Blogging Marathon# 69: Week 1/ Day 2
Theme: Kid’s Delight — Anniversary Party
Dish: Gulab Jamun Cake
I saw Masterchef Pankaj Bhadouria make it on her show couple of weeks ago and it looked absolutely stunning. So when I had to make a dessert for my Navrathri party which also happened to be my cousin’s birthday, I knew I had to try this delicious cake out.
I used my go-to vegan vanilla cake recipe to make the cake. It is a very moist and easy to make cake. I subbed some of the vanilla with ground cardamom. The cakes are then soaked with sugar syrup from the jamuns for even more flavor.
As for the gulab jamuns, you can choose to make them either using a mix or from scratch or just buy some good quality ones from the store. I made mine using MTR gulab jamun mix. But I jazzed the mix with some ground almonds and cashews. Chef Pankaj used Gits Shahi gulab jamun mix that had the nuts and saffron already added in it.
This cake is not just beautiful to look at but tastes amazing too. The cardamom flavored cake tastes really good with the juicy gulab jamuns. Saffron and rose syrup flavored frostings highlight the Indian flavors.
Recipe seems quite long and daunting. But break it up into 2~3 days, make the cake on one day, gulab jamuns on another and finally assemble and decorate either a day before or day off serving it. This will make your life much easier and help you in enjoying the cake more. I couldn’t take the photo of the cut cake because the weather has been too lousy in our neck of woods for the past 1 week — I wish I could have showed you how the crosss section of the jamuns looked inside. Hopefully I’ll get another occasion to make this cake, I’ll take pictures of the slices then.