Honey 'yoghurt' cake

Just had to try new receipes with a twist. So, yesterday, I tried the baking of this Honey Yoghurt Cake. The original name of this cake is Honey Sour Cream Cake. However, I replaced sour cream with plain yoghurt. And instead of chopped mixed nuts, I used sliced almond pieces. This being a receipe extracted from a foreign baker, i.e. you can imagine how much the amount of sugar and honey I had to reduce from the receipe. As the saying goes, never follow blindly. /span>

However, I must admit that the process of the making was tedious. As I do not own a cake mixer, everything had to be done manually. The creaming of the sugar and the oil, followed with the adding of the eggs yolks to cream till white. Next will be the blending of the yoghurt and the flour, and then the whisking of the egg whites till stiff. And to complete it all, the batter is to be blended nicely with the egg whites till well combined. At the end of the making process, my arms were aching. Wish someone can buy me a Kitchen Aid mixer for my birthday. Or a Kenwood mixer will be good too. Hahah, dream on.

During the baking process, it did not seem that the cake was rising well. Instead of the normal 50 mins, I had to bake it for an hour as it was too moist and not fully cooked. It was Mom who asked me to stop the bake coz the exterior of the cake was getting abit too dark, and for fear it will end up 'chow ta'.

Looks can be deceiving. Just look at how soft and light the texture of my 1st attempt at this receipe. Ya, I did 'nail' the receipe well and good except, perhaps, I should have reduced the sugar and honey even more as Mom thought it was sweeter than my usual bakes.


Marbled "nutty" cake

Skipped the baking last week as I was really 'drained' out, yups, from the work'affairs'.

So today, without hesitation, I sprang into my weekly bake action again. I was drooling over anything chocolatety. My sister bought two lovely slices of chocolate cakes from Cendele, which was shared between the 3 of us. However, that was not enough to satisfy my palate. The craving was insatiable.

Yes, off I went to the nearest NTUC and bought a 200ml of Meiji fresh milk, a packet of natural healthy mixed nuts. Viola, this is my Marbled "nutty" cake. Mom simply adores crunch in the bake. I also added dashes of mixed spice into the cake setting off a whiff of natural 'spicey' fragrance.

Nothing is more pleasurable than to indulge in homebaked delight. Trust me, I enjoy the bake and of course, the taste of my cake with my own hands.


Chocolate Cream cheese cake

I had been eyeing the lovely chocolate cream cheese cake receipe from Aunty Peony's blogsite, seen also in Florence's blogsite as well as from others from the Imperial Kitchen and decided that I shall give the receipe a try today.

Probably I had 'wrongly' estimated the ingredients and being in the 'rush' of time, I made a quick dash effort of mix, cream and blend. So, instead of the lovely layered chocolate cream cheese cake, mine turned out to be the original 'blend' of chocolate cream cheese cake with chocolate chips.

The cake was rising beautifully in the oven and the aroma filled the whole house. However, my 'rush' time had me taking out the cake before it was fully baked. Though Mom and my other sister was at home and probably they could have 'eyed' the oven and 'assist'. Then again, I was concerned if they were capable of handling the oven and pans as such. Yes, whenever I bake, I rule the whole kitchen so I never roped in their help in any way.

Luckily, the cake though shrunk at the sides and 'collapsed' in the centre, was still edibly moist and soft. Even Mom who was not a chocolate cake fan had a slice and was agreeable with the bake's softness.

Well, a non professional, no training, but an avid learner can be more original than anyone can imagine. Dont you agree ?


Blueberry Crumble Cake

Yes, yes, blueberries again. Hye, in case you are unaware, blueberries contain anti oxidants which are good for our bodies. Oh, here i go again, making justification for my craving.

Last Sunday, I decided to bake one of my favourite receipe,Blueberry crumble cake with chopped macadamia nuts. The macadamia nuts were bought from Sun Lik about 2 months back and the pack has been 'sitting' in the fridge. Just look at the pictures, just look at that!

This receipe was from the ST's weekly Mind & Body. Simply enjoy the crunchiness and freshness of the macadamia nuts with every spoonful bite. Mom enjoyed it too as she favours cakes with the extra 'umph' i.e. the crunch factor. In fact, Mom and I love walnuts and macadamia nuts. Thats why we are so similar in many ways. I wont dwell into that too deeply though.

Thoroughly enjoyed the baking process. Lovely way to a perfect precious Sunday.