Classic Banana Cake!

Back in my teenage years, I remembered that this was the first cake I ever baked and it turned out nice. From that day onwards I always bake this banana cake and it tastes so good even though it is so easy to bake.

However, I did not use sour cream as an ingredient until my Japanese friend advised me to. It gives the cake an additional fragrance which I don’t know how to describe too. But I personally feel that even without the sour cream it has the original flavour which tastes just as good. Here’s the recipe.

Ingredients:
240g butter
4 medium eggs
180g sugar
3/4 cup sour cream
3/4 cup mashed bananas
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoon vanilla essence
330g flour
50g chopped walnuts (optional)
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
2 teaspoons lemon juice

Methods:
1. Preheat oven to 170°C for 35 to 45 minutes.
2. Sift the flour together with the baking powder and baking soda.
3. Cream butter and sugar till creamy.
4. Add the eggs at intervals and beat well.
5. Add the mashed bananas, sour cream and vanilla essence; stir until everything is fully mixed.
6. Fold in the flour mixture.

Pour the mixture into well greased 10″ x 2½” pan. The center of the cake must raise slightly when it cools down.
Isn’t it simple? Give it a try!

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My son, Gavyn’s birthday!

My son’s 15th birthday was on the 29th of september. I have never baked any birthday cake for my family. My son will be the first one to receive the cake baked by his mother for his special day.

So far I made durian cakes, baked cheese cakes and sponge cakes, but none of it seems to attract my son as he did not ask for second helping after eating the cakes. If it were cookies, he will definitely ask for more.

I know chocolate has always been his favourite among the other flavours. After searching for a suitable recipe and tweaking the recipe a little from my experience, I managed to bake this delicious cake.

I’ll be sharing the recipe with you. This is the recipe.

Chocolate Cake
Ingredients

230g unsalted butter
100g castor sugar
2 tsp vanilla essence
3 eggs
60g unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup hot water
230g cake flour
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt

Method
1. Line the bottom and sides of 8″ cake pan. Preheat oven.
2. Place unsalted butter, castor sugar and vanilla essence in a mixing bowl and cream till light and fluffy.
3. Add in eggs a little at a time followed by the unsweetened cocoa powder and hot water. Make sure the cocoa powder is mixed with hot water before adding to the mixture.
4. Add in cake flour and baking powder respectively.
5. Bake at 170C for 35-45 minutes.

Chocolate Ganache
200g dark chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup thickened cream

Method
1. Combine chocolate and cream in a heatproof, microwave-safe bowl.
2. Microwave, uncovered, on medium high (70%) for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring every minute with a metal spoon, until its melted.
3. Stir until smooth. Set aside for 30 minutes or until thick enough to spread.


in the box, we are bringing it to my mom’s place.


Lighted chocolate cake, ready to sing birthday song for my son!


Gavyn and his cake.

Overall, we had a great birthday celebration and I was happy how everything worked out well.

Durian Cake!

I had never expected that I made another birthday cake after baking for my nephew’s birthday.

This was supposed to be a surprise for my sister-in-law’s birthday which was on the 6th of June. Last year she asked me twice whether do i know how to how to make durian muffins or cake. I somehow got the hint that my sister-in-law likes durian, so I wanted to make for her a durian sponge cake. It was indeed a big challenge for me as I did not make any durian cake before. I was very busy at that point of time to prepare and experiment before making one on her actual birthday. Furthermore, her birthday was approaching…

I have to do it well and good at the first try! So I browsed through the internet for some good durian cake recipes.. The basics of baking a cake is just baking the sponge cake and covering it with frosting cream with decoration, that’s all. That is the simplest version of a cake. I used the recipe that I used to bake my nephew’s birthday cake as a guide. However, I did not follow the recipe entirely because I find the result of the sponge cake was not puffy and soft enough.

This is the recipe I used that I found on the internet.

Sponge Cake
Ingredients
4 eggs
1/2 cup sugar, divided into 2 portions
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 cup superfine flour
3 tbsp vegetable oil
1/4 tsp lemon juice
50 ml milk

Preparation
1. Preheat oven to 160C.
2. Sift the flour together with the baking powder twice to airate the flour.
3. Separate the egg yolk from the white.
4. In the bowl with the egg white, add the cream of tartar and lemon juice and beat until it thickens. Add 1/4 cup of sugar and beat further until the mixture shines.
5. In another bowl, beat the egg yolk with the remainder 1/4 cup of sugar until the sugar dissolve.
6. Add milk and vegetable oil into the egg yolk mixture and stir to mix well.
7. Fold in the flour mixture into the egg yolk mixture.
8. Gently fold in 1/3 of the egg yolk flour mixture into the egg white until well mixed. Repeat with the remainder of the egg yolk in 1/3 portions.

Pour the mixture into 8″ cake pan. Preheat the oven for 30 minutes until its baked. It will be cooked fully when you check by using a stick and it comes out clean. Cut the cake into 3 layers when it is cooled.

Creamy Durian Filling
Ingredients
350gm of fresh durian pulp
100gm of non-dairy whip cream
1/2 tbsp gelatin, dissolved in 50ml warm water

Preparation
Whip the non-dairy cream until it can hold its form. Do not over whip.
Gently add the durian pulp to the cream till evenly mixed.
Chill in the fridge till ready for use.


Creating the layers of the cake and applying durian cream in between..


Did the layering! It’s time for decoration and covering the cake with whipped cream 🙂


This is the overall result of the cake! 🙂 I’m so happy with it!

This cake was meant to be a surprise for her, thus I did not inform her about the cake or celebrating for her. On her birthday, we got her daughter to help us to surprise her. We asked her daughter to tell us when they are at home so we can surprise her at her house. We are so excited to light up the candles and present the cake to her. This is out first time doing this.

When she opened the door, she was surprised and delighted to see us. Another main purpose of baking this cake for her is to thank for the past support she gave me when I first started out baking. I was satisfied with the cake.


I was happy with the cream, it is much better than the previous times I baked sponge cake.


A close up.

The most important thing I forgot is actually taking photos of my sister-in-law with her family and the cake.. But at least I’m glad she liked the cake! 🙂

Aceley’s 6th Birthday Party!

My nephew’s birthday finally arrived, I was so excited and stressed at the same time because my sister requested me to bake cake for him. We celebrated it in McDonalds. When my sister asked me to bake for her son’s birthday party, I gladly accepted and felt very honored.

To make sure the cake I present to him is good and decent, I practiced many times. You can see it from my previous entries. Thus, now I am able to bake this special cake for him on his special day!


I am very satisfied with it! 🙂

The cake is only 7 inch in diameter. I was afraid that one cake is not only to share among our relatives, friends and ourselves, I decided to make two cakes, one of them is this Strawberry Sponge Cake and the other is the famous Oreo Cheesecake.

Up till today, my biggest challenge is the whipping cream. Even though I had many attempts on whipping the cream, I just could not get desirable results somehow. I probably do not have the round loose base which it is used during whipping in order to cream it in shape.

To hide the uneven whipped cream, I covered it with chocolate shavings. I thought I was pretty creative, haha 🙂 And for the Oreo Cheesecake, I created a face using the Oreo cookies.

When I presented the cakes to my nephew, everyone was admiring it. Some asked me whether I own a bakery shop and I was surprised at their feedback. I was so delighted! It was worth my efforts after all.


Birthday boy with his cake. 🙂


A close up on the Strawberry Sponge Cake with unlit candles. I love the candles, they are so adorable!


Birthday boy with his cake with the candles lit up.


My sister, my brother-in-law and my cute nephew!

Strawberry and Oreo Cheesecake

Hello everyone! I used my daughter’s school camera that she borrowed for one of her modules. The quality is really good. But the most unfortunate thing is that the camera is only temporary. When she needs to return the camera, everything is back to square one again. We then have to use mobile phone camera. 😦

She took these photos for me. She can use this opportunity to improve her photography skills and for me, I can take this chance to admire my work! Haha.. So get ready for super good quality images, I’m so excited to present to my faithful readers! So enjoy it while we can!

My eldest daughter and son had been craving for my oreo cheesecake. So, as their mother, I made one to satisfy their craving. This time round I changed the design to make it more interesting. I wanted to make it more creative as well. I bought this heart-shaped pan some time back so I used it in my recent bakings.


Heart shaped pan 🙂


My masterpieces, haha..


Top view.


Yummmy!

My sister-in-law has been my loyal ‘fan’ so far. After visited my blog, she ordered an oreo cheesecake for her children. I tried to come up with a design and this was what I got.


It was simple, but sometimes simplicity is nice.

To appreciate her during Mothers’ Day, I decided to make this heart shaped strawberry cheese cake to thank her for her support. 🙂 However, she does not fancy cheese cake that much. I guess I’ll bake something else the next time!


The cards and the flowers were gifts from my daughters. I have gift from all of my children, but I didn’t put it here as it was rather big. It was really nice of them. 🙂


Same setting as the Oreo Cheesecake. Look how shiny the jam is!


There are jam goodness within the cheesecake as well.

My sister-in-law’s children love the cheesecake too! I was overjoyed with the responses I received from everyone. Thank you for supporting me thus far. By the way, do leave a comment or two once in while. So I can improve myself. Good or bad comments, just leave them on my food blog. Thank you!

Japanese Souffle Cheesecake

I remembered when I first eaten Japanese cheesecake from Ichiban Sushi Restaurant around 20 years ago. I fell in love with cheesecake since then. The cake was so cottony soft and fluffy yet not very cheesy. At that time, my department manager bought the cake for us during tea break, everyone was snatching for it. I managed to take a piece but I was sad that I couldn’t get another helping.

My inspiration for baking has blossomed since the day I started baking. I told myself I have to try to bake this kind of cheesecake to indulge myself. I found many recipes and so I decided to use this one. But I omitted orange zest.

This is my first attempt. Although the bottom of the cake is slightly denser than the top, it is as good as the cheesecake in Ichiban Sushi Restaurant. Thanks to the technology, I am able to find more recipes on the internet. I will try again next time.

My son and youngest daughter liked everything I baked but not for this Japanese cheesecake. They prefer cheesecakes with flavours like my previous few cheesecakes that I made. Oreo cheesecake, blueberry cheesecake.. These cheesecakes are the non-bake type, which they like. Since they both of them do not like this cheesecake, I ate a lot of it. It was so irresistible that I almost took half of the cake right after taking out from the oven. The remaining ones I put in the refrigerator. It tastes as good when it is chilled too.

Blueberry Cake

My nephew’s birthday is around the corner but I have not mastered making the whipping cream. Since I have some leftover blueberry toppings that I used for my blueberry cheesecake, I decided to change the strawberry shortcake to this blueberry one.

The recipe for the shortcake is still the same, the only thing that is different is the topping and the filling. I took a few photos, they are not really of good quality but still rather decent! I am very satisfied and happy with the outcome and it tastes good as well!


I still need a lot of improvement of the whipping cream 🙂


The filling and the layers of the cake. Yummy!


Ideal for afternoon tea 🙂

I know that I have been using a lot of blueberries in my baked foods, but they just taste so good! I hope you can give me some comments, so I can improve on it as well 🙂 So that’s all for now!