Saturday, December 17, 2011

Cake Keeper Cakes

Cake Keeper Cakes by Lauren Chattman 

(Eggnog) Chocolate Marble Chiffon Cake, Page 168

There is a printing error on this.  Either there is a missing ingredient, i.e. the water mixture or that there is something wrong with the instruction.  Searched everywhere on internet to see if there is a errata mentioned but can't find any.   Anyway, i added my own water mixture, using eggnog (leftover eggnog from eggnog pound cake).  The batter looked too liquid and i was worried that my chiffon cake will collapse, but in the end, everything turned out well.  Cake is delicious, moist and fluffy! :D  Happy!!  

Triple Chocolate Bundt Cake, Page 121

Extremely moist and chocolatey!  Only complain is that the mini chocolate chips melted totally into the batter..i expected some crunch from the mini chocolate chips.  Made my own chocolate glaze and I'm very happy with it as it is so shiny!  :D  

Cream Cake Page, 115

Extremely simple cake.  Really loved the texture of this cake.  It's moist and also very dense. 

Espresso-Hazelnut Bundt Cake,  Page 118

Extremely moist, soft and delicious. However, because it's so soft, or perhaps i didn't flour the pan enough, part of the cake was stuck to the pan.  But i managed to put it back and drizzled with ganache. 

Monday, December 12, 2011

ABC: Eggnog Pound Cake with Crystal Rum Glaze

I've never tasted eggnog before even though i've seen and read about it all the time.  When Hanaâ mentioned how good this cake was, i just had to try it.  I went to a few supermarket to find the milk carton type..not canned ones and managed to find it in town! :)   I didn't have time to bake it this weekend which i had originally planned because i was out the entire day from morning till night..yup..almost 12 hours straight.  

So today, after work, I baked this..finally put it in the oven at 920pm!  And by 1030pm it was ready.. I didn't make the crystal rum glaze..but rum syrup glaze instead.  Brushed rum syrup all over and waited patiently for it to cool so i can cut a slice and try it!  So just a moment ago at 1130pm, i ate a slice and it tasted sooo good!! I love the texture and the hint of rum.  It's not the usual dense pound cake but rather moist and 'fluffy' light crumbs.   Definitely a keeper!   So far i've baked 2 pound cakes from her book and i'm loving it! :)  

So because it's running late, i took a quick photo and my camera ran out of that's the only shot i had.  And I am now posting this at LOL! 

Good night! :)

Oh yes, please check out the  ABC blog roll.  Thanks! 

Sunday, October 9, 2011

ABC: Frangipane Ripple Chocolate Pound Cake

Frangipane Ripple Chocolate Pound Cake, page 335.  

I've been MIA..and now i'm back. Recently I sprained my knee, well, I think I sprained my knee, but my orthopedic surgeon said because of my lack of lower thigh muscle, my knee cap is somewhat mis-aligned.  Solution? I need to start exercising to develop some muscle to hold my knee cap into position.  No excuses for not exercising anymore, I guess.  Honestly, I HATE to exercise.   Well, after 1 week in absolute pain and 2 weeks of pasting some Japanese-made koyok (medicated plaster) & hot therapy treatment (both given to me by my sis-in-law), my knee is now 98% better!! :D  And I'm so thankful to be well again!  Not fun to be constantly in pain.  I heard from my husband that his sister (my kind sis-in-law) hunted down the Crabtree&Evelyn Pearl Therapy Neck Wrap the whole afternoon so that i can use it for my knee!  I feel loved!   Can I also mention that she bought me a pair of Ferragamo shoes too! :))    I did follow what the orthopedic surgeon told me to do - the 3x a day knee exercises..but i kept forgetting and ending only doing it once a day. 

Now that I'm better, I thought i should catch up baking with ABC since i never seem to be able to meet the deadline, but better late than never. :P   Plus this recipe is short and sweet..and chocolate cake, my favorite!  

I used a normal 12-cup bundt cake because i lost my i couldn't measure if my pan was 10" or not.. that's the problem with moving....i can't remember where i put my things!  I think i have to go purchase another ruler soon.  Anyway it i think this 10"x3" bundt pan = 12 cup bundt!

Recipe is pretty simple and straight forward.  And the cake is very moist, soft light crumbs, not your usual dense pound cake texture and extremely delicious! I love the taste of the frangipane with the chocolate cake, goes very well together.   This is an absolutely winner and definitely in my baking repertoire.  The next day, the cake tasted just as soft and moist.  I'm totally in love with this cake!  I poured some chocolate ganache over the cake because i had lots of left-over ganache in the fridge. Perfect match! :) 

Sunday, September 11, 2011

HCB: Banana Cake

I had 3 almost rotten bananas, so instead of throwing them away, I made the banana cake from Rose's Heavenly Cakes' page 391 re Tropical Wedding Cake. I made them into cupcakes..and they yield about 20 muffin cups. Ran out of time and ended up making normal cream cheese frosting.  

After baking this, i realised that there's another banana cake recipe - refrigerated banana cake in the book that i haven't not made it yet!  I should have made that instead.   Nonetheless, this banana cake is amazing. It's very dense, light crumbs and extremely moist.    Everyone in my family loves it.

Lately, i find it harder to blog, i made some cupcakes and cakes but was just too lazy to blog.  Also seems like recently i have a lot of things going on at the same i'm constantly pressed for time but yet i have no idea what i'm that occupied with either!  It's either a sign that i'm aging and can't muti-task as fast as i used to or just bad time management.    As a typical Singaporean, i always expect things to be done that i can have more time to move on to other things... Hence i was wondering if it is because of this, i found it impossible to enjoy the dinner i had last Friday at a supposedly well-known restaurant called Waku Ghin.  A family friend invited us there and i had no idea it was a popular restaurant and impossible to get a reservation too..apparently i heard you have to book months in advance!   The 10-course dinner took about 3-hours and i wanted fall asleep half way through the dinner.  Food was good and above average but certainly not worth the $ that our family friend had to pay...6 of us cost $3,200 or there about.  With that amount of $, i would rather buy a branded bag and hug it to sleep. I could even buy 2 pairs of Jimmy Choos or Christian Louboutins or Manolo Blahniks.  But since i'm not the one paying for it, i shouldn't complain too much but be appreciative for this opportunity to fine dining. :p

Saturday, July 23, 2011

HCB: Swedish Pear & Almond Cream Cake + Chocolate Velvet Fudge Cake

Rose's Heavenly Cakes:-
Page 58: Swedish Pear & Almond Cream Cake  
Page 117: Chocolate Velvet Fudge Cake

Not only have i seem to lost my mojo in baking, i seem to have lost my blogging mojo too.  Lately, i have no idea what to say after i upload the photos...LOL! 

I was suppose to bake the no-bake cheesecake which is suppose to be on schedule but i can't find whipped cream cheese anywhere in the supermarkets.  I thought i've seen it before though.  But this week, i can't find it anywhere!   So i ended up baking 2 cakes..because i couldn't decide which one to bake for my church fellowship gathering.   I also made Jell-O Roll Ups, recipe shared by my flickr friend Kim who has a blog called The Partiologist.  Not only does she decorates awesome cookies, she does the best table setting and party food for her parties!  I don't know how she comes up with all these wonderful and creative ideas! 

 Swedish Pear & Almond Cream Cake 

This cake is pretty easy to make.  However I had to make a trip to the baking store to buy a box of 300g almond paste which i only used 56g.  Shop auntie advised me to get the valrhona brand.. i didn't know valrhona has almond paste..i thought they only sell!  

One side of the cake (1/4 part), the pear didn't sink but that's also because i messed up when i put in the almond cream. The rest sank down the bottom quite nicely.  

Verdict:  I find it a bit sweet. Perhaps it's the almond cream.  Everyone at the gathering said it's nice but on the sweet side....but that's also the fact that many locals here doesn't fancy sweet desserts or rather too sweet desserts,  so in comparison, i have a sweet tooth by our local standards..LOL!  

 Chocolate Velvet Fudge Cake

I love this cake. It's so chocolatey and moist and so soo delicious!  Best of all, it's soo easy to bake.   Definitely my to-bake-again cake!   Great texture, delicate crumbs and not too sweet too. :)

I'm in love with my new heritage! I've been finding excuse to use it...:)  

Jelly-O Roll-ups 

This is such a fun and pretty dessert!  And so easy to make.  Recipe can be found here at Kim's blog:-  

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

HCB: Marble Velvet Cake, Apple-Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake, Rose Red Velvet Cake

Rose's Heavenly Cake
Marble Velvet Cake, Page 52
Apple-Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake, Page 49
Rose Red Velvet Cake, Page 83

I've just moved to my new apartment and that's the reason why i've been so 'quiet' and not baking much. I'm trying to get into the mojo of baking..since everything seems to feel out of place..and I take double time to find my stuff...   So far, i'm loving my new oven and my new kitchen.

I've baked these cakes but haven't found time to blog about them because somehow i'm still unpacking some of my stuff. Not sure how i managed to accumulate so much junk in my tiny old apartment.

Marble Velvet Cake

Marble Velvet Cake

Apple-Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake

Rose Red Velvet Cake

VERDICT:  All 3 cakes are equally delicious.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Homemade Oreos

I have an addiction with!  I love oreos..esp. the mini ones.  They are very addictive.  

I came across Joanne Chang's homemade oreos recipe in her book FLOUR and had to try it since she said it is sooo good and even her mom approved of it, so i have to try it.  Well, i have to say i'm totally impressed that they are really yummy. The cookies are very chocolaty and goes extremely well with the buttercream. At first i was skeptical with the buttercream as it was just butter & icing sugar combo and i usually don't like this icing as it is too sweet. However, paired with the super chocolatey-shells, it is not as sweet and surprising quite good.  These cookies are not exactly original oreos but they do come quite close...probably better since it's homemade  with no addictives..etc?   

Happy Baking! 

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Southern (Manhattan) Coconut Cake with Silk Meringue Buttercream

Rose's Heavenly Cake - Free Choice:  
Southern (Manhattan) Coconut Cake with Silk Meringue Buttercream

I had church fellowship gathering at my house the weekend so i thought this was great cake to make since i can taste a tiny slice and everyone else too. :D  As you know by now, i'm not really a fan of coconut-in-desserts except coconut fruit and drink itself and in curries.  

I decided to make 2 coconut cakes one using freshly squeezed coconut juice and the other using canned coconut.   The process of making the cake with freshly squeezed coconut juice is documented with photos..and here they are (so means i can write less right?)....:-

The freshly grated coconut for juicing.. the coconut milk..

Then i put them in the muslin bag (specially for this purpose)..

I told my domestic helper to squeeze the coconut milk out of the bag since i have to take photos. 

After, just follow recipe instructions in the book and it's pretty straight forward...

This first cake is made with canned coconut milk.  Notice the dome?  And notice my 2.5 year old oven still very new and clean?  Seriously, it is still very spotless and grease-free.  I'm a bit sad that I have to let go of it despite it is in good working condition...wonder if anyone would buy it from me...

This is the cake make with freshly squeezed coconut milk..less dome..

This is my coconut creme angliase and is made with fresh coconut milk. I didn't have coconut extract, so i used pandan coconut essense.. Pandan coconut essense is really good! Brings out the smell totally!  Anyway, after spending all the time making this..i was disappointed that it tasted like Kaya to me and it then dawned on me that Kaya uses the same ingredients too!  (Kaya is a local coconut jam that is very tasty on its own and with bread...but i don't like it....LOL!).  

After mix the coconut creme angliase with the buttercream..and frost..4 layers of cakes and you have a tall cake like this.  The bottom 2 layers are the ones made with canned coconut  milk and the top 2 are the ones made with fresh coconut milk. LOL! case you all are wondering why i stack them up like this....That's because i have very limited fridge space and I have another 4-5 more dishes to cook...hence vertical upwards is more space-saving compared to having 2 cakes sitting separately in my fridge.  

I like how tall my cake turned out..:D  Since i was going to cover it with fresh grated coconut, i didn't really smoothen out the buttercream.   I forgot to add the grated coconut in the frosting layers! 

Here's another bag of freshly grated coconut..this the 'cleaner or prettier' version (see above first photo) and not usually used for juicing.  I added a bit of salt to the grated coconut, as what my mom has always taught me.   I'm glad I remembered because the slightly salted grated coconut compliments very well with the overall sweetness of cake.   

Here..the final cake..sorry for the bad photograph.. i took it in a hurry.

And here's the inner cake layers taken with my phone.  

VERDICT:  The cake was a hit. Everyone liked the flavor but the general consensus is it is very sweet.  Some couldn't tell the difference between the top 2-layers and the bottom 2-layers.  Some told me that the top layer is less sweet compared the the bottom layer which i tend to think so too.  The bottom layer, ie, the cake made with canned coconut milk is much sweeter.    Overall, it tasted much better than i thought it would be. My only complain is that it is very sweet...too sweet for my liking...and i have a sweet tooth by our local standards.  If i'm ever going to remake this, i'll probably use fresh coconut milk and not the canned ones.  (A friend told me that there's fresh coconut  milk in carton in the fresh milk section of the supermarket and i didnt know that...i'll have to try that the next time..)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Devil's Food Cake with Midnight Ganache

Rose's Heavenly Cakes, page 99: Devil's Food Cake with Midnight Ganache

I'm a little late on this post, but i figured it's better late than never.  I've always wanted to bake this since everyone raved about how awesome this is.  I made the cognac cherries and ganache 8 hours ahead.  

I'm not sure if i like the ganache or if i used 70% chocolate instead of 60%, the ganache ended up quite bitter.  But i added more sugar though or could it be the cherry congac that i added that causes the bitter taste? Or the cocoa powder with water instead of cream causes the bitter taste?  I really don't like it at all. So i added white chocolate to it to mellow it down and sure tasted much better after.  :0   The ganache didn't hardened up at room temperature but only when i placed it in the fridge overnight.  

Making the cake is easy..instructions pretty straight forward.  However, what bugs me the most is that the cake shrank drastically from the sides of the pan. Ok..drastically means about 1/4" from the sides of the pan?  I noticed i have this problem with Rose's chocolate cake recipe. I don't have problems with others but only with Rose's.  Normally that doesn't bother me cos it's for my own consumption, but this time, i wanted to make a box cake with it and it shrank till it doesn't really fit my cake board.    I had the same problem when i baked white velvet cake in the non-stick souffle cups but when i rebaked using APF instead of cake flour, the shrinkage is minimal or rather, normal for what i call cake shrinkage..and not 1/4" away!       

I thought it was me using a 3" high pan instead of 2" so I FB Monica to ask her and she said she has the same problem too.   So can anyone tell me why?  Weak cake structure due to cake flour and mixing method?    I weigh ALL my ingredients and i even time the mixing time mentioned.  So only thing that is wrong is the 3" high pan...

See how far the cake shrank?  

Cognac Cherries.. taste better than i expected! 

See my cake layers...the sides are all so uneven! I never have this with other chocolate cake recipes! Uneven like this means i have to spend a LOT of time trying to get a perfect square with the ganache!   This cake was suppose to be 3 layers (i baked 2x batter)..with one layer for my own consumption. But because the cake shrank from the sides, i had to give up my layer...and make it a 4 layer cake.

So after, spending 3-4 hours ganaching my it close as perfect square i can get!  

If you are keen to find out what happened to this cake above and what it was decorated into, please check out my other blog post at  to find out what i made with this cake..:)   I post my decorated cakes in the other blog. This blog now only documents my baking experience.  

VERDICT:  I don't know..i gave up my layer so i didn't get to taste it. :((   I only know the cognac cherries tasted great on its own, the cake scrape tasted great on its own and the ganache too..     Conclusion: I HATE HATE HATE shrinking cake!  

Monday, April 4, 2011

Karmel Cake

Rose Heavenly Cakes, Page 31: Karmel Cake

Marie said Woody is going track me down with his tai-chi sword if i don't start baking, so i better move my lazy butt and start baking! LOL! Honestly i've not seen such a long large sword before..i wonder if it is allowed here in Singapore to begin with? Perhaps only if you registered it or have some sort of approval? Not sure. 

I came home after work at the recipe and seems fairly easy and something that i can get it done in an hour or so.  I got my ingredients ready and made the caramel. Ok..i think i must have mis-read the caramel making..i think i'm suppose to stir it but i didn't..i was distracted with other things..and i think i burnt my caramel because i didn't stir it because the temperature didn't register at 114c and yet  my caramel started to have black bits... looked ugly but tasted quite nice and!  I tried to cheat by eating up all the black bits but they were too i gave up.    See the bowl of caramel below..looks like satay peanut sauce to me. order to speed things up, i cooled the caramel in ice-water..just like the book said i could do...and place it directly under my aircon.. it worked cos it took less than 10mins to cool down. 

I think this recipe is quite forgiving because even with my slightly burnt caramel bits, the cake turned out great.  Again..i don't know what i was doing..i baked it in an 8" pan instead of 9".   The cake baked for another 10mins more than the stated time and registered with a slight dome, but other than that, the cake turned out pretty ok. 

VERDICT:  Yummy! Very moist and soft.  Has a distinct caramel taste..very unusual but yet interesting.  Love that i have that caramel bits so there's a slight crunch to it.  Everyone in my family said it's great. Not too sweet either.  I didn't have ice-cream or cream..but would have been a great pairing imo!   

Yay..i finally got my HCB assignment done. *phew*...  I have so many cakes i want to bake..Devil's Food Cake, Orange Chiffon... next please...  

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Faithy Bakes

Sorry for the lack of posts because i have been busy at work and home.  I've decided to move my creative cakes and cookies to another blog at  Please hop over if you would like to see my creations.  Thank you! :)  

I'll still be documenting new bakes and review on this blog.  


Saturday, February 5, 2011

Photo Tutorial: How to (Core) Remove Buds from Pineapple

Photo Tutorial esp. for Vicki.  
My domestic helper coring the pineapple..:)  

Friday, January 28, 2011

Star Wars Cake, Cupcakes & Cookies

These are what i have been so busy with. My friend Angela (Sweet-Tooth-Fairy) asked me to take on her client in her absence and she "pushed" me to accept it...knowing that i need to stop watching too much TV and get some work done. LOL!   


Front View of R2D2 Cake

Side View of R2D2 Cake


mini R2-D2 & R2-M5

mini R2-D2 & R2-M5
These are my diy cupcake wrappers in case you all are wondering..:) 
I downloaded a file on papercraft from a Japanese website and edited them in photoshop and adjusted to the size that i wanted for my cupcakes.  


Star Wars character cookies. 
These cookies are harder to ice than i thought! I had a hard time trying to ice them esp. Boba Fett..took me a really long time that i almost tear my hair!

Many thanks to Angie (another friend name!) who carried the cutters all the way back from US. 

Misc Star Wars logo cookies
Just playing around with some designs with my extra cookie dough
These are totally inspired by Angela of Sweet Tooth Fairy and Callye of Sweet Sugar Belle. 

Cookies packed.  I did the labels on my own. :D 

Now i'm taking a break from baking...and a break from Star Wars...

Even though i didn't join HCB this week for the Genoise Tres Cafe, i did bake part of the cake and cupcakes from HCB recipes.  For cupcakes, i had to experiment & weigh the batter to the exact grams a bit to get a dome..and realised that flour (cake or all purpose) makes a difference to the texture and the density of the cake and the shape as well!

The only thing that didn't work from Rose's recipe was the pastillage taken from Cake Bible.   Not sure why but i made it twice and it was too wet, and i add lots of icing sugar before it even become a dough and it became crumbly later so i had to discard. 


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