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Monday, October 17, 2011

Vanilla Buttermilk Cake

All my readers and blogger friends who come here regular, must be wondering if I vanished into thin air !!! I was in Kolkata for Durga Puja celebrations. When I landed there, first thing that struck me was the humidity which seemed to suck the energy out of me. But then better things started to happen like watching the beautifully decorated Pandals with Gorgeous Idol of the Goddess and her Children, gorging on to delicious and inviting food during the course of pandal hopping and taking hundreds of photographs of the Puja Celebration. For those who have not seen the way Kolkata dresses up during the Pujas, I highly recommend that even for once you visit this city during Durga Puja period and I assure you that you would be impressed by the enormity of the celebration.
Deshopriyo Park Takur Protima
Other highlights of Pujas are Pushpanjali ( Offerings to the Goddess hymns) mantra on loudspeaker, the rhythmic beats of  the dhak ( large drums) , enormous hoarding from Corporates. I am enclosing some photos for your viewing. Hope you like them.

Bag Bazaar Durga Protima

The theme of Hindustan Park i was 'KAANCHER SWARGO' i.e Glass Pardise    

Now Post my return , today I am going to share Vanilla buttermilk cake which I like to have it leisurely after dinner. It will create a wonderful filling to the taste buds and pave way for a wonderful sleep.
The hint of tanginess coming out from buttermilk makes this more alluring to the tastebuds. The gorgeous texture and melt in mouth bite of this yummy cake is sure to rule your heart. Unlike plain vanilla cake it doesn't crumble and hold its shape.

2 1/2 cups All purpose flour
1 tsp Baking powder
1/2 tsp Baking soda
1 cup powdered Sugar
1 tsp Salt
1 cup Oil
3 Eggs
2 tsp Vanilla essence
1 cup Buttermilk (instant)
It's very easy to make buttermilk at home, all you need is 1 cup milk and 1 tbsp White Vinegar. Just pour vinegar in 1 cup milk and let it stand for 10-15 before use and its ready !!

Pre-heat oven to 350 F. Prepare the baking pan by greasing with little butter and dusting. Keep aside.
Sift together flour,sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda and set aside. Make a well in the center of dry ingredients, add beaten eggs, oil, vanilla essence and buttermilk. Beat this on medium speed for a minute. Pour this batter on prepared pan and smooth surface with a rubber spatula. Bake 30-35 minutes at 180 Degree Celcius for 35 minutes or until a long toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and place the pan on a cooling wire rack. 
                                                       Talk about a slice of heaven ...? 



  1. welcome back deepa...really I was wondering about your vanishing...!
    glad to see your amazingly tasty recipe again..;)
    durga pooja cliks are gorgeous..thanks for sharing..
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  2. Nice 2 c u back after ur vacataion...I hope u njoyed Durga pooja in cal....the cake looks so moist n is perfect for tea time cake..

  3. Thank you Jay..You brighten up my day Sweetie...

    @Prathibha: I really had a gala time there after a gap of 1 1/2 years...Thanks for your wonderful comment

  4. Yay...welcome back!!! And superb cliks Deepa..Im sure you had a memorable navaratri :) The cake is moist & absolutely tempting!!! Good one :)
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  5. Glad to know you had a great puja. I have never been to Calcutta during the puja in fact I have been there just twice in my life.The cake looks delicious almost good enough to bite into.

  6. Seems u have a wonderful puja, cake looks super spongy and moist..

  7. love the texture...glad to know you had fun!

  8. Cake looks super soft n yummy ,Deepa!!
    Welcome back,dear..Great to hear you had a lovely festive time and lovely clicks too!!

  9. Welcome back dear. Wonderful clicks.
    Cake looks superb.

  10. wecome back.nic pic of puja and cake is yummy

  11. welcome back. lovely pictures of the pooja. You ar tempting me to visit Kalkotta. Is pooja celebrated in all the towns and cities just like this?

    Love the cake.

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  12. So soft and delicious cake dear.... and Durga Maa... looks gorgeous too....

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  13. Lovely looking cake dear...I also posted a vanilla cupcake recipe with buttermilk...

  14. oops I missed it again. actually i always go away from Kolkata traffic during pujo. this time to went to in laws.
    cake ta seriously asadharn hoeche. darun crumb. definitely going to try it.

  15. Pooja clicks are wonderful, love that vanilla butter milk cake. I too wondering were you have been.

  16. Buttermilk cake luks spongy and delicious dear,Luv to learn North-Indian Cooking from U.Following U.Luv ur recipes here.

  17. Today only I thought about you and you came back again. Durga Ma photos are really super. Cake is also good and spongy. I wud like to try soon.

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  18. love it dear! and looks awesome too!

  19. perfect butter cake!! looks soft!!

  20. Clicks of Ma Durga are very eye catching....its so wonderful to see them....
    The cake looks amazing...i didnt get the buttermilk part...when you add vinegar to milk..wont it curdle??

  21. Missed you deepa! glad you had a wonderful durga puja!

  22. Welcome back Dear, glad you had a lovely time and thanks for sharing the photos. The cake looks awesome, indeed a slice of heaven.

  23. soft nd perfectly baked cake.....

  24. Nice to see you after a long time. Wonderful and soft cake. Love the texture very much

  25. Lovely texture,rich and delicious cake

  26. You vanished all of a sudden atleast i heared it from you, but still missed you. Welcome back deepa. Lovely pictures. Vanilla buttermilk cake is so gorgeous dear.

  27. Welcome back..Hope u had a greatt time in kolkata..thanks for sharing those pics,,its bringing back all the memories of Navratri back home in Kerala..
    Cakes look perfectly baked..

  28. I missed Durga Puja a lot this time. I had my share of fun but it was not enough!

  29. Happy to know that you had a wonderful Puja.The cake looks wonderful.

  30. Hope you had a nice time pooja.Cake lookss absolutely delicious

  31. Deepa...beautiful buttermilk cake,love to have a bite, nice have been tagged for 7 links challenge from my side, check on my blog

  32. Shubho Bijoyar priti o shubhechha nio. Khub shundor hoyechhe Durga protima. Kemon katlo pujo? perth e pujo hoyechhilo tai khub anondo korlam.
    Buttermilk cake ta ekdom notun rokomer. Khub soft, spongy r darun dekhte hoyechhe.

  33. Delightful looking cake! Lovely with a cup of tea.
    Thanks for the photos, the celebration sounds interesting. Have a nice day!

  34. Welcome back Deepa! Looks like you had a great time. Cake looks really irresistible. Send me a slice, please :)

  35. Welcome back Deepa! Wow! Heard a lot about Durga Pooja in Bengal.
    Cake is superb! Perfect texture. Loved it..Yummy yumm

  36. needless to say, i love anything with vanilla in it and if its a plain cake, then yup im sold..loving the texture :)

  37. I love this cake. Lovely clicks too! see them twice already :)

  38. Deepa, a very happy belated Shubho Bijoya to you too! You have shared an excellent cake recipe and I am going to take a printout of this right now!! The durga idols look so lively...especially the first one! I missed Kolkata puja this year so much!! Cheers, Diwali is knocking at the door! Shall come to your blog for those special Diwali recipes!!

  39. Deepa, I have heard a lot about Kolkata's Durga puja..The clicks are just so awesome giving us an idea of the beauty of KOlkata during this time. The cake looks just as inviting and I would love to have a piece of this heavenly delight. Glad to visit you and just so you know I had vanished too for quite some time and just returned.

  40. Welcome back dear, the pics are sure a visual treat, I had been to kolkata long back, but not during puja...!! Cake looks awesome, so perfect and soft..!

  41. That must have been so beautiful to see in person.
    Your cake looks delicious:)

  42. Beautiful pictures of Godess Durga Devi looks so divine.....Cake looks so moist and yummy....Wish u and Ur family a very Happy Diwali:)

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