Tuesday, 9 October 2007

For Chikie

It is my sister’s birthday today. Though Suganthi is her name, I call her Chikie and she calls me Chumie. Well, the story behind these nicknames goes back to about more than 25 years ago. There was this Malay language puppet show on television called Chumie dan Chikie, which means Chumie and Chikie. We both were fans of this show. Hence, our father said that I am Chumie and my sister is Chikie. Since then, those names stuck. It’s just the both of us who call ourselves by those names. The rest of the family does not.

I thought of baking something for her. After a lot of thinking, I decided to bake mango cake. I have never baked this cake before but then, it turned out to be very soft, light and moist with a mild mango flavour. For the aroma, I have added mango essence. The reason is because the aroma of mango comes solely from the skin. The flesh does not have any aroma.

Mango Cake

What do we need:

1 cup plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
3/4 cup mango purée
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp mango essence

How do we do it:

Sift the flour, bicarbonate soda, baking powder and salt together. Set aside.

Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and beat well. Stir in the mango purée, lemon juice and the essence. Add in the sifted flour mixture and milk alternately, starting and ending with the flour mixture.

Pour the mixture into a greased and flour or paper lined pan. Bake at 175° C for about 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

Remove from oven and leave the cake in the pan for 10 minutes. Then, cool completely on a wire rack.



Kribha said...

That's a nice story behind chikie and chumie. Happy B'day to chikie from me. This recipe sounds really simple. Did you take a pic? will you post it soon?

Rajitha said...

that is so cute..sisters..aren't they the best....btw i love ur baking posts, u are so talented :)

Vcuisine said...

A very happy birthday to your sister Pushpa. Love to see the cake with your professional skills. Viji

Asha said...

Hello Chumie, happy birthday to Chikie from me too!:))

Mango Cake.Who can say no to Mango?!!:D

Dhivya Karthik said...

Mango Cake! Yummy! must have smelt delicious!

Seena said...

My wishes to your sis..
nice recipe..

Sharmi said...

both the names sound very cute to call!! many happy returns to chikie. mango cake sounds new and nice!

Puspha said...

Kribha- Thank u. I just uploaded the pic.

Rajitha- Ur rite!!! Though we fight a lot, we love each other very much. Thanx.

Viji- Thanx for the wishes. Itz just a simple cake.

Asha akka- Ahahaha!!!! Tat sounds weird to me. Thanx, anyway.

Divya- Ya, it was.

Seena- Thank u.

Sharmi- They really r cute. Thank u very much.

Mocha said...

Happy BDay Chikkie. You have a wonderful siter who thinks of even while bloggging. I love mangos , I love cakes . The combo I have to try. You made me curious

Apple said...

Many happy returns to Chikie..Cute names...I love to call my kids Chuk and Gek (adopted frm Russian story)....Mango cakes looks nice Pushpa..Thanks for visiting my blog..

Retno Prihadana said...

Yumm...looks really tasty with Mango. Can I have a slice, pleasee ^_^

Laavanya said...

Birthday wishes to your sister Pushpa. Cake looks very good.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A beautiful fluffy cake! I bet it tastes extremely good!



Little Corner of Mine said...

Looks really nice! I bet it's yummy!

Puspha said...

Mocha, Apple, Retno, Laavanya, Rosa & Ching- Thank u very much.

Sia said...

hey chumie, cake looks moist and spongy... b'day wishes to ur sister:)

USHA said...

Convey my wishes your sister,between a sweet & spogy cake.I liked the presentation alot.

Zurynee said...

Happy belated birthday to your sis and I love watching chumie & Chikie (the 2 monkeys right) when I was young too .. keke brings back those memories ;-)

Happy cook said...

Cake with Mangi this i have to try.
Yeah i used to claéa my sister VAVA in malayalam which means Baby, but then she was elser to me so my mom made me stop calling her that when i was six :-(

Flower said...

I still remember the tune tu Chumie and Chikie since I'm their fanatic fans too. Well I guess we are about the same age lah.
Happy birthday to your sister. And I'm glad that you are back to blogging and congrats for the new baby too.

Purnima said...

Pushpa, you are too good at inventing recipes, plus give out the best of baked goodies!! Loved the names Chikie and Chumie! Did u sprinkle the cake with pwd sugar? I tried you rose cake and my nearly 3yr old liked it(i didnt have stabilizer so it didnt comeout well in steamer..I micro-waved it in paper cups for one minute to get the desired effect..tried twice over :) ) best rgds-Purnima.

Purnima said...

I baked Mango cake today! Super-Duper moist it came out! I skipped two ingr though..one is lemon juice, as you haven't mentioned when to add it, secondly since it had milk, I thought lemon may curdle the milk..pls clarify my doubt! Secondly I didnt have mango essence so I skipped it!
Thanks for posting..as I m typing the delicious flavour is again beconing me to enter the kitchen for second bite while its cooling!! :D shall blog about it soon! Tku again.

Shella said...

That is such a sweet story n I love the names. N your mango cake is something very new. I have to try it.

Maya Shanbhag said...

Hey Pushpa,

I tried ur cake after lookin in Purnima's blog and all my freinds loved it too :) ...Have posted it in my blog..Thank you.

Puspha said...

Thanx a lot, everyone.

Anonymous said...

What size pan do you use?

I'd like to try this tomorrow, it sounds so good.

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