Recipe: Chocolate Cake with sour cream chocolate frosting

Posted by vivien | Recipe | Wednesday 19 November 2014 7:39 pm
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Recipe adapted from Food52’s Not too boring, Not Too Rich chocolate cake


1.5 cup(177g) AP flour (can replace half cup with wheat flour)
1.5 cup(130g)cocoaPowder
0.5 (100g)cup sugar
100g brown sugar (original recipe is 1 cup which is 200g)
Half tsp baking powder
Half tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1 cup sour cream
Half cup milk
4 eggs
Half cup melted butter
1 tsp vanilla
80g  chocolate button (reduce from 1 cup (170g) bittersweetchoc chip)

Frosting (the frosting have been reduced proportionately from original recipe as i bought 2 bag of sour cream, each 200g, and already used 250g(1 cup) for the cake)
200g choc chip
150g sour cream

177 celcius
9*9 inch baking pan
Add wet ingredient into dry ingredient
Fold in choc chip
Bake for 50 minute

I am not sure whether the melted chocolate is not cool enough, or the sour cream is not room-temperature enough, but i sure have left the sour cream on counter top from 6pm and only came to making the frosting on 9pm, and the frosting sure doesn’t look shiny like those in Food52, is it called seizing of the sour cream due to difference of temperature between the melted choc and sour cream?

The chocolate-sour cream frosting is slight sourish, some might not used to it, but the tang kinda balance out the sweetness and making it not too sweet




melting dark chocolate button using bain-marie method



looks grainy and not smooth/shiny looking like those in Food52 website




Recipe: Rendang cockles (Rendang Kerang)

Posted by vivien | Recipe | Sunday 16 November 2014 5:49 pm
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Frying the finely ground spices till oil seep out on the side


Done, not bad, can try

Recipe from Sajian Dapur Bonda

Ingredient: (Original recipe specified using of kerisik which i left out)
1 kg. isi kerang rebus (can be bought from NSK frozen seafood area)
500 gram santan pekat (from half a coconut)
200 gram halia muda – dihiris
1 batang serai – dititik/diketuk
2 – 3 keping asam gelugor
2 – 3 helai daun limau purut – disiat
6 helai daun kunyit – dihiris halus
5 helai daun limau purut – dihiris halus
Salt and oil

Bahan Kisar Halus:
2 biji bawang besar
5 ulas bawang putih
3 – 4 ruas kunyit hidup
2 inci halia tua
2 inci lengkuas
3 batang serai
3 senduk cili kering kisar
4 – 5 biji cili padi merah
Air secukup untuk mengisar

Fry young ginger soft, add in blended ingredients
Add santan, limau purut & serai, asam gelugor. Salt and sugar, till boil then add kerang
When mixture is quite dry, add kerisik
Last, add daun kunyit, hirisan daun limau purut. mix
Once oil appear on top, can off fire


Recipe: Yogurt Cake (remake with slight adjustment)

Posted by vivien | Recipe | Sunday 16 November 2014 5:34 pm
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my take on drizzling caramel chocolate on top of the cake


Previous post on making this yogurt cake

For below recipe, not sure it is the fact i am not using cake flour, using less oil, less sugar, or the fact the cake is left in the fridge, it felt less moist this time.

Recipe: (bake at 180 Celcius for 50-60 minutes)
120g oil (reduced from first try of 140g, should stick to 140g next time)
140g sugar (reduced from first try of 190g, i think the sugar content is just right, can increase to 150g if not sweet enough)
370g yogurt
350g flour (cake flour if possible)

Caramel Chocolate: (Adapted from Food52’s Whipped Chocolate Caramel Ganache)

50g sugar (reduce from 100g)
50g salted butter cut into tablepoon-size pieces
40g heavy cream (originally used 50g, but it flow-overed in the oven, leaving around 40g or slightly less)
30g dark chocolate (I used bittersweet)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Easy French Buttercream (recipe from Food52) Made this buttercream to top the cake some time later, not bad for me although some colleague find it very oily

2 whole large egg
Large pinch salt
63g water
133g sugar
340g unsalted butter

Whisk first 3. Then sugar
Water barely simmering, bain merie up till top of egg mixture till 175-180f (not having thermapen, i just touch the mixture making sure it is quite hot)
Strain the mixture into another mixing bowl, rapping the strainer
Beat with paddle 3-5 mins till cool and like fluffy, foam like soft whipped cream
Beat butter into foam tablespoon at a time


Recipe: Bread making using Cornell bread machine (8 tries)

Posted by vivien | Recipe | Thursday 9 October 2014 8:59 pm
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Here are 8 tries (in June and July this year) of bread making using Cornell bread machine bought on promotion for only RM299. Above is first try, i think it is some flour mixed with water and left it to autolyse for few hours before adding in flour.


mix in flour


then put on ‘dough’ function of the bread machine


Roll out dough individually and put on slices of cheese


done, looks ok but taste so dry and not nice at all

2nd try:


Above is quite good recipe of using a “roux” mixture. The roux mixture being 100g of bread flour mixed with 70g of boiling water, add more boiling water if the roux mixture is dry.


made into roll with sweet potato filling


looks nice


very good texture

3rd try:


making 2 potato bread using 2 recipes



forgot what is the difference between 2 recipes…


This is the more “liquid” recipe whereby the dough is very soft and more moisture


the left side is the one with less moisture and the individual rolls are less glued to each other




both bread are very soft, too soft for my liking though, one of it is very much “kuih” texture

4th try


making sausage roll using recipe using “roux” again


nice and soft

5th try:


filled with yam


6th try:


2nd time making bun filled with yam, and also filled with steamed mini ayamas sausages. Using a different recipe, remembered it to be just ok

400g flour

260 milk

70g sugar (2.5 Tbsp)

6g yeast (1.5 tsp)

1/4 tsp salt

50g oil (2.5 Tbsp)

7th try:


filled with cheese (Plain White Load recipe using Wu Chun Pao Recipe) *highly recommended

375g bread flour

30g sugar (1-1.5 Tbsp)

3/4 tsp salt

20g butter (add last)

1 tsp yeast

240g milk

Bake at 190 Celcius for 30 minutes




fully risen and ready to be baked

8th try:


should be using the same plain white recipe from Wu Pao-Chun Champion Toast (吴宝春金牌土司)


filled with cheese slices inside


top with more mix cheddar cheese and baked in a pullman loaf tin


done, yummy, will want to make this cheesy loaf again, just like those bought from store

Below the complete bread recipe (roux technique) which i used
Basic Sweet Bread dough from Alex Goh “Magic Bread”

100g bread flour
70g boiling water

300g bread flour
100 plain flour
80g sugar
6g salt
20g milk powder
9g instant yeast Put on TOP

175g cold water
60g cold egg (I replaced with cold water)

60g butter (When all ingredients come together, pour in the melted butter, continue kneading until the dough is smooth and elastic)

1) Add boiling water from A into flour, mix until well blended to form a dough. Cover and set aside to cool. Keep it into fridge for at least 12 hrs. (I only left it in fridge for 1 hour)

2) Mix B until well blended. Add in C and knead to form rough dough. Add in A and knead till well-blended.

3) Add in D and knead to form elastic dough

4) Let it proof for 40mins or longer till it double in size, roll into loaf, Brush whisked egg on surface. Bake in a pre-heated 180C (356F) oven for 30 to 35 minutes, until turns brown. Remove from the oven and transfer onto a wire rack. Let cool completely.

5) Else divide the dough, mould it round. Rest for 10mins, then shape into buns/loaves, let rise until doubled and then bake at 350F.


Recipe: Flourless Orange Cake

Posted by vivien | Recipe | Thursday 14 August 2014 8:00 pm
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Recipe: (adapted from Annabelle White)

2 oranges (boiled for 90 minutes, cooled, deseeded and blended) original recipe is 1.5 oranges

5 eggs

150 sugar (reduced, normally flourless orange cake use 1 cup of sugar which is about 220g sugar)

300g ground almond (originally recipe is 250g, due to my almond meal is coarser, i increased it to 300g)

1 teaspoon baking powder



Boiled the orange for 90 minutes changing the water 2 times, to remove the bitterness of orange


blend the boiled oranges




Beat the egg for 1 of 2 minutes, add in orange puree and blend it again


Mix almond meal with baking powder together


egg mixed with blended orange


mix in all the ground almond


Pour into a greased and baking paper lined bottom springform pan


level it slightly




Overall, the taste and aroma is good with strong citrusy smell and almond aroma, but it is slightly too wet, perhaps due to me using “leftover” ground almond which are of coarser texture (finer texture was used to make macaron). Next time will use finer almond.

I did make this cake the 2nd time using fine ground almond, and up it to 320g as well (since original recipe state to use 1.5 orange, and i am now using 2 oranges, so it will probably be alright to up the ground almond A BIT ;) hoping to have a less wet cake. And the 2nd time turn out ok, without the slight wetness.


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