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    Visiting home baker Nitika Sachdev talks about the story behind her cakes and plans to set up shop

    From the gooey, classic chocolate buttercream cake that reminds her of growing up, to the red velvet cupcakes that she bakes with her cousin, there’s a story behind all of Nitika Sachdev’s cakes. The 21-year-old home baker and daughter of popular restaurateur Vipin Sachdev, incorporates all the desserts her friends and family love into her menu. She started baking 12 years ago when she tried her hand at a chocolate cake. “I learnt the recipe from my grandmother. But over the years I have made so many alterations to it — like reducing the quantity of flour and introduced three different kinds of sugar. I don’t go by the general rule of using equal amount of flour and sugar,” she shares a little secret.
    A fan of Nigella Lawson, Sachdev has tried her hand at the celebrity chef’s recipes too. “I also watch Top Chef, which I think is for professional bakers,” says Sachdev, who follows some of her sister Ishika’s health tips and uses veg-fed eggs and incorporates brown sugar and wheat flour in her cakes. “My sister relishes my lemon cake because it is light and airy,” she smiles. With  ingredients sourced from stores like Brown Tree and Nuts ‘N’ Spices, Sachdev recommends her walnut-laden carrot cake, that is her family’s favourite and her 24-carat chocolate brownies that her best friend loves. Currently pursuing a course in Studio Art and Women’s Studies at Colgate University, New York, this passionate baker plans to open an art studio and full-fledged bakery after her studies. You can place orders with her till Spetember though.
    Cakes from Rs 1,000 onwards. Details: nitikasachdev@hotmail.com, 8939538280

    Mayuri J Ravi

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