Monthly Archives: April 2012

2nd Blogiversary!

Holy cowwwww, it’s only been 2 years?! Feels like I’ve been blogging for a much longer time than that ahaha! I can’t imagine how life was before this blog happened. If I ever decide to stop blogging, there will definitely be this huge hole in my life and I will have to fill it up with lots of cookies and chocolate to ever feel normal again. I don’t want my thighs to jiggle any more than they already do, so please, keep reading so that I won’t ever stop blogging. This baking adventure isn’t fun to go through alone :)

I want to thank YOU for taking the time to read my mindless ramblings, look at poorly taken photographs and laugh at my bad jokes. You guys are troopers! But honestly, this blog would be nothing without you. I write to be written, but most importantly, to be read as well. When I started, I just wanted to find a community of people that share the same passion for baking as I do. My life was lacking sugar craving fiends and I was starting to feel like a weirdo for reading cookbooks and looking at food porn all the time. Whenever I talked about the science behind baking with excitement, friends and family would give me a glazed over look. Nobody understood me and it made me frustrated! So so so glad I have you guys now, you keep me sane :P

So what have I learnt about blogging in the past 2 years?

1. People over the internet are friendly! What is this stranger danger thing that my parents have been trying to embed in my head since I was 5? 

2. Blog consistently. 

3. Read other peoples’ blogs, return the love.

4. Share things about your life. It might sound self-centered but doing so gives your blog personality. 

5. Write as if you are talking. Show sarcasm, anger, sadness, happiness.

6. Don’t be afraid to make bad jokes. Even if no one else thought it was funny at least you got a laugh out of it :P

Marble Cake with Coffee Buttercream

CAKE

Vanilla Batter
6.5 Tbsp of salted butter, softened

1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
2/3 cup self-rising flour

Cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Slowly beat in eggs, adding one at a time. Mix in flour until just incorporated. Spread onto bottom of a greased 8×8 (or slightly larger) pan.

Chocolate Batter
 6.5 Tbsp of salted butter, softened

1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
1/2 cup self-rising flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder 
Pinch of baking powder 

1. Cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add in eggs one at a time.

2. In separate bowl, combine flour, cocoa and baking powder. Stir in flour mixture until just incorporated.

3. Spread batter over vanilla batter in the same pan. Using a spoon lift up chunks of chocolate batter out over the vanilla across the entire pan. Then using a knife, drag zig-zag lines all over until you achieved a marbled look.

4. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20-25 mins. (Adjust time to the size of your baking pan)

COFFEE BUTTERCREAM

250g salted butter, slightly softened
3.5 cups icing sugar 
1/4 cup milk (I used skim)
1 tsp instant coffee granules
1 tsp cocoa powder

1. Stir milk, cocoa and coffee granules until granules dissolve.

2. Beat butter until pale and fluffy. Slowly add in icing sugar.

3. Pour in milk mixture and beat until you reach one consistency. 

Source: cake from Simply Spectacular Cakes by Peggy Porschen and buttercream adapted from Raspiberry Cupcakes

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Make your house smell lemony fresh.. without cleaning

I wish I lived with Monica from the show Friends. I hate cleaning. Luckily, I have discovered another way to make my house seem tidy without all the work. Instead of bringing out the Mr.Clean, just bake some lemon cookies! It’ll smell like some major house cleaning was done. No one will even notice the piles of dishes and dirty laundry. Score!

Uh oh, I think I may have just killed all my chances at finding a room mate. 

   

Two days ago, on April 18th, something amazing happened. This blog turned 2 years old!!!! I’ve been a horrible blog owner and havent celebrated yet, we can all blame exams. Once my last one is finished (which won’t happen until next week, arghh) you can bet there will cake and lots of it becauase that’s how a blog birthday is done. 

Earlier this week, when I went to work to pick up my port pass (cruise season is starting up again!), a friend who/whom (i never know which to use!) I haven’t seen in months said to me: “Where did you get those glasses? The hipster outlet?” Now I can’t stop laughing hysterically every time I put them on. 

Focus on the “hipster” glasses even though my only dimple is so cute that it’s drawing your attention (definitely has nothing to do with the fact that I’m pointing at it ;P) 

Oh and don’t worry bout the pile of clothes in the back, I baked cookies :P

Lemon Cookies

Ingredients

½ cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
1-½ cups flour
½ cup powdered sugar

How To

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray baking sheets with non-stick cooking spray and set aside. 

2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.

3. Whip in vanilla, egg, lemon zest, and juice. Scrape sides and mix again.

4. Stir in all dry ingredients in another bowl and add it in to the wet ingredients, excluding the powdered sugar. Scrape sides of bowl and mix again briefly.

5. Pour powdered sugar onto a large plate. Roll a heaping teaspoon of dough into a ball and roll in powdered sugar.

6. Place on baking sheet and repeat with remaining dough.  Bake for 9-11 minutes or until cookies and cracked on top (mine took about 14 minutes). Remove from oven and let cookies cool down before transferring to a baking sheet.

Source: Let’s Dish

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Race Recap

10mins before crossing the starting line:

30secs after the finish line: no balloons, no cheering, just PLEASE KEEP MOVING. It was not very welcoming :(

So good news, I didn’t fall asleep and collapse like I thought I would!

Bad news: I made my goal and finished in 57mins, but 57 minutes is terrible. 

I FELT like I was going pretty fast. I was so confident that I would finish in under 50minutes. But nope, life never gives me what I want. 57 minutes is slowest time I have gotten in YEARS. Needless to say, I am super duper disappointed in myself. I can’t believe it took me almost 6 minutes to run each kilometre!!!!  What would Ryan Hall say?!

Before I found out my race result and the world came crashing down on me, I was really glad that I enjoyed the run, EVEN THOUGH the crowd was thick and I had to weave in and out of everybody’s way. I only had about 30 cm of space around me the entire time. There was no such thing as personal space! One thing that really bothered me though were the walkers. I was FUMING. If you’re gonna walk, GET OFF THE MAIN ROAD! The least they could’ve done was walk to the side and get out of my way, geez. AND if you can’t keep up with the pace, then you should’ve joined the slower category!! Yeahh, I have road rage. :P

I maintained my pace from start to finish even during the inclines. My legs kept wanting to go faster but my lungs weren’t cooperating. (Do you guys breathe through your mouth, nose or both? Anyone know how to increase lung capacity and efficiency? )I ended with a sprint to the finish line from 9.5K. I finished STRONG and with a smile on my face. Ahaha that reminds me of a meme.

At the end, I met up with Willma, Ganaban, Paul and Jonathan for the post-run fair ie. FREE FOOD. The race stopped at BC Place, and here is what it looked like inside:

Crazy hectic right?! This is how thick the crowd was during the race too. 

Check out the line for powerbars:

What would you do for a powerbar?

I’m surprised I waited in that line without going bezerk.

  

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