Give me cake or give me death cookies.

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

New Year Steamed Water Chestnut Cake- Recipe

It's the new year in approximately five hours! I feel woefully under-prepared for 2015. Also, why has my fancy font changed the 'N' in the title of this post to a lower case 'n'?

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Braided Stollen- Recipe

Homemade marzipan rocks. I'm never, ever, ever, EVER buying store-bought marzipan ever again. Ever.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Sapin-Sapin- Recipe

It's no secret that I love glutinous rice desserts of all shape and form- probably partially because my mum is Chinese-Malaysian, and kueh was an extra-special treat (in fact I've made a few types of kueh on this blog already).

Monday, 15 December 2014

Carnation Cupcakes

My friend Amy left crazy busy London for a life beside the sea in Portsmouth a few months ago. I must say I was a little envious of her apartment when I went to visit for her Christmas party this weekend- a view of the sea, the Isle of Wight in the near distance and prime position for watching the (awesome) hovercrafts ferry people to and fro (to be honest a lot of it was hovercraft envy. Did I mention they have hovercrafts? They have hovercrafts!)

I made these gluten-free and dairy-free vanilla cupcakes to contribute to the party spread since Amy can't eat either. The sponge was a regular sponge cake recipe with Stork instead of butter and a gluten-free self-raising flour mix, and the 'buttercream' was made with vegetable shortening and coconut cream instead of actual butter. At first I was a bit worried about the texture of the mock buttercream as vegetable fat can leave an unpleasant film in the mouth, but the coconut cream seemed to balance this out, so it was all good.

Now that I'm back in London, I need to try to find a way to make hovercrafts common public transport here...

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Matcha Red Bean Macarons

I made green tea macarons again, this time with a red bean buttercream filling (I just bought some red bean paste from a Chinese supermarket and whisked it into some plain homemade buttercream in about a 1:1 ratio).

These particular macarons are destined for my Chinese class, since it's the final lesson of the term this Tuesday. I'm taking a bit of a chance with the filling as I know not everyone likes red beans as a sweet here in the West (with the common reaction being 'HOMG BEANZ IN DESSERTZ THATZ CRAZY!1!')- however I wanted to make something with classic East Asian flavours. Because, you know, we're learning Chinese and stuff.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Peanut Cake- Literally

When I suggested making a peanut-shaped cake for my friend Angelina's boyfriend Robin's birthday, I panicked a little internally. How the hell was I going to make a cake look like a peanut?

Apparently, this is how.

Voilà, peanut-shaped cake.

This ia actually a chocolate peanut butter cake, with three layers of chocolate sponge cake and a slightly salted peanut butter frosting.

Happy birthday, Robin!