Greek New Year Cake Errrr Mini cupcakes

3:58 AM

I wanted to do a lot of things and meant to post a lot of good recipes during the holiday break. To start with the clicks and write ups were all ready for a traditional Kerala Plum cake, Macher chop and a great sweet and sour Chinese soup. But everything went wrong and after a lot of deliberation I decided to keep mum. I was also tired, damn tired and the fatigue kept me away from the net.

First we went to Santitniketan for the yearly Poush mela. The baby went crazy over all the rides and I felt like spending most of the time around the dragon train and merry go round. When it was time to come back the maid dint show up and a week was gone doing everything by ourselves before a substitute was found. Then came the visit of my in laws. They went all around the city to visit places like Kolkata zoo, Science city, nicco park, 3D movies and mall hopping. If my legs were human they would have refused to stay with me after all these running. The weather here is acting weird again. Its all cloudy, rainy, foggy and cold all at the same time. Which has resulted into stuffed nose, difficult sleeps and irritated throat. Among all these running and hullabaloo all I could manage was that quick post to wish happy new year with a borrowed clip art and quote. All thanks to you lovely readers to acknowledge that small (almost no effort) effort and wish me back.
But now that I am back and have some time for myself I really cannot believe that the year has already gone. It was so eventful for us that I hardly could pay any attention as it went by. But a new year always is a great point to start on the things that are left in the midway. I plan to explore some new horizons out of my comfort zone, lets see what God has in mind for me. Hope you all had a wonderful start!
This cake again belongs to the book cakes and cakedecorating by Angela Nilsen and Sarah Maxwell. Traditionally this is baked as a big round cake to mark the beginning of a year. in Greece this is known as vassilopita where a gold coin is baked into the cake and the family member who gets the coin is said to have good luck for the rest of the year. mostly this is baked with lemon flavour but the sucker I am for everything orange I decided to follow the recipe given in the book and tweaked it a little. The decorative icing with Nutella was my son’s idea. Don’t know where he got this idea that orange and chocolate is a classic combination but when I offered him a cake he demanded something chocolate on this. I don’t have a mini cupcake tin and baking in such minuscule sizes is a difficulty. But am glad that I tried. My little one loved the mini cuppies and kept on asking me with elated voice ‘egulo amar jonyo baniecho? (/ have you made these for me?). all of us loved this cake and I already have baked them thrice since December.

Greek New year cake
(28 mini muffins/ 12 standard muffins or one 6” round cake)

Please mail to ahomemakersdiary@yahoo.in for the recipe. thanks




Hope you will love these beauties!!!

A homemaker’s notes:
Almond meals are not easy to find in India. So make your own at home. first place the almonds ina  microwave safe bowl. Pour water to cover them completely. Micro on high for 2 minutes. Take the bowl out. Drain the water and press a piece of almond between your fingers. The skin will come off easily.Repeat with all the almonds and place them on  piece of paper to drain all the water.

Dry roast these almonds for a couple of minutes or till they are a couple of shades darker. Cool and grind in a food processor. Don’t pulse for long or the almond will start releasing its oil. Do this in small batches and with several gaps. Once done place the meal in air tight container and use within a month.


Events:

Vardhini's Bake fest#3 hosted at Pumpkin farm.

cook, eat, delicious desserts at vegetable platter

Srivalli's Kids delight; colour palette. hosted this month by Gayathri
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47 comments

  1. Super cute looking stunning cupcakes, feel like having some rite now..Elegant they are!

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  2. Hi Dear.
    Beautiful cupcakes and so well presented. Oh! I so wish to get that gold coin this year...would love to run out of this city.
    Nice note on the almond meal, will keep that in mind.


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  3. That Cupcakes looks perfect.. and I am particularly enjoying the pretty little design on them... (have to say I stared at them for a few minutes!!!) Wish you and your family also a very happy new year....

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  4. Nice site of Recipes, definitively would like to refer .
    giftwithlove.com

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  5. Happy New Year, Sayantani! I love the decoration on the cup cakes..

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  6. Its easy to lose oneself staring at those cupcakes, i might even forget to eat as i admire them. I too like orange in place of lime or lemon. Your son is picking up great tastes in food already, if he is suggesting combos now :) Happy new year, Sayantani!

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  7. As usual a lovely recipe with beautiful clicks. They look very delectable with pretty icing on top.

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  8. the cupcakes are so cute. would u like to send them to my desserts event

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  9. Ohh they look so cute!!!! love that simple and sweet icing on top!!!!

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  10. Beautiful presentation. Wish you a Happy new Year.

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  11. Very cute n pretty cakes..looks fab....

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  12. Yum yum,mouthwatering here, wat a super tempting cakes..

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  13. Those are some cute n yumm cupcakes :) very well presented...

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  14. Awesome cakes.love them. Children really do have awesome ideas dont they.
    Happy New year by the way.

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  15. this is the best presentation of cup cakes in the longest time, loved it,
    thanks for linking

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  16. YUMMO..Thanks for the recipe..This looks mouthwatering..I have bookmarked it..

    Aarthi
    http://yummytummy-aarthi.blogspot.com/

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  17. i love the piped design...so pretty. happy new year !

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  18. Cute cupcakes,love to try them.

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  19. I loved how you presented your cupcakes - very subtle and very beautiful!The cupcakes must have tasted awesome too - have a great year ahead:)

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  20. lovely cup cakes... so cute and elegant!
    I love reading your posts, keep on going!

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  21. Wow...cute looking cupcakes..
    Wish u and ur family a very Happy New Year...

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  22. That looks great and yumm! Extremely beautiful clicks.

    Regards,
    Manju
    http://manjuseatingdelights.blogspot.com

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  23. pretty cupcakes, absolutely yummy ones :)

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  24. I was wondering where you were, was waiting for your post to pop up in my reader...These cupcakes are beautiful...relax and have a wonderful year ahead...

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  25. Cute and adorable beautiful cupcakes.

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  26. Cute little cupcakes... love the designs on them!

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  27. Love orange flavor in cakes..Will surely give this a try sometime..Lovely clicks and presentation Sayantani..

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  28. Happy New Year Dear !! I know I am somewhat late :(
    The cup cakes look gorgeous. I think it's time you go n pamper yourself for all the hard work n running around.

    Hugs

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  29. Cup cakes look so beautifully decorated and yum

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  30. Delicious luking cupcakes with lovely decoration

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  31. Delicious luking cupcakes with lovely decoration

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  32. Sayantani,
    Those cupcakes looks stunningly gorgeous..did you use special type of pouring/decorating materials or it's just the simple cone method..anyways it requires hell lot of a steady hand to decorate like that..lovely..wish you healthy and happy new year..hugs and smiles

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  33. thanks everyday and here's whishing you a very happy new year again.

    @Jaya, thanks for all your encouraging words. yes I just used the simple cone method just like the way mehendi designs are made. its real easy. just give it a try to believe me.

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  34. ths s simply superb...love the beautiful design

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  35. Happy New year! I like the way u did the design with the frosting. Not too much but simply attractive!

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  36. Beautiful fairy like cupcakes! the icing is gorgeous!

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  37. Hi dear there you are. I was wondering where you vanished:) You seem to have kept yourself busy for quiet a long while..I am sure cooking and baking will bring your spirits to normal:)) The cupcakes look amazing...Few English people too mention about such tradition..not a gold coin though:)

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  38. Cupcakes looks yummy and perfect....lovely recipes u have

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  39. hey dear..please grab some awards from my space :)

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  40. Your cupcake looks really good!Beautiful presentation!!! Wishing you a very Happy New Year :)

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  41. Very cute looking cakes. Loved it.. I am announcing Valentines Special – my 1st blog event and a Giveaway.!. Please do be a part of it and send in your recipes..! :)

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  42. Oh my gosh this looks so yummyyyy

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  43. Very cute cupcakes and I like the little design on top. Lovely!!!

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  44. So very yummy and pretty, can't take my eyes off them, am one happy follower of you Sayantani, like your name too..

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  45. Super cupcake and super delicious! This is great for children party.

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