Thursday, September 10, 2009

Japanese inspired Green Tea roll

This was a die hard wanted list to my baking ...but tried it at last.

This special recipe I have it from a friend in year 2008, but never have a chance or should say no confidence to try it out and I have allot of feed backs that the cake cracks, too sweet or no green tea taste at all.

But to be honest, I was happy with the trying, just first try and I found it rather satisfied as every feedback from some of my friends are proven wrong, I found this recipe just as perfect...moist, spongy, soft, not too sweet at all and most of all is the green tea fragrant is what I feel satisfied about.

It does take up a little time to make the whole thing and of course the waiting is worth every slices and mouthful. In fact what surprise me most is kids love it as well, and they ask for more. The filling takes a bit of time to make it and allot of energy to mash and mix the thing. It's red bean paste had mix in streaks to the whipped cream and I can tell you it kills your arm to mix up the whole 1 cup....

Will do more in the future, definitely goes well with a cup of tea.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Macadamien Cheesecake

This cake was specially made for my brother's friend who came down from Japan for the weekend. He was definitely lucky to have freshly flown in macadamia nuts from Australia, was brought back by my Australia auntie for us. So I just thought make it just a small portion.

Earlier in my blog there is one mother's day cake I made for my own mother is the very same one but the macadamia nuts was bought from the shopping mall here and couldn't manage to get some shots into the detail of the cake.

So here it is the detail of the vanilla sponge and the cheese layer. This time I was rather satisfied because of the time I use and the outcome of the texture is so fine and cotton soft. Even my kids love it, just manage a small portion to ourselves to be cut and to test it out before I give it to my brother's friend to be flew back to Japan to store and eat.

The cut out might be slightly broken due to the container I store before I let dry in the fridge overnight. It does take sometime to do that...have to be patiently cook in double boiler till smooth and bake in two temperature in water bath....patience pays everything. Happy testing, worth it.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Chocolate sponge Hazelnut Cheesecake

This was rather a special cake for me myself, specially made for my elder daughter, she wanted either a doll cake or a castle cake, very challenging for a first timer like myself.

It was a long weekend and can't manage to get any of her friends to come but pull it together and she is all excited what am I actually doing for her. I know her all time favourite is pink and Chocolate cake but I never go with the usual one, in fact this time around she ask me for a Peanut cake...i was thinking what cake was I did search high and low whether I have such recipe in my baking finally I tot I go with what i think good for all.

Now I know why the shop charge it so high...pricing. I had two Wilton store bought doll specially for this doll cake and sent in by my father, yet wasn't satisfied with the outlook so, I just decided to go buy one original Barbie for my small one completed with purple dancing outfit with purple shimmering slippers.

I learn something very new during the whole process and it does take up a lot of effort and time....I felt like giving up when the clock struck 2.30am and I needed a toothpick to hold up my eyelid.

My daughter got up at 6.30am and wanted to just catch a glimpse of her mysterious cake... and got scolded bad into bed. Finally I manage myself up at 7am and say to her let me finish up some final touches...

To me the satisfaction of the overall process is always the smile tells it all. and the Wow! look on others... this cake is not sweet, light n satisfying, nothing special just the effort. Love my daughters and just want to give them everything I can.

The partly cut out cake and the torn off sugar paste..., luckily never got the shot of the torn out dress left her nothing...I warn her not to take so much, but this time I was glad even the fondant paste is home made, 100% Halal, added vanilla powder and honey. So the sugar level is reduced. Prices ranges, and call to enquire. Thank you for taking your precious time to browse through my blog, and do please leave comments.