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Moved.

5 May

Figured it was about time I updated my blog hehe.. now that I’m done with school and everything. Decided to move it from blogger to here. No reason, really. Just wanted a change. I imported most of the entries from the other blog so if the formatting is messed up, just ignore them. Can’t be bothered to fix them all :p (I have the time.. I just don’t want to.)

I haven’t really been baking much over the past few months. Been waaay too busy with school. My life basically revolved around school. I wasn’t even able to keep up with my TV shows.. which has never happened before. But it’s all over now! I now have a BSc :) Now I can go back to doing fun things like baking, photography, watching TV shows and movies.. instead of reading textbooks, doing problem sets, pulling all-nighters for papers, and studying for exams. Definitely not gonna miss that!

Anyway, keep checking back! I’ll def try to update this blog a lot more often this summer.

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Triple Chocolate Muffins

29 Dec


A year or two ago, I tasted the triple chocolate muffins at Tim Horton’s for the first time and they were soooo good. I haven’t had them in a while — they don’t seem to have them in all the Tim Horton’s stores. So I decided to try and make my own… turned out pretty good :) How can you go wrong with a chocolate muffin with 2 kinds of chocolate chips? Yummy :D

Makes 15 small muffins.

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups milk
1 egg
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup white chocolate chips

  • In a medium bowl, mix the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • In a separate bowl, mix milk, egg, oil, and vanilla.
  • Slowly add the dry ingredients (flour mixture) into the wet ingredients, mixing them well each time you add.
  • Add the chocolate chips to the batter.
  • Fill muffin cups 3/4 full.
  • Bake at 175˚C for 15 mins or until the toothpick comes out clean (when you poke the muffin).

Red Velvet Cupcakes

8 Sep


I’m back!! After 3 months of traveling around and spending time with family, I’m finally back at home (I have multiple homes. Yes I’m a nomad.) Which means I can bake again! I did bake a few times when I was in the Philippines but it was all old stuff — Snickerdoodles, Chocolate Cupcakes, Apple Crisp — stuff that are already up on this blog.

I had a day to kill before school started so I thought I’d bake some cupcakes. I’ve tasted some reaaally good red velvet cakes and cupcakes in the past so I wanted to make my own. As with everything else, my favorite part is always the frosting — cream cheese frosting.. mmm yummy.

These cupcakes turned out a little dry so I’m gonna have to tweak it next time. But anywho, here’s the recipe.

Makes 12 medium-sized cupcakes.

Red Velvet Cupcakes

1/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup white sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 tblspoon red food coloring
1/2 tsp vanilla
3/4 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp vinegar
1 cup flour
2 tblspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt

  • Preheat oven to 175˚C.
  • Cream together butter and sugar.
  • Add egg, buttermilk, red food coloring, and vanilla to the mix.
    ** I had no buttermilk so I put 1 tablespoon of vinegar in a mixing cup and filled the rest with milk until the 1-cup mark. Use half of this for the recipe. **
  • Mix in baking soda and vinegar to the batter.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder and salt.
  • Slowly add the dry ingredients to the other bowl. Mix well.
  • Pour batter into cupcake cups until they are half full.
  • Place in the oven for 10 minutes.

Cream Cheese Frosting

1/2 of an 8oz. cream cheese block, softened
2 tblspoons butter, softened
1/2 cup icing sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla

  • Cream together cream cheese and butter.
  • Add vanilla and mix well.
  • Slowly add icing sugar.

** Remember to cool cupcakes completely before adding the icing because it will melt.

Yummy Rating:

(It was a little dry.. and not as red as I wanted it to be.)

Banana Crumb Cupcake

14 Jun

Banana cupcakes with a sweet, crunchy topping!

Flour Mixture
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Banana Mixture
3 bananas (overripe), mashed
3/4 cup white sugar
1 egg
1/3 cup oil

Crumb Topping
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 tblspoons flour
1/8 tsp cinnamon powder
1 tbslpoon butter, softened

  • Combine the flour mixture and the banana mixture in a big bowl. Stir.
  • Spoon the batter into muffin/cupcake cups and fill them up halfway.
  • Sprinkle crumb topping on top of the batter.
  • Bake in preheated oven at 175 degrees C for 15-18 minutes. Use a toothpick to check if they are done (should come out clean).

Ta da!

Yummy Rating:
♥♥

My New Toy: Lumix DMC-LX3

5 Jun


This is the new toy I bought yesterday. One of things on my to-do list for this summer is to buy a DSLR and take photography lessons. Ended up being too expensive so I decided to go with a semi-pro point and shoot camera (Lumix DMC-LX3) since all the settings can also be set manually. Next goal is to buy a book and teach myself all these photography jargon. Been tinkering with it all day today :D I’m learning how to set everything manually so it’ll take a while. Shutter speed, aperture, exposure..


I’ll also be using this camera to take pictures of all the stuff I bake. As you can see, I still have lots to learn..! :)

 

Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Swirl

5 Jun

Recipe from Black Bottom Cupcakes I.

These cupcakes turned out really moist! The chocolate cupcakes I made before were super dry compared to this. Instead of cream cheese frosting, there’s a cream cheese filling in the middle of the cupcake. I think I put too little because you can’t really taste the cream cheese part.


I didn’t have a cupcake pan or cupcake liners so these are brand new. I bought 100 pieces of cupcake cups for only 6 pesos (C$0.13!!) and the pan for about 150 pesos (C$3.50). Really cheap! Have to remind myself to buy tons of baking stuff before I go back to Vancouver.

Yummy Rating:
♥♥♥
(I didn’t really like it but other taste-testers did!)

Yummy Cheesecake

21 May


Recipe adapted from Brownie Caramel Cheesecake. Just followed the recipe.. minus the brownie part. I tried baking the whole thing a couple of years ago and it turned out yummy. Just a little time-consuming since you have to bake the brownie first then bake it again with the cheesecake. I made this cheesecake a couple of months ago. The top came out kinda ugly so I decided to cover it up with melted white and milk chocolate. Chocolate fixes everything!

Cheesecake has got to be one of my favorite desserts (I have many favorites). I’ve had mango cheesecake, coffee cheesecake, oreo cheesecake, strawberry cheesecake, chocolate cheesecake… yum

Yummy Rating:
♥♥

I hope you don’t go into sugar shock :)

1 May

Soo I decided to start a baking blog.. partly for myself so that I can remember what I’ve baked, which recipes I’ve tried. I still have a looong list of things to try! I mostly just find them online.. on other baking blogs or recipe sites. My main guinea pig is my sister.

I wish I could just bake all day. That would be my dream job.. own a bakery and do nothing but bake cookies and cupcakes all day. AND get paid for it! Sighh. Maybe I’ll do that when I retire. For now I need to put my expensive science degree to good use -_-

All the pictures below are some of the stuff I’ve baked in the past year. Had a little more time this year because of work.. lots of free time during the weekends (since I never had to do homework :D) Seeing as it’s back to school in September.. I might not have as much time. But its okay.. I’ll make time!!

Other things I’ve made in the past:

  • Brownie Caramel Cheesecake
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Chocolate Cupcakes with cream cheese frosting
  • Peaches & Cream (also Mangoes & Cream)
  • Simple Cheesecake
  • Rice Krispies
  • Chocolate Cornflake Clusters

Baked some snickerdoodle cupcakes last weekend but I forgot to take pics :(

Coming up:
Cake lollipops!