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Red vekvet cake is best eaten with ermine frosting or cream cheese

The Waldorf Astoria is credited with inventing the red velvet cake, or rather claims to do so. In 1943, a cookbook by the name "Joy of Cooking" came up with the recipe for a re velvet cake. Other sources point to the Victorian era for the origins of this delicious dessert. Despite all the claims, the red velvet cake has become a luxurious preference all over the world.

The velvety texture of this cake comes from the interaction of cocoa powder with the coarse flour, which allows the crumb to become soft and refined. Modern recipes call for a combination of acid and cocoa, to allow to cocoa to bloom, and this makes the velvety texture lighter to taste.

Chef mixing cocoa powder in the cake batter. Image source: Photo by Sorin Georghita on Unsplashunsplash

The other origins of the red velvet cake point towards the second world war. Since food was rationed out, luxuries like cocoa powder were not available easily. So, women took to using beetroot juice to get a deep red color in their cake crumb. The use of vinegar contributed to the acidity and buttermilk was added to contain the density. The cocoa content was minimal. That is another reason why the cake has a unique shade of red to it.

Red velvet cake is also considered to be a successor of Devil's food cake, which is an extremely rich cocoa based dessert. It is made from Dutch-processed cocoa, which is darker than regular cocoa but less bitter. This almost black cake is a delight to chocolate lovers because of its smooth texture.

Ermine frosting is made from cooking milk and flour with sugar. Image source: Photo by Owen Bruce on Unsplashunsplash

The most popular frosting options for red velvet cakes are cream cheese and ermine frosting. Ermine frosting involves flour and sugar cooked with milk till it reaches a certain consistency. Cream cheese frosting is cream cheese mixed with sugar and a pinch of lemon to reduce the rancid taste of the cheese. Red velvet cake with either of these white frosting options is most popular during Valentine's day when it is regarded as a romantic staple for couples in love.

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Kashmir's natural splendour, with its beautiful valleys and towering mountains, is really unlike anywhere.

Along with the undeniable natural beauty, the Kashmir valley has developed a reputation for adventurous activities like trekking, hiking, and river rafting. Kashmir has maintained its charm, allowing us to time-travel into beautiful destinations which make one forget about the stress and worries of life. The hikes in Kashmir offer adventurers to go on a self-discovery trip through nature's lap over the mountains while taking in the breathtaking scenery that surrounds them on their journey. In addition to the hikes, there are many thrilling adventure activities, like rock climbing, rope climbing, etc. Trekking across the region of mountains and lakes will allow you to experience living in the "Paradise on Earth," and you wouldn't want to return to your regular life after that.

The following are some of the finest hiking destinations in Kashmir:

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Pind Daan at Jagannath Ghat, Kolkata.

The Pitru Paksha starts after the Full Moon day, and this day marks the beginning of the waning phase of the Lunar cycle. This event is roughly of 15-day period, and is of great significance. From this day, rituals like Tarpan or Tarpanam and Shradh are carried out to pay respects to dead relatives and ancestors.

It is believed that from the very first day till the last day, the unhappy souls of the deceased return to the Earth to see their family members. So, in order to ensure that the dead attain Moksha, i.e. to get liberation, family members of these souls quench their thirst and satisfy their hunger by performing the Pind Daan, which includes offering food consisting of cooked rice and black sesame seeds. The literal meaning of Pind Daan is the act of satisfying those who no longer exist physically.

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Cubbon Park is a lush green garden at the heart of Bangalore

At the heart of Bangalore city, a large 300-acre space of lush greenery and heritage stands as a symbol of the city's past, present, and future. Cubbon Park is every child's favourite park, every Bangalorean's haven of fresh air, and altogether, the city's pride.

It stands testament to the past, in terms of the diversity of flora it houses. Bangalore traffic in the recent past has grown into a menace, but the stretch between MG Road and Cubbon Park is always a pleasurable place to stop and wait for the signal to turn green. The gust of wind that blows here, and the smell of mud, coupled with floral scents instantly transports citizens to Old Bangalore, where the weather was fine, and the trees loomed over roads with thick canopies that did not even allow rainwater to penetrate. Cubbon Park is also a historical site, and one of the few remaining monuments of colonial heritage in Central Bangalore. It houses many statues and among them, the most famous is that of Queen Victoria, which faces the St. Mark's Square.

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