Decorated by Sofea n Jessy
Last Wednesday, while I was browsing recipe’s blog, I came across this tempting looking cake and when I checked out the recipe, it looked like a super duper easy cake to do. So… after much consideration (about 5 minutes he he he), I decided to bake one since I have all the ingredients and I know it wont take me more than 15 minutes to prepare it.
The cake is gorgeous! It is soft, moist and chocolaty… definitely worth keeping. Lets look at the ingredient, shall we?
Care for a slice?
- 1 cup flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp soda bicarbonate
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp milk powder
- 1 1/4 cup cold water from the fridge
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp chocolate emulco
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 tsp vinegar or lemon juice (I used vinegar)
- pinch of salt
- Preheat the oven to 160C. Butter 6 ” cake pan. (I used 8″ cake pan…simply because I do not have 6″ cake pan).
- Sift flour, baking powder, soda bicarbonate and cocoa powder in a big bowl. Add milk powder, salt and brown sugar. Mix well.
- Add cold water, oil, vanilla extract and chocolate emulco into the dry ingredient and whisk slowly till combine.
- Add vinegar or lemon juice and whisk immediately till combine.
- Pour into the prepared cake pan and bake for 30- 40 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool in the pans for 30 minutes, then turn them out onto a cooling rack and cool completely.
Before I sign off, sajalah nak cerita, while I was in Malaysia last month, I learned how to sew beads…. he he he…. saw this booth at Mydin Hypermarket that offer to teach to sew beads at a rate of RM10 for an hour. So, me and my daughter, Aina trylah…. and these were the patterns that we able to complete in an hour… not bad considering our experience in sewing ha ha ha…
My handiwork ha ha ha
My 2nd flower pattern
This is Aina's handiwork.
Managed to practice on Jessy's baju kurung this morning... kira ok lah tu!
Mac n Cheese fresh from the oven
When we arrived from Malaysia about 1 week ago, the first thing that the kids checked was the swimming pool… and they were so disappointed because the pool was so dusty… they were so looking forward to go swimming. A few days after that they emptied the pool…. Nurin said “Finally… they heard us!”, but after 2 days the pool was still emptied, so we asked the harris (caretaker) why was the pool still empty….he told us that they were going to do some maintenance to the pool…. and yesterday after one long week of waiting, the kids finally managed to go for a swim. These is how the pool look like yesterday…
This Mac n Cheese is one of Aina and Nurin favourite dish… they have been requesting for this mac n cheese since balik dari Msia and yesterday I baked one for them.
Mac n Cheese
- 1 1/2 cups macaroni
- 2 tbsp flour
- 2 tbsp oil
- 2 chicken thigh – cut to small pieces (optional)
- 600 ml milk
- 1 1/2 cups grated cheese (depend on how cheesy you want it to be)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheated oven to 175C
- Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Cook the macaroni to al dente and drain. Set aside.
- Stir fry the chicken till 1/2 cook and then set aside.
- Heat up the oil in the sauce pan and then add flour. Cook for few minutes and then add the milk and let it boiled slowly and then add the chicken.
- Cook for few minutes. Stir in 3/4 of the cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Fold the macaroni into the mix and pour into a casserole dish. Top with the remaining cheese.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the the top is golden brown. Remove from oven and rest for five minutes before serving.
Creamy Mac n Cheese
Assalamualaikum and a very good morning to all. I did tell you guys that I just moved to a new apartment, right…. and this apartment has lots of big windows, so can’t use the curtains from old apartment because they are either too small or too short for these windows.
Actually I was torn between buying ready made curtains or sew myself….he he he not that I’m good in sewing but since I just bought a new sewing machine couple of months back, terasa pulak nak test skill ha ha ha. So Last Monday, I decided to sew my self… after all curtain should not be so difficult to sew, right? Ha ha ha… and I’m happy to report that 3 curtains dah siap berjahit…. even though it took me almost a day to complete curtain for one window ( 1 day curtain and 1 night curtain).
Okay… Zebra cake… actually I have been trying to make this cake for quite sometime already, just that I was not so sure how to arrive to that zebra design. I was lucky to stumble upon this blog that show how to make the zebra design, thanks a lot for sharing. Yesterday evening before maghrib, my 2 elder daughters baked this cake as part of their summer training ha ha ha. This cake is soft, moist and not too sweet… good with a hot cup of tea or a warm milk.
4 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup (8 oz / 250 g) granulated sugar
1 cup (8 fl oz / 250 ml) milk, at room temperature
1 cup (8 fl oz / 250 ml) oil (corn, vegetable or canola is fine)
2 cups (10 oz / 300 g) all-purpose flour
1/3 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon (equals 3 teaspoons) baking powder (if not available, substitute with 1 teaspoon baking soda)
2 tablespoons dark cocoa powder
- Cracking all the eggs into a mixing bowl, and add the sugar. Beat the eggs with the sugar using a mixer or a whisk, until the mixture is light in colour.
- Now to this, add vanilla extract, milk & the oil. Mix together, until it’s well combined.
- In a separate mixing bowl, combine and mix well together flour and baking powder.
- Now, gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet and beat together with a mixer until the batter is smooth and the dry ingredients are well combined.
- Next, separate the batter into two equal portions, once you separate the batter into two bowls, leave one as is, and add cocoa powder to the other one and combine using a mixer.
- Now, preheat your oven to 350F (180C). Grease your baking pan by spraying with some cooking oil, or line it with parchment paper if you don’t have cooking spray oil.
- To assemble the two batters in the baking pan, scoop out 3 full tablespoons of plain batter into the middle of the baking pan. Then scoop 3 tablespoons of cocoa batter and pour it in the center on top of the plain batter. IMPORTANT! Do not stop and wait until the previous batter spreads – KEEP GOING! Do not spread the batter or tilt the pan to distribute the mixture. It will spread by itself and fill the pan gradually. Continue alternating the batters until you finish them.
- Bake in the oven for about 40 -45 minutes. Do not open the oven door at least the first 20 minutes or the cake will shrink and will not rise. To check if the cake is ready, insert a toothpick into the center. It should come out clean when ready. Remove from the oven. Immediately run a small thin knife around the inside of the pan to loosen the cake, then invert the cake onto a cooling rack. Turn the cake back over and let cool.
Zebra cake yang tinggal 1/2!
Hi there… I know its been awhile…. been very busy for the last 2 months… apa tak nya… we decided to move house 3 weeks before flying off to Malaysia and the kids still having exam at that time…so… guess who has to do all the packing and cleaning of the new and old apartment….. sapa lagi…ME, ME and ME he he he.
Actually we did not plan to move from our old apartment at all…we loved that apartment but after visiting our Indonesian neighbour who just moved to their new apartment… we decided to move…. The new apartment is very close to the school, so I do not have to drive them to school anymore… they can just walk to school… a big relief for me as the traffic around the school is crazy!
Malaysia trip was good… manage to tick most of the boxes… especially the “makan” part…. he he he. During the trip my girls were fortunate to experience the whole Malaysian wedding ceremony…from the akad nikah up to sending the bride to the groom’s house. Sofea and Jessy were so excited to be the “candy girl”…. glad that they had a good time…
My girls with their cousin after the wedding
My girls with their cousin n her husband
Anyway… this fruit cake is my mum’s favorite… I baked one for her just before we flew back to Kuwait. This morning teringat la pulak kat fruit cake ni… and since I’m the only one who love this cake… I buat 1/2 ingredient je lah!
My fruit cake
- 250g butter
- 375g mixed fruit (1 used 500g)
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 tbsp soda bicarbonate
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3 A size eggs
- Place butter, mixed fruit, brown sugar and water in a sauce pan and cook till boiled. Set aside for few hours of preferably overnight.
- Add eggs and vanilla.
- Add sifted flour and soda bicarbonate. Mix well.
- Pour into a 8″ greased baking pan and bake at 175C for 45 – 55 min.