Baking: The Sheer Joys of Batter Licking

– By Sramana Dan (Informals Team) 

Let’s be honest, most of us, all of us, live to eat. Even my most determined girlfriends, swearing on a papayas-only diet, you take a look at that fluffy,gorgeous brownie, that silky fondant adorning it, and you have to have it. BROWNIE COME BACK HERE. There. I think I’ve made my point. Cake spreads the lurve like nothing else. Stick around pi-r-cube during lunch and you’ll see half a dozen groups of big and small people, screaming orgasmically and throwing cake onto each others faces, hair, nostrils, you get the picture.( I am strongly against this. Happy Birthday to you. Got any cake left? Some of us like to eat it too).

So why wait for birthdays for a bite of paradise? Here I give you fun new hobby : BAKING!

You will need: An oven. Or your neighbour’s oven. No can do without that, sorry. A couple of hours (for most recipes). C’mon, you’re not that busy.

Once you’ve got that oven, you need a recipe. If you’re holding that stirrer for the first time, I strongly recommend you don’t attempt the 8 layered upside down cake you watched on Masterchef. A simple sponge-cake tastes great too. Call up that aunt you’ve always avoided, for her recipe. Or maybe just Google it.

Once you’ve picked something mouth-watering enough (and doable), walk to supermarket (Yes, walk. You’re going to be stuffing that cake down your throat in a few hours). Gather your supplies, and its time to get your hands dirty.  Now I won’t pretend to be a proficient baker here and give out sophisticated advice, but stir, stir and stir. No lumps. That’s the secret to a good cake. As simple as that!

Pre-heat your oven and get your cake in. And the best past, the remains of the batter on your mixing bowl, go ahead, taste it. You made that. Tastes even better now doesn’t it? And your cake is baking away and that aroma is swimming around you and you’re drowning, drowning in the glory of your produce. Sigh. Bliss.

Warning : Take care not to burn the cake while you’re in dreamland.


Eggless Sponge Cake by yours truly.

So don’t be lazy, don’t wait for someone to come knocking at your door with a pretty basket of cupcakes (lovely as that would be, such things seldom happen). Let’s see (and taste) some of your brownies, cookies, maybe cheesecakes too. Boys don’t be shy, we all know you’ve got that baking talent too, and just so you know, the ladies love that *wink wink*.

Here’s to a Happy Christmas and a Merry New Year and to the start of something beautiful!


Creation of my friend Nandini, she’s almost professional


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