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

Kek lapis Lengit Rainbow

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.