Everyday Cake - Coffee Oreo Buttercake



Last entry of the year... yayyyy... i managed to get my lazy ass to pick up that tripod stand of mine... that reflector of mine and my precious camera out to take a couple of shots... well thats all it takes actually.. a couple of shots... maybe a half an hr thingy and i am on my way to share a new recipe with my readers... I dont know why i've become so lazy in taking pics of what i've baked lately... its like .. i love baking.. i love trying out new recipes but when it comes to taking pics... kwang kwang kwang


People say u must have some kind of vision for the new year.. some kind of a goal.. i honestly think that no matter how young or old u get.. having a goal is important to motivate urself.. to be a step higher than the year bef.. is important.. well at least to me :o)


Anyway today i wud love to share a type of everyday cake that will go down well with those who are big fans of buttercake... like me ahaks.. recipe is fm a book called "I love buttercake too" by Kevin Chai.

Ingredients
250g butter
200g caster sugar
4 eggs
250g plain flour - i used cake flour
5g baking powder
100ml fresh milk
1/2 tsp coffee paste - i used 1/2tsp coffee paste and 1/2 tsp coffee extract
50g crushed oreo

Method
- Preheat oven to 160C.. greased and line a 18cm(7") baking pan
- Beat butter and sugar until creamy. Add in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition
- Fold in sifted flour and baking powder, alternately fold in fresh milk. Mix until well combined - i used Mr Aid - low speed
- Divide batter into two portions, add in coffee paste and crushed oreo to a portion and mix well
- Spoon batters into prepared pan alternately until finished
- Bake in oven for 50 to 60 mins or until cooked



So ok.. thats it... enjoy ur day.. spend it with ur loved ones .. relax and sit back and wake up to a brand new year...

Happy 2013 to all and stay healthy! Cheers!

Birthday celebration



My bday has always been a special day for us.. not only do we manage to gather everyone around... it also give hubs the chance to gv out xmas presents.. u see.. hes our santa  .. he believes.. sharing is caring hehehe


Gingerbread house that was assembled and decorated by hubs.. he took a couple of red mac shells and "glued" it to the roof - pic of Sonia and kakak Dafinah.. they are 2yrs apart :o)


Had wanted to do roasted chicken.. ya know.. all the western dishes but ended up doing korean bbq.. simply bec.. this kinda of food will fill up our tummy.. hubs did a cold salad/Sicilian seafood salad for a starter.


Pardon me for my "bare" look.. no need to use any make up.. original aka natural look muahaha


Right after the cake cutting session.. we gave out xmas pressies to everyone.. not one pressie.. almost everyone got 3 pressies each hehe


Some pressies were bought fm my last Europe trip..


Gift fm my parents and also Hairi.. sis wati got me perfume.. sis lyn gave me a handmade swarovski phone cover and my dear hubs got me a set of knives and chopping board fm Zwilling JA Henckels - isnt he romantic?! muahaha


Boys and their perfume


Hairi and his pressie.. Topman pants and also Ted Baker watch..


Theres a story behind this.. Sonia had written a note to Santa asking for this Playmobil set... of cos our "santa" had to go and buy it.. right? hehe


It was a night of celebration.. a night of laughter and a night where we got to gather bef 2012 ends.. ty everyone for making it happen.. bday girl had a blast!

Addicted to Tiramisu!



I miss blogging.. i miss this space and i miss interacting with my readers.. am taking a break fm baking till next week to spend quality time with my family.. i thought that would be the best thing to do after i hit 44yrs old yesterday ahaks.. To all that sent me greetings via Email, FB. phone... thank you so much!

Yes yes.. I turned a year older yesterday and i spent it with my loved ones.. invited everyone over and it was a blast.. now.. now.. i know i shouldnt promise anything but i hv tons and tons of pics to share.. Penang pics, my cousin Nadia's engagement pics and of cos my bday celebration pics.. time is really not on my side for now and for the past 10 days i hv not been well twice.. so i hope to keep on blogging next year and wishing everyone a wonderful year ahead.. May 2013 bring happiness to everyone...

So ok this is the last recipe that i will be sharing this year.. its a recipe which i had created impromptu  hehe.. its delish and am not ashamed to admit that i can eat two slices in one go... ishhh Rima Rima.. no wonder u cant stop coughing!

Ingredients
250ml cold heavy whipping cream
227g mascarpone cheese
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 tbsp powdered sugar
2 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp espresso extract
1 tsp tiramisu essence

120-140g semi-sweet chocolate shavings
Cocoa powder, for dusting
a pack of ladyfingers (homemade and store-bought work equally well)
2 cups of strong coffee

Method
In a large bowl, whip heavy cream and 2 tbsp of powdered sugar until it forms stiff peaks... place it in ur fridge

In another bowl, whisk together mascarpone, powdered sugar, vanilla essence. Whisk in espresso extract and tiramisu essence. Fold the whipped cream into the mascarpone mixture.

To Assemble
Slice ladyfingers into 3/4 high.. place it around ur pan..

One at a time, very gently dip both sides of each ladyfinger into the coffee mixture, lining bottom of a 8" inch Springform pan. Dip and line as you go. The ladyfingers can break apart, so don’t dip them too long. About a 2-second dip on each side. Trim any ladyfingers as needed so that it fits comfortably in pan. Split mascarpone filling in half. Spread half of the filling on top of ladyfingers. Dust with cocoa powder and chocolate shaving. Repeat dipping and lining for second layer of ladyfingers. Spread remaining mascarpone filling on top. Dust with cocoa. Sprinkle with chocolate shavings. Chill overnight in springform pan to set.

Enjoy!

8th Giveaway result!!



Time: 10:45pm
Weather: 26 deg
Venue: Hard Rock Hotel, Penang
Mood: High.. i love December cos its the only month where hubs will put away all his gadgets.. no blackberry.. no iphone.. no lappy to be seen! phewwww
Peak Agenda: First of all... i am so so sorry for not updating sooner... its different when u hv the whole family holidaying.. this is the story of my life... i go on trips all the time but the only time where i am really on hols is when my dear hubs is clearing his annual leave... niceeee

So ok.. we got into Penang yesterday afternoon... only took hubs a total of 5 and half hrs to get here... Alhamdullilah... took a few pics but the internet here is so so slowwww that it took me close to half an hr to load a pic! grrr.. will hv to keep this short.. will load more pics of Penang in KL.. Insyallah...

So without further ado... let me announce the winner of my 8th Giveaway.. thank you so very much to those that took the time to enter my little giveaway.. was good fun :o)

... and by the way: The answer is 2 stores :))

The winner is...

Yuen Chin from Kuching

Congrats dear! Hope it comes to good use!

My 8th Giveaway! (ended)


So..... it's time again! Yay!!!

I have something REALLY special this time!

As all of you know I am in love with Maison du Monde... a French interior design store. So during my last trip to Europe I went crazy and also decided to bring back some items back for a giveaway...

Here a sneak peek :)



As always.. I have a question that needs to be answered.

I am now using punchtab to run my giveaways since its easier to manage and it also allows my readers to increase their chances of wining by sharing the giveaway on FB etc.

So here is the punchtab box.. once you have linked via FB or email, you will see the question... don't forget to answer it in the comments below!

Good luck everyone!

GA end Thursday 11pm and I will announce the winner on Friday afternoon (from Penang :)

Giveaway has ended - winner will be announced this afternoon!

Disclaimer: This is not being sponsored by Maison du Monde :) LOL

Strawberry Ice Cream Layer Cake



Ok i hv to admit that this time round its different... it took me a couple of days to go thru my jet lag.. Sonia was a lot more worse than me.. she would sleep at 3pm and when i tried waking her up at 6pm.. she would get agitated and head back back to bed.. sh then finally woke up at 10pm and would only fall asleep again close to 2am.. guess what time she got up?? blahhh 4am! yes to her the 2am sleep was like taking a nap in the afternoon arghhh!!


The last two days was better... we managed to make her not go to sleep at 3pm and by 8pm she was telling us that she wanted to lie down... she would then sleep thru till 7am... and me? since i am officially on "hols" and dont hv to get up at 6:30am to perform my prayers.. will then sleep till 10am... ahhhh this is life ey hehehe

So alrighty.. this cake was baked a day after i got home fm Germany.. i had actually wanted to bake something else but while going thru my fridge.. i found 2 packets of ice cream powder which were abt to expire.. so with a full tray of eggs in hand and a can of Wisjman butter which i had in my freezer.. i decided to bake this strawberry ice cream layer cake.. and then I forgot the ice cream.. So i ran out to the petrol station and all they had was... Haagen Dazs... argghh! $14.90 just for ice cream!!!


Ingredients
A
450g butter - i used Wisjman butter
1 tsp vanilla essence

B
24 egg yolk
5 egg white
280g fine sugar
80g self-raising flour
1 tbsp ovelette

C
130g milk powder - i used vanilla ice cream powder and milk powder
1 tsp vanilla essence

D
170g strawberry ice-cream powder - i added strawberry paste for making ice cream
150g strawberry ice-cream (softened) - i use Haagen Dazs :op
pink colouring - pink gel

Method:
Preheat oven at 160 deg C. Use top heat only.
Cream A until softened & mixed thoroughly.
Combine B in a mixing bowl & beat on high speed for about 7 minutes until thick .
Add A & mix thoroughly.
Divide mixture into 2 parts.
Add C into 1 part & mix thoroughly.
Add D into another part & mix thoroughly.
Pour 2 ladles of plain batter into a 10x7" lined & greased baking pan (Grease & line bottom of pan only). Grill until cook & golden brown for about one & a half to two minutes.
Repeat no 8.
Then pour 2 ladles of strawberry batter into pan & grill. Repeat.
Bake 2 layers of plain followed by 2 layers of strawberry batter until finish.
Lastly, baked the whole cake using top & bottom heat at 200 deg C for about 10 minutes.
Remove from pan and allow to cool before storing.


Recipe i got fm Bitter Sweet Spicy blog.. ty Faeez for sharing this wonderful recipe.. u were right.. the cake is moist and delish..

To those that hv been emailing me and leaving messages in my FB.. i will be opening my mac sheet pre order this weekend in my online store.. at the same time the macaron pyramids will be available and also Fleur de Sel!... and for all my reader for this holiday period... until the 25th Dec... I will be giving 5% discount on all my store goods. Just enter XMAS as voucher code when you "check out"...

...oh and guess what.. while in Colmar.. i got something for my readers.. nothing fancy but i think u will love it.. wait up! :)

Original recipe is fm Mdm Hawa Ismail
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