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April 28, 2010

April has not been a good month and I am pretty glad it is ending. One post? That’s it? What with all the thesis submitting, problem sets, tests and presentations, I’m pretty happy that I managed this one post.

So, April is my dad’s birthday month. It’s a weird family thing. Our birthdays fall in separate months, one after the other. So we’ll have birthday cakes from December to April and no cake for the rest of the year! Yeaaah… (more…)

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Someone screamed for ice cream…cake?
February 12, 2010

So I celebrated my birthday recently and being me, I didn’t want to pass up an opportunity to bake. So, I baked my own birthday cake!

However, I didn’t want to spend my day in the hot kitchen, I kinda cheated. I used Betty Crocker’s Fudge Brownie mix and I bought ice-cream from the supermarket. I decided on the brownie mix cause I wanted a cake that wouldn’t “deform” under the weight of the ice cream.

So I baked the brownies a day earlier and left them to cool. Using the same mould as the cake, I made a layer of the vanilla ice cream, cling wrapped it and stored it in the freezer for the next day.

The best part came when it was time to prepare the decorations for the cake.

Melt the chocolates! Using parchment paper, fold them into icing cones and fill the cones with the melted chocolate. Cut off the end and start creating webs on a sheet of parchment paper.

Get the strawberries out and dip them into the chocolate (ensure that you do this last as once water gets into the chocolate, you will not be able to re-melt the chocolate without ruining it).

Refrigerate them and then assemble the cake!

I used whipped cream frosting on the cake and just stuck the chocolate webs on.

Easy but the assembly has to be fast in this hot weather. Or just refrigerate after each step.

Then, slice it up and eat! And, of course forget to take a picture until it’s all melted.