was the second in the series of videos I made for Bake with Shivesh.

Shivesh used the Rosa rossa to make this festive christmas punch. Addition of tea to the punch and some spices, takes a regular punch to an excellent celebratory cocktail. I was pleasantly surprised how well tea and wine go together, who would have thought?

I have ton of work to do tomorrow, but I am looking forward to a day with my friends on Christmas Day. Its been a while since I have met them and will be nice to have a day to just enjoy.

I love the set up that we did for this video. Love how the lights bring the christmas spirit in the videos. The song that I have used in the background is by Lyonn and is called We’ll light the sky. You can download it on iTunes.

Christmas Punch

Christmas Punch

Christmas Punch

Christmas Punch

The only regret that I have is that this Christmas I could not make any christmas cake. The last christmas I spent with my parents my mom and I had made the best christmas cake I have had till date. It was mostly my mom’s recipe, which was a mix of 3-4 recipes she found online and some other additions. She never noted down the ingredients, nor does she remember the different sites she picked the recipe from. I kept pestering her to recreate the recipe, she kept telling me she can’t and as a result we have no christmas cake this christmas.

Well. at least we have this punch! I am definitely making this again and would highly recommend you to too. You can find the recipe on Shivesh’s blog, and here is a video to help you in case you get lost.

Since we are talking about wine, and since I just dropped some today on my shoes, and since the following days will be filled with wine and if you are as clumsy as me and drop that wine on your clothes or suede shoes, I thought I will tell you the trick to save your clothes/shoes. For wine stains immediately blot (not rub) some table salt on the stain. I did that today and my shoes look like they will be fine. Now you can wear that white shirt and drink that red wine without fear! Happy holidays!

Christmas Punch from Shumaila Chauhan on Vimeo.

Credits:

  • Video: MuddyChoux Photography/ The Novice Housewife 
  • Recipe: Shivesh Bhatia, Bake with Shivesh
  • Brand: Big Banyan
  • Music: We’ll light the sky – Lyonn