Father’s Day
June 19, 2010

It’s Father’s Day weekend here in Singapore and what’s a celebration without cake. What with the lack of temporary employment, the funds are low but time is in abundance. It has been some time since I last made something chocolatey and my father does have the impression that a good cake must be a chocolate cake. So out came the Complete Book of Chocolate and 200 Chocolate Recipes.

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Selamat Hari Jadi
March 17, 2010

Happy Birthday! Selamat Hari Jadi! Bonne Anniversaire!

My mom celebrates her birthday today and I made this wonderfully light almond cake for her. You might be thinking that an almond cake is not the traditional birthday cake. It’s missing the fancy, creamy goodness that birthday cakes, in general, are identified by but my mom do not like frosted cakes. She’s weird that way but it’s her day and she decided that she would like a nutty cake. We initially decided to make the traditional Eurasian Sugee cake but after looking up the recipe (and being awed by the number of eggs required), we decided on an almond cake.

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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.