Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Pineapple Cream Gateau - Happy Birthday Mom

I am no doubt  a Daddy's girl.....always taken my mom for granted...still do and I don't think it is going to change in the near future....My mom and me.....we are not the very expressive kind....always  at each others throat....fighting,arguing,screaming(well its just me doing all the three...my mom just ignores me and my tantrums).....have you ever noticed....no matter how rude you are towards your mom,she is always fine the next minute(at least that is how my mom is)....its like nothing happened, I feel god made her that way...'super special'.

I may not appreciate my mom much .....I am sometimes rude to her.......I may not hug or kiss her often......I may not say 'thank you' often.......nor do I say 'I love you' often...but I know deep down inside .....she is my SUPERWOMAN and I love her and I will be happy and blessed if years down the lane ...I am at least half the person she is. Happy Birthday Mom (Please don't tell her this...I won't be able to deal with her attitude)

My mom does not like chocolate.....I know she likes pineapple.....I was all set, started preparing for the cake the previous day.....early morning...running around....getting my girl ready to go to school....dropped her....came back....made the basic sponge cake....let it cool....skipped gym...went to pick up my girl from school....slit the cake to two......made syrup...whipped first batch of fresh cream...plopped on the cake... meanwhile cut my finger trying to open the pineapple tin....sprinkled chopped pineapple on the cream(after tending to my wound).....plopped top layer...whipped second batch of cream...took almost 20 minutes to frost the cake almost perfectly....made butter cream icing for decorating......daughter pretending to help me bake but actually being a big pain.....piped the cake with frosting ...all done.....and mom says "I would have preferred  pineapple mousse" .......Thank you mom....I wonder where I got that 'Non Appreciating' gene from.

Print this recipe

For Cake
Recipe source :From my heart
  • 105g  All purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 3 Eggs
  • 125g Caster Sugar
  • 55ml Boiling Water
  • 7g Butter, melted
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/4tsp Pineapple essence (optional)

For Soaking Syrup
  • 1/2 cup Syrup from tinned pineapple
  • 2tbsp  Sugar
  • 2 tsp Rum
For Frosting
  • 400ml Fresh Cream
  • 6tbsp  Icing Sugar
  • 450 g tinned pineapple slices
Butter cream frosting (optional)

  • 55g Butter,softened
  • 4ml Vanilla Extract
  • 125g Icing sugar, sifted
  • 15ml Milk
  • few drops of lemon yellow color


For cake
  1. Grease an 8inch pan and line with baking paper.Keep aside.
  2. Preheat oven at 180 degree C.
  3. Sift flour and baking powder.Keep aside.
  4. Using an electric beater, beat egg and sugar till it turns pale yellow,light and fluffy.
  5. Fold in the sifted flour, do not over mix.
  6. Now fold in butter,vanilla,pineapple essence and water and mix slowly till well combined.
  7. Pour the cake batter into the prepared tin and bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes or till done.
  8. Cool the cake in the pan for 5 minutes ,remove from pan and cool the cake completely on wire rack.
For Soaking syrup
  1. Combine sugar and syrup in a small sauce pan and boil till sugar dissolves. Let this cool.
  2. Add rum.
For whipped cream Filling
  1. Whip cream and icing sugar till soft peaks are formed.
For Butter cream icing
  1. Cream butter till light and fluffy.
  2. Add icing sugar and vanilla and beat on high speed, add enough milk to get smooth and light consistency
  3. Add color and beat for 30 seconds.
  4. Transfer the icing bag and set aside till further use.
Assemble the cake
  1. Cut the cake to two layers.
  2. Place one layer on cake stand, soak the layer with half of the soaking syrup.
  3. Cover with cream and top with half of the chopped pineapple
  4. Place the second layer on top, soak with the remaining syrup.
  5. Frost the cake with rest of the whipped cream and decorated with chopped pineapple or anyway you desire.
  6. Pipe the butter cream frosting on the cake. 
  7. Let the cake rest in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours before serving.


  1. Hahaha! Loved the detailed post (cut finger and all) and most of all loved ur mum's response. When I read ur post I was like awwww Cherie..u are the sweetest daughter - not in the real sense (I know u hate people calling u nice) - U r wonderful the way u are..and I had traces of u till my college days, but after I lost my dad I started appreciating and expressing my love for my mum a lot more. I never leave a chance to hug and kiss her. When I am in Mlore, its a religious wake up routine - 3 kisses and a tight hug. I miss her so much :( So glad u are in the precious company of your mum - irrespective of whether u express it or not, I am so glad u do special things for her. Love u for that. Hearty wishes to aunty. Pls convey my love n best wishes to her for a great year ahead:)

    1. that was nice Shireen...actually u know Shireen ..i do appreciate my mom....its just that she does not know :))and i would not let her know as of now...iam so scared she will misuse that information..heee.....

  2. happy b'day to ur mom... whatever u have said about ur mom, seems to go so perfect with my mom... some moms r like dat, we can't do anything to change them! however, they are our moms so we love them, isn't it? :)

  3. First, my birthday wishes to your mom. what a lovely way to share your love with her on her birthday... and thanks for visual treat dear...

  4. Oh what a lovely and fabulous cake..So perfect and tempting...Love the white and yellow colour combination..

  5. Wow.. this is sooo tempting..love the post and love the clicks!

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  6. Happy birthday to ur mom, wat a gorgeous cake.

  7. One of my all time favourites. Yours looks lovely.Happy Birthday to your Mom.

  8. Loved your post as usual... n I feel exactly the same for my mum.... yes she is a super woman..and I realised it even more after marriage...

    Love u mummaa....

  9. Happy Birthday to your dear Mum! Cherie, your cake looks beautiful...my all time favorite cake.Superb finish!!! :)

  10. Birthday wishes to ur Mom, loved ur post..completely relate to it :)

    Your cake looks awesome!!

  11. hahahhah ... I agree with the SUPERWOMAN bit , guess all mom's are but I wonder if our children will have the privilege of feeling the same someday :D ... We get most genes from our folks but the new gen stuff like "non appreciative" gene rubs backward from child to parents hahahahha to make us understand how it feels ... Im sure aunty had a smirk when she said that.. Happy Birthday aunty and I think Chinnu should make that Pineapple mousse and when your free I don't mind some cake as well :D

  12. SUPERWOMAN mom, gosh how do they manage being like that always , wonder if our kids will have the privilege of calling us the same someday :D ...
    I have a theory about "non appreciating gene" I think this works backwards , rubs from child to parent just to let us know what it feels like when not acknowledge :) Having said that I think aunty deserves the Pineapple Mousse , Chinnu just do it another cut on the finger to show that you really do care :). Aunty a Very Happy Birthday to you hope you enjoyed the cake and Chinnu will be doing what you want soon :).

    I don't mind one too..:D

    1. Hi
      i think I agree with your non appreciating gene theory too....just giving a taste of our own medicine....clever moms....i am still wondering who you are....coz u called me chinnu...it has to be someone i know...so plz can i know and get me our of my misery.....i will die of curiosity..:)

  13. Happy Birthday to your Mom! What a wonderful cake!

  14. fighting,arguing,screaming(well its just me doing all the three..??? Such a shame... very sad to hear that. I lost my mom more than ten years ago. I still miss her... sigh. Nothing will bring her back, not even a finely baked cake. Sorry to ruin your party, but, I would drop everything and hug mom an BEG for her forgiveness. You show love to others by how you treat them. Rest is all just details.

    Again, sorry for being honest.

    Take care.

    1. hi Kiran
      sorry about your loss....i know it must be very painful...
      coming to my mom....when i say fighting arguing screaming.....it does not mean thats how it is 24 hrs at home....those who follow my blog regularly know that is how i usually write...there is always a tinge of humor in what i write.....so i do not think it is a shame...what i think shame is that ...you read into the part where is said '"screaming fighting arguing" ...but totally missed out the part where i said that.."she is my SUPERWOMAN and I love her and I will be happy and blessed if years down the lane ...I am at least half the person she is".....so Kiran...sorry to say you did not ruin my party....i just brush aside such comments....coz deep down I know...who I am....and my my mom knows...if i say it or not...that i love her....
      iam sending you a cartload of humor....:)

  15. Beautifully written post,Charishma. It just reflected my exact relationship with my mom. As u said we mite not be the expressive ones but we do truly love n appreciate our mothers for the way they are...The SuperWomen!!!...muahhh to them n belated wishes to aunty:-) Ramya

  16. Charishma,I can relate myself to what you wrote,Im exactly the way you are,I can never show my feelings how much I love my mom.....My mom too stays close to my place....Would want to try this cake soon :) ...love the way you write :)

  17. Beautifully written post….so reminiscent of my relationship with my mom..at loggerheads most of the times but deep down, still the most important and precious person in my life :)


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