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Banana Sponge Cake

  There was a pitfall when baking this cake. I remember vaguely during class that slices of extra bananas can be placed on top of the cake before baking for decorative purposes, so that the cake does not look so plain. Yet forgetting that this is a sponge texture and not a butter cake texture, the banana slices sink during baking. And to make things worse, as I have some leftover pieces of poor quality parchment paper during the last bake, I used them to line this baking tin. Sad to say poor quality is really poor ! The skin of the cake sticked to the paper […]

English Carrot Cake

        Recipe adapted from <Joy of Baking> at   Ingredients : ********************************* 300g sugar 4 large eggs  240 ml melted butter  2 tsps pure vanilla extract  260g all purpose flour  1 tsp baking soda 1 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 100g walnuts 340g raw carrots (coasely grated) 100g mixed fruits/raisins  Cream Cheese Frosting  57g unsalted butter, softened 227g cream cheese, softened 230g icing sugar, sifted 1 tsp pure vanilla extract Garnish (Optional)  Marzipan carrots        *********************************   Method : 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 […]

Coconut Almond Muffins

                        Recipe adapted from ~ <Easy Muffins and Cupcakes> by Kelvin Chai                   [Makes about 12-13 standard size muffins]   Ingredients : ******************************* 230g unsalted butter 230g caster sugar 230g plain flour                               4 eggs                                 1/2 tsp salt 2 tsp baking powder 20g coconut powder 30g dessicated coconut 60g almonds, chopped (I use sliced ones instead) ******************************* Method : 1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Place paper baking cases in muffin tins. 2. Combine butter, sugar, eggs, flour, salt, baking powder and coconut powder in a mixer. Beat until smooth and pale, about 2 to 3 minutes. 3. Stir […]