Deep Chocolate Sour Cream Pound Cake

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Assalamualaikum and good morning to everyone where ever you are. Muscat is very quite at the moment.. all my friends are still in Malaysia enjoying their summer holidays. Cant wait for them to come back. Would love to lepak2 and kopi2 talking about everything under the sky. Thank you for making my life interesting friends… and just to let you know.. Chatime and Costa miss us very much hehehe. Come home soon please!

Last weekend we attended a candy making class at Spun in Avenues Mall. It was fun. I will tell you all about it in my next posting. Okay.. as for now, let me tell you something about this fabulous cake. To tell you the truth.. I have been wanting to make this cake since last year but the word ‘pound cake’ made me a bit skeptical. You see.. I love a soft and moist cake and the word pound kinda suggested that the cake would be dry and hard.. so I keep on pushing the recipe down my baking list.

What make me decided to bake it? Well.. Bisous A Toi’s last IG posting made me change my mind. She baked it in a very lovely bundt pan.. and not all cakes can be baked in a bundt pan, it has to be of certain texture. Since I have a bundt pan that I have bought loooong time ago and never been used.. I decided to  give this recipe a chance. And… I am so glad that I baked it. The texture is soft and definitely moist. My kids told me that even though the texture is different than my normal chocolate cake but it is a good kinda different… yeayyy!

This is where I took the recipe from.. Bisous A Toi blog. Rima is one of my favourite blogger.. love her cakes and recipes. May Allah bless her always.

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Ingredients

1.5 cups (181g) all-purpose flour
1/2 cup (57g) cake flour
1 cup (92g) Dutch-processed cocoa powder
2.25 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1.5 cups (340g) unsalted butter, softened
2.5 cups (500g) granulated sugar
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup (242g) sour cream
Method
  • Preheat the oven to 150C. Grease the inside of a 10-inch Bundt pan generously with butter and then dust with flour. (I baked mine at 160C and next time I am gonna dust it with cocoa powderso that it would not have white spots on the cake)
  • Sift the flours, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt into a medium bowl. Set aside.
  • In a bowl of an electric mixer, using the paddle attachment, beat the butter at medium speed until very creamy, about 2 minutes. Gradually beat in the sugar. Increase the speed to medium-high and beat until the mixture is well-blended and light, about 4 minutes.
  • At medium speed, beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.In a small bowl, stir the vanilla extract into the sour cream. At the low speed, add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture in 3 additions, alternating with the sour cream mixture in 2 additions and mixing just until blended. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top.
  • Bake the cake for 65 to 75 minutes, until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool the cake in the pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Then invert the cake onto the rack and let it cool completely.
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Butterscotch Chocolate Chip Brownies

Assalamualaikum all. We are in the middle of 3 months summer break at the moment. Kids were on leave since mid June and the school will only resume end of August. I was actually looking forward to days not having specific things to do.. days that I can just chill around the house… well after I month of doing nothing, I kinda miss my normal routine sending kids to school and attending some classes myself. How I wish the weather is not this hot.. at least we can go to the beach and relax. With the temperature well above 46C.. we would be ‘ikan kering’ kalau dok bercanda di pantai hehehe.

If it is up to me, I would be trying all the recipes that I have accumulated for the past 9 months but I am worried that with  no activity what so ever, my kids will be unrecognizable by the end of summer due to all the cakes and other sweet stuff. So.. I am trying to just bake once a week. And… the winner for this week is this Butterscotch  Chocolate Chip brownies. Recipe was taken from I am Baker blog and thank you for such a simple yet delicious recipe. This recipe is not huge, so if you have big family like me.. it will disappear the moment you put them on the table hehehe.  Maybe.. I can bake again this week since this recipe only yield 9 normal size brownies hehehehe.

Okay.. let me show you want are needed..

Dry Ingredients
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 100g butterscotch chocolate chip
Wet Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter melted, then cooled
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Sift together all dry ingredients except chocolate chip in a medium bowl.
  2. Melt butter and set aside to cool slightly.
  3. Add two eggs and vanilla into the bowl and stir gently.
  4. Pour the melted butter into brownie mixture and mix until just incorporated. Add in the chocolate chips.
  5. Spread batter in a prepared 8-inch square pan and bake for 20-22 minutes at 350 degrees.”

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P/S: At the very moment I am writing this post.. there are only 2 slices of brownies left hehehe. Well done girls!

Red Velvet Layered Cake

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Assalamualaikum. Hopefully it is not too late for me to wish everyone Eid Mubarak. Ooppss.. some people maybe angry with the phrase that I use here.. Eid Mubarak.. hehehe. Why don’t I use Selamat Hari Raya? Perlu ke use arabic phrase? Melayu dah lupa their root ke? Well.. I don’t care what people say. If everything need to use the Malay words.. then every time I want to say Alhamdulillah, I need to say Terima Kasih Allah? Hmmm.. I don’t think so kan? Hehehe.. just saying.

Anyway.. this year is our 1st time celebrating Eid in Oman. Sedih? Sedih la jugak but I am grateful that even though we were celebrating Eid away from family and friends.. our daughters Aina and Nurin are with us in Oman to celebrate Eid. They were back from UK couple of days before Ramadan. As my other half said “.. the sense of completeness fills the heart..”hehehe. As usual.. the Malaysian Embassy did their Raya Open House on the first day of Raya. We did our own open house the next day… invited few families… dapat lah merasa suasana raya tu.

As for this cake.. I made it yesterday.. the cake is moist and delicious. Not that difficult to make.. took me a little over 2 hours from start to finish. Amount of eggs and butter used were very minimal except for the cream cheese.. it uses 500g. Quite a lot for just 3 layers of it. Anyway.. worth the effort and definitely a recipe to keep. The recipe was taken from here. Enjoy and happy baking peps!

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Ingredient  for Red Velvet Layer:

  • 250g Butter
  • 5 Grade A Eggs
  • 235g Flour*
  • 2 tbsp Cocoa* (* sift together)
  • 175g Caster Sugar
  • 150g Condensed Milk
  • 1 cup (135g) Mixed Berries Yogurt or 1 cup of buttermilk
  • 1 tsp Ovallette
  • Red Coloring 

Ingredient for cheese layer:

  • 500g Cream Cheese
  • 3 Grade A Eggs
  • 120g Caster Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Essence

Method:

Red Velvet:

  1. Beat butter & sugar until fluffy. Add in ovallette, egg one by one while continue beating until smooth.
  2. Add in condensed milk & mix well.
  3. Add in flour mixture* gradually & combine with slow speed. Add in yogurt or buttermilk and red color; mix well.

Cream Cheese:

  1. Beat cream cheese & sugar until smooth and combined.
  2. Add in egg and Vanilla Extract and mix until combined.

Baking:

  1. Preheat oven to 170 to 190C… grease 8″X 8″ baking pan
  2. Weigh the red velvet batter and divide it by 9 ( the number of layers..mine was about 155g per layer)
  3. Weigh the cheese batter and divide it by 3 (the number of layers.. mine was about 141g per layer)
  4. Place the greased baking pan in the preheated oven for 1 mins. Then take it out and pour 155g of red velvet batter into the batter and bake it for about 6-7 min.
  5. Repeat the process for red velvet batter for another 2 layers.
  6. Now pour the cheese layer. bake until cooked.
  7. Repeat the whole process.. it should be 3 red velvet layers, 1 cheese layer, 3 red velvet layers, 1 cheese layer, 3 red velvet layers, 1 cheese layer.

Rainbow Cake 2

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May and June were the 2 most stressful months for me for the last 4 years and it has not changed much for this year. Having said that, I think I have learn to let go certain thing over the course of these 4 years and I think I am more relaxed this year with the whole exam thingy… lucky for Sofea. For some of my friends who have kids taking IGSCE exam for the first time, I can see how stressful this must have been for them.. looking at them took me back 5 years ago when Aina took her IGCSE hehehe… breathe in breath out Mummies!

As of last saturday Sofea has completed 12 papers and she still has 4 more to go. Last 2 papers gonna be English and they will be conducted during Ramadhan… I hope I can have an IGCSE/A level stress free for the next 3 years as Jasmine will only take her IGCSE in 2020 insyaallah.

Unlike in Malaysia where there are tons of tuition center around, here.. to get additional help outside school is very difficult. The teachers are not willing to do a paid tuition classes because of the law but they always do extra lessons after school.. just that sometimes those extra classes are not enough. Besides that, there are no practice questions being published like the one in Malaysia that can hep the kids to do extra work.. they only rely on the questions given by the teachers and also the past papers. I remembered when I was doing my SPM… my days were filled with doing sample questions just to familiarize myself with different type of questions. Here.. you only rely on teachers and school .. sigh!

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Enough with that.. okay.. what can I say about Rainbow cake… hmmm this cake I baked for Haqeem’s birthday quite sometimes ago. It was quite sweet for my liking, but my kids absolutely loved them. It was a hit among some of my friends and I have baked this cake more than 5 times for the last few months. If you have time, do try and bake this cake as the kids would definitely love the taste and not to mention the colours. For this cake I used Swiss buttercream frosting as it is not too sweet and it will compliment the cake. The recipe was taken from Diva can Cook.

Ingredients:

  • 2½ cups white granulated sugar (you can reduce the sugar to 2 cups as I think the cake is a bit sweet)
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Food coloring: red, yellow, blue, green
  • Swiss buttercream
Methods
  1. Preheat oven to 160 C.
  2. Generously grease and flour 6 (9-inch) cake pans. I only had 3 pans so I had to bake in two rounds.
  3. In a large bowl cream together sugar and butter.
  4. Mix in eggs until thoroughly incorporated.
  5. Mix in vanilla extract, buttermilk and heavy cream.
  6. Mix in half of the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  7. When mixture is combined, mix in the rest of the flour.
  8. Divide the batter into six bowls (I weigh the batter and divide them by 6)
  9. Add food coloring to each bowl to create a vibrant red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet. (see note on how to make colors)
  10. Pour each colored batter into the prepared pans and spread out into an even layer. (layers will be thin)
  11. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until center is set.
  12. Remove from oven and let cakes cool in the pan until pans are warm enough to touch.
  13. Run a spatula around the edges of the pans to loosen the cake and then very carefully remove the cakes from the pans.
  14. Place on a cooling rack and cool completely.

To assemble

  1. Place the violet layer down first and frost.
  2. Followed by the blue layer, green layer, yellow layer, orange layer and finally the red layer. (frost between each layer)
  3. Frost the whole cake.( I did the naked cake style.. )
  4. Slice & serve!

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Kek Lapis Lengit Rainbow

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Is this my first posting in 2016? ..and it is March already? Well.. time surely flies when you are having fun hahaha. Whatever it is I surely want to say Alhamdulillah.. thank you Allah for all the good and the bad things that came my way in 2015… things that make you sad the most is actually a blessing.. coz Allah is giving you a chance to  cry and beg for His mercy and guidance.. to make you closer to Him. Kalau happy memanjang, doa lepas solat tu baca macam baca script aje.. tapi kalau time susah tu.. doa dgn penuh emotion.. betul tak?

So.. my very first posting this year I want to start with something sweet, colourful and fattening hehehe.. just look at the amount of butter that it uses. Whatever it is… this cake is truly worth trying… moist and delicious. Thank you to Rima Bisous A Toi for sharing the recipe. You can checkout the original posting here.

Moist and to die for..

Ingredients
(A)
700g eggs – abt 12 eggs
450g sugar
18g Emulsifier
1/2 tsp vanilla paste – i didnt hv so i substitute with use 1/2 tsp of vanilla essence
1/2 tsp milk paste – i didnt hv so i substitute with use 1/2 tsp of vanilla essence
(B)
325g low protein flour – i use normal flour

(C)
400g margarine
300g butter (or butter substitute) – i used 700g normal Lurpak butter

(D)
1/2 tsp spekkeok powder
purple, blue, green, yellow, orange and red colour paste

Method

  1. Preheat oven 160C.. grease 8″ baking pan
  2. Whisk butter till creamy – put aside
  3. In another bowl, whisk ingredients A until fluffy.
  4. Add ingredients B – beat again until blended. Add ingredients C – beat again until blended
  5. Weigh your batter and divide it by 13 (the number of layers)
  6. Part 1 (equivalent to 7 layers) – add spekoek powder
  7. Part 2 (equivalent to 6 layers/divided into six bowls) – add colour paste to each bowl
  8. Once ready.. pour about 164g of spekkeok batter (plain batter) into your baking pan and bake it for 10mins..
  9. Change your oven setting to grill mode and pour in purple batter.. this is how the layer should be.. plain – purple – plain – blue – plain – green – plain – yellow – plain – orange – plain – red – plain.
  10. On the last layer bake it using grill mode until brown changing it to bottom heat and bake a further 5 to 10 mins.

Wrinkled Top Chocolate Brownies

Wrinkled top chocolate brownies

Wrinkled top chocolate brownies

It has been almost 6 weeks since Aina and Nurin left for UK. Everyday we talk via whatsapps and at least 2 times a week we do video call via hangouts. They update us about everything … last week we even did a video call while they were choosing their winter jackets just because they wanted our opinion on the jackets hehehe.. Some might say that we are too involved but who cares… we will always be here to give our opinion when asked! To tell you the truth, I think the girls are lucky to have a very caring dad.. always there to give opinion asked or not hehe. I sometimes lambat tengok message.. selalu terlepas keretapi in giving opinion. You should see him talking to the girls on the way to the airport… nasihat nasihat and more nasihat. My mum said she has never seen such a concern father… well, it was not easy for us to let them go especially we have never been apart. May Allah protect them always.

Sending them to UK was a good move.. why? When they were with us here they rarely cook but alhamdulillah now they have been sending us the photo of dishes that they made and I am so proud of them. Last night they made lasagna and it looked pretty delicious hehehe. Last week Ein made truffles and a couple of weeks before Aina baked Red Velvet Brownies… well done girls, Umi and Ayah are so proud of you two. I guess living away from home forces you to cook and bake things that remind you of home…

Okay.. back to our recipe today.. chocolate brownies kedut… quite famous sekarang kat Malaysia. I simply have to try it to see what the fuss is all about. Verdict? Yummy and totally worth it. Very chocolaty and will satisfy all the chocolate lovers out there. The recipe is taken from blog Azlita Masam Manis. Please try if you have the time.

Happy Baking people!

Super satisfying...

Super satisfying…

Ingredient:

  • 400 g bittersweet chocolate – chopped
  • 150 g unsalted butter
  • 100 g brown sugar
  • 100 g sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 100 g self raising flour *
  • 30 g cocoa powder * (* sifted)

Method:

  1. Melt chocolate and butter in double boiler.
  2. In another bowl, combine eggs, brown sugar, sugar and vanilla using whisk.
  3. Pour egg mixture into the chocolate mixture and mix well.
  4. Fold in the flour mixture and mix until just combined.
  5. Pour the batter into greased and lined 10″X10″ baking pan.
  6. Bake at 160C for 30 mins then off the oven and let the brownies sit in with door ajar for another 15 min.
Soft and gooey texture... just the way brownies should be.

Soft and gooey texture… just the way brownies should be.

Red Velvet Brownies

MY homemade Red Velvet brownies

My homemade Red Velvet brownies

Assalamualaikum and a very good day people. Hope life is treating you well. It has been a while since my last posting.. I believe that 16 March was the last time I update this blog. Honestly.. have not been baking much for the last 7 months… life took an unexpected turn and wiped out all my mood for baking.. Well.. there are things that are beyond your control and there is nothing you can do to prevent it.. so, redha aje la as they are tests from Allah. I am taking the approach that these tests are signs that Allah loves you.. He wants to pull you close to Him and always remember Him. May Allah grant me patience.. Ameen.

Well..just a little update on what had happened during the last 7 months… my 2 girls left for UK to further their studies last Sept. Aina is doing her Bachelor Degree in Mathematics for Business and Finance at Portsmouth University and Nurin is doing her Foundation in Law at College of Portsmouth. The process of applying for the visa, accommodation and other stuff were really challenging .. it really made my other half and me appreciate all the government had done for us dulu. In sha Allah if I have time, I will try to write the whole experience and guide/tips for parents who want to send their kids to UK.

Hmmm what else happened???? Aaaa.. we were fortunate enough to be Allah’s guest for the Hajj baru ni.. Alhamdulillah. Honestly there were times that I have lost hope to go for hajj this year but my other half keep on telling me to dua and ins sha Allah he said if Allah wants us to be his guest, He will give us the way and means to go. The schedule for us to leave for hajj clashed with the schedule for Aina and Nurin to leave for UK… I was really patah semangat but alhamdulillah, Allah sent us a friend that offered his help to take care of the girls once they arrived in London. Thank you Kazan and Angah for doing this.

Orait.. lets look at the recipe that I want to share today. This is the 2nd time I baked this brownies and my girls love them very much. This recipe is taken from here.

Made yesterday and hari ni tinggal 5 slices aje

Made yesterday and this morning tinggal 5 slices aje

Ingredient:

  • 1 cup All-purpose Flour*
  • ½ tsp Baking Powder*
  • A pinch of Salt* (* combined)
  • 2 oz Bittersweet Chocolate – chopped
  • 113g Unsalted Butter – diced
  • 1¼ cups Castor Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Red Coloring
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Essence
  • 1 tsp Vinegar
  • 2 large Eggs

Method:

  1. Melt chopped chocolate and butter in microwave and stir to mix.
  2. Add in sugar using a rubber spatula.
  3. Add in red coloring, vanilla essence and vinegar; stir to combine.
  4. Add in eggs one by one while stirring.
  5. Add in flour mixture* and stir until just combined.
  6. Pour brownie batter into greased and lined 8½” baking pan.
  7. Bake 170C for 35-40 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool completely.