Monday, 5 November 2018

Pistachio Raspberries Buttercream Cake


The frosting of this cake is a little different from the typical whipping cream with fruits topping which I used to do.  It’s supposed to create water colour effect on the cake but some how it turned out to be a disaster.   Anyway, after few attempts and I'm so thankful that it was eventually made it to the ‘finale’.


Pistachio cake layers with buttercream and fresh raspberries… they work wonderfully together.  The tangy taste of the raspberries with the fluffy and moist pistachio cake is what I like most about this cake.  


This cake is specially baked for a lovely friend’s 50th birthday.  May she always stay stunning and amazing!


INGREDIENTS


For the cake
60g            Pistachio nuts
180g          All-purpose flour
15g             Cornstarch
1 ½ tsp     Baking powder
½ tsp        Baking soda
¼ tsp        Salt
113g           Unsalted butter
120g          Castor sugar
½               Whole egg
1.5 tsp       Vanilla extract
125g           Fresh milk
1 ½            Egg whites
¼               Cream of tartar

For the Frosting:
350g         Unsalted butter
250g         Powdered sugar, sifted
¼ tsp        Salt
1 ½ tsp     Vanilla extract
4 tbsp        Whipping cream (see note)

For the filling
Buttercream
Raspberries (cut into half)



METHODS

For the cake

(1)Preheat oven to 170 Deg C.  Grease the bottom and sides of 8” cake pans with butter.  This only makes 2 layers of cakes.

(2)In a mixing bowl, mix together flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Set aside.

(3)Ground pistachio nuts in a food processor until coarsely chopped and then take 2 tablespoons and add it into the dry ingredients.  Continue to ground the rest of the nuts until it comes powder.  Mix into the dry ingredients.

(4)In the bowl of an electric mixer with a paddle attachment, whip the butter for 2 minutes.  Add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy.  Mix in the whole egg and the vanilla until just combined.

(5)In 3 batches, alternate mixing the dry ingredients and milk into the butter.  Mix completely before adding each additional batch.  Scrape down the sides as needed.

(6)In a separate mixing bowl, whip egg whites and cream of tartar until it reaches soft peaks.  Fold the whipped egg whites into the batter until combined.

(7)Pour batter into pans and smooth the tops.  Bake for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  Cool the pan for 10 minutes before removing and cooling completely on a wire rack before slice them into half.


For the frosting

(1)Beat the softened butter for a minutes with a mixer using the paddle attachment on medium speed.

(2)Turn off the mixer and add the sifted powdered sugar and turn your mixer on the lowest speed (so the sugar doesn’t blow everywhere) until the sugar has been incorporated with the butter.

(3)Increase mixer speed to medium and add the vanilla extract, salt.  Add 2 tablespoons of cream (if you have) and beat for 2-3 minutes until it is whipped, fluffy, and creamy in appearance.

Note:  If your frosting needs a more stiff consistency, add remaining sugar. If your frosting needs to be thinned out, add remaining cream 1 tablespoons at a time.

For assembly of cake

(1)Place one cake layer (bottom-side up) on a serving stand.  Spread buttercream on it and top with raspberries. 

(2)Place the second cake layer on top and repeat process.



(3)Finally, top with last cake layer.  Coat a thin layer of buttercream on the cake and put it in the refrigerator to chill for about 15-20 minutes.




(4)Remove the coated cake from the refrigerator and start to apply the balance buttercream all over the cake and follow by decorating the cake.

HAPPY BAKING!


Monday, 3 September 2018

S’mores Chocolate Chips Cake



This is a rich cake that filled with lots of chocolate chips and crushed digestive biscuits.  It is topped with layer of gooey marshmallow, which was browned until melted and toasted.


I chanced upon this cake when I was looking for some interesting cake to bake for SHINE Ministry.  It is a ministry in my church for adults with special needs (developmental disabilities).  I’m happy that this cake was well received.


I know the process of making this cake looked daunting but it’s totally doable and not difficult at all.  This cake is so pretty that I’m so proud of the outcome of this cake.


HAPPY BAKING!

INGREDIENTS
[Adapted by Diana Gale]

56g            Butter, room temperature
10ml          Bran oil
150g          Sugar
1                 Egg
210g          Plain flour
1 ½ tsp     Baking powder
1/2 tsp      Baking soda
1/2 tsp      Salt
65g            Digestive biscuits
240ml       Greek yogurt
152g           Chocolate chips
12-14 pcs  Big marshmallows, slice in half



METHODS

(1)Start by creaming together butter, oil and sugar in a mixing bowl until the mixture turns pale and fluffy.

(2)Give the bowl a scrape, add the egg and continue mixing.

(3)Crush the digestive biscuits by using either a food processor or placing them in a ziplock bag, pushing out most of the air, sealing the bag and bashing the biscuits with a rolling pin.


(4)Add the crushed digestive biscuits to the rest of the dry ingredients



(5)Add the dry ingredients and the Greek yogurt in the sequence flour-yogurt-flour-yogurt-flour, mixing until the flour is just incorporated.

(6)Fold in the chocolate chips with a spatula.


(7)Transfer the batter into a lined and lightly greased 8×8-inch baking pan. Smooth the top with spatula.

(8)Bake at 180°C for 25-30 minutes or until an inserted skewer emerges cleanly. Cut each marshmallow into 2 and arrange the marshmallow on the cake.






(9)Brown the marshmallow (this takes less than 1 minute, so do not walk away!) or increase your oven temperature to 220°C, return the cake to the oven and bake another 5 minutes, or until the marshmallows are melted and browned.



(10)Allow the cake to cool slightly in the tray before transferring onto a wire rack to cool a little more before cutting it into pieces. It helps cutting easier if you oil your knife first.





Friday, 17 August 2018

Mini Sausage Rolls



I love this softness of this bread.  I’m using the same recipe which I made the last time.  Instead of dividing the dough into 60g, I divide them into 30g each for cocktail sausages.  So ended up I have about 24 mini sausage buns. 




Look!  How cute they are? 


Anyway, this recipe is totally amazing.  The texture of the bread is just so soft.  In any case, these mini sausage rolls is quite a treat and it didn’t last for a day.


You can find the recipe here.



HAPPY BAKING!

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Pulut Hitam Butter Cake


Pulut Hitam is a well-known dessert.  The fragrance from the coconut milk blended so well with the black glutinous rice that it brings out a very special taste.  This is what it makes this dessert so unique and popular.


My baking buddy, Brenda has turned this unique taste into a cake, which it would never come across my mind but she did it.  For the 1st time I tasted this cake, it was so good that I couldn’t get the taste out of my mind.  


This is the cake that I frequently baked for family and friends.  By topping the cake with some fresh coconut flakes, it gives you another difference texture and feel of the cake.  



HAPPY BAKING!

INGREDIENTS
[Recipe by Brenda Khaw]

(A)
227g          Unsalted butter
180g          Castor sugar
4                 Eggs
180g          Concentrated coconut milk

(B)
160g          Black glutinous rice flour
100g          Cake flour
1 tsp           Baking powder

Some fresh coconut flakes sprinkle on top of the cake when serve [optional]


METHODS

Preheat oven, line parchment paper on 8” square or round cake tin.

Sieve ingredients in (B) together. 

Beat butter n sugar with an electric mixer until it is fluffy and turn pale yellow.

Add in eggs, one at a time and mix it well.

Fold in the sifted ingredient.  Separate into 2 batches, alternating flour first then coconut milk.  Mix them well but do not over mix.

Pour batter into cake tin and bake at 150 Deg C for about 50-60 minutes.  Insert a skewer into the center of the cake, it should come out clean, if not continue to bake for another 10 mins or till cooked.

Let is cool for in the pan for 5 minutes before transferring onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Sprinkle some fresh coconut flakes on the cake before serve. 



Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Lemon Polish Cake


Hi


Infusing butter with zest of lemon, this is such a perfect blend.  The cake turned out tangy, buttery and bright, perfectly balanced. I really love this cake.  If you are lemon lover, I’m definitely one of them, you absolutely need to make this and it’ll be your new favourite. 


I like cast iron bundt pan as it comes with many pretty design.  But they are too heavy and required care.  Silicone mould will be a better choice for me as it can be rolled and folded easier which make storage effortless.  After doing some research, for food safety purpose, I decided to go for a reliable brand and have chosen Martellato silicone mold which is made in Italy.  


 I love baking this cake for friends and church and have baked many of them.  Simply love it as it gift beautifully when taking it to a friend or gathering.  

HAPPY BAKING!

INGREDIENTS
[Recipe adapted by Chef Choon, a Personal Patissier]


20g            Sugar
40g            Egg yolk (or 2 egg yolks)
2g               Cream
100g          Butter, melted
2-3             Lemon zest
2                 Egg white
100g          Sugar
130g          Plain flour
2 tsp          Baking powder
1 tbsp        Poppy seeds (optional)

METHODS
(1)Butter the mold with butter to make sure it’s well buttered.

(2)Preheat oven at 170 Deg C.

(3)Make butter mixture.  Melt butter over low fire and add zest to infuse.  Set aside.



(4)Make egg mixture.  Whisk sugar, cream and yolk. 



(5)Make batter.  Stir in 2-3 tbsp of butter mixture into the yolk mixture.  When it’s fully combine, add the rest of butter mixture to the yolk mixture and mix well.  Set aside.

(6)Make meringue.  Beat the egg white with sugar until soft peak.

(7)Add the meringue to the yolk batter then gently fold in the sieved flour and lightly stir in the poppy seed if you wish.  Flour should be sieved together with baking power.



(8)Pour the batter into the butter greased mold and bake for 40-45 mins.


(9)Cool the cake before removing it from the mold.