Birthdays = another excuse to eat cake

by Khushboo on August 29, 2011

One person’s birthday which I will ALWAYS remember is Michael Jackson’s.  Not only because he was a legend but also because it falls on the same day as my brother Anand’s: August 29th!  Happy birthday to the guy who…

  • Watches countless reruns of Seinfield and still laughs like he’s watching the episode for the first time
  • Claims that a black coffee & a banana = a substantial breakfast (don’t look at me :shock: )
  • Took me to 2 of my most memorable concerts: Jay-Z & Kanye West
  • Beat me up numerous times as we were growing up
  • Constantly inspires me to run
  • Gives Magnum ice cream bars their best business
  • Is annoyingly honest/moral and refuses to carry pirated DVDs in his suitcase
  • Always puts his family first and who I call my brother

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

In honor of Anand’s birthday (a fellow-cake lover, I might add), I wanted to share a recipe for an oat bran cake.  Up until recently, I had no idea what to do with oat bran.  After trying and loving it in the form of oatmeal, I tried it as a sub for oats in the next best thing: CAKE!  More specifically, citrus oat bran cake.  I’m tempted to say that this might be my best one yet: even my butter-lovin’ grandmother was a fan :)

Citrus Oat Bran Cake (10 generous slices)

Ingredients

  • 130g (1 cup) whole-wheat flour
  • 150g (1 cup) oat bran
  • 85g brown sugar
  • 35 ml honey
  • 1 1/2 tspn baking powder
  • 1/2 tspn baking soda
  • 1/4 tspn salt
  • 1/2 tspn ground cinnamon
  • 1 tspn grated orange zest (outer layer layer of orange)
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 tblspn groundnut (or canola) oil
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 50g raisins

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180*C and grease a loaf tin
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, oat bran, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ground cinnamon and orange zest
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the beaten egg, milk, oil, honey, and vanilla extract
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and gently stir together until combined.  Stir in the raisins.
  5. Pour the batter into the loaf tin and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.
  6. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  7. Slice, eat, let me know how much you love it :)

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Karina Chattlani August 29, 2011 at 6:47 pm

Happy Birthday Anand! This cake looks like the most perfect tea time snack. I think a trip to bombay will be on the agenda soon just to have a piece of this!

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Khushboo Thadani August 30, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Just book your seat with Sach – I promise I’l bake you one to even take back!

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Sara K August 30, 2011 at 2:17 am

Happy Birthday to yo broooo :) Kanye AND Jay-Z…um can I have a brother like yours please?

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Khushboo Thadani August 30, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Haha for real…not a bad deal at all- i just have to show up :D

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Parita @ myinnershakti August 30, 2011 at 2:59 am

Happy birthday to your bro!!! That cake sounds and looks delish…have fun!

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Khushboo Thadani August 30, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Thanks on his behalf :)

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Matt @ The Athlete's Plate August 30, 2011 at 5:05 am

Happy bday to your bro!

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Khushboo Thadani August 30, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Thanks :)

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froyoloverblog August 30, 2011 at 5:57 am

I definitely LOVED that recipe!
And I couldn’t agree MORE – there’s always an excuse for eating cake ;)
Oh – and Happy Birthday to your brother, btw!
Hope you’re having a nice day ;)
xoxoxo

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Khushboo Thadani August 30, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Thanks for your comment, and love the name of your blog- my sentiments exactly!

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Neel August 30, 2011 at 11:33 pm

Happy Bday Anand “Thad” Thadani ;)
THat cakes looks very nice….do make it for us at somepoint!

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Khushboo Thadani August 31, 2011 at 10:10 am

Will send some to work with “Thad” next time I’m in London :D

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The Healthy Engineer August 31, 2011 at 9:23 am

Awwww Michael Jackson and your brother share the same birthday…I’ve probably have already claimed my love for MJ here so I won’t say that he’s one of the best artists again. :D

Oat Bran cake….sounds healthy but probably tastes decadent?

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Khushboo Thadani August 31, 2011 at 10:10 am

Pretty decadent…I may or may not have added dark choc peanut butter as frosting ;) !

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Errign August 31, 2011 at 6:55 pm

Mmmmmm cake. MJ died on my birthday…random fun fact, I suppose.

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spinach&spice August 31, 2011 at 11:17 pm

Wait, we need an excuse to eat cake?! I made a pudding cake yesterday, well, just because :) Yours looks great! And is far healthier. This should be next on my baking list :D

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