Sunday, September 30, 2012

Aspiring Bakers #24 (October 2012) : Jellies & Puddings

Updated 1st November 2012
Well, the month of October had ended pretty fast as I would say. But I am proud to say that we have recieved 97 entries in total for the Jellies & Puddings theme.
We have recieved many wonderful entries from all the participating bakers and every single entry had been wonderfully done. Of course for me, I have alot more of recipes to be bookmarked... and girls, Mummy wouldn't just make instant jelly for you in future... hehehehehe... I will be looking forward to host another theme in the near future too.
And do accept my apologies if I had been a BAD host... Hope I didn't:-p
Thank you all once again for joining us in the "Jellies & Puddings" theme.
Till then... :-D

If you are interested in our next theme, please visit Aspiring Bakers #25 - Steaming Hot Cakes (November 2012) hosted by Miss B of Everybody Eats Well in Flanders

Hello everyone! I will be hosting this month's Aspiring Bakers #24 (October 2012) : Jellies & Puddings. I will like to thank Small Small Baker for giving me an opportunitity to host this event.

Being a new baker since last April, I had gotten to known about Aspiring Baker and from then, I had been partcipating in most of the Aspiring Bakers' theme whenever I could. However, my baking lifespan did not last for too long since my eldest daughter had started a new journey in the Primary School, plus having 3 little monsters at home & work, were a challenge from the begining of this year...:-p

Alright, quite enough of myself. As mentioned, I had chosen Jellies & Puddings for this month's theme. I think jellies & puddings are everyone's favourite, including the little ones. My girls love jellies very much whereas I love both of them... For sure, I only know how to buy those premix jelly powder to make jellies for my girls... oops... hehehehe....

Who can join???
(if you do not have a blog, just send me a photo and recipe of your bake)

How to join???
Step 1 :
For Jellies, I welcome any creativity on the jellies
For Puddings, it can be baked, steamed or boiled. (Eg.: Creme Brulee, Bread Pudding, Panna Cotta, Rice Pudding, etc)
Step 2 :
Post it on your blog between 01 October 2012 and 31 October 2012.
Your post must include the recipe or link to the original recipe. If you are using a recipe from a book, please include the title of the book too.
Any entries that are posted outside the date range will not be accepted.
Any entries that do not include a recipe or link to the original recipe will not be accepted too. 

Step 3 :
Please mention that you are submitting your post to Aspiring Bakers #24 (October 2012) : Jellies & Puddings hosted by Charmaine of MiMi Bakery House and provide a link back to this post 
Entries will not be accepted if the above is not included. 

Step 4 :
1. For those of you whom have a blog, simply click on the "ADD YOUR LINK" at the bottom of this post, and  fill in the required steps below.
2. For those of you whom do not have a blog, simply email 
in the following format:
Your name or nickname:
Your blog name:

Name of your bake/dish:
URL of your post:
URL of your photo (one photo for each entry): 
(alternatively, you can attach your photo in your email).
Please use “Aspiring Bakers #24″ as your email subject. You may submit more than 1 entry.
The roundup will be posted on 01 November 2012.

If you are interested to find out what’s on the previous Aspiring Bakers #23: Desserts on a plate (September 2012) entries, hosted by Swee San of The Sweet Spot.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Everyday Banana Yoghurt Cake

I guess I had been very very late in submitting my post to the Bake-Along #32... :(
I had kept reminding myself to submit this post before the deadline, but I guess I was still late...
Nevertheless, I will still like to share my bake with everyone even though I'm late.
I had a very ripe banana, so I had mashed it and mixed it in with my plain low-fat yoghurt.
Personally, I do not like this cake texture too well.  But they did go very well with the icing sugar and a little slice of strawberry...:-)

Everyday Yoghurt Cake
(Recipe as adapted from Cake Keeper Cakes, Lauren Chattman)
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1-1/4 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup plain whole-milk yoghurt or lowfat yoghurt
(Additional 1 ripe mashed banana)
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
confectioners' sugar
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease the bottom and sides of a 9-inch round cake and dust it with flour, knocking out any extra. Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk together the yoghurt, oil, eggs and vanilla in a medium mixing bowl. Pour the yoghurt mixture into the flour mixture and stir until just moistened.
  2. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and bake until the top of the cake is light golden and a toothpick inserted into the center is clean, about 40 minutes.
  3. Let the cake cool in the pan for about 5 minutes, invert it onto a wire rack, and then turn it right side up on a rack to cool completely. Dust with confectioner's sugar, then slice and serve.
  4. Store uneaten cake in a cake keeper or wrap in plastic and store at room temperature for up to 2 days.

Butter Cake 2

I totally had too many bakes yet to be posted... I had too busy with work recently and I had been baking, but with those quick & easy, simple recipes... I missed baking quite alot and I realised that I will be the host for the Aspiring Bakers for October...and I am not anyhow ready to be...:-p

My girlfriend had told me to bake this butter cake as she said it was very tasty, soft & fluffy... and most of all, she told me it was very easy to bake... Here I am, with this butter cake....:-D
This Butter Cake did came out very well. An usual butter cake that we will have them anytime of the day. However, this butter cake will not be one of my favourite. I will be posting up soon with some of the butter cakes that I will personally feel that they are extremely yummy... Do keep a look out for them.
Recipe & Ingredients as given by my friend, Eileen:
(with slight modifications)
230g butter
125g sugar
3 eggs
225g flour
2 tsp baking powder
100ml milk

Cream the butter and sugar until white & creamy. Gradually add the eggs one at a time. Alternate the sifted flour & baking powder with the milk. Mix until well-combined.
Baked in a preheated oven of 180-200C for about 30mins or until a skewer comes out clean.

Hope you will like this simple Butter Cake

Friday, September 7, 2012

Ladybugs Attack!!!! - Steamed Strawberry Cupcakes

I came across these adorable ladybugs steamed cupcakes from Mui Mui's blog, My little Favourites DIY. I had bookmarked this recipe from her. It was a definitely must-try recipe as the steamed cupcakes are simply so irresistable and interesting... Wouldn't you think so too???
 Last Sunday I was bounded at home as my air-conditioner needed a completed clean-over... Going through my bookmarked recipes, this recipe caught my attention... I finally bucked up myself and started trying out this recipe when the servicing of the air-conditioners went on...
Nat was pretty excited with the makings of these cupcakes as she said that the cupcakes are so pretty..
Below pictures shows the step by step of how you should pipe the pictures of these ladybugs. It was quite a challenge initially, but I found fun piping the colors for the ladybugs.

It was really a great achievement seeing the cupcakes rose up nicely, with the laybugs pictures... I was pretty excited seeing them...Taste wise???? They tasted very much like 鸡蛋糕. Soft & smooth texture of these cupcakes.. What about my gals???
Oh.... what have we here????
An odd little ladybug amongst the rest of the pink ladybugs...

And I can't help taking so many pictures on these adorable steamed ladybugs cupcakes!!!!
Nat & MiMi liked the cupcake very much, whereas for Nic did not fancy them at all... I had brought some to my office and everyone were as fasinated as me... hahahaha...

Here is the recipe originated from Mui Mui's blog 

Ladybug Steam cupcake
3 cold eggs
275g plain flour
3 tsp baking powder
150ml fresh milk
1 tsp ovalette
220g castor sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence

1) Put all the ingredients ina mixing bowl and beat with medium high speed for 6 minutes.
2) Take 1 tbsp plain mixture and put into a piping bag. 
3) Take 3 tbsp plain mixture, mix with brown colouring and put into piping bag.
4) Colour the rest of the mixing with bright red and filled into a piping bag.
5) Pump the red into a paper cup about 8% full. Draw a cross with the brown mixture and do dots on both sides.Colour the upper half of the cross brown and make 2 plain dots for the eye and fill the inside with the plain mixture.
6) Steam with meduim high heat for 12 minutes. 

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Strawberry Jelly Cheesecake Cupcakes

It seems like quite a long time since my last post... I wondered what I had been up to... Not too much of bakes were being done plus I had been lazing around... Think partly I was into gmarketing past few weeks... :-p
Upon my colleague's request, I have made these strawberry jelly cheesecake into cupcake version. Easier to eat, plus a just nice portion for everyone:))
Using the same recipe I had did for the Strawberry Jelly Hearts Cheesecake