Saturday, 26 December 2009

Potluck kat rumah Che Nitt

Yesterday, we had potluck cum gathering at my friend's house near Sunway. Best sangat sebab memang dah lama tak jumpa kawan2 lama.

I brought chocolate cake decorated with smarties for the potluck, freshly baked yesterday morning.

Ni gambar gathering semalam:

Last night, both my kids told me that they enjoyed the evening dan ajak pergi lagi. Diorang suka sebab ramai sangat kawan2, seronok main. Bila balik rumah, dalam kereta lagi dah tido, malam baru jaga :)

Friday, 25 December 2009

3 tiered cakes

A few months back, when I first started to decorate my cakes, my sister-in-law had requested me to bake a wedding cake for her sister's wedding. The wedding is scheduled for Dec 09, so at that point of time, I still have plenty of times to decide.

I have not decided actually, until the matter was brought up again when we met at my grandma's house last month. I then agreed to bake the cake.

After a lot of thinking, and since my sister-in-law did not specify the type / flavour of the cake or the design required, but had only informed me of the colour theme, purple, I have decided to make chocolate cake with cookies and cream filling, covered with chocolate ganache icing.

So, here's the cakes:

the top tier

the middle tier

the bottom tier

Thursday, 24 December 2009

Swiss buttercream butter cake with strawberries

Whilst browsing through the internet, I found this entry @ on swiss buttercream.

Since I'm still in the process of experimenting buttercream recipes to search for a suitable ones to keep and use and had never tried swiss buttercream before, I've decided to give it a try.

So, I baked a small 6 inch butter cake and proceeded to prepare the buttercream.

I would say that the process is much more easier that preparing the italian meringue buttercream, and it tasted quite similar too. Not too sweat and I actually love the taste. The instructions given on the website is very clear and straightforward.

My 2 children helped me with the decoration. I iced the cake with buttercream and they both had fun decorating the cake with strawberries.

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Blueberry muffins with streusel topping

First time sebenarnya buat muffin dengan streusel topping nih, dulu2 adalah juga buat blueberry muffin, tapi tak pernah terfikir nak letak topping kat atas dia.

Blueberry muffin tu kat bahagian bawah, letak 3/4 batter dalam muffin cups, pastu tabur streusel topping kat atas dia. Then bake macam biasa.

One of the ingredient for streusel topping nih ialah cinnamon powder, so ada rasa cinnamon kat atas muffin, and rasa blueberry kat bahagian bawah muffin.

I bawak muffin nih balik rumah nenek. Semua kata sedap, sekejap jer dah abis :)

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Cream Puffs

We had a potluck last week at the office and at first I wanted to make some cupcakes to bring. But since it was on a week day and due to the time constraint, I've decided to make cream puffs instead.

During the party, quite a number of my colleagues had requested for the cream puffs recipe. The recipe was a combination of 2 recipes from 2 of my cookbooks, and with some changes here and there. 

I'm sharing the recipe here in my blog, so that the rest can benefit from the recipe as well. Here's the recipe:

100 g butter
250 ml plain water
Pinch of salt
200 g all purpose flour
1 ts vanilla extract
5 large eggs, beaten to mix

Combine the butter, water and salt in a saucepan and bring to the boil. As soon as the mixture is boiling, remove the pan from the heat and add in the flour.

Return  the pan to moderate heat and stir (for about 1 minute) until the mixture start to form dough.

Transfer the dough into a mixing bowl and beat on medium speed for about 5 minutes. Add in the vanilla extract and then the eggs ( a little at a time) and beat in well.

Shape the cream puffs by piping the dough on a baking sheet, and bake at 170 degree Celsius for about 20 to 25 minutes.

As for the filling, you may want to make your own custard or you can also buy instant custard powder (available at bakery ingredients supply shop) and just add water to the custard powder and mix vigorously to make the custard. (approx. 250 ml water to every 100 g instant custard powder). To fill the above cream puffs, you will need about 150 g to 200 g of instant custard powder.

Enjoy, and do share with me the outcome.

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

My first tiered cake

I've been dreaming to do tiered or stacked cake for quite some times. Last weekend, I finally managed to pull myself together and finally constructed a tiered cake. My 1st tiered cake to be exact. Original plan was to do a stacked cake, with buttercream decorations.

I baked 2 chocolate cakes (8" and 6") and filled it with cookies and cream. Made Italian Meringue Buttercream (IMBC) earlier that week, but I must have overwhipped the egg-whites. My buttercream felt so soft and cottony, and lumpy when it's cold - not suitable for spreading. Tried to repair the damage but not able to do so. So, to the dustbin it went.

I'm too lazy to work on the sugar syrup to make another batch of IMBC (since I don't have any sugar thermometer, and if the sugar syrup is left too long, it will start to caramelized, and the buttercream will be more yellow that what it was supposed to be) and was thinking to just work on buttercream with no egg whites in it. But the buttercream recipe that contain no egg whites that I've tried before was way too sweet. Wanted to try a different buttercream recipe, but unsure whether it will be overly sweet as well. So, I decided to make chocolate ganache instead to cover the cakes and then try the new buttercream recipe for decoration purpose.

The chocolate cake turns out moist, the cookies and cream filling was delicious, chocolate ganache - yummy, and to my surprise, the buttercream icing was not that sweet.

So, here's the upper tier = covered with chocolate ganache, decorated with buttercream roses, and side decorations using white chocolate.

And here's the bottom tier = covered with chocolate ganache, and decorated with small flowers (design inspired by Yatt from Yatt's Lilkitchen).

And here's my 1st ever tiered cake (using pillars):

For my beloved husband, Happy Birthday Sayang!!

Friday, 2 October 2009

Chocolate and vanilla cupcakes

Made these chocolate and vanilla cupcakes yesterday, topped with chocolate ganache.

And a few chocolate flowers to decorate the cupcakes, using dark and white chocolate. New method that I discovered earlier this week.

Sunday, 27 September 2009

Raya cakes

I baked 4 choc-vanilla cakes for raya, filled with chocolate cream and covered with chocolate ganache.

Cakes, frosted & yet to be decorated

With simple decorations

The very last piece :)

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Weekend cookies

These are the cookies that I baked last weekend for raya- chocolate marble shortbread and almond cookies with chocolate rice. 

Chocolate marble shortbread

Almond cookies with chocolate rice

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Kek lagi!!

Saya buat kek lagi, this time around, lemon cheesecake for my sister's birthday and yellow vanilla cake with blueberry filling and buttercream icing for my parents in law's anniversary.

Lemon cheesecake
Yellow vanilla cake with blueberry filling and italian buttercream icing

First time try buat rose nih, but because I'm using italian buttercream, susah sikit nak buat sebab takut rose tu tak hold its shape. But alhamdulillah, ok je sampai waktu makan.

Sunday, 6 September 2009

Raya cookies - biskut dahlia

Most of my raya cookies were from a set of cookie books, which belongs to my mum. However, when we moved to a different house a few years back, I couldn't locate them anymore. I don't remember whether did I I lent it to someone, or did I just misplaced them.

So, I started searching for recipes for the above cookies. Been trying a few recipes since then, about 4 to 5 recipes, sebab nak dapatkan biskut yang sedap dan peroi (did I use the correct word here?). Satu daripada resipi yang I dapat from internet don't even work at all, bila dah campur semua bahan2, adunan masih bertepung (macam tepung lepas mix dengan butter jer), tried to save it by mixing in some water as we are out of fresh milk, but the end result - melekit semacam, and I had to throw the whole thing away, what a waste :(

But of course, I can never give up. Subsequent to that, I tried another recipe from the internet.
I didn't credit the recipe owner though as I found the same recipe over a few websites, and I don't know who's the original owner. However, I have to change some of the measurement for the ingredients, and the type of ingredients used as well - so that I can get a good consistency for piping. And the result, yummy dahlia cookies. Delicious, has a good texture and even melt in the mouth.

So for those who wanted to try, here's the recipe, and do let me know your opinion. Enjoy!

7 oz butter
4 oz gula icing
(pukul butter dan gula icing, tapi jangan sampai terlalu kembang)

1 sudu kecil esen vanilla
1 biji telur sederhana besar
(campurkan esen vanilla pada adunan, then mix in the egg)

8 oz tepung gandum
3 oz tepung kastad
1.5 oz tepung jagung
(ayak tepung2 dan campur ke dalam adunan)

Bentukkan adunan menggunakan piping bag dan open star nozzle. Hias dengan ceri atau silver sugar beads. Bakar pada suhu 170C (fan assisted oven) lebih kurang 8 hingga 12 minit.

Sunday, 30 August 2009

Cake Decorating - my first attempt

I’ve been baking for the last couple of months now, every weekends without fail. And here were some of the results:

My very first attempt in cake decorating, cupcakes for my mum and sister's birthday. Made these vanilla cupcakes with strawberry jam filling and buttercream icing. Happy Birthday mama and nad!!

My next project was for my brother in law's birthday. This time around, I made these delicious chocolate cupcakes with italian buttercream icing. Unlike normal buttercream, the italian buttercream requires more efforts, but it was worth it. Happy birthday Ari!

I'm now officially addicted to baking and decorating cupcakes. So, the week after, I baked more chocolate cupcakes and decorate them with italian buttercream icing.

Now that I've decorated a few cupcakes, I wanted give cake decorating a try. So, this was my first ever decorated cake - Carrot cake with almond flakes, and lemon creamcheese icing. Made this for my sister, to congratulate her for her degree :), congratulations akin!