Friday, November 20, 2009

Safari Themed Cake








Ever wonder what its like at the Safari Adventure? I can only imagine while making the figurines for this special cake. Here is a birthday cake dedicated to 1-year-old Ashvani and I was told that she loves animals. Hence, her loving mom wanted get a Safari themed cake for her on this special day. Its also my first time sculpting the figure one cake and I made it. Happy Birthday to Ashvani.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Petit Four



Petit Four is a small cake generally eaten at the end of a meal or served as part of dessert. My family usually prefer smaller size of desserts and this is a great choice I'd consider. Here's the easy version of Petit Four I made with butter cake with blueberry fillings, covered with fondant and top with royal icing flower. Bon appetit!

Steamed Chocolate Cake


I finally get to try the steamed chocolate cake recipe for the first time and its moist and goes extremely well with the chocolate ganache. The recipe taken from Cuisine Asia shared by Anita Khaw. You could use some really nice chocolates for a better result. I used the Van Houten cocoa powder(you can find it at most grocery stores) for the cake.

Ingredients: (Makes one 9" round cake)

185g butter
180g fine sugar
200ml evaporated milk
2 eggs, lightly beaten
125g all-purpose flour
70g cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp vanilla essence



Method:

1. Combine sugar, evaporated milk, vanilla essence and butter in a saucepan.
Stir over low heat until sugar is dissolved and butter has melted. Remove from heat.
2. Add the beaten eggs into the slightly cooled mixture and stir till well mixed.
3. Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and baking soda into a large mixing bowl. Add the eggs mixture over the flour and stir till well mixed. (Batter should be runny).
4. Heat up the steamer.
5. Lined and grease a 9-inch baking pan
6. Pour the batter into prepared pan and place into the steamer. Cover the top of the pan loosely with a piece of aluminum foil.
7. Steam over medium heat for 45 minutes. Check for doneness by inserting a skewer into the cake. If it comes out clean, it’s done.
8. Cool the cake in pan before turning out for further decoration.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Cupcakes for Tea Break



Care to have some cupcakes? Some lemon flavored cupcakes I prepared for this Sat. Right after the cupcakes were done, suddenly I thought of making another desserts. I know I know. My cupcakes are still waiting to be finished but I can't help myself. Stay tuned for more updates!

Cherry Blossom Cakes








It just reminds me of the sakura trees I saw when I was in Nagoya visiting. There's no word to describe the scenery and you just have to experience it yourself someday. Imagine walking into a park in Spring and you are surrounded by hundreds of cherry blossom trees. 'WOW' is the respond I had. I guess I am missing it and decided to make a mini version of cherry blossom:)

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Chocolates Indulgence











More chocolates? You bet. I recalled all the chocolate stores I passed by when I was in Brussels. There wasn't a street without the trace of chocolate so its a great place for chocoholics. It was an unfortunate that the chocolate muzium at Grand Place was closed or else that will be fun to visit. The local people speak French mostly and they are such a nice & friendly group. I ended up bringing back at least 20 boxes of chocolates truffles/pralines as souvenirs(sorry for those I missed). My favorite is always the dark chocolate for some reason. Perhaps its due to the bitterness that lingers in my mouth does the trick.

White/Dark Chocolate Plastique




Hola, I tried making my own chocolate plastique today and just to show you how white chocolate plastqiue rose looks like. Its perfectly yummy compare to fondant, that's for sure. You just need the round mould to cut out the chocolate plastique and place them on a rose bud one by one. Its really not that hard to achieve, all you need just a little patience and practise.