Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Vanilla (Cupcake) Cones for Father's Day

So my daughter was in charge of 'organizing' the menu for Father's Day, which fell on 19th June '11. Two weeks prior she had already started planning on a very big breakfast for the big man. Her menu was beef bacon, hotdogs, sunny-side-up eggs, hashbrowns, toasts & apple juice. I added scrambled eggs with beef bacon bits. Just before serving, I told her that I'd take a picture of the breakfast set for her to blog but as usual, our excitement at seeing so much food made me forget to snap. Nevertheless everyone enjoyed the brunch & had our tummy full, that our next meal was dinner.

Besides the big breakfast, my daughter & I had planned to bake Vanilla (Cupcakes) Cone, topped with vanilla buttercream. So I used this opportunity to try out a new & easy vanilla cake recipe for her project. I ended up baking on my own; my daughter came into the kitchen only to choose the colour of the vanilla icing. Yes, she insisted to use pink for vanilla.

What really fascinated her was piping her own icing. She found so much joy in piping the 'perfect' swirl.

Dear daughter's swirl

We, or rather I, had never tried baking a cupcake cone. Again using this opportunity, I tried using some wafer cones to bake the cake batter. It was a fun experience seeing that the batter baked in a wafer cone just like any other cake in paper casings. One downside though - wafers can't retain their crispiness in the open. So I ended up with soft cones after a while. Well crispy or not, the kids still enjoyed them. 

Vanilla Cupcakes

1 1/2 cups self raising flour
1 1/4 cups plain flour
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1 cup milk
2 tsp vanilla essence


1) Cream butter untill smooth. Add sugar gradually & beat until fluffy.

2) Add eggs, one at a time

3) Add sifted dry ingredients in 3 parts, alternating with the milk+vanilla. Beat until all ingredients are incorporated but do not overbeat.

4) Fill the cones / cupcake liners 3/4 full. Bake at preheated oven of 170C (depending on your oven) for about 20 minutes.

5) Cool completely before frosting.

Vanilla Buttercream

1/2 cup vegetable shortening (I used Crisco)
1/2 cup unsalted butter
2 tsp vanilla essence
4 cups sifted icing sugar
2 tblsp milk


1) Cream shortening & butter until smooth.

2) Add vanilla.

3) Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time beating well on medium speed.

4) When all sugar has been mixed, add milk. Beat at medium speed until light & fluffy.

Have fun trying these simple recipes with your kids!

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding

Frankly, I don't eat bread pudding. I had before but found little 'interest' in it. A friend ever requested that I try out a fellow blogger's Nutella Bread Pudding, but I have yet to give that recipe a try. Sorry Yani, perhaps soon ok?

Then while I was watching Nigella's "Rags to Riches" episode a couple of weeks back, Nigella 'showed' the Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding recipe. Since I had my notebook next to me, I just jot the recipe down. I thought maybe this would change my mind. So I tried...

Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding
(from Nigella's Rags to Riches episode)

250g bread (chopped into chunks)
100g chocolate chips
500ml full-cream milk
125ml double cream
40g soft brown sugar
3 eggs
1/2 tblsp vanilla essence (in the episode, she used rum. I substituted this with vanilla essence)

1) Preheat oven to 170C. Grease a 9" baking dish. Place the chopped bread in the baking dish.

2) Scatter the chocolate chips into the dish.

3) In a bowl or measuring cup, whisk milk, double cream, sugar, eggs & vanilla together. Pour the mixture into your baking dish. Let the whole mixture stand for 20 minutes.

4) Sprinkle some demerera sugar on top just before you put the bread mixture into the oven. Bake for 40 minutes (depends on your own oven).

So how do I find this pudding after baking it myself? I don't know. But with so much ado about 'the' Bread Pudding from Royal at Scotts' Carousel, perhaps I should try that first & see if THAT will make me have a change of heart (or rather, taste).

Saturday, 18 June 2011

My much overdue entry

Didn't realize another month had just zoomed by and my blog hadn't been updated at all. Besides busy baking & re-stocking the pantry, I've been on a new project - Revamping my Cupcakes. More on that later.

So what have I done lately? More Brownies, Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake & Red Velvet Cupcakes...

21st May '11: Heart-shaped Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake & Mango CheeseCups for Sarah Longue

25th May '11: Red Velvet Cupcakes for Azilah for her 2-yr-old twins' birthday

28th May '11: Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake for Marni

29th May'11: Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake requested by Ain for her uncle's birthday celebration

29th May '11: Red Velvet Cupcakes for Ros, along with some sweet buns

30th May '11: 8x5" Brownie, cut into minis for Arni

30th May '11: Red Velvet Cupcakes for Haslinda

1st June '11: Brownies for Ayu

3rd June '11: Red Velvet Cupcakes for Manisah

6th June '11: Brownie Cups with mini marshmallows for Arni

10th June '11: Request from Ros' mum for 3 sets of Red Velvet Cupcakes

10th & 12th June '11: Requests from Ayu for a whole & 8x5" Brownie 

15th June '11: Wanee requested for 2 dozen Mango CheeseCups & 2 sets of Red Velvet Cupcakes 

15th June '11: 8x5" Brownie with white chocolate chips for Elyn

Apart from all the goodies requests, I've been using my free time to experiment on 'fresher' cupcakes concoctions. It took a lot of work though. I have the flavours in my mind, but to put everything together was a whole different thing. I kept thinking, will this recipe work? how will this & this taste together? Is it too sweet? Is it too rich? The list goes on...

Besides rolling out the Red Velvet Cupcakes first, I have 3 other flavours which are ready. My target - to get at least 2 more flavours ready by 1st July (fingers crossed).

Talking about Red Velvet Cupcakes, I've been having that since a year ago but then there was no demand. I've stopped baking that & it seemed now that it has made a comeback. Whatever sparked the re-appearance of the Red Velvet?