Strawberry Crepe Cake

Finally something non-chocolate! I was in an adventurous mood last week and decided to make something that I’m really not confident in- crepes. There isn’t any trick to it – like every other baking recipe, just get every ingredient or utensil you would need prepared before you start to make them. This has helped me to not be flustered easily in the kitchen, and hence make stupid decisions.

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Steamed Moist Chocolate Cake

Soft & moist chocolate cake topped with a chewy fudgey frosting. The cake portion was really easy to make. All you need is a pot to melt the butter, evaporated milk, chocolate and sugar. Leave it to cool and whisk the cooled mixture into eggs then lastly fold in the dry ingredients before steaming the cake.

The frosting was the tricky part – during clean up! Making the frosting itself was easy – throw in all the ingredients into the pot and boil the mixture while mixing constantly. Simple. The frosting cooks to a sticky caramel consistency – chewy, pliable and shiny. Like caramel, it’s difficult to scrape it all out when washing the pot. You can just put hot water into pot and the frosting will melt for easier clean up but I’m not thrilled by the extra step.

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Japanese Dark Pearl Chocolate Chiffon Cake

I’m trying out other types of chiffon cakes since I was successful with the previous matcha one. I have chocolate and cocoa powder at home so I decided to make a chocolate one. This came out really rich as there is quite a lot of chocolate required in the recipe! It used about half of my packet of Ghirardelli 60% cocoa chocolate chips.

Side note: I bought a cake stand from IKEA. It was really cheap as compared to what you get in other kitchen appliances/utensils stores. It makes my bakes look so pretty! *squeals*

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Matcha Chiffon Cake

If you followed me on Instagram, you would know what I have been trying to bake a respectable chiffon cake for the longest time. The first few times I’ve tried with a recipe from Okashi which, somehow, I did not have any luck with. I consulted a colleague who was good at baking chiffon cakes and she recommended me a recipe from DessertzHouse. I tried that recipe out (4th time I’m baking a chiffon cake) and finally I dare say I got a pretty good looking cake this time.

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Double Chocolate Banana Bread

I revisited this recipe with a friend’s little sister last week as a quick afternoon baking project. This recipe from Smitten Kitchen has never failed me in the four times I’ve made this. The results were always chocolatey, moist and filled with banana fragrance. It’s also very simple to make – just mix dry ingredients with wet ingredients until just combined. Be careful not to overmix though, as with all quick breads, as overmixing can cause the end product to be dense and hard.

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Cempedak Butter Cake

Ah.. Cempedak, one of my favourite fruits. It’s so fragrant and sweet, much richer than a jackfruit. Cempedak smells really strong, but I guess its smell is not as ‘unique’ as a durian so perhaps foreigners may like it more. Don’t get me wrong – I love durian too. πŸ˜›

I made this a few months back when cempedak was in season and abundant. My mum bought a big cempedak from the supermarket and we were very excited to open and eat it. To our dismay, the fruit only contained three small pieces of fruit! Super disappointing, considering it was $4!

So my dad went to buy another cempedak. This time he bought a bigger and HEAVIER one. We opened it and inside was about 20 ripe and sweet fruit pieces. Lesson learnt – when picking cempedak, do not just look at the size of the fruit. You need to weigh it too to make sure there is substance inside.

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