Wednesday, April 09, 2014

The Sunny Side Up Cake

SunnySide Up Cake (0146)

I’ve been having a lot of fun lately! Maybe it’s the break of spring and the wonderful warm weather we’ve been having. I just feel a lightness in all my activities, tasks and chores and my ideas are running freely again. I just wish I could find out how to make time double up for me to have enough of it to realize and try making them all come true. So, instead I am making sure to have fun with those activities and tasks I have decided to focus on and give priority to.

See, I am driven by my dreams and ideas, and I have the choice of making them come true. I am not afraid of failure – no – I am more afraid of not trying or having a go at these ideas and dreams. After all they are made of my hopes, of opportunities and provide many possibilities and not aspiring to reach these goals means I have failed. If an idea is unsuccessful or a dream has floundered – well I have to try again – after all not everything works the first time. 

SunnySide Up Cake (0140) SunnySide Up Cake (0149)

“The Perfect Day … Going to Bed with a Dream and Waking up with a Purpose!”

The past week I saw 3 rainbows. Rainbows are said to be lucky and auspicious, maybe my cosmos is telling me that I am on the right road. I hope so … whatever road I am currently travelling on I am having fun while on it because I am trying to make a purpose out of a dream.

We are having a lot of fun in my kitchen too. It seems to be the one place I am most often in at the moment. Cooking with girlfriends, baking with Soeren, preparing for photo shoots, recipe testing for an upcoming project – the kitchen is my kingdom! I do love it and thank heavens for the inventor of the dishwasher!

SunnySide Up Cake (0142) SunnySide Up Cake (0155)

One of the enjoyable afternoons I spent with Soeren in the kitchen was while baking a cake I was testing for a client. I had a lot of the batter left over and we decided to make-up a “Happy” kind of cake. This is what became of our idea – The Sunny-Side Up Cake. It’s easy to whip up and we both agree that it would be a charming addition to the Easter coffee table.

Recipe: The Sunny-Side Up Cake

Printable version of recipe here

SunnySide Up Cake (0144)

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Makes: 20 pieces from a baking sheet

Ingredients:

  • 650g apricot, halved, pitted and skins removed
  • 200g butter, at room temperature
  • 200g + 100g sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 300g flour
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 packet of vanilla pudding
  • 500ml + 125ml milk
  • 400g quark or sour cream

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180C and line a baking sheet with some baking paper.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer cream together 200g sugar and butter until creamy. Add the eggs one at a time and making sure that each egg is incorporated well before adding the next one.
  3. In a separate bowl mix together flour, baking powder and salt. Add to the butter-sugar mixture in 3 portions alternating with 125ml milk, then mix in the lemon zest. Beat until the batter is smooth then pour into the baking sheet. Bake in the oven for approx. 20 minutes until the top is golden and spring-y to the touch. Remove and allow to cool completely.
  4. In the meantime make the topping for the cake by mixing the vanilla pudding powder with 100g sugar and 6 tablespoons of milk until smooth. Place the remaining milk (from the 500ml) into a saucepan and bring to the boil. Take off the heat and vigorously whisk in the pudding powder and sugar mixture. Put the saucepan back on the heat, whisking all the while and allow the cream to thicken into a custard consistency - 1-2 minutes. Allow the vanilla pudding to cool completely, then whisk in the quark or sour cream until smooth.
  5. Spread the topping over the cooled cake with a metal spatula. Place the apricot halves on the cake to resemble a sunny-side up egg. Cool in the fridge then cut into squares and serve
Notes
You can also make individual cakes by pouring the batter in single tart forms. Reduce baking time to 15 minutes.
Place some vanilla pods in a spice grinder and grind some of the vanilla over the apricot. This looks like freshly cracked pepper on an egg. ;o)
Alternative you could sieve some cocoa powder over the cake slices.

Verdict

SunnySide Up Cake (0144)

The cake resembles a fried egg and will bring smiles to those at the table. Enjoy this with friends over espresso and make the kids some hot chocolate. It's a basic sponge cake mixture pepped up with an easy frosting of vanilla pudding and sour cream making it a tangy, not too sweet topping pairing well with the sweetness of the apricot.

Connect

In this section of the post I share bits and pieces, finds and interesting things I come across as I surf the web. It might be a quote, a picture a moving post, interesting news and announcements, whatever makes me connect with you. This week I am looking for fun and inspiring recipes and posts for you and your Easter festivities.

Workshops

2014-04-08 05.41.12 1

I am very thrilled to announce that HarperCollins 360 will be sponsoring the upcoming workshops in VENICE & BERLIN with a copy of donna hay's gorgeous cookbook "Fresh and Light" for each of the participants AND we will be holding a special competition with a fantastic prize. Stay tuned for more details. In the meantime checkout my Instagram video showing more of this gorgeous book!


BerlinBadge2014-sidebar
2-day workshop in the trendy capital
Berlin, Germany
4th - 5th July 2014
Workshop programme
Register for the Berlin here!

HelsinkiBadge2014-SIDEBAR

2-day workshop in Finland's dynamic capital
Helsinki, Finland
7th - 8th June 2014
Workshop programme
Register for Helsinki here!

2-day workshop in the Prosecco region
Venice, Italy
1st - 3rd May 2014
Workshop programme
Register for Venice here!

More details for all upcoming workshops and e-courses

You might like these fun recipe ideas for Easter from What's for lunch, honey?

BaileysChocMousse_0015-framed[2] Brioche 03-framed[2] 6878847994_b270315cd4_b
Egg-straordinary: Light Mousse au Chocolat with Baileys Crème Caramel Buttery Saffron Brioche Muscovado Sugar Orange and Cardamom Easter Wreath


All photographs and written content on What's For Lunch, Honey? © 2006-2013 Meeta Khurana Wolff unless otherwise indicated. | All rights reserved | Please Ask First

33 comments :

  1. This is one gorgeous cake Meeta. Your pictures of the cake definitely brought a smile to my face :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Nandita. It's a fun cake to make and I am glad it made you smile!

      Delete
  2. I really thought that they were real eggs! This cake is fabulous. A great Easter treat.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. LOL! I think a few of my readers thought the same. Glad you like it!

      Delete
  3. They are just stunning, such a beautiful cake..

    ReplyDelete
  4. Ah there they are.... Love those little egg cupcakes. They make me smile every me I see them. As for you, my dear friend, I'm pretty sure you're on the right road... No matter where it will lead too! and I'm glad I'm just a little part of that road too... Haven't made any meals for one his week... But will for sure be making some soon!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you dear Simone. I am glad to have you by my side for part of the way. You are a good friend and I look forward to seeing you soon!

      Delete
  5. Very clever sequence of pictures! You actually got me thinking that my dear friend Meeta had flipped her lid and was cooking eggs on top of a cake!! That's what you get for skimming through a post rather than reading it properly! Great idea and I'm sure the apricots on cake taste great :)

    ReplyDelete
  6. Great sequence of pictures! You actually got me thinking that my dear friend Meeta had flipped her lid and was serving cake with eggs on top...bleeagh! That's what happens when you skim through a post rather than reading it properly. Great idea and I'm sure the apricots and vanilla sour cream taste great on the cake!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh I do flip the lid every now and then LOL! Dharm it's great to have you here hope you have been well! The cake was great!

      Delete
  7. Very cute - it certainly looks like you are having fun in your kitchen at the moment.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes I am Sally. Lots of ideas and lots of experiments. Feels good to get out of the rut!

      Delete
  8. what a lovely idea to use apricots, it really looks like an egg topped on the cake =) a fantastic easter idea!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Karla! If you make it let me know what you thought!

      Delete
  9. What a great idea! It is simple, easy and very fun. This would make a great cake/cupcake decorating activity for kids too. I can see my little one having a time with those peaches, and sprinkling coloured sugar for salt and pepper - perfect for a 3 year old! Oh Thank you for sorting out my Easter cupcake activity with her! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. LOL! I made this with my son (11 years) and he did have a good time too. Glad you like it and I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

      Delete
  10. Hi Meeta, I should have know you're a fellow german blogger :) I love your cupcakes and just included them in my easter round up blog post, I hope you don't mind. Frohe Ostern, LG Diana

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Diana. Glad you liked the cake and thank you for including it in your feature.

      Delete
  11. Lovely pictures...it makes me think of spring immediately.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! Yes - Spring is here ... at least on the blog!

      Delete
  12. Perfect Easter treats. So cheerful and sunny. I hope to attend your workshops when you come to Dubai again. Wishing you all the best.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Look forward to meeting you then in Dubai. Thank you!

      Delete
  13. oh u clever gal, for once I thought those were real eggs, and I keep going up and down the post after seeing the egg picture! Thats what happened when u blog browse at 2 am !! Your happy mood is infectious, and hope to see more bakes from you :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. :o) I think you and a few others too. Like pulling your legs! Glad it put a smile on your face - at 2 AM!

      Delete
  14. Oh wow, your photos are awesome and the cakes look so delicious :)

    ReplyDelete
  15. Such a cleverly prepared/decorated, artsy, crafty, pretty cake! A sunshiny treat indeed! Two-thumbs-up pictures, as always! You're an inspiration.

    ReplyDelete
  16. I always admire your pictures, I am following your blog from last three years, your recipes are very nice. Well done Meeta

    ReplyDelete

Thank you for visiting What's For Lunch, Honey? and taking time to browse through my recipes, listen to my ramblings and enjoy my photographs. I appreciate all your comments, feedback and input. I will answer your questions to my best knowledge and respond to your comments as soon as possible.

In the meantime I hope you enjoy your stay here and that I was able to make this an experience for your senses.

Hugs
Meeta