Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Happy 2nd Birthday Le15!

I love birthdays. It's that one day in the year when you feel truly special (also, there's always a lot of cake involved!). Today, Le15 turns two!
My feelings are exactly the same as last year. Obviously, being a year older has definitely made us wiser, stronger and better!

For Le15's second birthday, I decided to ask our customers/suppliers/friends for messages for us. Once these messages came in is when it really hit us ''Wow, we've been around for 2 years now and managed to create something extremely special'' [you can follow the smiles here :) :) ]
I feel blessed, lucky, loved and truly believe that if you do something that you love, with all the dedication in the world, you will see returns. Of course it's not always easy as I often point out but hard work, faith, and a good dose of optimism will get you there :)

Obviously, no birthday can be celebrated without cake. And so the quest for the perfect birthday cake started. Ideas that included a giant eiffel tower (done that) and a 7 tier cake (seriously, sometimes my team is TOO optimistic) were being flung around. None of us could decide what to make on this special day. All this birthday cake talk took me back to my childhood and the cakes my mom used to bake. Voila! I called in the expert. My mom used to make a 'Thumbs Up'' cake for my brother and I when we were growing up and it just seemed right for her to make it for my baby too :)

Here is the recipe for Mom's Thumbs Up Cake (modified by me a tiny bit, oh and it's eggless!)

60 g Melted Butter
125g Flour
1 tsp Vanilla Essence
200 ml Condensed Milk
125 ml Thumbs Up
2 tsp Cocoa Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
2 tsp Baking Powder

1. Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and baking powder thrice. This ensures that the baking soda and powder are evenly distributed. Also, it packs in air which is a very vital step.

2. In a bowl, add the melted butter, condensed milk and vanilla essence and lightly mix with a spatula

3. Now, alternately add the flour mixture and thumbs up to the above, whisking after each addition
4. Make sure your batter is smooth and has no lumps (refrain from eating the batter, or you won't have anything left for the cake :p)
5. Pour in a 7 inch cake tin and bake at 180 degrees for 20 - 25 minutes, or till a skewer comes out clean.

Finishing the cake
My mom usually makes a simple chocolate ganache to layer this cake. I suggest doing the same, but using a brush to soak the sponge with Thumbs Up before sandwiching each layer. You can use a basic chocolate ganache recipe

Chocolate Ganache
Dark Chocolate 350 g
Cream 150 g
Butter 25 g

Chop the chocolate in to chunks and place in a bowl. Bring the cream to a boil and pour over chocolate. Let this rest for a couple of minutes and then slowly whisk it to a smooth mixture. Add the butter and finish whisking it lightly.


I just want to end this post by saying a big BIG thank you to everyone reading this. We wouldn't be here without you. Thank you for being with us every step of our journey. For supporting us and showing us so much love! We LOVE baking for you and hopefully by next year, we would have tripled the smiles :)

Merci Beaucoup!


  1. Happy Birthday, Le 15...love the cake recipe...thanks!!!

  2. I love this recipe <3

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