Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Baking with dear sis. Natalie

 Dear Sister Natalie wanted to bake for her dearest little sister Shin Ru.

Nat: '' Carine... May I ask you to do me a favor? hehehe...''
Me: '' What is it? ''
Nat: '' me how to bake...again? '' 
Me: '' LOL... what kind of cake do you want to bake? ''
Nat: '' I don't know woh... maybe..banana cake?is it difficult to bake?''
Me: '' Not really, compared to the cake we baked last time ( low fat lemon yogurt loaf) , I think this is much easier. ''
Nat: '' What about oreo cake? ''
Me: '' Oreo cake?  like...a cake with oreo filling or...?''
Nat :'' Huh? Cake with filling? Is that possible? ''
Me: '' oh gosh...of want to try and bake banana cake with oreo cookies in it? ''
Nat: '' Huh? can ah? sounds good...'' 

And so, 
My dear sister Natalie came in the morning to mess up the kitchen with me.
She came by walking from the baking ingredients shop which located downhills. 

'' What in the world......?!!!! Did you just walk uphill...???? to my house? WITH THOSE BIG BAGS OF INGREDIENTS?! ''

'' big deal... [ sweating ] ''

With such sincere. I was prostrated with admiration, I still am.

Interesting facts:
1. Sis Natalie didn't know parchment paper existed. 
When I taught her the technique to line the cake pan with parchment, she was like :'' oh!! wow!! I didn't know we can do that! ''

2. When she works with an electric mixer, she will eventually loose control. Cake batter everywhere.

3. She did all the dishes.
 Well... I cleaned the table and repositioned the ingredients into cabinet. easy peasy lemon squeezy.
4. She likes crushing the Oreo cookies. I like eating it. correction, Love eating it.

5.She kept on yelling :'' SMELLS SO GOOD....SMELLS SO GOOD...'' while she was dish washing.. because the cake was baking in the oven.

6. She thought I decorated the cake with cake flour.

I had so much fun baking with Nat. She had such great personality. 
I hope there'll be next time. 

Here's the recipe
(without the oreo cookies. We made some changes ) :

Banana cake Recipe

- 90g canola or sunflower oil ( reduced to
1 tablespoon-ish )
- 90g castor sugar (reduced to 70g)
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten 
- 125g flour (plain flour is fine)
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 4 medium-sized bananas, mashed with a fork ( we used 6 bananas)
- 25g low fat milk ( we used 75-85g and add in a tablespoon of vinegar to make buttermilk which will moisten the cake)
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

1. Beat egg and sugar till light and creamy.

2. Add milk, mashed bananas, oil and rum, and combine.

3. In a separate bowl, sift flour, baking powder and baking 

soda, and give a quick whisk. Fold in flour into the wet 

ingredients until no traces of flour remain. Do not over-mix.

  Stop the moment everything is incorporated.

5. Pour into a lined 6-inch round tray.

6. Bake at 175 degree celsius for about 40mins, or until 


We used a full packet of Oreo cookies and crushed them in a 

zip lock bag. After that we just throw them in to the cake 

batter after step 3. 

We also tripe the portion size to make 2 round 9-inch cakes 

and 1 loaf.

Messy kitchen.

This is my dear sister Natalie, trying to crush the cookies.

 Oxidized mashed banana . Disgustingly beautiful.

We used extra amount of bananas to replace the reduced amount of oil.

Cooling down.

Simple cake. Simple decoration.
Powdered sugar.

This is the Loaf version.

You can clearly see the oreo chunks inside. OH SO GOOD.

This cake doesn't have a beautiful peak on the middle...but........ has the moistest inside.

Darker in colour than the usual banana cakes due to the oreo cookie crumbs and the oxidized bananas. LOL.


 What a lovely couple.....and a terrible looking cake.......

 This is my first time using chocolate to decorate cakes.

Please don't laugh...I know it 's terrible. LOL.

 Yikes...I accidentally stuck my fingers into the frosting... Do you think that was an accident? :P

Family photo time

 The sponge layers were a little to thick. Next time I'm going to separate the layers even thinner.

Low fat lemon cake with black cherry, Oreos and raisins filling, frosted with Low sugar Cream cheese Icing.


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Cake.Love.Chocolate.Addictive.Both,Insanely Delish.

Looks Sinfully good huh?

I made this cake for Teacher's day.

We had a ''tea-time'' or should I say PARTY on Teacher's day.

Weirdly, It feels like ''Kid's day''(儿童节).

Maybe it's because of the Crazy environment, and lots and lots of snacks.

I used to have this kind of party when I was in primary school.

I miss it so much.

Who doesn't like Oreos? Who doesn't like chocolates?

okay, maybe there is. But these ingredients are the most popular and acceptable by the crowd.

The combination is great, (I think...)

Moist Chocolate Cake, Cream,Oreos, Chocolate Ganache, Peanut brittle, some raisins,more oreos...

This cake is fudgy, moist ,and delicious. Hope you'll give it a try!

Recipe for cake:

Hershey's Perfectly Chocolate Cake

2 cups sugar
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
(I used the dark cocoa this time)
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

1 cup buttermilk
(I used  low fat milk + 1 tbsp vinegar)
1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water

Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl.

Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pans. 

 Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans, and flip over onto wire racks. Cool completely. 10 to 12 servings.


for the Chocolate Ganache

700ml cream

700g Dark chocolate chips

1 tablespoon glucose syrup/corn syrup

Place the chocolates chips in a big bowl. Control yourself not to eat it.

Bring the cream to a boil the quickly pour into the chocolates.

Add in the syrup.

Let the cream and chocolate sit for a while, about 2 minutes.

Stir it until smooth and irresistible.....

After cooling it down, put it into the fridge, covered.

For the filling: (sorry I didn't measure this!)

Some whipped cream, some oreos, some peanut brittle (crushed into pralines),

some raisins....

The last part is to stack the cake and the filling together, Ice it with chocolate ganache,  Decorate it..lick your  spoon.. Pop it into the fridge,

That's it!

Sorry for the lightning. My kitchen light is yellow.

Want to know why?

My father thought it was romantic...

Packed inside a big box and ready for Teacher's day!

Sigh..Bad piping skills. Still need to improve.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Cheesecake! Cheesecake! Birthday! Brithday!


Yes, once again, I made cheesecake for my dad's birthday.
Well, he loves cheesecake.
Actually, my dad is a ''china man''.
Which describes him as a Chinese man who
He doesn't really like western food and desserts.
But I'm really sure He likes cheesecake.
Yea, that's because the cake he only orders from Secret Recipe (famous cake shop) is.....yea, cheesecake.

Whipped cream piped for decorating...
It doesn't look THAT good but still......ermmm......still..
acceptable.for me.

Chocolate chip filling...oh yea....

Don't worry,dad. You look great. hehe.

My dad wasn't young anymore.
But he's still got THAT sense of humor from his young days.
I love you dad, truly.
I hope you'll be happy, joyful and blessed everyday.
God bless you and be with you, Always.


This is another cheesecake I made.
For no reason. Just cravings. :P
This is

Honestly say, cheesecake is one of the easiest cake I've ever made.
No complicated steps and technique.
Just follow the recipe and you results a
good simple sweet tasty rich dense cheesy creamy addictive fulling satisfying.......

I like the crumble top. Especially the burned ones, tastes caramel-ly.


I replaced the Oreo cookies with shortbread cookies and
added handfuls of chocolate chips. I didn't have Oreo cookies on hand so...

rejected photo:

Too dark. :(
But I'm still posting it because.....
you can clearly see the melted chocolate chip inside the cake...
soo.....evil..... :P

Check Out this site!

I posted my cake photos from last year on another blog of mine.
Actually that blog wasn't suppose to be created until I was too stupid I thought that THIS BLOG was blocked.
Obviously it didn't.
I don't want you guys(whoever you are.....) to miss this cake I was a long time ago...but still, It's pretty.
I'm happy about that.
Please click on this link below and read it! It's pretty delish looking....hehehe....

Monday, January 16, 2012

Tang Zhong Buns.....

I baked these a long time ago.
Just didn't had enough time to put them up.

Burnt. haha....

I know I'm not professional, but I'm trying my best to take my best shots. ^^


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