Tag Archives: cake

Rum Cake

28 Aug

I’m back! I’m finally back home in NYC after living with my boyfriend in San Mateo for the summer. Then I went on a really enjoayble cruise to Bermuda. Now that I’m home with a stocked kitchen again, I can cook whenever I want to. Cruises love to sell you things and alcohol is cheap on board. I got a bottle of Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum for $11, perfect for rum cake. Bermuda has a rum cake factory and we got to taste many flavors of rum cake. The only issue was the price! $12.95 for 4 oz of cake was too much so we ended up buying cheaper non-Bermudan rum cake on the ship as souvenirs for people. Once I got home, I knew I had to make a rum cake for us to enjoy.

I followed this recipe using only half the glaze to reduce the fat and alcohol factor. I also left out the nuts and used Pillsbury vanilla cake mix with pudding already in it. I highly recommend the recipe because it’s easy and doesn’t taste like box cake at all! Make sure you spray your bundt pan so it doesn’t stick and poke holes into the cake with a skewer before glazing it. Half the recipe of glaze makes a nice outer coating of rum flavor but the inside is not saturated. For a more saturated cake, use the full recipe of glaze. The cake is moist and full of flavor.

Happy Mother’s Day!

10 May

I cooked mango nutella crepes for my mom this morning. This was my first time making crepes but they came out really tasty. Only bad thing was that my mom wanted to wait until everyone got one to eat so they were not crispy. They’re meant to be eaten right out of the pan. Anyway, it was delicious!! Super easy too because you mix the batter the night before.

crepes with nutella, mango and fresh whipped cream

I followed the crepe recipe from Mike’s Table but left out the zest by accident. Only killed one crepe by flipping too soon (it ripped) then my dad was helping and killed two more.. haha. Spread the Nutella on once it’s flipped and add mangoes.  The mangoes were Champagne mangoes that are on sale now. Top with more mangoes, freshly whipped cream and shredded sweetened coconut.

We also had biscuits (Grand’s) with strawberry jam and faux sausage patties (Gimme Lean). I usually would scramble some eggs too to go with sausage but we had eggs for breakfast yesterday.

mother's day breakfast

For dinner I made Kabocha Squash Lasagna, a vegetarian dish. I followed this recipe by Gavan Murphy. It came out really nice and satisfying. Make sure you add salt and pepper to the veggies and the ricotta mixture and taste. Mine was a tiny but under salted. We also had steak on the side.

kabocha squash lasagna

Mother’s day isn’t complete without a cake! I went for something simple and made Strawberry Cotton Cake by Life as an h4. What a simple recipe! I whipped it up in less than 15 minutes and it only baked for 30 minutes. Looked and tasted JUST like the Chinese bakery sponge cakes wrapped in paper (zi bao dang gou). I had no idea what cotton cake was but I trusted this blogger, she has great recipes. This recipe is also available in Chinese with more pictures (click on her cakes link). I left out the strawberry liquor (didn’t have) and added toasted coconut extract to the cream.

cotton cake with strawberries and coconut whipped cream

slice of yumminess

Cake for Dad

10 Feb

My dad’s birthday was yesterday so I baked him a cake. He’s really picky and doesn’t like many ingredients like cinnamon and strawberries. I tend not to like chocolate baked goods so I rarely bake chocolate cakes. I settled on a white cake that used only 1/2 cup butter, instant vanilla pudding with white chocolate shavings for the filling, and “fat-free” 7-minute frosting. Since I did a lot of baking this weekend, I really wanted to keep the butter consumption down.. this was the 5th stick of butter. The frosting is butter free and therefore “fat-free” but don’t be mistaken that it’s not fattening because excess calories from carbohydrates (sugar) is still converted to fat. I used the seeds from half a vanilla bean in the cake as well as a splash of real vanilla extract. Overall, the cake was a bit dry due to the lack of butter but it the fluffy marshmallowy frosting complemented the cake well. I should really avoid instant puddings.. too artificial for my tastes. Next time I should plan ahead better and find a better filling. The marzipan fruit were purchased from The Sweet Life, which is near my grandmother’s apartment.. nostalgia!

dad cake

I halved this recipe because I knew it would make too much. It was just enough to frost (not fill) a 9″ cake.

Double Boiler (7 Minute) Frosting from Betty Crocker

2 egg whites (1/4 cup)
1-1/2 cups sugar
1/4 tsp cream of tartar or 1 tbsp light corn syrup
1/3 cup water
1 tsp vanilla

Combine egg whites, sugar, cream of tartar and water in top of double boiler. Beat on high speed 1 minute with electric mixer. Place over boiling water (water should not touch bottom of pan); beat on high speed 7 minutes. Remove pan from boiling water; add vanilla. Beat 2 minutes longer on high speed.

Fills and frosts two 8- or 9-inch layers or frosts a 13×9-inch cake.

dad cake slice

Momofuku night

31 Jan

My sister treated me to a night of Momofuku goodness at the Noodle Bar and Milk Bar for my birthday. I haven’t had a lot of free time to post so things are piling up but here are some pictures. We had really good seats at the open kitchen bar so we watched the chefs and sous chefs make everything in front of use.

momofuku menu
The one page menu. Options are very limited here but that’s okay because everything’s interesting. More options/specials on the walls and they have a four course prix fixe for $30.

pork buns
The famous pork buns meet the hype. It’s a must try, really delicious.

momofuku ramen
We both got the Momofuku noodle bowl. Fresh noodles with pork, semi poached egg, scallion, nori, naruto, and bamboo? It was okay, a little better with siracha sauce but don’t add too much because it gets super spicy! I’ve had better ramen at other places.

Then we headed over to the Milk bar only a few blocks away (next to Ssam).
milk bar
The fridge case with the cakes and pies.

crack pie
Crack pie = sugary buttery gooey goodness in a crust. So good.

flavored milk
This is why it’s the milk bar, they serve cereal flavored milk. It’s pricey though so we didn’t try it. They also have soft serve (in cereal and other flavors) and smoothies made from soft serve.

chocolate malt cake
Chocolate malt cake with marshmallows and malt balls inside. Gooey and dense chocolate goodness. I’m not a huge chocolate fan but my sister ordered this.

We also ordered the compost cookie, cornflake chocolate chip marshmallow cookie and blueberry cream cookie. OMG these were great. My favorite was the blueberry cream cookie because it was like having a scone with milk in cookie form. No great picture of the cookies but there are lots if you google it. Martha Stewart also has the blueberry cookie recipe directly from the chef at Milk bar so I will have to test that out soon. Calls for glucose and European butter! Luckily I think Trader Joe’s has Irish butter but I’m not sure if I will be able to easily get glucose. Apparently Wilton’s makes it so hopefully the candy supply store near me (Choc-Oh-Lot Plus) will have it.

Simple cake + kitten bed!

20 Nov

Haven’t been keeping up with you blog.. lacking in motivation at this point in life.

I made a really simple cake using a recipe called Edna Lewis’s Busy-Day Cake. I found it on Orangette’s site and it’s quite delicious.
rustic cake
Very easy to make and so satisfying. Just make sure the butter, eggs, and milk are room temperature. This recipe can be made without an electric mixer.
rustic cake slice

I got kittens! They’re about 2 months old – we don’t know for sure because they’re strays we found in an abandoned garage in our community driveway. We kinda call the cats all different names.. their official names are Isaella (gray female) and Ringo (black male).. official meaning vet’s office. But we also call Isabella – Bella, Milky, and a Chinese name meaning Lucky. Ringo is also known as Blacky, Edward, and a Chinese name meaning Happy.

I could not find the bed on sale at CVS because they never stock anything.. horrible customer service. So I made one using this lovely tutorial by lorie marie. As you can see mine is a rectangle. Only problem is that the kittens do NOT sleep in it at night. I guess it’s too cold in that area.. =( They hid behind the refrigerator!! Eww.. it’s so dirty back there.. and we can’t reach them to get them out. Once we blocked off access to the fridge, they found a new place to sleep. Under the couch. I think it’s because there’s a warm spot on the floor under the couch. Oh well, at least they nap in the bed during the day. =^_^=

new bed 2

Oh and my betta fish (Twitchy) passed this morning. RIP Twitchy. I had just moved my three neon tetras into the 30 gallon tank along with two new neons the day before. I cleaned out Twitchy’s 10 gallon and now there are two rosy red minnows in there. They’re so pretty.. to me at least.

minnows2