Sunday, 29 June 2008

Rose Cuppies for Borra

Baked some cuppies for our neighbour Borra & Budjana who just had their 2nd son born last week, these ones are vanilla with choc chips.

Decorated them with poured fondant and rolled fondant for the roses & leaves, all in white and pastel colours. Sprinkled them with sugar crystals given by Frida for sparkly effects.

When my fingers got numb from rolling too many of these petite flowers I decided to make bigger single rose ones instead of stacking them together as a bouquet.
Borra called later to said thank you for 'the really tasty cakes'.
Hope Deva like them too!

Emoticon Cuppies for NCC MURI

This year is NCC's second attempt to break Indonesian Museum of Record (MURI), and the goal is to gather 100 NCC members to decorate 2008 pieces of cupcakes. The event was held last Saturday, 21st June, 2008 and took place at Pasaraya Grande, Jakarta.
Click here for more details.

We were given only 1 hour to finish 20 cuppies, and my theme was YM Emoticons.
The collection on this photo is not complete as some of them were sold and given to friends after the event.

Thanking my friend Frida who gave me the sugar sprinkles, I finally get some use of it.
And thanks to tante Ayin for babysitting the kids while the mummy was busy with buttercream and new friends :)

Saturday, 14 June 2008

Cheese & Smoked Beef Muffin

An early Sunday morning project that has been in my wait list for quite some time.
It's the basic muffin recipe and tried to modify it according to what I have in my fridge.
Hey! We got lots of cheddar cheese and some smoked beef! Our favourite things! Yummos!!

The ingredients:
  • 50 gr butter salted
  • 75 gr margarine
  • 50 gr sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 50 ml fresh milk
  • 200 gr plain flour
  • 1 ts baking powder
  • 1/2 ts baking soda
  • 100 gr cheddar cheese, cut into small cubes
  • 50 gr smoked beef / chicken / bacon, cut into small pieces
Preheat the oven in 180C
Warm the milk and melts the butter and margarine in milk
Whisk eggs and sugar, add in milk mixture.
Add flour, BP and BS, stir well with spatula
Don't overmix!
Put the batter in nonstick muffin tray, lay
cheese cubes and sliced smoked beef in between the batter.
( you can lay papercups if you like )
Bake in 180C for 20-25 minutes.

Jonathan Birthday Lolly Cookies

Nathan loves cars.
Auntie Reny wants to surprise him by ordering car shaped cookies for his birthday.
The cookie makes said, she'll find a car shaped cookie cutter. Or better use Cars edible image for perfect car pictures, as the cookie maker felt unsure about drawing cars :)
Luckily Auntie Reny agreed.

with just a little bit of re-editing, the Cars images comes very nicely from Oishii Cake - thanks Yani! So now Nathan can have some nice chocolate and vanilla lolly cookies to share with his schoolmates and cousins on his 4th birthday!

ps. Thank you Papa Cia for helping with the pots, and than you kids for not messing with the cookies during the photo session by the window this morning! Heehee.

Elmo's Birthday Cookies

Ben10 is Elmo's favourite character, so his mum, Onin ordered some of these cookies for Elmo's 8th birthday.

They came in 7cm diametered circle shape, 3 cookies in each pack.
I made more chocolate cookie chips than vanilla ones, as requested by the client (Onin loves choc cookies heehee).
I got the edible images from Oishii Cake and was very happy with Yani's service :)

Elmo, hope you have a wonderful birthday (now that it's school holiday already!) and hope you like the cookies, too!

Sunday, 8 June 2008

Puff Pastry Sticks

Easily made by cutting the frozen puff pastry dough into 1 cm wide strips, brush a loosely beaten egg on top of them, and sprinkle whatever topping you like!
Parmesan cheese is a must if you are making this savory snack, so I used white sesame seeds & grated parmesan cheese on some of the strips, and oregano & chili powder & black sesame seeds & more parmesan cheese on the rest.

Put the strips on a greased baking tin and bake in moderate-high oven (180-200C ) for about 20 minutes.
Let them cool completely before you store them in an airtight container, but I bet they'll all be gone before they even have a chance to get soggy!

Apple Roll

I had some extra filling from the Apple Turnover recipe, and had bought some frozen springroll wrap, so here are what we had for Saturday morning munchies, yummy!
The cinnamon flavour was a knock out and the crispy thin wrap was the crunchiest thing.
Mindy you, they don't come in an exact same size as it took another level of crafting skill, heehee!

Tuesday, 3 June 2008

Buttercake Cupcake

My second attempt on the simplest buttercake recipe from NCC website, using the muffin tray I bought last month from Edi Majestik. Glad I get this nonstick tray which makes things a lot easier, no need to grease the tray and the cuppies were still able to pop out easily.

Apparently I have to set the temperature lower than what the recipe suggested. This way the cuppies managed to maintain their slightly rounded surface and reached a golden yellowish colour on the top without getting the bottom burned. Yeah! (Otherwise the bottom will already be brown while the top is still pale and sticky - like my first trial.)

Either way Cia always savors them with gusto! * i looovvee cupcake...* (Icho doesn't like cuppies.)

Sunday, 1 June 2008

Apple Turnover

A simple healthy tasty afternoon snack, something we missed from the McDonald's (they call their's 'apple pie') so sometimes I made this apple turnover simply by wrapping the filling in frozen springroll wrap and quickly deep fried them. Looove the thin crispy wrap!
This is my first time making it using the frozen puff pastry, a healthier choice I suppose as we get to minimize the cooking oil use and only need to bake them instead.

The outcome turned out great. The husband kept popping the little pillows into his mouth and not to forget his first comment when he saw them getting out of the oven: "how can they turned out so pretty!" (heeheehee!)

What's inside this pretty babe:

Here's the recipe:
  • 3 green apples (Malang / Granny Smith) make sure they are not too ripe.
  • 75 gr sugar
  • 2 tbs margarine
  • 2 cm cinnamon stick
  • 25 gr raisins
  • 50 ml water
  • 1 egg to brush the pastry top
  • pinch of salt
Peel and slice the apples thinly.
Melt the margarine in a pan, put in the apples, raisins, cinnamon, and salt.
Stir until the apples turn golden yellowish, the add in water, and continue cooking until it becomes thick. Cool down.
Roll the puff pastry dough thinly (2-3mm) and cut the in shapes you like. (I make squares).
Get a piece of pastry, put in the filling, cover it with another piece of pastry, press the edges with fork to close them tightly.
Brush it with loosely beaten egg, bake in slightly greased pan, moderate heat (180-200 Celcius degree) for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

OR, simply wrap the filling in thawed frozen springroll wrap, and deep fried until golden brown.

Easy peasy!