Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘cake’

Magic Vanilla Cake

This is a picture from the week I first landed in the US, exactly one year ago.

 

First week in NY

 

I was jet-lagged and yet crazy excited to begin my new life in a new country with a new husband (only husband 😛 ) and new everything!

 

And here I am one year later.

 

Easter

 

What a whirlwind this year has been. It’s had its ups and downs but I would have never guessed how perfectly things would come together in the end.

 

I won’t lie – it’s been a BIG adjustment. Moving away from everyone I know and love, from friends and family, from a wonderful job, from all things familiar. The furthest I been away from Mom and Dad is a four hour flight. Now that’s 18 hours. That is still the absolute hardest thing to stomach.

 

But this has certainly been a year touched by magic. Setting up a new home, learning what it means to be married (it means sharing bacon and blankets and it can get tough), finding a job I love, travelling to some gorgeous places I’ve never seen before and meeting amazing people.

 

magic

 

This year has taught me that making that big change can be terrifying, but if you take the leap, whatever comes of it, you will be better, stronger and happier at the end of it.

 

There’s magic to be found in the most unlikely places.

 

Like even in this cake! It has some relatively basic pantry ingredients but once you bake it, it magically becomes three delicious layers – light and fluffy top, custard-y center and dense, cake-y base! Whaaaa?!

 

The cake itself isn’t very sweet, and is rather light. It’s not egg-y either! Just make sure you use good quality vanilla extract.

 

Here’s how you pull the rabbit out of the hat 🙂

 

Magic Vanilla Cake

Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 50 mins
Serves: 8-10

 

Magic Cake 1

 

Ingredients:

 

115g/ 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled, plus a little more for greasing

4 eggs, separated

150g/ 1 and 3/4 cup icing sugar

115g/ 1 cup flour

1 tsp vanilla extract

475ml/ 2 cups milk, slightly warm

 

Magic Cake 2

 

 

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 160ºC/325ºF and grease a 8 by 8 inch baking tin with butter. Using an electric whisk, whip the egg whites until stiff peaks form and then set aside.
  2. In a different bowl, beat the egg yolks and icing sugar until pale and well combined. Add the melted and cooled butter with a tablespoon of water and mix again. Add the flour and combine well.
  3. Add the vanilla and then gradually pour in the milk, whisking all the time. Now gently fold in the reserved egg whites a little at a time. Once everything is well combined, pour into the tin and bake for about 45-50 minutes. The center will be slightly wobbly once done but will harden as it cools once removed from the oven. Serve warm.

 

Happy weekend! Love you’ll! 😀

Read Full Post »

Christmas is a time for family. And this year, for the first time in my life, I’m not spending Christmas with mine.

 

There will no Christmas cake made by Dad, no Christmas wishlists, and no Christmas craziness with my family.

 

It’s always hard being away from family. But it’s almost unbearable at Christmas.

 

As the days build up to my favorite time of year, I’m trying to focus on all my blessings. There are SO many!

 

My first “real” Christmas tree!

 

Christmas tree

 

The cutest Baby Jesus ornament. I say hello to it everyday.

 

Christmas ornament

 

My first Christmas in New York.

 

Rockerfellar tree

 

My new job that promises a full and exciting year ahead, and wonderful colleagues! (SO grateful about this one!)

 

New work place

 

Friends who share, and eat, and laugh together.

 

christmas party

 

The most fun Advent gift exchange, where everyday is a surprise, a laugh and a beautiful memory!

 

Advent gifts

 

And this guy – who reminds me everyday, that this, right here, just us, is also a brand new family ❤

 

Dennis and me

 

I miss everyone at home terribly, but there is so much to grateful for, to celebrate and to love.

 

Family

 

I wish I could be with this crazy family right now, and I’m sending them all so much love.

 

And while we’re talking about Christmas, just in case you haven’t baked a Christmas cake yet and need a super quick, no-fuss recipe, I’ve got you covered. No chopping, no soaking fruits for hours – just lots of rum 🙂 (Look below!)

 

Wishing you all a joyful Christmas! Hope you’re spending it with the ones you love the most. It’s the most wonderful time of the year ❤

 

A Lazy Girl’s Christmas Cake

 Christmas cake

 

Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 2 hours, plus soaking and resting
Serves: 12

 

Ingredients:

2 cups assorted nuts (I used cashews, almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts)
2 cups assorted raisins
11/2 cup spiced rum
170g/1 and a 1/2 sticks butter, softened, plus more for greasing
200g/1 cup light brown sugar, plus more to dust
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
zest of 1 orange
1 tsp cinnamon powder
170g/1 and a 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder

 

Cake on the cake stand

 

Method:

 

1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF and grease a loaf tin with butter. Place the nuts and raisins in a medium bowl. Heat the rum until it gently simmers and pour over the nuts and raisins. Let cool, then cover and leave for 15 minutes. Strain out the nuts and raisins and reserve the liquid.
2. With an electric beater, whip together the butter and brown sugar. Add the eggs (one at a time) and beat again. Add the vanilla extract, orange zest and cinnamon powder, mixing again. You should have a smooth batter. Now add the flour and baking powder and beat until it’s all incorporated. Toss in the nuts and raisins and mix by hand until evenly distributed.
3. Pour the batter into the prepared tin, dust with some more sugar, and bake for about 2 hours, or until dark brown on top and cooked through. Remove from the oven, and while still warm, use a spoon to gently pour the reserved liquid all over the cake. Let it sit, allowing it to absorb for 4-6 hours or overnight. Slice gently, and serve.

Read Full Post »

Life can be stressful.


That’s why God gave us cake.


Like this one.


Chocolate rum cake 1


He also gave us goofy friends who say silly things and make us laugh even when everything is miserable. And then all you want to do is feed them cake 🙂


Like this one.


Manasvi


Sometimes things in our lives are spiralling out of control.
Or things are not going the way you want them to.
Or hey, you’re unhappy about something and it’s all you can think about.
Been there, done that.


But you know what’s a billion times better than dwelling on those sad thoughts?


Doing something for you. Just for you.


A little pick-me-up or a stress-buster, and having some fun while you’re at it.


Here’s 10 things to do for yourself to feel better right this minute.


1. Cuddle with a puppy. Stick your face in the soft furriness and cover his face with smoochies. How about this one?


Simba


2. Call an old friend. Talk about monkeys, fitness, philosophy or food. Whatever you fancy- those are just a few things I talk to my oldest friend about.


best friends


3. Stand in front of the mirror. Let your hair down. And dance to this song. (I just did. And I can’t stop.)



4. Grab a cup of tea, get under the covers and drown yourself in a good book. I recommend this or this.


5. Go get some sunshine and breeze. Everywhere has someplace quiet and beautiful, but if you’re in Singapore like me, nothing beats the Botanical Gardens and this stunning trail.


6. If you have a funny dad like mine, (most people do right?) send him a message and then grab your stomach laughing for the next 5 minutes. Real examples below:


Funny Dad texts 1


Funny Dad texts 2


7. Go be a badass at the gym. Nothing feels like a problem when you’re snatching a heavy bar over your head. Like seriously. If you’re in Singapore come hangout with these super fun people at CrossFit Firecity.


crossfit


8. Write. About anything. Let that pen hit paper and you’ll see things tumbling out making you feel better. Not convinced? Read this.


9. Sleep it out. Sleep makes everything calmer and clearer. Stay in bed all day. It’s okay to be lazy sometimes. Really, it is.


sleep


10. Bake this cake. Boom. Life is better.


Chocolate rum cake 2


Flour-less Chocolate and Rum Cake


Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Serves: 8-10


Ingredients:


180 g dark chocolate (the best you can find)
120 g butter (salted), plus a little extra for greasing
120 g caster sugar
4 eggs
11/2 tsp vanilla extract
60 g cocoa, sifted
100 ml dark rum
cherries to garnish (optional)


For the glaze


100 g dark chocolate
50 g butter
60 ml dark rum


Ingredients


Method:


1. Preheat the oven to 190º C. Melt the chocolate and butter together over a low flame, stirring until both melt. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Add the sugar and stir in well.
2. Crack the eggs in one at a time, making sure to mix well and fully incorporating each before adding the next.
3. Add the vanilla, cocoa and rum and stir well until everything comes together in a loose batter. Pour into a greased 9-inch round tin and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and leave to cool completely on a wire rack.
4. For the glaze, melt the chocolate and butter together, and remove from the flame to cool. Stir in the rum.
5. This is a soft cake so make sure it is completely cool before you turn it out onto a plate or it may break. Placing it in the fridge for a few minutes before turning out usually helps. Once transferred onto a plate, pour the glaze over and top with cherries if you like.


Chocolate rum cake 3


This cake reminds you to be nice to yourself. Be kind. Things can get hard sometimes, but more often than not, they get better.


Spoil yourself a little. Because you’re amazing. And never for a minute think you’re alone.


In the end you’ll see, we’re all sitting across each other at a giant table, eating cake and laughing together 🙂


Chocolate rum cake 4


Read Full Post »

A few of you, my gentle, non-violent readers, have told me that you’re going to mail me slaps if I keep writing only health/fitness/diet posts.


I was shrewd enough to pick up on your very subtle feedback.


So I asked you guys for suggestions on what to bake and I got some great ones.


Twitter suggestions


But in the end, after some deliberation and discussions with fellow decadent dessert lovers, I decided this dessert is the one I want to #stuffmyfaceinrightnow.


I modified it a bit though, so putcha hands up for…Triple whiskey dark chocolate cake baby!


Triple whiskey cake 1


This cake is everything you want in a dessert.


It also has some side effects.


It might make you laugh like a loon and then dance around your room to this song.
It may even make you think that a shot of whiskey with a slice of the cake before a work phonecall is the best idea ever. FYI – It. Is. NOT.


What I love about this bombshell is that you can taste the chocolate and the whiskey in every layer.


You can taste it in the moist and fudgy cake layers.
You can double taste it in the sinfully smooth and shiny ganache filling.
And then triple taste it in the dense and slightly salty buttercream on top.


Triple whiskey cake 4


Although it has 3 parts, it’s really quite easy to throw together if you have all the ingredients.


Triple whiskey cake 2


Just don’t eat it until all the parts come together, ummkay?


I know it’s hard when it looks like this…


Triple whiskey cake 3


But hold on, because it gets SO much better!


Here’s what you do.


Triple whiskey dark chocolate cake
Adapted from: Undressed Skeleton


Prep time: 30 mins, plus cooling
Cook time: 40 mins
Serves: 8


Ingredients:


110g flour, sifted
50g unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
225g castor sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
2 medium eggs
100 ml strong brewed coffee, cooled
100 ml whiskey
60 ml milk
80 ml vegetable oil, plus extra for greasing
sprinkles, if desired


For the ganache


200 g dark chocolate chips
80 ml heavy cream
4 tbsp whiskey, plus more if needed
2 tbsp unsalted butter


For the buttercream frosting


150 g salted butter, softened
200 g icing sugar (plus more if needed)
50 g unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
4 tbsp whiskey, plus more if needed


Method:


1. Preheat the oven to 180º C. Mix the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Set aside.
2. In another bowl crack in the eggs, add the coffee, whiskey, milk, and oil and whisk well.
3. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix well until you have a uniform batter. It will be rather thin – don’t worry about it. Pour the batter into a greased 9-inch cake tin and bake for 35-40 minutes. If the cake is still wobbly in the centre, switch off the oven and leave the cake inside to cool. If not, remove and leave the tin on a wire rack to cool.
4. For the ganache, put the chocolate chips in a medium bowl. Heat the cream until gently bubbling, then pour in the whiskey and stir. Pour over the chocolate chips, add the butter and stir to melt the chocolate. Taste and add more whiskey if desired. Leave to thicken in the fridge.
5. For the buttercream frosting, mix the butter, icing sugar, cocoa powder, and whiskey together. Taste and add more whiskey if desired. If it isn’t thick enough, add more icing sugar. Mix to a thick, creamy consistency. Set aside.
6. Once the cake is completely cool, slice it gently through the centre to create 2 layers. Place the bottom layer on the serving plate and top evenly with the ganache. Cover with the top layer and top with the buttercream frosting. Decorate with sprinkles if desired, and serve!


Ain’t she a beauty?


Triple whiskey cake 5


This drunken cake is perfect to bring to a party, or to just eat by yourself (LOL).


What ya waiting for? Make it now 😀



Read Full Post »

Hello my darlings!


This was my face when I was in London for an entire month.


Me


It is a happy face, as you can see.


Everyone knows London is a gorgeous city. It has the sights and sounds and people and experiences that make it a must-see place on everyone’s list.


But today we’re going to talk about the marvellous food in London.


The food. Oh my god. The food.


The food was exciting and unpredictable and comforting and satisfying all at once. It was an explosion of flavours and colours and textures and cuisines.


To celebrate that experience I want to share with you this list of 100 things to eat in London.


(Warning: There will be many cupcakes)


Heck, let’s start with cupcakes shall we? Muhahahaha 😀


1. Assorted, colourful cupcakes that look too good to eat.


1. Assorted cupcakes 1


2. A typical China town buffet platter. Yes, those are batter-fried onions.


2. China town platter 1


3. A Tapas feast with tender pork belly, Spanish omelets, and calamari among other scrumptious things.


3. A Tapas feast


4. Sausages baby! Every shape, size, and meat!


4. Assorted sausages 2


5. Gin and tonic, and some dark ale. Check. Cute bartender. Double check.


5. Gin and beer


6. Focaccia. And crusty crusts to send you into a tizzy.


6. Assorted breads 1


7. Have you ever seen wild blue mushrooms? How dreamy are they?


7. Wild blue mushrooms


8. Seaweed crisps are the new chips. I’m telling ya.


8. Seaweed crisps


9. Oreo mini cupcake.


9. Oreo cupcake


10. A Starbucks PSL (Pumpkin Spice Latte). Bonus? They’ll give you a funny new name every time you order!


10. PSL


11. A mushroom appetizer with aubergine crisps. Posh Spice would be proud.


11. Aubergine chips with mushroom


12. Beans on rice. With Guac. And sour cream.


12. Beans on rice


13. Mini fruit tarts. Filled with custard and topped with fruit.


13. Assorted desserts 1


14. Crisp calamari with lime and a spicy aioli.


14. Calamari and aioli


15. A gorgeous green Pistachio macaron. What a beauty.


15. Pistachio macaron


16. Pork Belly at Jamie’s Italian.


16. Pork belly


17. Truffled egg and hamhock breakfast pot at Leons.


17. Hamhock, truffles, and eggs


18. Cupcakes from The HummingBird Bakery in Notting Hill. Such a legendary place.


18. Hummingbird bakery cupcakes


19. Korean seafood soup – don’t you love the colors?


19. Korean seafood soup


20. Fresh fruit. So beautiful. So bountiful.


20. Fresh fruit


21. Dulce de leche froyo with strawberries and flaked almonds.


21. Froyo


22. Gelato. How am I supposed to choose? Like how?


22. Gelato


23. Hot grilled potatoes at the Farmer’s Market in Covent Garden. Perfect winter food.


23. Grilled potatoes


24. Kimchi fried rice with a runny-yolk fried egg. I could eat this every day.


24. Kimchi rice


25. Dear Lavender mini cupcake. Why you so pretty?


25. Lavender cupcake


26. Nandos Peri Peri chicken. With sweet potato mash.


26. Nandos chicken


27. Olives. Marinating in tubs of delicious olive oil.


27. Olives


28. Sparkling Rose.


28. Rose


29. Scampi and rough-cut chips. In a local Brit pub.


29. Scampi and chips


30. Minestrone with squid ink linguine.


30. Squid ink linguini minestrone


31. Warm strawberry waffles.


31. Strawberry waffle


32. Yum yums. Basically deep fried dough, dredged in sugar. Whoever named it deserves the Nobel.


32. yum yum


33. Larger cupcakes with generous amounts of frosting. ‘Coz that’s how they’re meant to be yo!


33. Assorted cupcakes 2


34. Bangers and mash – ultimate British comfort food.


34. Bangers and mash


35. China town platter with red wine to wash it all down. Totally your money’s worth.


35. China town platter 2


36. Chocolates from the legendary Choccywoccydoodah.


36. Chocolates in Cocchywoccydoodah


37. Comte – a delicious hard cheese.


37. Comte cheese


38. Chips and corn. I think yellow might be my favourite colour.


38. Chips and corn


39. Decadent coffee-chocolate mousse cake. Sigh.


39. Coffee chocolate mousse cake


40. Tomatoes and chillies so bright, they look unreal. But they were beautifully real 🙂


40. Fresh tomatoes and chillies


41. Goulash and bread. A winter lunch.


41. Goulash


42. Bratwurst hot dogs with fried onions on top.


42. Hot dogs


43. Rainy day outside. Rich hot chocolate inside.


43. Hot chocolate


44. Korean noodle box. The slippery glass noodles are so delicately flavoured.


44. Korean box


45. Tangy lemon meringue cupcake.


45. Lemon cupcake


46. Mini cakes. Aren’t they just the perfect size?


46. Assorted mini cakes


47. Smooth as silk liver pate and gherkins.


47. Pate and gherkins


48. Olives on ice and red, red wine.


48. Olives on ice with Red wine


49. Mushrooms in all shapes and sizes.


49. Mushrooms


50. Grilled veggies with cheese to scatter over.


50. Grilled veggies


51. A wonderfully sweet and bitter coffee cupcake.


51. Coffee cupcake


52. Dumplings. With pork inside. ‘Nuf said.


52. Dumplings


53. Gooey chocolate caramel cake with icecream.


53. Gooey caramel chocolate cake


54. A kebab roll with all the fixings.


54. Kebab roll


55. Victoria sponge cake, anyone?


55. Victoria sponge cake


56. Sushi. Oh yes.


56. Sushi


57. Fresh strawberries in a box = endless possibilities.


57. Strawberries


58. Raisukaree in Wagamama. Coconutty goodness.


58. Raisukaree in Wagamama


59. Some fantastic sirloin. With Yorkshire pudding.


59. Roast beef


60. Tapas platter with Prosecco. Perfect post-work meal.


60. Small tapas plate with


61. Halloween mint cupcake. With its very own fondant RIP gravestone.


61. Mint cupcake


62. Rainbow cake. Because colours are awesome.


62. Rainbow cake


63. Sweet slow-cooked pork. So tender it crumbles into shreds at the touch of a knife.


63. Slow cooked pork


64. Spaghetti with olives and tomatoes. Cheese, not optional.


64. Spaghetti


65. No-carb tuna salad with boiled eggs. Perfect light lunch.


65. Tuna salad


66. Blackberries and raspberries in whole cream. Life is too short for light cream.


66. Berries and cream


67. A big, fat, melting pot of Paella.


67. Paella


68. Peirogis – delicious baked dumplings.


68. Pierogis


69. Pulled pork and bean sandwich. Oh yeah baby.


69. Pulled pork sandwich


70. Steaming hot seaweed soup. Heals all boos boos.


70. Seaweed soup


71. More fresh, crusty bread. I can’t ever eat processed, packet bread again.


71. Assorted breads 2


72. Giant cookies. I need one now.


72. Assorted cookies


73. Good ‘ol beef burger. With pickles, tomato sauce, mustard, and greens.


73. Beef burger


74. Breakfast croissant. Anything with a sticker that says “meaty” is going to be eaten by me.


74. Breakfast croissant


75. The largest dates you’ve never seen.


75. Dates


76. Layered pana cotta.


76. Panna cotta


77. Japanese noodle box with sweet and sour chicken.


77. Japanese box


78. Mixed seafood noodles with snow peas.


78. Mixed seafood noodles


79. Pomme frites with gravy. Fries with gravy over fries with sauce. Anyday!


79. pommes frites


80. The mini red velvet cupcake that stole my heart.


80. Red velvet mini cupcake


81. Walnut and honey cake. Perfect with a hot cup of tea.


81. Walnut and honey cake


82. A dessert stand. I could live here.


82. Assorted desserts


83. Venison, wild mushroom, and chorizo sausages.


83. Assorted sausages


84. A hot waffle with dark chocolate sauce drizzled over.


84. Chocolate waffle


85. The fanciest Goats cheese appetizer ever at OXO Towers.


85. Goats cheese fancified


86. Pie and mash. It’s a hug on a plate.


86. Pie and mash


87. Sweet warm plum tea.


87. Plum tea


88. A purple cauliflower. How gorgeous is that!


88. Purple cauliflower


89. Cheese, crackers, and relish. Perfect on-the-go snack.


89. Snack pack


90. Cheese Maggi with spicy sausages – a little taste of home.


90. Maggi and sausages


91. Beers and ciders with interesting names.


91. Beer and cider


92. A wonderful mix of cakes at the Farmer’s market.


92. Assorted cakes


93. Thin noodles with prawns and peppers in a black bean sauce.


93. Noodles in black bean sauce with prawns


94. A large pistachio cupcake with a mountain of buttercream frosting.


94. Pistachio cupcake


95. Sticky rice with pork, chicken, and seafood. So very comforting.


95. Sticky rice


96. A giant rainbow cake I wanted to grab and run away with to sit and stuff my face in later.


96. Big ass rainbow cake


97. Beautifully presented orange and chocolate mousse cake.


97. Chocolate mousse fancified


98. Enchilada! Gotta love good Mexican fare!


98. Enchilada


99. A delicate almond and fig cheesecake – simple yet memorable.


99. Almond and fig cheesecake


100. Assorted mini cupcakes – cuteness overload! I wanted to buy this entire stand!


100. Assorted mini cupcakes


Hope you all enjoyed that – start planning your trip to London rightaway! And take me with ya 😉


*GIVEAWAY WINNER*


The winner of Vikas Khanna and DK’s wonderful new cookbook for children- Young Chefs is Akshit Vohra! Yay! Congratulations sweetheart! The book is on its way to you! 🙂


Read Full Post »

I’ve made a certain discovery recently.


People. Are. Lazy.


And many of those people are my friends.


One is too lazy to boil eggs. Another is too lazy to turn on a gas stove. A third has pretend palpitations if a recipe has more than 3 steps.


Incidentally all these people love cake. Cake monsters each and every one of them.


So this recipe is for you lazy ones.


Almost zero effort = Melt-in-your-mouth chocolate cake.


Chocolate cake piece 1


You don’t need a fancy whisk. You don’t need to wash up multiple pots and pans. Heck you don’t even need to crack an egg.


Look, you can even entertain yourself with this scary cake face. It looks like it wants to eat something.
If you find this funny, we can be friends. Like totally.


Chocolate cake scary face


All you need is an arm. And the will to mix a few easy ingredients together. And of course, the desire for some sweet, sweet chocolate cake that’ll make you smile for a week.


Lazy person's chocolate cake


So move your lazy behinds. And make this cake.


One bite and you will send me many kisses. I know it.


The lazy person’s chocolate cake (One bowl, no eggs, no butter, no milk, no whisk)
Adapted from: Sweet Little Bluebird


Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 35 mins
Serves: 10


Ingredients:


170 g plain flour
3 tbsp cocoa powder
225 g caster sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp white vinegar
1 tsp vanilla extract
5 tbsp vegetable oil, plus a little more for greasing
240ml water
100 g dark chocolate chips (optional)


Method:


1. Preheat the oven to 180º C. Lightly grease an 8-inch square baking dish with some oil. Add the first 5 ingredients and mix to combine.
2. Make three depressions in the dry ingredients – 2 small and 1 big. Add the vinegar and vanilla to the smaller depressions and the oil to the large one. Pour the water over and mix everything well until you have a smooth batter.
3. Stir in the chocolate chips to evenly distribute them. Bake in the oven for 35 minutes, remove, cool, and eat!


This cake is delicious as is, but if you want to really take it to next level, make this super easy, yet utterly divine ganache frosting.


Look at its glistening, gorgeous yumminess.


Baileys ganache


Baileys dark-chocolate soft ganache


Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 5-7 mins


Ingredients:


100 g good-quality dark chocolate
100 ml cream
2 tbsp Baileys (optional)
sprinkles (optional)


1. Chop the chocolate into small pieces and place in a bowl.
2. Heat in the cream in a pan, stirring constantly until small bubbles start to appear at the edges of the pan. Add the Baileys, stir well, and pour over the chocolate.
3. Mix well until the chocolate melts and you have a glossy ganache. Smother over the cake and top with sprinkles if you wish.


Chocolate cake piece 2



Read Full Post »

Do you like carrots?


The bright orange colour?
The happy crunch it makes when it meets your teeth?
The gentle sweetness?


I do.


carrot cake 1


These days I often just wash and eat them as they are – a mobile snack.


On other days when I have more energy, I cut them into sticks and eat them with a yummy yogurt-mustard-garlic dip.


So I decided it was time to use this bright and happy vegetable in a cake.


carrot cake 2


Not a carrot cake smothered in so much cream-cheese frosting that you can’t taste the carrot any more.


No way. In this cake, the carrot is the star.


carrot cake 3


It’s also really healthy and good for you. So reach for that third slice like you own it, sistah.


There’s something so happy about the colour orange, isn’t there?


Look at this freshly squeezed orange juice. Sunshine 🙂


carrot cake 4


I made one large cake and 2 mini cakes with this recipe.


carrot cake 5


The cake isn’t too sweet at all, and it’s crazy moist.


carrot cake 6


Here’s the recipe if you want to give it a whirl.


Carrot and olive oil cake
Recipe adapted from: The Diabetes cooking book


Prep time: 30 mins
Cook time: 90 mins
Serves: 10


Ingredients:


250 g plain flour, sifted
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
250 ml olive oil (I used Leonardo Olive oil)
100 g brown sugar
4 eggs
2 tbsp honey
juice and zest of 1 large orange, plus juice of one more
400 g carrots, roughly grated
50 g walnuts, roughly chopped
butter, for greasing


Method:


1. Preheat the oven to 160º C. Place the flour, cinnamon, and baking soda in a large bowl and mix to combine.
2. In another bowl, mix together the olive oil, sugar, eggs, honey, and juice of 1 orange. Add this to the flour mixture and mix well until smooth. Add the orange zest, carrots, and walnuts and mix to evenly distribute in the batter.
3. Grease a 9-inch round cake tin with butter and pour the batter in. Bake in the preheated oven for 90 minutes, or until set and firm.
4. Remove the cake from the oven, and while it is hot, pierce it all over with a toothpick. Drizzle the juice of 1 orange all over the cake. Let it cool in its tin and absorb the juice, before turning out onto a wire rack or serving plate. Eat warm.



Read Full Post »

Older Posts »