1st Blog Birthday – Black Forest Trifle and a Giveaway!!

A big thanks to all my readers, well wishers, family, very importantly blogging buddies. Special thanks to my husband and my sweet sister , without thr encouragement this blog would have never happened. I whole heartily thank my husband for bearing with me till i complete the food pics for blog posts and my never ending shopping lists and door bell ringing always for courier delivery of online books which i order and for getting me a laptop and giving me his Camera!!

And a special mention about my dad who is a wonderful cook i remember the day he started cooking; i was in my 7th class when my mom was away for a wedding he made Kaju pakodas and the D day stared. Many put a weirdy question on seeing me and dad watching cookery shows, taking notes,  grocery shopping and discussing on new dishes and we cook together with loads of fun and gossips… 

Homemade black forest trifle for a perfect celebration.. with homemade eggless chocolate cake!! And please check out the giveaway below..

Recipe source – Sharmis Passion and Joy of Baking

You need to make chocolate cake – dry Ingredients:
All purpose flour – 1 and 1/2 cups 
Cocoa powder – 3 tbsp
Baking soda – 3/4 tsp
Baking powder – 1/4 tsp
Salt – 1/4 tsp
Granulated Sugar – 1 cup (200 gms)
Chocolate Chips – 1 tbsp

For wet Ingredients:
Water – 1 cup (250 ml)
Vanilla essence – 1/2 tsp
Lemon juice – 1 tbsp 
Oil – 1/4 cup (60 ml)

How to make:
In a bowl take water, add vanilla essence, sugar, lemon juice and oil. Mix well till sugar dissolves and keep it aside.

To the flour add baking soda, baking powder and coco powder, sift together twice or thrice so that they are completely mixed. Add the sifted flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix them well.

Mix them well and let there are no lumps formed; and the batter will be bit runny. Preheat oven to 180 deg C for 10 mins. Mean while grease the cake tin with few drops of oil and pour the batter into the tin and sprinkle some choco chips on it. Bake it at 180 deg C for 35-40 mins and check by inserting a tooth pick it has to come clean.

Cool it on a rack for 10 mins and then serve and enjoy.

You need for black Forest Trifle:
2 cups – Chocolate cake(crumbled)
2 cups – Cream
2 tbsp – Sugar
1/4 tsp – Vanilla essence
1 cup – Candied cherries(chopped)
10 nos – Chocolate biscuits(powdered)
1/4 cup – Chocolate chips
3 tbsp – Chocolate sauce
1/4 cup – Grated chocolate

In a bowl add cream, sugar and vanilla essence and whip it well.

In the serving dish add the crumbled cake and next spoon in the whipped cream and add cherries. Now spoon the powdered biscuits, choco chips, choco sauce and again repeat the entire set once the top portion reaches place dollop of cream, cherries and sprinkle grated chocolate and top with a cherry.

Refrigerate for at least 3 hours and serve it!!!

I thought it’s a nice way to celebrate 1st birthday of my blog and welcome 2012 with my lovely readers and giving them a chance to win ORPAT Hand Blender with complete set of beater, dough hooks, warranty card and user manual. You’ll sure love this one!! (even if you have one)

Here’s how to enter:

1.Subscribe to Life with Spices via E-mail (Only verified email subscribers in)  and 
2. Pop over to the Life with Spices Facebook Page and like it.

You can enter this competition via these two ways described above, and please leave “ONE NOTE” that you have entered the contest and also pass on your  suggestions to improvise the blog further / compliments.
This giveaway is open to residents in India only.
  • For people outside India, you can have it sent to any one of your choice in India.
  • Bloggers & Non- Bloggers can enter this giveaway.
  • The contest ends on 31st January 2012.One winner will be chosen by online random  pick and you need to  provide your complete mailing and contact details in order to ship the prize ( No details will be passed onto anyone else)
Good Luck!!!


  1. says

    Heartiest congratulations Kalpana; wishing you many more milestones in all your endeavours; trifle is a perfect way to celebrate the occassion. I already like your FB page and now subscribe to your email updates too. I own a good hand blender already hence would like this lovely giveaway to be passed on to folks who are still to purchase this useful appliance.

  2. says

    congrats on your blog's birthday dear..The idea to celebrate with a giveaway is so sweet..I have subscribed to your blog and also Liked your FB page. Hope I turn lucky 🙂 The trifle looks awesome..Would you like to send it to my DESSERTS event.

  3. says

    Wow Kalpana, happy birthday to ur blog baby, wat an incredible trifle to celebrate this great celebration..Lovely giveaway too..

  4. says

    Congrats Kalpana n happy blog Anniversary,black forest trifle, a real chocolatey treat to celeb this occasion,came out too good, looks so delicious dear…

  5. says

    Hai Kalpana..

    I am in for the Giveaway..Subscribed through email and liked u in facebook…And BTW i am from india…

    Regarding ur blog..I love ur blog and the recipes..U have a fantastic blog..I think you can add any fancy header it makes ur blog more attractive..I would love a recipe index page in ur blog and also put popular post, recent post widget in your blog..


  6. says

    Happy 1st Birthday to your baby blog.
    Black Forest Trifle came out very perfect and sounds delicious.
    I'm about to hit like on facebook.

  7. says

    Congrats on your anniversary. That must be a wonderful feeling for sure. Best wishes for many more years of happy blogging.

    I would love to have this mixer as you said I will love even after owning one 🙂

    Good luck!

  8. says

    Congrats on your first blogoversary!! The trifle looks so yum and great giveaway too!! First time on ur lovely blog and i'm glad to follow you 🙂

  9. says

    Happy 1st Blog Anniversary Kalpana.
    Thanks for giving the opportunity to win a giveaway on this occasion…
    Happy blogging… and looking forward to sharing and learning many dishes.

  10. says

    Hey dear, I have liked you on facebook. I think your blog is great, the trifle looks exciting.

    I am announcing Valentines Special – my 1st blog event and a Giveaway.!. Please do be a part of it and send in your recipes..! :)This recipe would be perfect.

  11. says

    Congrats..Nice way to treat us all with this yummy dessert..Love your pictorial..Followed your rules :)Count me in your giveaway.

  12. says

    Hearty congratulations on your blog anniversary.
    Black forest is a great way to celebrate..Looks very yummy.
    Would definitely like to be a part of the giveaway. Followed the rules

  13. says

    Happy Anniversary sweetheart! I love visiting your space and drooling at all the wonderful recipes you dish out. I just posted my first blog anniversary post with a chocolate recipe like you. Sweet coincidence! 🙂

  14. says

    Congrats Kalpana & happy blog anniversary!!! wishing u many more such wonderful milestones! And what a fabulous trifle to celebrate this occasion with..An apt one & such an elegant dessert.. 😉
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  15. says

    Congrats on your blog b'day…wish u r blog many more yum and rocking years to come….Love that yum looking truffle…perfect to celebrate the occasion…….i follow u r space on facebook and through e-mail..

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