This One-Bowl Chocolatey Sponge Cake Looks Like It Came From a Bakery

On your mark, get set, bake! Food52 contributor and Great British Bake-Off contestant, Chetna Makan, is here to give us the lowdown on the kind of food she makes at home: simple, Indian-inspired weeknight wonders, showstopping sweets, and so much more….

On your mark, get set, bake! Food52 contributor and Great British Bake-Off contestant, Chetna Makan, is here to give us the lowdown on the kind of food she makes at home: simple, Indian-inspired weeknight wonders, showstopping sweets, and so much more.


When I was little, my mother would make our birthday cakes at home each year. They were nothing fancy: Just a single-tiered affair with no icing or anything remotely close to decorations. She took a couple of baking classes when I was very young, and there she picked up recipes like vanilla sponge, pineapple cake, and eggless date cake; these are the ones she made for us all the time. Despite their simplicity, those treats tasted amazing and gave me great joy.

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A 30-Minute Chicken & Potato Curry to Warm You on a Wintry Weeknight

A plate of nourishing, delicious food at the end of a long day at work is something we all want, whether we’re cooking just for ourselves or for our families. It is that very plate of comforting food that can wrap up even the most exhausting day nicely…

A plate of nourishing, delicious food at the end of a long day at work is something we all want, whether we’re cooking just for ourselves or for our families. It is that very plate of comforting food that can wrap up even the most exhausting day nicely.

I tend to cook a lot during the week—some nights with more time on my hands than others. It’s often that I don’t have the energy or the time after work to make something elaborate, which is why a lot of my cooking is about quick recipes, but still keeping it balanced and delicious.

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The Spicy, Crunchy Snack I’m Making for Diwali This Year

On your mark, get set, bake! Food52 contributor and Great British Baking Show contestant, Chetna Makan, is here to give us the lowdown on the kind of food she makes at home: simple, Indian-inspired weeknight wonders, showstopping sweets, and so much mo…

On your mark, get set, bake! Food52 contributor and Great British Baking Show contestant, Chetna Makan, is here to give us the lowdown on the kind of food she makes at home: simple, Indian-inspired weeknight wonders, showstopping sweets, and so much more.


Diwali is one of the biggest holidays in India, celebrated in mid-autumn. It's the festival of lights, signifying the victory of good over evil, light over darkness, and many a diya ("tealight," in Hindi) and sparkler are lit to commemorate. It is also a rare occasion when everyone in the family stops work and gets together to celebrate. Of course, in India, Diwali is a national holiday, and schools and work are off for the day. While this is sadly not the case in the U.K., where I live, we try our best to fit in as much of the festival on a workday as we can!

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