My life these days is all about living slow. The kind of days that went past me through a flash reminded me to take it easy. While I am confident it is going to be hard to continue this way, more for the reason to survive, and not all days will be the same, I am taking conscious efforts in disconnecting. Not just from the internet and social media but also pulling myself away from negative spaces. It is leading me to wake up with a clear head and enjoying that feeling of lightness and indulging in it. The few hours I get before my life start revolving around Little A after he is back from school, I entertain myself to a lot of “me time”. It generally means going out for a walk with a friend, putting on some music while I get my house in order (nothing ever beats the smell of a fresh clean home everyday), lighting up candles without any occasion, brewing myself a cup of tea and sitting down to work as I complete assignments. Throw in a luxurious home spa once a week, and I am all good. I love my simple life. 

What turned my lifestyle into this? A few weeks ago I felt so sick I hadn’t felt that way in years. Those two weeks of pain and an amazing support from my husband and friends taught me to pamper myself and take care of my needs. And an honest confession here is that I have been a social media addict (yes, there is such a thing), mindlessly scrolling down the feeds while my work affected leading to a waste of time that I should be using productively. I have realized that slowing down and tuning in to your being is not just a luxury but a necessity, we all should follow. While not everyone of us may have extravagant time everyday, it is doing ourselves a favor in finding our favorite means to unwind.

Today’s recipe might not have anything to do with what I wrote above. Yet, this reminds me again of how grateful I am for everything in life. The dense texture and beautiful fragrance from the oranges in these tiny cakes reflect my life at the moment. And the fact that baking with Little A has turned out to be part therapeutic ( I am amazed with his efficiency) and part of pride, this cake is perfect for me to loosen up in a company of good food, nice people and a hot cup of tea.

Please try and let me know how you like it? I would love to hear your thoughts and if you make it, don’t forget to share your pictures with me on Instagram using #thoughtsoverchai X

Chocolate Orange Bundt Cakes
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 

This cake is simple, dense and chocolatey with beautiful fragrance from fresh oranges. 

Course: Dessert
Keyword: bundt cake, orange cake, sugar free cake, tiny cakes
Servings: 8 tiny cakes
Ingredients
  • 1 cup date paste {alternatively, you can even soak the pitted dates in warm water and puree them into a paste.}
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 no egg
  • 50 gms butter {at room temperature}
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • zest from 2 oranges
  • 1/3 cup icing sugar
Instructions
  1. Pre heat oven to 180 degrees C and grease the mini bundt pan with oil or butter.

  2. Mix all the dry ingredients - flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and baking powder and orange zest  in a bowl and keep aside.

  3. Start with whisking butter and egg until light. Add in the date paste and orange juice. Continue to beat until all the wet ingredients are uniformly mixed. Mix in the dry ingredients. Mix well.

  4. Pour into the prepared bundt pan and bake for about 40 minutes until the cake test come clean. 

  5. Dust with the icing sugar. Cool and serve. 

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