This year for Shankar's Birthday, I didn't have time for an elaborate celeberation. With about three hours left between his annoucement of change in dinner plans to making his birthday dinner and a cake to go with, I somehow managed to bring together a bunch of ingredients in the kitchen to taste delish! The picture doesn't do much justice to this wonderful cake with Durian as the key ingredient with vanilla and coconut finishing the explosion on the palate. I am so proud of this cake for the simple reason that I had the food processor running and added things that would normally go in a cake (butter, sugar, eggs, flour, baking powder, vanilla, coconut) without any real measurements or a recipe to go by. I cut down the volume of butter by a lot and added the frozen and slightly thawed Durian. I adjusted the sugar level as I went along. I was a little skeptical as the batter hit the baking pan and when I decided to run the spatula randomly on top of the batter and sprinkle a handful of coconut on top. But needless to say, the daring moment in the kitchen turned out to be a delicious hit. I was planning to serve the cake with whipped cream, but when it was time for dessert, just the aroma of Durian was so luring that we didn't wait for the cream. I do belong to the "baking is a science" camp, but oh well, science is also about experimenting, right? This cake is by far my most daring experiment in the kitchen!