Monday, July 23, 2012

Cake and Cookies

It is so easy that you are not able to screw it up hahah ... Second attempt was much better than the first.
I hope ibu likes the cake.  Since she likes messy cakes, I try to make it as messy as possible lol ... 
This is my first layered cake.  It was very hard to stake it all up ... cos it slides off ... but I managed it some how lah ... 

Since ibu do not like dark chocolate, I used milk chocolate dots for the chocolate ganache. All in all it was a success.


9" square tin greased and lined
Preheat oven to 175C

450g  castor sugar
224g  all purpose flour
96g    cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 large eggs - slightly beaten
240ml milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water

In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients with a whisk ensuring that they are properly mixed. Make a well in the center and add in eggs, milk, oil and vanilla extract. Whisk this well to ensure that there are no lumps for approximately 2mins. You may use an electric mixer at low speed. Lastly add the boiling water to the batter and continue to whisk carefully. Mix well.

Pour batter (may look alittle runny) in prepared tin and bake for about 30-35mins, or till skewer comes out clean when checked at the center of cake.

Source: Sheen Mars

The ganache I doubled the quantity cos I worried that I can't cover the whole cake... But in the end I have excess.

160ml heavy cream
283.5g chocolate baking discs / chopped chocolate

Quick Ganache
  • Place chocolate in stainless steel bowl, set aside.  Heat cream in a small saucepan over high heat until just boil
  • Pour hot cream over chocolate, stirring until smooth

Source: Sarah

I have left over ganache so I decided to use it as cookies filling.  It looks sooo chocolatey cos I do not have enough 2tbsp of red colour hee hee ...

Red Velvet Polka Dot Cookies
Makes 30 cookies
240g butter, softened
300g granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
220g all-purpose flour
96g cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp red food colouring (I put in 1 cap full that is why its not red enough hee hee)
1 (11-ounce) white chocolate chips (I omit this cos I don't have any =D)
Preheat the oven to 176 degrees C. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light-colored.  Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until fluffy and light.
In a small bowl, use a fork to mix together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Use the fork to break up lumps of cocoa powder. Add the dry ingredients to the butter in the mixer a little at a time, mixing well after each addition and occasionally scraping down the sides of the bowl. When the dough is thoroughly mixed, add the food coloring, beating until the dough is a dark red color. If you have some place important to be or just had a manicure, I’d recommend wearing gloves. That red food colouring will show up in the oddest places. When the dough is evenly colored, stir in all but about 1/2 cup of the white chocolate chips until mixed in.
Scoop the dough onto the lined baking sheets using a 2 tablespoon cookie scoop or spoon. Place the cookies apart from each other to allow room for spreading. You will have enough dough to use on a third pan of cookies after these have cooked. Wet your fingers and lightly press down the top of each cookie mound, then press the remaining white chips into each cookie to create the polka dots. The cookies spread, so press a lot of chips into the cookies.
Bake the cookies for 10–12 minutes until firm in the center. Cool on the pans for a few minutes until firm, then remove to wire racks to cool completely.  When one pan has cooled, repeat with the rest of the cookie dough. Stored in an airtight container, the cookies will keep for several days.

Source: CSMonitor

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