Sunday, April 24, 2011

in pain

Feel a bit down coz I have to slow down with my baking. My arm hurts in a way difficult to explain. An appointment has been arranged with the orthopedic. But it is for the 5th of May. So long to wait.
Here are some photos of bakes and cakes.
This is Chocolate Banana Squares. So delicious. This recipe from KG's blog is a keeper.
 Baked this for Kak Laili's makan-makan. It was Devil's Food Chocolate Cake. Glad she like it. 
Our family's favourite, Makaroni Bakar and Lasagne.

Also this, Moist Chocolate Cake with cream cheese and chocolate ganache topping.
Birthday cake for Hanif. Again, it was Devil's Food Chocolate Cake. I wanted to use up the buttermilk before it expires.
Birthday cake for Nurul. So comot!
Orange buttercake with buttercream. Birthday cake for Ayuni.

First attempts of the Congo Bars and Marble Cheese Brownie. The Congo Bars was not a hit but the Marble Cheese Brownie is yummy.
 Chilled Oreo Cheesecake. My kids enjoy it. Recipe is from Kak Nony from cravingcakes. This recipe is another keeper.
Rich Moist Chocolate Cake. Recipe from Rima. So sedap! Definitely will make this often.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Nutella Marble Cake

Butter Cake with Nutella
A butter cake with chocolate swirls and layered with Nutella.
Nutella lovers will surely like this. Like me!
Size: 8".
May be presented wrapped in doyle and tied with ribbon.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Moist Chocolate Cake

Moist Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese and Chocolate Ganache
1.8 - 2.0 kg.
Uses Van Houten cocoa powder!
Size: 9".

Frozen Pizza

Frozen Chicken Pizza
Chicken sausage, special pizza sauce and mozarella cheese topping.
Size: 10"

Monday, April 11, 2011

Victoria Sandwich Cake

Victoria Sandwich Cake
Simple yet delicious. Two layer cake sandwiched with fruit jam (usually strawberry preserve). Either dusted with icing sugar or topped with chocolate ganache. Your choice!
Size: 8".

Makaroni Bakar

Baked Macaroni
Contains macaroni pasta, chicken or meat, carrot, egg and mozarella cheese.
Size: ~ 9.5" x 11.5". Approximately 8 servings.

Baked Marble Cheesecake

Baked Marble Cheesecake
Cotton Cheesecake with swirls of milk chocolate.
Size: 9"

Friday, April 8, 2011

Vegetable Lasagne

Vegetable Lasagne
Contains Spinach & Aubergine. Mozarella cheese topping.
Size: 9.5" x 11.5" tray. Approximately 8 servings.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

More! You want some more?

I have baked this cake countless of times. The kids never get enough of it. They keep asking for more. This time, I layered it with cream cheese filling and topped with chocolate ganache. Here is the recipe, again (with slight variations, here and there).
Moist Chocolate Cake
200 gm caster sugar
250 gm butter
5 eggs
1 tsp vanilla essence
Mix A
230 gm caster sugar
120 gm cocoa powder
375 ml water
Mix B
235 gm plain flour
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tbsp milk powder
Combine Mix A and simmer until the sugar has dissolved and thickens a bit. Leave to cool. Can do this the night before. Beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Put in eggs one by one. Mix well. Add essence of vanilla. Add in Mix A gradually and mix well. Lastly, add Mix B after sifting it. Bake at 160C for 80 minutes. I used an 8" square tin.
Cream cheese filling
250 gm Tatura soft cheese
50 gm sifted icing sugar
100 gm butter
1 tsp vanilla essence
Mix everything together until smooth.
Chocolate Ganache
250 gm dark cooking chocolate
250 ml whipping cream
30 gm butter
Place cream in a pan and put on the stove. As it starts to bubble, put in the chocolate and turn off heat. Stir until the chocolate dissolves. Add in the butter and continue to stir to mix well. Chill for at least an hour.
When the cake is cooled, slice into two horizontally. Spread the cream cheese filling on the first slice of the cake. Then place the second slice. Spread the ganache on top.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Serious Chocolate Brownies

Serious Chocolate Brownies
Contains melted dark chocolate and chocolate chips. No nuts.
Size: 8" x 8"

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Topping

Carrot Cake with Walnut
Topping: Cream Cheese
Size: 9"

First time for everything

My first attempt at making fondant....
It was a bit hard and brittle. Not as pliable as the bought ones and too sweet as well. I will reduce the sugar next time. Sorry I can't put up the recipe here, it was from Lea Oven. We bought the DVDs on fondant making and fondant figurines. There will be many more attempts to come...
Alya's first attempt at making the teddies. Not bad at all.

First cupcakes with edible image. Upin & Ipin. The kids' choice. Qistina ate most of these. She would lick the buttercream only leaving the cake for Umar to finish.

These cupcakes were for Tasnim. Qaisarah's buddy.
I have shaky hands and never good in art. The cupcakes weren't very neatly done. I could have done better :(. I would have baked another batch or redecorated if I had the time. Anyway, I am glad to have made the cakes for Tasnim.
Once in a while, I buy fresh flowers from the market. Last Saturday I bought 2 stalks of lilies. It cost RM16. The kids don't like the smell but I somehow feel calm sniffing the fresh smell of the lilies. And the way the flower terlentok, masyaAllah...

Under construction

I have been thinking of making some changes to this blogspace. However, I have no idea on how to go about doing it. Angah is good at this but does she have the time to help me? I have changed the format a couple of times but still not happy with the way this space looks. I am still learning to arrange photos on the blog, changing fonts etc. You might notice there was a photo of a cake on top of this page. I deleted it with the intention of replacing it with a nicer one. I have not been successful. Only managed to delete it but not putting up a new one. One of the many things I have to learn; constructing and updating the blog!