Thursday, July 18, 2013

M. I .A

I was missing in action for a while as I find myself no longer able to keep up this blog. Initially, I wanted to shut down my blog totally but after second thought, I think there are many good recipes which I think I should continue to share.  

Life is another new chapter for me after my old domestic helper left.  On top of work, I have to juggle with my new helper and my mum who just completed a knee operation. I used to be a very "let go" person, left all the household chores, grocery buying and cooking to my old domestic helper.  However, with her behaviour and attitude deteriorating, I think it's time to change, and I should not overly rely on helper anymore.

Entering into this new chapter, I become busier but  I think I'm happier and more fulfilling.  Thing is more in order at home, all the clothes are ironed and returned to wardrobe much faster,  the house is clearer and neater, most importantly, more food are served at dinner than before. 

Taken control of kitchen and food means I can decide what food I should buy, what dinner I should cook,  although sometimes it can bog me down, as long as my family enjoying the meal, I'm happy.    In this new chapter, I realized, in fact, cooking is as interesting as baking as long as the cleaning/washing up part is taken care by someone.  I think this is a good opportunity I should to take advantage, I should try to master my cooking skill.  Moreover, come to realize, cooking is easier than baking because if the food is tasteless or uncook, I can always remedy it along the way or before serving.  

Not sure why I have the mood today to blog and share my thought, probably, I have good mood as my mother is recovering much faster than expected.  Although I lost touch of blogging, I'm very active in facebook sharing daily photo with my friends.  I captured every dish I cooked as it's good to keep this as collection of memory.  I will find some time to post the recipes of some of the delicious dishes in due course. Hopefully, it will not take too long :)

Friday, May 17, 2013

Lemon/ Pandan Cheese Chiffon Cake



I did bake a couple of cakes lately but just couldn't find a time to post.  These two cheese chiffon cakes are always my favorite, it tastes so good and easy to bake.  If you are interested, please click the following links for recipe.



 

Enjoy baking!


Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Chocolate Banana Cupcakes

Although I had done a fare bit of baking lately, I just feel my energy level remains low and sometimes, somehow I feel that baking has no longer a joy for me, I bake for the seek of satisfying my daughter's craving or getting rid of ingredients that are expiring or some one's birthday, etc.


So many cookbooks I bought have become white elephant, I only like to browse them.  I normally don't dare to try their recipes without anyone tested before as I had some bad experience with some of the cookbooks, the cake didn't turn out as expected.  I don't blame the recipe, it could be me, my skill but the problem is once bitten, twice shy.   That's why I prefer to adopt tested recipe online as it's safer.  
Although this recipe wasn't tested, I decided to give it a try.  This is a chocolate banana cupcake, surprisingly, this cupcake turned out so great, it's excellent. It is chocolaty, spongy and moist.  If you eat it for breakfast, you don't need the layer of chocolate ganache, it's already very tasty.  The chocolate ganache definitely adds extra richness but I think it's too heavy for breakfast, it's good for tea break.


I will definitely bake again.  Want to join me?  Recipe here.

Ingredients (make 8 cupcakes):

  • 125g butter
  • 115g brown suger
  • 2 eggs (lightly beaten)
  • 120g cake flour                            } Sift
  • 1 tsp baking powder                   }  together
  • 2 1/2 (or 3) tbsp cocoa powder} 
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence/paste
  • 3 small banana (roughly mashed) - abt 200g
Method:
  1. Preheat oven at 170*C.
  2. In a mixing bowl, beat butter and brown suger together at low speed till light and fluffy (abt 4-5 mins).
  3. Add egg a bit at a time, mix well.
  4. Add the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder and cocoa powder) into step 3,  manual fold till well incorporated.
  5. Stir in vanilla essence/paste and fold in mashed banana and mix well.
  6. Use a ice cream scoop, spoon batter into cupcake case until 70% full.  
  7. Bake for 25-30 mins or till fully baked.
  8. Remove and let it cool completely before frosting (if desired).
I used Chocolate Ganache for frosting - can't remember the exact amount, you can try the following combination if you can't find one.
  • 100g dark chocolate 
  • 80g whipping cream
  • 15g butter



Chocolate Cheesecake

Happy Birthday!  This rich Chocolate Cheesecake was baked for my younger daughter for her birthday last week.  Time flies! Our baby had grown another year bigger, however, she still remains like a kid and that's something worrying us.  

Too much computer time or immersed too much into cyber world has inhabited her ability from dealing with the real life situation, she has a lot to learn and experience.  I think  we as parent also play a part to be blamed as we were too protective of her and led her to rely on us too much.  We have decided to let go and hope that allows her to learn how to be independent going forward.
This cake is absolutely sinful.  Imaging the calories of chocolate double with cheese, I don't need to say more.  Overall, this cake was good but not great.  I guess I'm not a person who knows how to appreciate rich and solid cheesecake these days  as it is too much to digest.

If you're a big fan of rich cheesecake cake, you may like it.  Below is the recipe modified from Bakericious.



Ingredients : 
(for One 7" cake pan or One 4" & One 6" cake pan - loose bottom wrapped with foil)
  • 140g Oreo Cookies (remove the creme), crushed
  • 60g unsalted butter (melt)
  • 75ml whipping cream
  • 75g dark chocolate
  • 355g cream cheese, room temperature
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 30g cocoa powder 
  • 10 pcs Oreo cookies- crushed (I think this is extra, you can skip)
Chocolate Ganache:
  • 100g dark chocolate, chopped 
  • 60g whipping cream
  • 20g butter

Method:
1. Melt the butter under microwave for 25 sec and then pour into the crushed Oreo cookies.   Mix well and press the crumbs onto the cake pan base and chilled for later use.
2. Heat up the whipping cream in a heavy duty cookware, add in the dark chocolate and stir well and till smooth. Put aside.
3. Preheat the oven to 160°C.  
4. In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar till fluffy. Add the eggs in one at a time and beat again till combined.
5. Add chocolate mixture from step 2 and stir well. 

6. Sift in the cocoa powder and crushed Oreo cookies (if you desire), and combine till mixture is smooth.
7. Pour the cheesecake batter into the prepared cake pan with the cookie base. Water bath at 160*C for 45 to 50 minutes or the cake center is a little "wobbly".
8. Remove from oven and let cool for awhile.
9. To make chocolate ganache, boil the whipping cream in a heavy duty cookware, add in chocolate and butter and then mix well and till smooth.
9. Pour the chocolate mixture onto the cake and let it cool completely before refrigerating. Chill for at least 4 to 6 hrs before serving.
10. Decorate the cake as your desire.

Monday, April 29, 2013

American Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

You might not believe, before this bake, I had never tasted the American Carrot cake  although this is one of the popular cake here.  If anyone talked about carrot cake, first thing struck me would be Chinese Carrot cake as I couldn't image how the chemistry reaction of the carrot and batter would turn up after baking.  One thing for sure was I had no desire to try out previously.    

Because of my daughter's craving, I decided to give this cake a try. After browsing through some of the blog posts, I decided to adopt the recipe from Nasi Lemak Lover since she highly recommended it. As American cake tends to be denser and heavier in texture, it's not my cup of tea. However, my daughter and her friends quite liked it. Although the texture was dense, this cake actuall was quite moist.

Here is the recipe for this Amercian Carrot Cake.  A slight modification from Nasi Lemak Lover's.   Cheer!

Cake Ingredients (make TWO 2"x6" loaf pans):
  • 130g cake flour
  • 1/2tsp baking powder
  • 1/2tsp baking soda
  • 1/4tsp cinnamon powder
  • 80g caster sugar
  • 80g brown sugar
  • 1/2tsp salt
  • 150g finely shredded carrots
  • 100g corn oil
  • 1/2tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 80g walnut, chopped 

Method
1. Sift flour, 
baking powder and baking soda and cinnamon in a mixing bowl.
2. Add in caster & brown sugar and then salt.  Stir well.
3. Add in carrots, corn oil, vanilla extract and egg, beat for few minutes till mixture well combined.
4. Add in walnut and dried fruits, mix well.
5. Pour in a greased and line baking pan, bake at pre-heated oven 175c for 40mins.
6. Cool on a wire rack and slice horizontal into 3.
7. Apply cream cheese frosting (refer to below for recipe) in between each slice and last cover the top with remaining frosting.  Decor as desired.

Cream Cheese frosting
  • 150g cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 40g butter, at room temperature
  • 70g icing sugar, sifted
  • 1tbsp lemon juices
  • Finely grated lemon zest from 1 lemon
Method
1. Beat cream cheese and butter till light and creamy (abt 3 minutes).
2. Add in icing sugar and mix well on low speed.
3. Add in lemon juices and lemon zest, combine well.
4. Store in fridge for later use.


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Mango Cheese Chiffon Cake

Pardon my obsession, chiffon cake again!  I had been baking chiffon cake quite often lately  and omitted butter cake, I think I enjoy the fluffiness texture with the combination of cheese, it really tastes good. It's not too plain and not too rich, just strike the balance.



The push of baking quite often lately was because of that 1 kg cream cheese as I had to clear it within a week after opened the packaging.  It was so difficult to get rid, after the blueberry light cheesecake bake, there was still another 350g left.  Since I had been wanting to try mango flavoured cheese chiffon cake for some time and both mango and cheese were available, there was no excuse not to experiment this combination.


This cake turned up very decent.  Despite adding 1.5 tsp of mango essence, the mango flavour wasn't powering .  I think I still prefer the blueberry or pandan flavour but somehow my elder daughter likes it.  I guess it's very much dependent on individual preference.   Anyway, I think it was a good try!


Mango Cheese Chiffon Cake Recipe
P.S.  Therecipe is for TWO 9" cake, you need to use a very big mixing bowl, else it's very difficult to handle.  Suggest you to cut this recipe to half as it's easier to handle.

Ingredients (Two 23" cm tube pan):

  • 50g butter
  • 350g cream cheese
  • 30g whipping cream
  • 10 egg yolks
  • 2 eggs (whole)
  • 60g cake/top shifted flour (I use half each)
  • 60g corn shifted flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 100g mango puree 
  • 1 1/2 tsp mango flavouring
  • 10 egg whites
  • 180g caster sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
Method:

  1. Double boil butter, cream cheese and whipping cream and whisk until smooth.  Remove and transfer to a mixing bowl.
  2. Add in egg yolk and whole egg one at a time, mix till incorporated.
  3. Add in all the flour and baking powder, mix till smooth.
  4. Stir in mango puree and flavouring, mix well.  Set aside.
  5. In another bowl, whisk egg whites until soft peaks form, gradually whisk in sugar and cream of tartar. Beat until firm.
  6. Lightly fold 1/3 of the egg white mixture into cheese mixture.  Fold in remaining egg white mixture.
  7. Pour mixture into tube pans.  Bake at 170*C for 15 mins and then lower to 160*C for another 45 mins. 
  8. Remove from oven and invert cake pans onto a cooling rack.  Leave to cool for 3-4 hour before removing from pan.


Sunday, April 14, 2013

Blueberry Light Cheesecake

Buying a kg of cream cheese from Phoon Huat  is so economical, it's less than the amount you pay for 2 blocks (250g each) of Philadelphia's.  However, the headache is once the packaging is opened, the cream cheese has to be consumed within a week.  Since I still had some blueberry filling left over from previous bakes, I decided to try the recipe from Anncoo (which I had bookmarked it for almost a year).  I use 1.5X of the recipe  as I wanted to clear as much cream cheese as I could.  Overall, this cake tunred out really good, this recipe is a keeper.  My family, my sis-in-law and others who tasted this cake, all gave me a thumps-up.

If you would like to have a lighter version of cheese cake, this recipe might fit you (modified from Anncoo)


Ingredients:
Base - Three 6" loose cake tin
  • 180g digestive biscuits, crushed
  • 120g butter - melted
  • Mix all the above ingredients and press onto the cake tin base.

Filling:
  • 450g cream cheese (keep at room temperature before use)
  • 40g caster Sugar
  • 100g whipping cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1.5 tsp lemon juice
  • 3/4 tsp rum (optional)
  • 6 small (or 4.5 big) egg yolks (small -50g, big-65g)

  • 6 small (or 4.5 big) egg whites
  • 50g Sugar (half portion to egg yolks and egg whites)
  • pinche of cream of tartar
Method:
  1. Cream the cheese and sugar together.
  2. Slowly add in the whipping cream together with vanilla flavour,  lemon juice and rum. Beat the mixture till light and fluffy and smooth at medium speed. 
  3. Scrape bowl and add egg yolks one at a time until all combined and transfer to a larger bowl.
  4. Whisk egg whites, sugar and cream of tartar till peak form. Use spatula to fold egg whites to cheese mixture. 
  5. Pour cheese mixture into prepared cake tin.
  6. Steam bake at 160C for about 1 hour and leave to cool.
  7. Measure 300g blueberry pie filling in a pot, add 1tsp of lemon juice and put on low heat till blueberry pie filling becomes warm then spread on to the cheese cake.
  8. Put Blueberry cheese cake in fridge for at least one hour before serve. 

Chocolate Banana Cake

Just wanted to clear the sponge cake as it was kept in the freezer for almost to 2 weeks.   My daughter threw me a good idea - Chocolate Banana Cake as she just tried it the week before and she liked it.

Since there was two bananas at home and I had enough dark chocolate in the fridge , I decided to take her suggestion.  This was just a simple chocolate ganache with banana sponge cake.  Overall, the turnout was pretty decent.  She said if I could add more banana, it would taste much better. 

I couldn't remember the portion of the chocolate I used, anyway, I believe this is a popular cake and you should be able to find a lot of recipes out there.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Lemon Cheese Chiffon Cake

Happy Easter!
Thanks god for the long weekend!  I had more time for baking and therefore, I decided to explore a new recipe.   

I was glad that this cake turned out very refreshing, I brought to my mum's place last night and everyone liked it. It's a good recipe and will keep!   I am too tired tonight, I will post the recipe when I have the time.  Stay tunned!
Last but not least (hope it's not too late), Happy Easter to everyone!


Lemon Cheese Chiffon Cake Recipe (posted on Apr 14)
Ingredients:

-  60g butter
-  125g cream cheese (room temperature)
-  80g caster sugar

-  5 egg yolks
-  40g cake flour + 40g top flour (sifted)
-  100g fresh milk, mixed with 4 tbsp corn flour
-  3tsp vanilla essence
-  1tbsp lemon juice
-  1 tsp lemon zest (abt 1 lemon)

-  6 egg whites
-  80g caster sugar
-  pinch of cream of tartar

Method:
  1. Preheat oven to 170*C.  Prepare 23 cm tube pan.
  2. Beat butter, cream cheese and sugar at medium speed for 2 mins till smooth.
  3. Add in egg yolk one at a time, hand whisk well with each addition.  
  4. Add in flour, milk mixture, vanilla essence, lemon juice and zest, stir till smooth. Set aside.
  5. Use a cake mixer,  whisk the egg whites till frothy (abt 3-3.5 mins), gradually add in the sugar and cream of tartar, whisk till 80% peak form.
  6. Fold in 1/3 of the meringue into the egg yolk mixture until combined.
  7. Repeat the same, fold in the rest of the meringue lightly in 2 portions until well combined.
  8. Pour batter into a 23cm (9") tube pan .
  9. Bake in a preheated oven at 170*C for 15 mins and lower temperature to 160*C for another 35-40 mins. 
  10. Remove from oven, invert cake onto table till it cool down (at least 4 hrs).  Turn over if can't hold.  
  11. Remove cake from pan and serve.

Cream Cheese Chiffon Cake with Choc Chip

My daughter was craving about this cream cheese chiffon cake with choc chip last weekend, she requested me to bake for her classmates and I definitely more than happy to do so.

To ease her for distributing the cake to her schoolmates, I decided to bake into cupcake form, however, I overlooked that the 6-egg recipe could make more than 12 cupcakes, it actually overloaded my oven.  I must remind myself, I should cut down the recipe to 4-egg next time so that it's just nice to fit in 12 cupcakes.

Luckily, my oven is big, after loading the 12-cupcake tray, I could still squeeze in one 6" tube pan and another 4" tube pan.    The cupcakes only took 25-30 mins to cook, the tub pan took another 10 -15 mins.



Ingredients (cut down to 4-egg proportionally if baking cupcake)
- 135g milk
- 125g cream cheese
- 90g butter (I cut down to 75g for this bake and I prefer)  
- 150g  top flour - sifted
- pinch of salt
- 120g egg yolk (abt 6 big egg yolks)
- 265g egg white (abt 7 big egg whites)
- 120g caster sugar
- 100g chocolate chips (I increased to 120g)

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 165C.
  2. Cook butter, cream cheese and milk together over double-boiler until thicken and let it cool.
  3. Add in flour and salt, stir till smooth.
  4. Add in egg yolk one at a time, whisk well with each addition.  
  5. Use a cake mixer,  whisk the egg whites till frothy, gradually add in the sugar and whisk till 80% peak form.
  6. Fold in 1/3 of the meringue into the egg yolk mixture until combined.
  7. Repeat the same, fold in the rest of the meringue lightly in 2 portions until well combined.
  8. Pour batter into a 24cm (9") tube pan and swirl in the chocolate chips.
  9. Bake in a preheated oven for 50-55mins.  (Cupcake 0nly takes 25-30 mins, 4" tube pan takes about 40-45 mins)
  10. Remove from oven, invert cake onto table till it cool down.  Turn over if can't hold.  
  11. Remove cake from pan and serve.

Japanese Strawberry Shortcake


I love Korean Strawberry as it's very sweet as compare to Austalia or US brands.  Since it's on an offer lately, it's a good time to make Strawberry Shortcake.    I made this for own consumption only, therefore, I didn't care too much of the cosmetic.  Don't judge the book by its cover, the cake still tasted good.

I used the same recipe as my last bake.  If you would like to make one, pls click here. 

Blueberry Chocolate Cheesecake

Lately, I was addicted to iphone apps, I downloaded/ purchased many apps and like to play with it to create different effect to enhance my photo.  

All these apps give extra touch to the photo and make the photo very interesteting.  These are some of the pictures I used a few apps to create.   Look good?


I find it's hard to find time to blog these days and therefore, I would like to keep my post short.  This is a cold set cheesecake.  I made this for one of my colleague's birthday two weeks ago, all my colleagues like it so much and few of them asked me for recipe.  :)

Wow! Time flies..   the last time I made this was in 2009,  I was surprised that it was so far back.  

If you're interested in giving this cake a try, here you go...


Blueberry Chocolate Cheesecake
Cheesecake Base:
-50g digestive biscuit crumbs combines with 50g Oreo biscuit crumbs
-50g melted butter

Method:
1. Mix all the above ingredients and press into a 6" prepared pan lined with foil. Chill in fridge for at least 30 mins.

Cheese Filling:
A. 250g cream cheese, 5g vanilla essence, 2 tbsp lemon juice
B. 25g milk, 95g white chocolate coins, 50g sugar
C. 11g gelatin, dissolve with 2 tbsp hot water or double boil
D. 200g whipping cream (whipped)
E. 110g blueberry pie filling

Method:
1. Whip cream cheese and then add in vanilla essence and lemon juice. Beat till smooth (abt 3-5 mins)
2. Double boil milk, white chocolate and sugar. Still and boil till chocolate melts over low heat.
3. Add dissolved gelatine into above chocolate mixture, stir till combine.
4. Pour above chocolate mixture slowly into cream cheese mixture in step 1, beat on slow speed till well combined. Pour whipped cream into the above mixture and mix well.
5. Divide the above mixture into 1/3 and 2/3 portions. Add blueberry pie filing into 1/3 mixture, stir till combine.
6. Pour half of the 2/3 plain mixture into the prepared pan and let it set in the fridge (about 15 mins in freezer)
7. Pour the blueberry mixture on top of the plain mixture and let it set in the fridge (about 15 mins in freezer)
8. Pour the remaining plain mixture on top and let it chill the fridge for at least 3 hours till it completely sets.
9. Decorate with extra blueberry filling if desired.

Crispy Coffee Cake (Coffee Batter)

This was the second bake of Crispy Coffee Cake within the week of Mar 15 as I was trying to get rid of the remaining yogurt.  This time round, I added the coffee into the batter instead of the crumb.  My daughter said it tasated better, however, I prefer the previous bake as it tasted more like butter cake without crumb.



Crispy Coffee Cake (coffee batter) Recipe
- Preheat oven at 175*C for min. 15 mins. Baking Time: 50 mins.
- Baking pan: 8" square baking pan. Base lined with baking paper (Don’t grease the side). 

Ingredient A:
- 100g plain flour   } sift
- 70g brown sugar 
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
- 70g butter (cold)

Ingredient B:
- 200 butter (original recipe asks for 220g)
- 175g caster sugar
- 3 eggs  (beaten slightly) - 60g each
- 1/2 tsp vanilla essence

Ingredient C:
- 250g plain flour         }sift 
- 2 tsp baking powder  }  
- 130ml yogurt 
- 2 tsp Nestle instance coffee powder (should mix this with a tsp of water)
-  80g chopped walnut (optional)


Method:
  1. Mix plain flour, brown sugar, cinnamon powder of Ingredient A together, mix well.  Cut butter into cute and rub into flour mixture to form dough.  Keep it into fridge till firmed.
  2. Beat butter and sugar from ingredient B till pale and fluffy (about 4-5 mins).  Add eggs, one portion at a time, mix well.  Add essence and mix well. 
  3. Alternately pour in yogurt, flours and instance coffee from Ingredient C with a spatula, mix well. 
  4. Pour the batter into 8" square mould based with paper.
  5. Remove dough from fridge, grate it, mix with walnut and sprinkle over the batter.
  6. Bake in preheated oven at 175*C for 50-55 mins.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Crispy Coffee Cake


Enjoy the little things in life, happiness doesn't need to have a lot of money, it's all in your mind!  I guess as long as you live within your means, always look at things at the bright side, appreciate individual differences and don't set too high expectation, you will be able to appreciate what you have and live a happy life.

My daughter had been craving for Coffee Cake since returning from her university exchange program and finally, I managed to find a time and baked this for her last week.   It had been a while since the last time I baked for this.

I had 3 different recipes for Coffee Cake, I choose this  as based on my memory, this was the best among the rest of all.  For this recipe, the coffee powder was added to the crumb and not to the batter.  My daughter prefer stronger coffee taste, this method seemed to weaken the favour. 

I do agree with my daughter,  it tastes more like butter cake than coffee's but overall, this recipe is still a keeper.  I just need to add coffee powder to the batter instead.  A word to share : please try to get a good quality cinnamon powder and for the coffee powder, I find the Nestle instant coffee is a better choice.


If you would like to join the fun, here you go.. 


Crispy Coffee Cake Recipe
- Preheat oven at 175*C for min. 15 mins. Baking Time: 50 mins.
- Baking pan: 8" square baking pan. Base lined with baking paper (Don’t grease the side). 

Ingredient A:
- 100g plain flour   } sift
- 70g brown sugar 
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder 
- 2 tsp Nestle 
instance coffee powder (should mix this with a tsp of water and add to the batter)
- 70g butter (cold)

Ingredient B:
- 200 butter (original recipe asks for 220g)
- 175g caster sugar
- 3 eggs  (beaten slightly) - 60g each
- 1/2 tsp vanilla essence

Ingredient C:
- 250g plain flour         }sift 
- 2 tsp baking powder  }  
- 130ml yogurt 
-  80g chopped walnut (optional)


Method:
  1. Mix plain flour, brown sugar, cinnamon powder and instance coffee of Ingredient A together, mix well.  Cut butter into cute and rub into flour mixture to form dough.  Keep it into fridge till firmed.
  2. Beat butter and sugar from ingredient B till pale and fluffy (about 4-5 mins).  Add eggs, one portion at a time, mix well.  Add essence and mix well. 
  3. Alternately pour in yogurt and flours from Ingredient C with a spatula, mix well. 
  4. Pour the batter into 8" square mould based with paper.
  5. Remove dough from fridge, grate it, mix with walnut and sprinkle over the batter.
  6. Bake in preheated oven at 175*C for 50-55 mins.


Sunday, March 3, 2013

Chocolate Swirl Cheese Cupcakes

 I had been wanting to post this recipe since Chinese New Year but somehow, I couldn't find a time.   Life seems getting busier ... or probably my priority has changed ...

Chinese New Year and Valentine's day had passed, time flied!  We had entered into March now and very soon, one quarter of the year will be gone soon...

What did I do during the Chinese New Year?  Looking back, what I could recall is about eat and eat.. nothing unique and really special as compare to other years.

I managed to meet up with my old classmates which I really treasured and enjoyed. I didn't notice much change from them except all our kids had grown up, either serving NS or studying in University.  Time really flies.. I believe another few years down the road, we probably will be chatting about their wedding and then grandchildren ....

Not to disappoint them, I purposely baked this cake as they mentioned a couple of time wanting to try my bake.  It had been a wonderful time with them and glad that they liked this cake. 

This is not a new recipe, I baked it a couple of times but this time round, it was in cupcake form.


Ingredients:
Cheese Mixture
-    300g cream cheese      } beat
-    50g caster sugar          } together
-    1 egg
-    1 tsp lemon juice

Butter Batter
-    375g butter, softened
-    240g sugar
-    6 eggs
-    6 tbsp cocoa powder            }
-    240g cake flour               }sifted
-    2 tsp baking powder           } together
-    1/2  tsp baking soda               }
-    3.75 tbsp milk


Preparation:
-    Preheat oven at  170-175*C for 15 mins.  Baking Time:  20-23  mins
-    Prepare about 24 cup cases
-    Sift coca powder, flour,  baking power and baking soda together.  Mix till even.

Method:
1. Beat cream cheese with sugar until light and fluffy (abt 3mins).   Add in egg and mix till well incorporated. Set aside.
2. In another mixing blow, beat butter and sugar at medium speed till light and fluffy (about 5 mins).
3. Add in eggs, one at a time  and mix at low speed till well incorporated.
4. Fold in flour mixture (coca powder, flour, baking powder and baking soda) with a spatula, alternate with milk into egg mixture (from step 3) gently till finish.
5.  Scoop 25g of butter batter into cupcase 
(from step 4), pipe in 20g of cheesemixture (from step 1) and then top with another 25g of butter batter (only up to 70% of cup).  Repeat the same till finish all batter.
6.  Bake in preheat oven at 170C for 20-23 mins or until skewer comes out clean.
** Recommend you to top it with some chocolate ganache as it makes this cake really perfect.

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