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In Asian Treats, Cake, Recipe on
September 26, 2018

Softest Sponge Cake Recipe Ever

Super Soft Fluffy Sponge Cake, Castella, Ogura, Asian

It’s been a while since I’ve been super excited about a cake recipe.

Sure, I’ve come across many good recipes. There’s a handful of my go-to’s, like my trusty chocolate cake which I almost always use for cake decorating. Come to think of it I’ve actually never posted the recipe up on this blog….

But I digress.

Super Soft Fluffy Sponge Cake, Castella, Ogura, Asian

My point is I haven’t really raved on about a cake for a long time. Infact the last time I remember doing so was when I discovered my sour cream pound cake recipe. Which to this day is still one of my favourites I don’t make it often enough. Check it out if you haven’t. You’ll love it!

But today, I’m sharing a recipe that has absolutely stolen the crown of my all time favourite cake! I’m not even a person who chooses favourites so this is kind of a big deal. It’s so good I’ve literally lost count of how many times I’ve made it. And it’s only been three months since I discovered it.

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In Asian Treats, Cake, Dessert, Recipe on
March 22, 2018

Mango Sponge Cake

Mango Sponge Cake

As summer well and truly over, mango season has sadly come to an end. And although it’s sad to say goodbye, I’m pleased to report that we did make the most while they were around!

Mango Sponge Cake

And yes, this included making plenty of mango desserts!

Our summer staple is our favourite mango pudding, a recipe we’ve used for years and years. It’s a simple mixture of mango jelly powder, evaporated milk and mango chunks. But for something a little more extravagant looking, this classic Asian bakery mango sponge cake is my pick! (probably because it’s the cake that I always wanted but couldn’t get because my birthday isn’t anywhere near summer)

Mango Sponge Cake

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In Cake, Recipe on
November 3, 2014

Spring Fruits Asian Cream Cake

If there’s one thing I learnt from making this cake, it’s that I really need to learn to read labels before buying things!

I’d made a quick visit to the local supermarket to buy the cream for this cake, but being in a rush, I picked up the low fat version, and bought it anyway since it’s healthier anyway. Bad decision. The bottle clearly says not for whipping, but I didn’t want to waste it so I attempted whipping it up and failed, of course. I got it to sort of whip up in the end by adding some gelatine, but it’s really not the same.

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In Cake, Recipe on
March 27, 2013

Lamingtons + Sony Ultrabook [Sponsored Post]

 

 

It’s been awhile since I’ve baked anything, much less blogged about it, but luckily I had a Sony Ultrabook Convertible, powered by Intel, to quickly edit and upload my photos to turn them into this blog post! The Ultrabook was lent to me by  Intel, so sadly, the fun lasted only for a week as I had to return it!!
 

So for those of you who missed the last post, the Sony Ultrabook Convertible is this awesome Ultrabook which can be used as a tablet, or as a laptop when you slide it open! Being ultra-light and thin, you can slip it in your bag like a notepad so it’s super easy to carry around…….and it wakes up in 7 seconds ready for anything (like looking for a recipe when that sudden food craving comes up?). I found that I didn’t need to charge the Ultrabook much as it has a pretty good battery life (enough for three movies!).

 

Although mine just stayed at home with me, it was a heck of a lot easier to carry around the house than my monster of a laptop, and the touchscreen made it much easier to use when carrying around as well! The Intel processors make the Ultrabook amazingly fast which is quite convenient for me when working with photos for blogging. Whether it’s uploading or saving changes on pictures, it’s so fast I don’t even need to resize the photo and I could quickly get transfer or upload files without having to wait minutes as I’d have to on my laptop 🙂 And with anti-theft technology, the Ultrabook keeps files safe so you don’t have to worry about losing them either!

I wasn’t sure as to what photo editing programs worked well with Windows 8 (as this was the first time I’ve used it) so I downloaded the first free photo editing app I found on the app store (Fotor) to edit my pictures with. Although it didn’t have as many functionalities as Photoshop, it did allow me to edit the colours with much ease and I particularly liked the one touch enhance, which auto-corrected the colours with the touch of one button…….though being automatic it didn’t exactly correct the colours perfectly the way I wanted 🙂

I usually hate using the touchpad or mouse buttons on laptops as they make my fingers hurt and I can never quite control them properly so the touchscreen was quite useful even when using the Ultrabook as a laptop, especially selecting where to edit on photos. I did find however, that when browsing the internet, I’d have to zoom in on the page before clicking the links or else my fat fingers would click the wrong thing!

 

And for the lazy people, I downloaded an app called ‘lazy paint’ which helped me change my pictures into paintings in 5 seconds. Pretty cool huh? You can choose the kinds of effects you want and mix and match them to make your own special picture……and the finished product looks super awesome too!

 

So onto the lamingtons- I’ve actually had these pictures for a while but just haven’t had a chance to edit the pictures to write about as my laptop usually takes a while to upload, resize and edit photos. Though once one of my childhood favourites, it’s been a while since I’ve made lamingtons……because they’re so damn messy to make! I had coconut flying everywhere around my kitchen as well as chocolate coated spoon, chopsticks, countertops and floors when I was done but they’re so good it was probably worth it 🙂

I’ve used a simple lamington cake recipe taken from the back of my lamington tin as I was too lazy to find a good sponge cake recipe. The cake itself is not quite as soft as I’d hoped it’d be but it turned out for the better as you can’t have lamingtons which are too soft! I also ran out of the chocolate mixture half way so you’d probably want to double or triple the recipe……unfortunately I ran out of cocoa powder so I improvised with hot chocolate powder instead 😉

 
 
If you’re interested, you might want to head over to Lassoo or JB Hi-Fi to check out the range of Ultrabooks, Ultrabooks with Touch and 2 in 1 Ultrabook Convertibles from Intel. The Good Guys are also running a promotion, with up to $100 back in store credit when you purchase an Ultrabook 🙂
 
In Cake, Recipe on
March 24, 2013

Fancy Chocolate Cake

We aim to live life without regrets, but there are lots of times in my life that I look back and wonder why there are things I didn’t just get done when I had the chance.

Right now for instance, I can look back at my high school days and wonder what on earth I was doing with my time. Perhaps I should have taken more time to participate in more extra-curricular activities, learnt a few more skills or something- just something a bit more useful!

Perhaps I should have actually bothered to learn how to ride my unicycle, instead of trying once and finding it too scary to try again, Then I wouldn’t have a unicycle in my garage collecting dust wondering how awesome it would be to ride it everytime I catch a glimpse of it.


Perhaps I should just have pressed ‘publish’ everytime I finished writing a blog post rather than deleting the whole thing the next day because it sounded silly to me. Then I probably wouldn’t have as many back logs waiting to be posted, many of which will never be published as I would have forgotten about them by the time I write about them.

And perhaps I should have made this cake years ago when I first saw the design in a cake brochure……because the first thought that crossed my head when I finished this cake was “Why didn’t I make this earlier?”

For anyone who’s ever bothered noticing the cakes at Michel’s Patisserie, you may notice that I pretty much copied the design straight from them. It’s a pretty easy cake to make, no fancy decorations involved- just straight sides and a simple icing border which I did manage to screw up but luckily it’s not too noticable.

Now if only I’d made more easy cakes like this earlier…….then I wouldn’t have a huge collection of cake decorating failures!! (:

As per usual, recipe will be up soon (along with the past few ones) as I’m on Easter break soon…..Yay! Hopefully I’ll also be able to fit in some cooking/baking during my week off 🙂 Any suggestions as to what I should make?