Saturday, November 28, 2009

Hawaiian Doll Cake

I love the colour combination of this cake.

This was a request from R's cousin, doll cake Hawaiian style, with green & yellow colour on the skirt.

I almost forgot to take picture of the cake. It was until R was waiting outside the gate that I quickly snap a picture of it in the box.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thomas The Train Figurine

I got a call from Mrs K a week ago for her grandson's birthday cake.
She wanted a 3D Thomas The Train figurine on the cake. Frankly, we've never done a 3D one but decided to give it a try.

It took us three days to complete. From making sugar paste, to kneading in the colours, to cutting & drying the pieces, to assembling.

I was really thrilled when the train was beginning to take shape & even happier when it was done.

Well done, D !!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Cakes (16/11 - 22/11)

The idea of this cake was originally from Chicky, who ordered it for her mum on Mothers's Day. I did another one last week, with slightly different fruit topping.

Chilled lychee cheesecake

'1' shape chocolate cake frosted with butter cream.

Mango Cheesecake

I've added another new cake to my list, upon request by one of my regulars.

This is a chilled mango cheesecake, sponge cake at the bottom, cream cheese, top with mango cubes & jelly layer.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Fried Hokkien Prawn Noodles

Besides the fish ball noodle, this is another must have noodle dish for me each time I head home.

This Singapore version of fried Hokkien prawn noodle is different from KL's version of Hokkien Mee , which is thick yellow noodle braised in dark soya sauce. We have the dark version as well, I'm not sure where the noodle originates from. But I know how my family members differentiate this two noodle dishes, accordingly to my brother-in-law, this version is Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee whereas the dark version is simply Hokkien Mee.

Since this is not available in KK, I've got to find a way to curb my craving. I've tried the ready-to-cook paste from Prima Taste but the taste just don't seem to be the one I'm looking for !

I tried the version from Local Delights, under the series of Joy Of Cooking books & everyone likes it !

I have the habit of freezing the shells after peeling prawns, so I'll have enough shells to yield extra flavour each time I need to make prawn stock. I always double the quantity called for in a recipe.

Ingredients :
Serves 4

200g Belly pork
250g Medium-sized prawns
300g Squid (skin, eye & ink sac removed)
850ml Water
2 Tbsp Fish sauce
1/2 Tbsp Sugar
4 Eggs (beaten)
400g Fresh yellow noodle (scalded)
200g Rice vermicelli (scalded)
300g Bean sprouts
2 Tsp Chopped garlic
100g Chives (cut into 5cm lengths)

Condiments :
2 Limes (halved)
Chilli sauce to taste (smabal chilli, not Maggi)

Cook belly pork, prawns & squid in boiling water. Cut belly pork into strips. Remove prawn heads & shells. Slice quid into rings.

Combine fish sauce & sugar with the water from boiling the pork, prawns & squid. Mix well to make stock.

Heat wok till hot, add 4 tbsp of oil, pour in beaten eggs. When the eggs are cooked, cut into smaller pieces using spatula.

Add noodles, rice vermicelli & bean sprouts. Pour in 1/3 of the stock then cover & cook over moderate heat till noodles are almost dry.

Add another 1/3 of the stock & cover. Continue to cook till noodles are almost dry.

Push noodles to one side of wok. Add 2 Tbsp of oil & chopped garlic. Saute garlic till fragrant, add remaining stock, chives, belly pork, prawns & squid. Stir-fry ingredients till stock has almost dried up.
Serve with condiments.

* I've ommitted the belly pork in this recipe.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Cakes (9/11 - 15/11)

Rainbow doll cake for Natalie's pre-birthday party in school. Her birthday falls on Christmas but school term ended last Friday so she had to have an early celebration.

This one's for Natalie's grandma. 3 different flavours, images of her 3 grandchildren. I was given the picture of the kids to draw, tried our best.....

A gift from D to her friend. I guess it was for a little girl !

Faces Cupcakes

A had these cupcakes baked for her sister, to say a big 'Thank You' !

The cupcakes are actually of a family of 6, daddy, mummy, 3 boys & a girl.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Maple Bread

I've always like pure maple syrup, for it's pure flavour & aroma. The syrup we get in KK is usually artificially flavoured & too sweet. Even if there's pure maple syrup, it'll be over-priced.

My brother-in-law was holidaying in Canada two months ago, so finally I got hold of my supply of maple syrup.

I've got this recipe of maple bread from a Taiwanese website quite some time ago. I've tried it before with my limited supply of maple syrup in the past. Now that I've got more, I baked it again last week.

It's sugar free, so flavourful ........

Ingredients :

325g High protein flour
12g Milk powder (I've used Fernleaf)
149g Milk
32g Egg
71g Maple syrup
39g Unsalted butter
3g Instant yeast
5g Salt

In a mixer bowl fitted with a dough hook & on low speed, blend all ingredients, except butter, till well combined. Add butter, turn speed to medium, continue mixing till the dough is smooth & elastic. Round up dough, let rise in a warm place for an hour or until it doubles in size.

After it has risen, punch the dough down. Roll it into rectangle with a rollling pin, roll up tightly & place it into a greased loaf pan. Let rise again for about 45 mins.

Bake in a preheated oven of 190C for 35-40 mins or until top is brown & cooked.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Tristan's Full Month Party

Last Sunday was baby Tristan's full month party.

Mummy wanted a 2-tier fondant cake, with blue theme. So we kept it a very pastel blue, with a darker blue shade for decoration.

The cupcakes were individually packed for mummy's colleague, with a note attached to it.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Little Pony

Chloe loves My Little Pony. So her mum wanted me to bake a cake with the pony image on it.

This is a 3kg chocolate cake, the pony image was hand-crafted, edible of course.

Halloween Cupcakes

Min sent me a sms for an order of cupcakes a day before Halloween. She only mentioned she wanted pumpkins. I was really excited as this was my first batch of Halloween cupcakes.

We only got to work on them the night before. It was really fun, the girls made their own too, playing with my leftover sugar paste

Julia's Baby Shower

Our dear Korean friend Julia is expecting a baby boy.

We had a baby shower for her last week at a friend's house. It was really nice when it was time for presents opening, all the baby stuff were really cute !

I told her, next time I want to bake her some ' It's A Girl' cupcakes.

Liverpool Cake

3kg chocolate cake, with Liverpool image on it.


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