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Van Houten Chocolate Cake

Confectionery, Oven, Pastry July 3rd, 2010

Van Houten Chocolate cake, anyone? If you are looking for a tried and tested recipe for chocolate cake, you might want to try this out. This chocolate cake recipe is actually modified from the scroll cake recipe. Medium moist, light and buttery, it makes you want to have another piece once you’ve eaten one. Van Houten Cocoa Powder is used in this recipe. If you can’t find it, you might also want to try the Tudor brand. As for butter, we use Golden Churn brand. SCS butter is also a good substitute.

To prevent sticking, ensure that the baking pan is well greased with butter followed by dusting with flour. Cool the cake over a rack before storing.

Oh, in case you were wondering, the Van Houten Chocolate Cake is on the foreground. The other pieces of cakes are the famous Sarawak Layer Cake (Kuih Lapis Sarawak). Looks good, don’t they?

But for now, let me share with you the recipe for Van Houten Chocolate Cake :- Read the rest of this entry »

The Ultimate Carrot Cake Recipe

Confectionery, Dessert August 11th, 2009

I was never really a fan of carrot cakes all these while probably because I never had any good experience eating a good carrot cake out there. Maybe the thought of eating a “vegetable” cake deterred me from wanting to try this out compared to chocolate cakes or cheese cakes. Anyway, not any longer ever since we got ourselves a Fagor oven in our new house. Carrot cake rocks! More so when it is topped with lemon cream cheese frosting and eaten slightly chilled.

My wife made this a couple of weeks back and I’m now a fan of carrot cakes. Moist and nutritious, this carrot cake is laden with freshly grated carrots, sweetened pineapples, oven-toasted walnuts and plump raisins. I think the best part that there is no mixer involved (with a little caveat that a mixer would be required to prepare the frosting). Just get yourself a big bowl and spatula and give it a good mix ala manual 😉

What makes this carrot cake so special that I have decided to call it the Ultimate Carrot Cake Recipe? Well, it’s been handed down from my mother-in-law to my wife, it tastes good as reported by many who have tasted this and most of all, one piece is never enough. Need I say more? 😀

This is my mother-in-law’s recipe for Carrot Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

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Sugared Ghee Balls

Beans, Confectionery, Dessert, Indian October 30th, 2008

Ghee Balls

If you live in Malaysia, you know that you are very lucky where FOOD is concerned. Malaysians are known for the special relationship that they have with food which is evident from the variety of savory dishes and sweets that one can easily find at every corner. This is especially so during the many festive seasons, one of which was only recently celebrated – Deepavali.

One of the favorite Indian sweets eaten during Deepavali is Sugared Ghee Balls, which is also popularly known as “Neyyi Urundai” or “Payatham Urundai”. True, compared to the other more gloriously colored sweets found during this festival, Ghee Balls do not get full points for looks. In fact, its unstimulating colour and simple shape may even be a “put off” for some. But, for many who have tried it, this sweet has easily become a favorite.

Making it from scratch is relatively easy. The only tricky part is pouring the hot ghee into the flour mixture and molding the balls into shape. One may find that the first few balls take a longer time to make than first anticipated. Don’t let your spirits down if you find this happening to you. Persistence pays off and it won’t be too long before you start getting the hang of it.

Once cooled, pop a ball into your mouth and enjoy the taste as it slowly crumbles into a wonderful sensory delight. You won’t regret it!

This is my recipe for Sugared Ghee Balls. Read the rest of this entry »


Confectionery, Pastry April 21st, 2008


When I was in England, I enjoyed eating Shortbread cookies, which are really popular in the British Isles. After all, the most famous Shortbread cookies are probably from Scotland especially the Walker’s Shortbread Cookies brand with the red tartan-like design. I have always thought that Shortbreads are difficult to make or bake. Afterall, it tastes great and has a nice semi-crumbly texture. That was until I was introduced to the Shortbread cookies which my mother-in-law baked over Chinese New Year recently.

Being her creative self, my mother-in-law baked this cute little Shortbread cookies in horse-shoe design and they were irresistible. We brought back a tin when we came back to Kuala Lumpur. This shortbread recipe was obtained by my mother-in-law about 20 years back but she did not attempt the recipe until the recent Chinese New Year and we were all impressed. When she gave me the recipe, the first thing that ran through my mind was “Is that all there is?”. It is so simple that even a beginner should be able to bake this and impress everyone else. Once you know how to bake this, you shouldn’t be keen to buy them off the shelves anymore. So, are you ready to try and impress?

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