Friday, 26 October 2012

Halloween Cupcakes


Hi everyone!:D
Halloween is just round the corner, it's one of my favourite festival of all time lol
Going out tomorrow night as a zombie nurse;P I thought I'd share with you some halloween cupcakes I made yesterday with my flatmate, we made some horror(cute?) halloween cupcakes, they are hello kitty, minni mouse, mickey mouse, doraemon and dorami!

that's all for now! see you in my next post.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Caramel apple cupcakes



Ingredients (makes 9 cupcakes):
unsalted butter 100g
sugar 70g
eggs 2
plain flour 100g
baking powder 1 tsp
Apple 1 small one


Buttercream frosting:
unsalted butter 100g
sugar 65g
milk 1 tbsp

caramel 20g

Topping:

Almond flakes
caramel
icing sugar

Method:
1. Chop the apple into small pieces; Beat the butter and suage until thick and pale. Add one egg after another and beat well after each addition. Sieve in the cake flour and baking power, stir well.
2. Line the muffin tins with cupcake cases. Pour batter into the case up to 3/4 of their depth. Bake in a preheated oven at 180C for 20 minutes. Leave it to cool.
3. Beat the butter in a large bowl until soft and light. Add half of the sugar and beat until smooth.
4. Add the remaining sugar and one tablespoon of the milk and beat the mixture until creamy and smooth. Beat in the milk, if necessary, to loosen the mixture.
5. Stir in the caramel until well combined.
6. Fill a pipping bag fitted with a large open-star tip with frosting. Pipe frosting onto each cupcake in a spiral pattern.
7. Garnish with the toppings
8. Done!



Sunday, 21 October 2012

Orange Cupcake



Quit my full time job on monday so I have plenty of time to bake now lol

Ingredients (makes 9 cupcakes):
unsalted butter 100g
sugar 70g
eggs 2
plain flour 100g
baking powder 1 tsp
Orange essence 1tsp

Cream cheese frosting:
cream cheese 200g
sugar 30g
Orange essence 1tsp




Method:
1. Beat the butter and suage until thick and pale. Add one egg after another and beat well after each addition. Sieve in the cake flour and baking power, stir well.
2. Line the muffin tins with cupcake cases. Pour batter into the case up to 3/4 of their depth. Bake in a preheated oven at 180C for 20 minutes. Leave it to cool.

3. Whisk the cream cheese, sugar and orange essence until stiff and smooth.
4. Fill a pipping bag fitted with a large open-star tip with frosting. Pipe frosting onto each cupcake in a spiral pattern.
5. Garnish with sugar pearls or anything you like.
6. Done!




Saturday, 22 September 2012

Sweet potato cheesecake



It's Saturday! I finally get to sleep longer and bake:D got some left over sweet potato from hotpot so decided to bake a cheesecake.

This recipe can make one 7" and one 6" cheesecake.



Base
259 g caramelised ginger biscuit crumbs
84 g unsalted butter, melted

Mix all ingredients & toast in oven at 180C for 10-15 min.
Once cool, press down to the cake pan.

Topping
66 g unsalted butter, chilled
80 g sugar
84 g ground almond
84 g flour

Mix all ingredients until it resembles coarse crumbs, refrigerate before use.

Cheesecake filling
400 g cream cheese
150 g sugar
4 eggs
33 g corn flour
233 g sour cream
450 g sweet potato, steamed & mashed

Preheat oven to 160C.
In a large bowl, mix cream cheese, sugar & corn flour until smooth.
Add sour cream in 2 portions & mix well after each addition.
Add mashed sweet potato & mix well.
Add egg & mix well.
Pour in the prepared pan & sprinkle with the streusel topping.
Bake in a preheated oven for 25-28 min. 



Thursday, 16 August 2012

Oreo Cheesecake


It's been awhile since I posted up a recipe, hope you guys like this recipe:)

Ingredients:
Base

16 Oreo cookies
60g Butter (melted)
Filling
250 Cream cheese
120g Sugar
Lemon juice from half of the lemon
7g Gelatin powder
5ml rum10ml cold water
300ml Whipping cream
8 Oreo cookies (take the filling out)
Decoration
Whipped cream
Oreo


Method:
1. Take the filling out of the cookies. Crush the cookies with the rolling pin.

Pour the melted butter into the cookie crumb, mix to combine, then put all the crumb into the cake pan with removable bottom or cake ring, press evenly. Refrigerate until require.


2. Dissolve the gelatine with water and rum. set aside

3. Beat the cream cheese until soft (you can make the cream cheese soft and smooth by placing the bowl over the warm water). add sugar, lemon juice, and gelatin mixture beat to combine.  

4. Whip the cream until soft peaks, spoon 1/3 of the cream into the cream cheese mixture fold to combine, then pour the cream cheese mixture into the whipped cream and fold to combine.

5. Pour half of the filling into the pan, place the cookies over, then cover with the rest of the filling.
Refrigerate until firm (about 12 hours), take out of the pan and decorate with whipped cream and Oreo.

Thursday, 2 August 2012

get a chance to win a Nikon DSLR camera

I have been really busy at work recently, will try my best to keep this blog updated>.<

here is a competition host by Sainsbury:

The basic idea is that we are asking people to submit their best money saving tips (by commenting under the article). Every week until mid-August there will be a winner who gets a £50 Sainsbury’s voucher, and at the end the best tip of the competition will win the Nikon camera. 

remember to mention me if you are going to enter the competition haha. 
http://www.sainsburysbank.co.uk/moneymatters/articles/houseandhome_competition_best_money_saving_tips.shtml

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Mermaid barbie cake



made this for a friend's birthday last week, I put happy 'bithday' instead of birthday loool oooops:P

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Chocolate cupcake

haven't been on here in ages, blogspot has new feature>.<

same recipe used as
http://chubbehface.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/valentines-day-special-heart-inside.html

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Easter Cupcakes Baked in Real Egg Shells



Happy Easter everyone!:)

Ingredients:

6 large eggs (only one will get used in the cake. the rest are used for the shells.)
60g flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
a pinch of salt
30g sugar
30g unsalted butter
1/2 tsp milk essence (or any other flavour)
30g whipping cream

To prepare the eggs:



poke a small hole in the top of each egg. I used corkscrew bottle opener



nce you have poked a tiny hole, peel back the edges of the hole to expand it a bit.Turn the egg upside-down and dump out the contents.  Keep the contents of one egg separate to use in the cake recipe. 



Rinse the insides of the eggs out thoroughly over the sink.  Then, boil them in saltwater for 10 minutes. Rinse the egg shells in cold water and lay the eggs hole side down on a paper towel to dry.


Prepare the cake batter:

  1. Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium-sized bowl and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix one egg and sugar until light and creamy.
  3. Add the butter and lemon extract and mix until fully integrated.
  4. Mix in the dry ingredients until just combined.
  5. Add the sour cream and mix until smooth.


Place the prepared egg shells into a cupcake tin.  Use aluminum foil to help them stand upright.

Bake the eggs at 350 F for 23 minutes.


Let cool, crack, and eat!

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

kongnamulbap, kimchi pancake and sigeumchi namul

feel like eating korean dish so made all these tonight!

left: kongnamulbap/ beans sprouts bibimbap
middle: kimchi pancake
right: sigeumchi namul/ spinach side dish

you can all recipes on maangchi.com/


Saturday, 24 March 2012

Sakura cherry blossom cheesecake



I believe that "you eat with your eyes first" so i always aim to make pretty looking (of course delicious too lol) desserts and cakes. I had some pickled cherry blossom  that my sister sent me from Hong Kong. 




  the cherry blossoms are pickled in salt so you'll hv to rinse and soak them prior to use. If you don’t rinse it properly, you will end up with salty cherry broth. 



I only used about 1 Tbsp of Sakura since it was there for a subtle touch of flavor, I also used ricotta cheese instead of cream cheese this time, but the texture wasn't as good as the cake made with cream cheese.


Ingredients
a piece of sponge cake for base - recipe 
Ricotta cheese 200g

Whippingcream 200 ml

Gelatine 1 tbspWater 10gMilk 40g
1Tbsp pickled cherry blossom
Sugar 20 g
pink food colouring 1/4 tsp 



Method:
1. Rinse the pickled cherry blossom and  soak them in cold water for 3 hours, drain and pat dry.

2. Dissolve the gelatine with water; boil the milk with the cherry blossom. set aside
3. Cream the cheese with sugar. Beat well
4. Pour milk into cheese mixture
5. Add the gelatin water and mix well
6. Whipped the cream until stiff7. Fold-in the whipped cream, pour into the cake tin & chill for 4 hours


Sunday, 18 March 2012

Chocolate and strawberry muffins


Hellooooooo:D its been a while! I have been busy doing my dissertation and photoshoots! finally get to bake!

Ingredients(make 9 muffins):
Flour 240g
Muscovado sugar 130g
Butter 140g
Milk 30ml
Baking powder 1tsp
Salt 1/2 tsp
Eggs 2
Strawberry essence few drops
Strawberry(chop into small pieces) 20g
 chocolate chips 10g

Method:
1. Cream butter and muscovado with electric mixer until light brown in colour. Beat in eggs.
2. Gradually stir in milk, stir in sifted flour, baking powder and salt.
3. Stir strawberry and chocolate in the batter.
4. Spoon batter into muffin cases to fill about 3/4 full
5. Bake at 170C for 25 minutes.



naked muffin:P

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Friday, 9 March 2012

Oreo Cupcakes


Ingredients (makes 6 cakes):
unsalted butter 100g
sugar 85g
eggs 2
plain flour 100g
baking powder 1 tsp

oreo cream cheese frosting:
cream cheese 200g
butter 65g
icing sugar  75g
0.5 pack oreo

Method:
1. Beat the butter and suage until thick and pale. Add one egg after another and beat well after each addition. Sieve in the cake flour and baking power, stir well.
2. chop the oreo and add them to the mix
3. Line the muffin tins with cupcake cases. Pour batter into the case up to 3/4 of their depth. Bake in a preheated oven at 180C for 20 minutes. Leave it to cool.
4. remove the cream from the oreo and crush the biscuit with blender/food processer, set aside
5. Whisk the cream cheese, butter, sugar and crushed oreo until stiff and smooth.
6. Fill a pipping bag fitted with a large open-star tip with frosting. Pipe frosting onto each cupcake in a spiral pattern.
7. Top with oreo
8. Done!

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Hazelnut rocky road cheesecake


Made this for my friend's house warming party last week, I know it doesnt look appealing>__<  but it tasted good:D

Ingredients (8"):
120g digestive biscuits
70g butter, melted
400g cream cheese
400g nutella
14g gelatine powder
70g sugar
160g whipping cream

Method:
1. Put the biscuits in a food processor and whiz until they resemble fine crumbs. (Alternatively, put them in a plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin. Transfer to a bowl.) Add the melted butter and process, or stir well, for 1 minute to combine.
2. Press the biscuit mixture into each tin then chill in the fridge. Meanwhile, dissolve the gelatine with water
3.  Cream the cheese with sugar. Beat well then stir in nutella
4. Whipped the cream until stiff
6. Fold-in the whipped cream and gelatine mixture, pour into the cake tin & chill for 4 hours
7. Remove the cake from the tin once it's ready, decor with almond, marshmallow and melted chocolate. 





Wednesday, 29 February 2012

50% off at Pertutti, Manchester



Visited this place with my boyfriend yesterday, we were going to go last saturday but it's been fully booked.  it's only about 10 minutes walk from city gate which is opposite hilton in deansgate. 




First glance, ambiance is great…. white and black makes a good contrast. They mainly do pizza in this restaurant but I decided to go for pasta. I ordered chicken arrabiata whichi was strips of chicken in a spicy ‘per tutti’ tomato sauce  with penne pasta, parmesan and basil, presentation is simply nice, perhaps for a dinner the portion might seem small. The pasta seems it's not fully cooked yet, flavour is not bad tho, a bit of spicy kick to the sour tomato sauce.



Of course, i have ended my meal with desserts. I always look at the dessert menu before my mains.  Nothing really fancy and it was rather classic desserts. We ordered chocolate fondue pudding with ice cream and panna cotta with raspberry.  I personally think the quality of dessert was amazing as Manchester don't have much good dessert places, very smooth vanilla panna cotta served with raspberry, the chocolate fondue pudding was a bit undercooked but it still tasted very nice.



Overall, i like this place and i would want to return and try other dishes on the menu! this place certainly is a great restaurant to dine in, i am grateful that i have dine here for our anniversary dinner.

download voucher here

3-11 liverpool road manchester m3 4nw 

Saturday, 25 February 2012

A day in LLandudno







A fish & chips shop with award, their chips were actually superb but pancake was shit.




Thursday, 23 February 2012

Cakes from G Wienholt


Albe and Chung bought me a birthday cake G Weinholt, all the way from cheshire. It's a really popular bakery in region which you have to start queuing up from 9 to buy the cake and it's only opened from Thursday to Saturaday. They bought me a Praline Gateaux, thought it would be really sweet from the look but it actually tasted quite good! Hazelnut Japonaise biscuit with fresh cream and rich praline filling. And it's quite cheap too, £10 for a 9" cake.


I are't too keen on the individual cakes, I had a bite of their marzipan peaches and chocolate fudge cake which were too sweet and can tell they usuing cheap ingredients in them. Also the service was a letdown. Highly recommended their gateaux.

G Wienholt
25 London Road
Alderley Edge
Cheshire SK9 7JT