Category Archives: Cake

Fudge Chocolate Brownie

Ingredients:

Chocolate 200g

butter 120g

white sugar 1cup

brown sugar 1/2 cup

eggs 3

vanilla 1 tsp

flour 1/2 cup

cocoa powder 1/4 cup

salt 1/4 tsp

 

Preheat oven to 180 Degree C

  1. Place chocolate and butter in a big bowl. Heat over hot water till chocolate and butter melts. Put aside and cool down.
  2. Mix white sugar and brown sugar in another bowl. Beat in egg. One each a time. Add in the next one after mix well. Add in vanilla after eggs.
  3. Combine chocolate butter mixture with sugar egg mixture.
  4. Sieve in flour, cocoa powder and salt. Combine well.
  5. Pour the batter into a baking pan.
  6. Into the oven for 30 mins.

Very nice brownie. My husband loves them.

Kuih Seri Muka (Kueh Salat)

This is a Malaysian Nonya Kueh, which contains sticky rice as bottom layer and pandan egg custard on top. I love this dessert very much. I found this recipe on Youtube and followed it:

  1. Soak 300g glutinous rice in water for 4 hrs. Drain them and place them in a plate. Add in 100ml coconut milk, 1 tsp salt and 100 ml water. and put a pandan knot over it. Steam for 25 mins.
  2. Put 5 pandan leaves (cut into small pieces) and 200 ml water into blender. Blend till very smooth. Sieve the liquid and keep the juice only.
  3. In a bowl, beat in 3 eggs. Combine with 100g sugar (original recipe requires 120g sugar, but I cut it. 100g sugar is still sweet enough for me.), 25g flour, 20g corn starch. Mix well.
  4. Add pandan juice and 150ml coconut milk into the egg mixture. Also add in 1/4 tsp salt.
  5. Put cooked sticky rice into a 20cm greased steam pan . Press them firmly.
  6. Pour egg & pandan mixture into sauce pan. turn to low heat and simmer to let it thicken. I accidentally overheated it, that’s why my kueh looks ugly. 😦
  7. Pour the egg mixture over sticky rice. Cover it with aluminium foil and steam for 30 mins.
  8. Remove the foil and steam for another 5 mins.
  9. Cool down and cut into small pieces.

It’s very sticky and hard to cut clean. My ones look ugly but taste nice.

My husband also said they taste good. πŸ™‚

Orange Loaf Cake

It’s a super easy cake to make and full of orange flavor.

Ingredients:

orange 1

eggs 3

sugar 100g

vegetable oil 70 ml

vanilla 1/2 tsp

flour 250g

baking soda 1/4 tsp

baking powder 1 tsp

 

Preheat oven to 170 Degree C.

  1. Cut orange into small chunks and remove the seed.
  2. Put orange into a blend and blend till into paste.
  3. Beat 3 eggs in a bowl. Add in sugar and vegetable oil. Mix well.
  4. Add egg mixture into blender and mix with orange paste well.
  5. Pour the orange egg mixture into a big bowl. Add in vanilla. Mix well.
  6. Sieve in flour, baking powder and baking soda. Combine them.
  7. Brush loaf pan with butter and dust with flour.
  8. Pour batter into loaf pan.
  9. Into the oven and bake for 40 mins.

Cool down and cut into slices. The orange cake smells incredible.

Walnut Cake with Chocolate Glaze

Preheat oven to 180 Degree C.

Walnut 1 cup (toasted and finely chopped)

eggs 3

sugar 1/2 cup

flour 1/2 cup

baking powder 1/4 tsp

 

  1. Beat egg with sugar with  electric mixer for 6-8 mins. It will become like mayonnaise.
  2. Sieve in flour & baking powder. combine them.
  3. Fold in 1/4 walnut.
  4. Divide batter into 2 baking pans. And into the oven for 25 mins.
  5. Place cakes on rack to let them cool down.

 

Frosting:

1/4 cup butter (softened), 1 cup icing sugar, 1/2 tbsp milk.

Beat the butter with electric mixer till very light and fluffy. Add in icing sugar 1/3 each a time. Blend well. Add in milk at last. Mix everything well.

Make frosting into 2 part. Add 1/4 walnut into one of them.

Syrup: 1/2 cup warm water, 2 Tbsp sugar, 1 1/2 maple syrup. Mix well.

 

Place one cake upside down. Brush it with syrup. Spread the frosting (with walnut) onto it. Then put the other cake upside down over it. Brush it with syrup too. Spread the other frosting over the top and side of the cake. Sprinkle the rest chopped walnut over the side of the cake.

Chocolate glaze:

3 Tbsp milk, 30g chocolate. Heat in microwave till chocolate melts. Cool down to room temperature.

Pour the chocolate over the top.

Garnish with walnut at last.

The cake is super. It is a bit complicated as I did the frosting and glazing this time, which I never did before. That’s why I think this cake is a bit complicated. And you have a lot of washing to do after that. πŸ™‚

Both my husband and I love the cake. πŸ™‚

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Ingredients:

3 bananas

butter 130g melted

2 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla

flour 1 3/4 cup

sugar 1 cup

baking powder 1 tsp

baking soda 1/4 tsp

cinnamon powder 1 tsp

chopped walnut 1 cup

chocolate chips 1 cup

 

Preheat oven to 180 Degree C.

  1. Mash bananas in a bowl. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
  2. Add melted butter into banana and mix well.
  3. Add in sugar and blend well.
  4. Sieve in dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon powder and salt). Mix till just combined.
  5. Add chopped walnut and chocolate chips into the batter.
  6. Use a spoon or ice cream scoop to drop batter into muffin pan with 3/4 full.

https://flic.kr/p/2gY9iYL

Into the oven and bake for 20-25 mins.

Yum!

Carrot & Walnut Cake

Ingredients:

flour 1 cup

cinnamon powder  1 tsp

salt 1/2 tsp

baking powder 1/2 tsp

baking soda 1/4 tsp

brown sugar 1/2 cup

white sugar 1/4 cup

eggs 2

vanilla 1/2 tsp

vegetable oil 1/2 cup

grated carrots 1 1/2 cup

finely chopped walnut 1 cup

 

  1. Preheat oven to 180 Degree C.
  2. Cream vegetable oil with brown sugar & white sugar. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Mix well.
  3. Sieve all the dry ingredients (flour, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, baking powder) to avoid any lump.
  4. Add dry ingredients into oil & sugar mixture 1/3 at a time, to make sure they are well combined.
  5. Finally add in grated carrot and walnut. Mix well.
  6. Into the oven and bake for 20-25 mins. Check with toothpick. If it comes out clean, then the cake is done.

https://flic.kr/p/2gLUou8

Very simple and the cake is really good.

Spicy Sticky Rice Cake (Tteokbokki)

It’s a Korean style dish. I love almost all the food made from sticky rice.

For the sticky rice cake, I bought from supermarket. It’s vacuum pack. Sticky rice cake is very hard and dry. So first, I need to soak them in water and separate them. To make it easier, I also boil them in water for several mins until they get really big and fat and soft. Soak them in cold water and drain.

Prepare sauce: 2 tbsp Korean chili paste, 1/2 1 tbsp light soy sauce, 1/2 1 tbsp sugar, 1 tbsp syrup. Mix them well.

  1. Heat a pan. Add in a little oil. Saute 2 cloves of chopped garlic and slices of 1 onion till aromatic.
  2. Add in sauce, and pour in 1/2 1 cup water/stock. Stir to let the sauce dissolve evenly.
  3. Put in drained rice cake and sausage slices. Boil till sticky rice cake float in the pan and completely soft. (About 5 mins).
  4. Add in cabbage slices. Simmer for another 3 mins. Just to prevent all the sticky rice cake sicking together, please keep stirring. If the sauce is too dry, please feel free to add more water/stock.
  5. Spread in chopped spring onion. And ready to serve.

It’s very simple. And you can add more or less chili paste according to your taste.

Very chewy gooey.

Walnut Banana Bread

Banana is one of my husband’s favorite fruit. But sometimes, He forgot to eat them, and banana got ripe very quickly. So I would use them to make smoothie or cake or bread.

This summer when we went back to my hometown, we brought so many walnut back. My mom just cracked them and store the shell-removed walnut in 2 large containers. My husband likes walnut, so he adds some in his yogurt. Yet, we still have a lot. So I tried to bake something with walnut and banana.

Ingredients:

Bananas 2

butter 1/2 cup

white sugar 1 cup

eggs 2

vanilla 1/2 tsp

flour 1 cup

baking soda 1 tsp

salt 1/2 tsp

cinnamon powder 1/2 tsp

chopped & toasted walnut 1 cup

 

  1. Preheat oven to 170 Degree C.
  2. Cream butter and sugar together till light and fluffy.
  3. Add in 2 beaten eggs and vanilla. Stir well.
  4. Add in mashed bananas. Mix them together.
  5. Sieve in all the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon powder. Mix till combined.
  6. Butter spray the loaf pan. Dust it with flour.
  7. Pour all the batter into the pan.
  8. Into the oven for 50-60 mins. Check with a toothpick. If it comes out clean then it’s done.

Let it cool down for a little while.

Cut it and you will find it’s very moistened and firm.

Full of walnut and banana flavor. Very nice!

Blueberry Lemon Cake

My husband and I are not big fans of fresh blueberry. But we both like food made from blueberry, like jam or cake. So if I buy blueberries from supermarket, it means I will bake something with blueberry.

Preheat oven to 180 degree C.

Ingredients:

Butter 130g

Sugar 120g

Vanilla 1 tsp

Egg 1

Flour 190g

Baking powder 1 tsp

Salt 1/4 tsp

Zest of 1 lemon

Milk 1/2 cup

Blueberry 2 cups

Flour 1 tablespoon

Lemon juice 1 tablespoon

1. Cream butter with sugar till light and fluffy.

2. Add in vanilla. And eggs one by one.

3. Mix fry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt and zest of lemon) together.

4. Add flour and milk into butter mixture alternately. 1/2 flour and 1/2 milk one time.

5. Add 1 tablespoon flour and lemon juice into blueberries. Toss a bit.

6. Place 1/2 batter into baking pan. Over it spread 1/2 blueberries. Then add in the rest batter. And top it with rest blueberries. Light press blueberries into the batter.

The batter is done:

After 60 mins.

Cool down for a while.

I was too lazy to make any glaze. So i just sprinkle icing sugar over the top.

Cake is very moist.

Jing Gao (甑糕)

I will never say no to any dessert made from sticky rice or sticky rice flour. This cake is from Xi’an. It became popular recently due to a Chinese TV drama. The Chinese name 甑糕 actually should be pronounced as “Zeng Gao”, however, people from Shan’an Xi called it Jing Gao. η”‘ is an ancient earthen utensil for steaming rice. 糕 means cake. Well, I have to say this kind of sticky rice cake is really time-consuming in both preparation and cooking.

Ingredients:

sticky rice 1/2 1 cup

red kidney beans 3/4 cup

dried red dates 1 cup

honey red dates 100g

  1. Soak sticky rice and red kidney beans in water for overnight.
  2. Dried date also need to be soaked for a while. Then cut them into halves and remove the cores. And do the same to honey red dates. I added honey red dates just wanted to add sweet taste to the cake. If you want it to be very sweet, you ca also add sugar to the sticky rice when steaming them. I was kind of lazy. Fortunately, dried red dated I have are already core-removed. I just need to cut them. And I did nothing to the honey dates and just put them in as a whole.
  3. Prepare a big bowl. Brush bowl with oil or you can just do what I did, to use parchment paper. The bottom layer is 1/3 sticky rice. Then 1/2 red kidne beans. Then 1/3 sticky rice. Followed by 1/2 red kidney beans. Then the rest 1/3 sticky rice and topped with red dates & honey dates. You can arrange the layer as you like. But make sure the bottom is sticky rice and the top is red dates.

 

Then add water into the bowl, just equally high to the red dates.

Steam for 3 hours. I steamed it for 4 hours. I read online that authentic Jing Gao should be steamed overnight with low heat. A pressure cooker will make it much easier.

After steaming, don’t open the lid immediately. Let it stay for 15 mins.

Use the back of a spoon to press the red dates and mash them.

Red kidney beans are very soft and smooth. My husband said it tastes like sweet Lor Mai Gai. πŸ™‚ But still, he loves it. I love it very much too.