Category Archives: Baking: Cakes
Made this White Milk Tea Chiffon Cake with Kaya Swirls as part of my Get Out of the Box with Gold Kili/Frezfruta Lion City Blogger 14-Day Challenge. My second time making a chiffon cake and I loved how incredibly soft the inside was, with the crisp browned exterior for that lovely contrast. The Gold Kili Double Shot White Milk Tea powder had great flavour while the Frezfruta Kaya spread was a nice sticky, sweet touch. The cake was not too sweet either so you will not feel too lethargic and ‘heavy’ even after a huge slice!
When this month’s SABH theme was first released a couple of weeks back, I was extremely excited because it was “NUTS About Sweets”! Especially since I had missed the previous two SABHs because I had been out of the country, I was definitely keen to have a NUTS theme this time.
I love nuts- hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, peanuts, pistachio nuts, walnuts, I am a big big fan. Love them in chocolate, love them in cakes and of course I love them plain. It’s the extra crunch that contrasts with the smooth velvety chocolate, the satisfaction of chewing them in a cake and the best wake-me-up snack especially in sleepy lazy afternoons.
I decided on a torte because I had never made one and I did want to see how a flourless chocolate cake filled with nuts would turn out! Would it fall apart? Would it be too dry? Would it taste funny? Or would it just be plain awesome and slightly less calorie inducing with the absence of white flour? There is no added sugar in my recipe and just a couple of tablespoons of honey if the bitterness of dark chocolate is not really your thing. So all in all, if you consider the absence of flour and added sugar and look past the fact that 4 eggs are used, this peanut butter hazelnut torte might actually be pretty healthy and even rich in protein! All hail the peanut butter!
HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!
Today is the most important day in the church calendar for all Catholics because Jesus is risen from the dead! This also signals the end of the Easter Triduum which marked the days of Jesus’ passion and resurrection which began on Maundy (Holy Thursday). Easter Sunday is therefore a celebration of the very essence of our Christian faith because we have a God who willingly became a man on earth to die for our sins and rose again 3 days later.
And this brings me to my bake of the week- Good ol’ healthy carrot cake filled with fruit, made sinful by the large dollop of cream cheese frosting and topped off with a Cookies N Creme Easter egg for the occasion.
I never quite understood the tradition of Easter eggs. I only knew that I used to look forward to Easter egg hunts that IJ would plan for us on Easter Mondays back in primary school. We would head downstairs to the canteen and common areas at our stipulated timings cohort by cohort to search for the Easter eggs the teachers had hidden for us. The winners would then be rewarded with chocolate Easter eggs. Unfortunately I was never one of the lucky few :(
And now that I am all grown up, I can buy my own chocolate Easter eggs but alas, it’s never quite the same. I think next time if I ever do have my own kids, I’ll plan Easter egg hunts for them every Easter Sunday and that will be our own special way of celebrating Easter- that is of course after attending mass!
I love Sara Lee pound cakes- especially the chocolate and marble flavours. I remember mum used to buy them for us for breakfast and that was her method of making us wake up in the morning- by tempting us with the slices of pound cake waiting for us on the table!
I found a few recipes on my usual baking websites but eventually decided on this one because it sounded the healthiest and I did cut 1/2 cup of sugar from the actual recipe which Im glad I did because the end result was perfect. Was very happy with how this pound cake turned out- moist in the middle and not dry at all! Tasted even better after chilling it in the fridge. Best part is that it can be frozen for a few weeks and will still stay fresh!
Oh and I had no idea that baking powder could be ‘old’! Was wondering why my cupcakes were so dense and heavy the last few times so I did some reading up on the internet when I stumbled upon some information that stated that baking powder if kept for too long was useless and is no longer an effective rising agent. So I threw away my bottle and went out to buy a new one but got over paranoid while baking this time and ended up putting a tad too much. However, watching it rise so beautifully was oh so satisfying :)