Monday, March 30, 2009

Basic Cupcake


Nothing fancy. This is just a very basic and simple cupcake to make. You are able to add in different flavorings, chocolates, fruits and nuts, etc, for variation. Don't expect the taste and texture to be fantastic, it is really very normal. It is not too sweet, just nice to go along with frosting. I did this so that I can "play" with the fondant decorations.

*Tips: In order to get even height for the cupcakes and you are not good in your estimation, you can weight the batter first. =)

I made this specially for Shan.
Designer Caihui

Taken from Su Yin's recipe. (Makes 12 cupcakes)
130g unsalted butter
3/4 cup caster sugar
2 large eggs
1tsp vamilla extract
170g self-raising flour
1tsp baking powder
1/3 cup fresh milk

Preheat oven to 180 degree/
1. Beat butter and sugar together till pale and fluffy which will usually take about 5 mins.
2. Add in the vanilla extract, follow by 1 egg at a time, beating well between each addition.
3. Add in the sifted flour and baking powder alternaltey with the milk.
4. Spoon into the cupcake liners and bake for 15-18mins.
(50g of batter per cupcake)

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Vanilla Sugar Cookies

This is taken from Bake at 350. Although in the recipe it doesn't requires any chilling but I did. The dough is much easier to handle after chilling for about 1/2 hour. Not sure is it because of this, the cookies puff up alittle. The sweetness is just nice with crisp texture, good to go with royal icing.

Oh yes, I almost forgot about it. This is done with my new gadget, the lettering imprint set from Germany. =)


3cup plain flour
2tsp baking powder
1cup sugar
225g butter
1 egg
1/2tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 175 degree.
Line parchment paper on baking sheet.

Combine flour and baking powder, set aside.
Cream butter and sugar together till pale and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla extract and mix well.
Add in the flour mixture gradually and beat till just combined.

(I chilled for half an hour first)
Roll onto a floured surface and cut into shapes. Bake for 10-12mins.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Fondant making class


Finally finally, I've attended a baking class. I've never attended any classes on baking before. This is the first class that I have managed to attend. This is a cupcake fondant making class organise by BIY. It's quite hard to get a slot, as it is always full. But thank God, I manage to!

Overall, I will say the class is pretty useful. And I have lots of fun too. Each of us get to decorate 4 cupcakes. Below are some of the pictures =)

Done by me. Forget to take nicer pictures nad the actual completed piece, took these in a hurry.






Thursday, March 26, 2009

A Cardigan for Atalie

Did I tell you that I love love love to crochet too? What is crochet? It is actually similar to knitting except that it uses only one needle instead of two. I have learnt crochet for like 10 years or more. I used to crochet alot alot alot and do all kinds of things like bags, dress, skirts, blouses, scrunchie, etc. I have quite a huge collection of designs as well, hee. Now, I only do it occasionally when I have the time. =D

Anyway, I am very happy with this top that I have made for Atalie, it is so sweet. She wore it last week to service with a dress. I will take some picture with her wearing it the next time.


Saturday, March 14, 2009

Past bakes

A few pictures taken during last year for the bakes that I've done using marshmallow fondant and icing to decorate. Improvement in progress.





Friday, March 13, 2009

White Chocolate Chip Macademia Cookies

Had baked this last year as I was craving Subway cookies and its really good. Adaption from Cookie Madness, had tweak the proportions to get the texture I want.

White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies

140g plain flour
1/2tsp baking soda
1/2tsp salt
115g unsalted butter
80g brown sugar
75g caster sugar
1 egg
1tsp vanilla extract
3/4cup white chocolate
1 cup macademia nuts

Preheat oven to 190degree.
Beat butter, sugars, vanilla and salt till creamy.
Add egg and beat well.
Add in flour and baking soda gradually, beat till blended.
Stir in white chocolate and nutes.
Drop a dollop tablespoon on ungreased cookie sheet. Make sure you leave at least 2 inches apart, as the cookies will really spread.
Bake for about 8-10 mins, till edge golden brown.
Leave to cool slightly and remove from tray, then to the rack.

Chocolate Blueberry Cupcake

Last weekend, I had hubby to take care of Atalie so that I can do some baking. Been sourcing around, with ideas from here and there, I came up with this. Sorry, I didn't take any pictures as I was too tired after a few hours of baking.

The cupcake was good and refreshing. Something different from what I would usually bake. Texture wise, it's soft and crumbly. Will definately bake this again. Probably will try out a few other more blueberry recipes, so I can quickly use up the blueberry filling that I have. I bought the blueberry filling from Phoon Huat, I must say that it is quite good. Not too sweet, taste is just right.

If you see from my to-bake-list, I'm going to also attempt to bake some cut-out cookies/shortbread. I have some recipes that I have baked before, but it's good to try more recipes. And as I've just bought a new gadget, a lettering imprint set from Germany, suppose it will turn out to be interesting. =) Will update soon ya.

Ps: Some time last year, I had baked some white chocolate cookies. After trying out, I had the combination that I like which I find it close to Subway cookie, will post the recipe here soon too.

Chocolate Blueberry Cupcake

Makes 12 regular
100g Self-raising flour
1/2 tsp Baking soda
25g cocoa powder
75g chocolate, chopped
100g unsalted butter, at room temperature
60g caster sugar
40g brown sugar
2 eggs, at room temperature
12 tsp of blueberry jam/filling

Preheat oven to 180 degree.

Melt chocolate block, either microwave or water bath and leave to cool.
Beat butter and sugars together till pale and fluffy. Then beat in 1 egg at a time.
Sift flour, soda and cocoa powder into the mixture and fold well.
Stir in melted chocolate.
Scoop mixture in the cups, add in the blueberry, follow by another scoop of mixture to about 3/4 full.
Bake for about 20 minutes or till skewer comes out clean.

Thursday, March 12, 2009