Moist vanilla cake with saffron cream delicious dessert recipe to serve this festive season. Made with Moist Vanilla Cake Mix from Pillsbury, this recipe is perfect for dinner parties or get-togethers.
Now, I don’t bake often, but I’m always ready to experiment! So, this time when I was thinking of making some Diwali sweets, I decided to try something different for a change.
This year I decided to do something different from the usual. I decided to create a fusion Diwali dessert this year. With a clear goal in mind, I picked up my shopping bag and went straight to store. What caught my eye was cake mix from Pillsbury, the Pillsbury Moist Vanilla Cake Pre-mix to be precise. Since I loved the cookie Cake box from Pillsbury I was tempted to give it a go. That’s where it all started,I picked that for this months recipe with Pillsbury. My head was buzzing with ideas and I knew this experiment was going to be delicious!
The flavors I wanted to experiment with were Vanilla, Saffron and Rose. Why Rose, you ask? Well, a hint of delicate rose combined with the very robust flavor of saffron/Kesar works beautifully, giving this recipe a traditional twist.
I was pleasantly surprised to know that I don’t need to worry about getting a million ingredients in the right amount, since the pre-mix had most of that sorted. I simply needed milk, water, oil and eggs, which are of course easily available at home.I started by reading the easy-to-follow instructions on the pack, and began mixing the cake batter one step at a time. I personally find it easier to bake two small cakes instead of a large one for this dessert, because I had two plating options in mind. One with glasses and the other with plates. If you plan to use the plates, simply serve the cake on a plate and pour the lightly whipped saffron cream over it just before serving. I also suggest sprinkling rose water mixed in homemade sugar syrup to moisten the cake further. Remember not to overdo it, a slight hint of the rose sugar syrup is good, but it shouldn’t overpower the other flavors of the dessert.
Back to my favorite part, the aroma of the vanilla cake baking in my oven! It was nostalgic, and I simply couldn’t resist from digging in. Perks of being the creator of this wonderful dessert? I got to have the first bite! The cake was moist and perfect, and I can vouch that it can be relished with or without any icing!
So this Diwali, go experiment with this modern dessert that has a traditional and festive twist!
If you like this recipe, go try it. Do share your feedback and tips with me in the comments section below or with Pillsbury using #PillsburyWaliDiwali
All the instructions and ingredients are given on the Moist Vanilla Cake Pack, but just to show you how easy it is I mentioned the steps below.
Recipe Notes and Tips
Top the dessert with crushed pistachios or roughly chopped raw cashew nuts, if you like. The recipe on the pack reads ‘add eggs’, but it turns out perfect even if you decide to make an eggless version for festive occasions. I substituted the eggs with 80ml yogurt/dahi. In case you’re looking for an easier no-bake method, the same recipe can be made with Eggless Pillsbury Cooker Cake Vanilla Mix too!
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- 1 Pillsbury Vanilla oven Cake Mix
- 110 ml water
- 40 ml Oil
- 80 ml yogurt
- 100 ml light milk cream
- 50 ml heavy cream optional
- 2-3 Tbsp powdered sugar
- 15-20 Saffron threads
- 1/2 tsp rose water
- 3 tbsp. lite sugar syrup
- 3-4 Tbsp powdered sugar
- Rose petals for garnish
Empty out the content of pack in a mixing bowl.
Add 80ml of yogurt.
Add 110 ml of water, 40ml oil and mix everything thoroughly.
Grease a baking tin, line it with a parchment paper and pour the cake batter.
Bake for 35-40 minutes at 170c in a preheated oven.
Soak saffron strands in water and keep it aside.
When the cake is ready, take it out of the oven and allow it to cool.
When cooled down completely, cut it into small pieces and keep them aside.
In the meanwhile, you can whip the lite cream with saffron/Kesar soaked in water with an electric whisk till it acquires a light texture (just before soft peaks).
If you are going to use the double cream frosting as well, whip the heavy cream with powdered sugar using an electric whisk till it forms hard peaks.
Now, to arrange it, first spoon out the lite saffron cream in the bottom of a glass.
Layer it with some chopped cake pieces.
Sprinkle a few drops of rose water dissolved in sugar syrup and top it with some more whipped cream.
Want to wow your guests? Decorate the dessert with some rose petals and enjoy the festive treat!