Two of my favourites to make the perfect cake

Cake Cake Cake. I’m really bad at frosting pretty cakes, I really do need to take a class for that. So for me covering up a cake with messy frosting underneath with perfectly aligned and distributed chocolates sound pretty great!

I often say that this is sort of like the ideal cake for my boyfriend and I to celebrate our birthdays that are exactly as week apart from each other. He loves Kit Kat and would choose m&ms as my froyo or ice-cream topping any day. Decided to give this cake a go for my younger sisters birthday to be the centre piece of the desert table at her birthday party. This was really fun to make and I would definitely make it again and again and again given the occasion.

The cake underneath is a chocolate cake and I used Nigella’s “Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake” recipe for it.

Find the recipe for the cake here. Simple and yummy.

xx

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Thai Iced Tea Cupcakes with Condensed Milk Buttercream

(Edited after loved tasting feedback from loved ones)

Hello there! Let me begin my post with a little story…

So my boyfriend and I have recently fallen in love with Thai Iced Tea ice cream. Every time we take our first, second and third bite we would look at each other and nod in contentment. Hence, I decided to try a recipe of Thai Iced Tea cupcakes! All the recipes I researched on called for the actual tea leaves, which you can’t find in just any grocery store and I would therefore need to make a trip down to Golden Mile where I believe you can find all things Thai in Singapore. But of course I have been too lazy… and for months I never made it down. As luck would have it, one morning I randomly opened up the pantry cupboard and to my surprise saw a packet of Thai tea leaves sitting there. My younger sister who had just returned from Thailand bought a packet! (without knowing that I had this make cupcakes plan) So whoop!

I followed the recipe from here and halved everything as I only wanted 12 cupcakes and not 24. Now, condensed milk buttercream put me off from the beginning. Because for one I really do not like buttercream because fat, and two, my mother is against condensed milk because well, fat. But after reading reviews and the blog post it seemed like it would bring out the taste of the cake even more so I decided to throw all caution to the kitchen aid.

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If you’re not a complete triple sweet tooth, I suggest you stay away from this buttercream. It was way to sweet for me. That cake though…was a gem. Love love it.

EDIT 

Boyfriend: The frosting goes really well with the cake.

Sister: The frosting goes really well with the cake.

So maybe I was wrong after all!

Brewing the tea

Brewing the tea

Fresh out of the oven

Fresh out of the oven

Wrecking my brain for an alternate frosting to compliment these cupcakes, i’m thinking just a classic cream cheese would do. Please share if you have any ideas!

xx

Hello Again.

It’s crazy how time flies. My last post was a whole year ago! It was also around the time work started, it truly does suck the life right out of you doesn’t it. And how fitting that i’m writing this post on my 10th day of unemployment. My kitchen aid was terribly neglected over the past few months when work was picking up, and now that it’s done I got it whipping and creaming and mixing again. It’s so therapeutic. Baked something really simple for my first day back in the kitchen after a hiatus. Banana Chocolate Chip Mini Loaves with a Vanilla Glaze. My mum was jumping up and down when she realized I had baked, because me baking = a constant supply of midnight snacks for her. She gobbled down a loaf as soon as it was glazed up and ready to serve.

I used a recipe from the Primrose bakery book I bought a while back. I’m so in love with that book and their trusty recipes. I got the glaze recipe online that asked to mix 1 cup of icing sugar, 2 cups of milk and 1/4 tsp of vanilla. I had to add at least 1 1/4 more milk to make it less thick and more “flowy”.

See you soon! Hopefully not another year later xx

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Oreo Week!

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It all started with me wanting to bake an Oreo Cheesecake for my boyfriend on his birthday, so I baked the cake, and it turned out that I overestimated the number of Oreos I needed. Maybe overestimated is an understatement. So instead of having the Oreos by themselves I decided to have Oreo Week, using Oreos in desserts till I ran out of them.

1. Oreo Cheesecake

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This was the Oreo Cheesecake I baked for my sweet. He loved it and so did his family! I was thrilled. I’ve never baked an actual cheesecake before. The last time I made him a cheesecake was 2 years ago when I did a jelly hearts cake, a no bake kind of cheesecake. It didn’t turn out so yummy so I really needed him to love this one. Redemption was mine! I used a simple philadelphia recipe but scanned through a ton of comments and most of them said that they added sour cream so I decided to add in a little in as well. Was so happy with the result, although it did end up having a lot of big cracks once I took it out of the oven, so I tried to cover them up by filling the cracks with chopped Oreos.

2. Oreo Cheesecake Cupcakes

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I came across this recipe whilst searching for the best Oreo Cheesecake recipe, so I decided to save some batter from the cake to make these cute little things. Was so happy with how they turned out! A smaller and lighter alternative for someone who doesn’t want a whole slice of cake.

3. Deep Fried Oreos

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Now this i’ve been craving ever since I left Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk that one beautiful summers day. I’ve had deep fried mars bars before, but deep fried ores…. MMMMMM!! I can’t even!! America is too far away, so I had to bring the deep fried Oreos to me! The batter is really simple to make, just be careful not to burn yourself when you’re frying them. Was happy I could share this wonderful experience with my family, and I made their Sunday.

Recipe here

4. Oreo Brownies

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I just had to! Yummy chocolate brownies, check. Yummy chocolate brownies with Oreo Cookies, double check! I really loved these brownies. I’ve been making brownies alot recently, M&M brownies, Nutella Fudge brownies, but these are my favourite. Next time i’ll make them chunkier.

Recipe here

So that concludes Oreo Week. Honestly Oreos are so yummy and there’s so much that can be done with them! I’m definitely having another Oreo Week. You should too 🙂 xx

Banana + Nutella

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Time has been so hard to come by lately, I have had to put so many things aside. Friends, bake time, me time. Well most of the time me time is bake time so the two really go together. I can’t wait to end my internship only because working 9 hours a day and then having to come home to school work after is not only exhausting but a whole load of depressing as well.

Moving on to the cake above –

A friend posted a picture of a Banana Nutella Loaf on instagram recently and I just had to try it. I used Nigella’s Banana Loaf recipe and added in  some Nutella on the top. Having a piece warm out of the oven was enough to make the load I was dragging behind me from the weeks past disappear.

The top was  a little overcooked and more brown than I wanted, but once I bit down to the middle I was glad and a little relieved. Can’t wait for the mother to get home so that she can try a piece.

I’m out. Have a great week ahead everyone! xx

Hiatus

I haven’t been here in a really long while. Spent two amazing months in California, and despite having a kitchen in my apartment, I did no baking. Shame on me. Now my weekdays are spent in an office for a 5 month long internship and my weekends will be spent mostly packing up my place because i’m moving. Bake days are rare but much much more appreciated.

I was determined to set aside last weekend to bake, but on Saturday I was ambushed by new developments that threatened to destroy these plans. What I did? I baked around them and inbetween them. I was that desperate for some bake time.

It was Victoria Sponge Cake day! I was pretty happy with how it turned out. Though, I did put too much cream in the middle and it oozed out the sides… but other than that it was a royal hit.

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Now to find the time to try out my Giant Cupcake Pan. *yikes!