Archive for January, 2009

The ultimate chocolate cake


I read in a cookbook that some American auntie has this saying: “A sad cake is a happy cake.” Say what? Like how an ugly cake is also a beautiful cake? Or a sunken mess is also a risen sponge? These Americans are crazy. But I take back my words. Now I fully understand what she meant after I made this cake,

Cupid’s Strawberry Cake with cream cheese buttercream


DO NOT attempt to adjust your computer screen. This cake is really as bad as it looks. Ever since I started this blog last May, I have - only half-jokingly too - tried to project myself as some baking wunderkind on the cusp of conquering the confectionery world. But at the start of this new year, I thought, what the heck, I’m gonna

Milk Chocolate Malt Ball Cake


HERE’S a question for all you bakers out there. Who do you blame when a cake turns out badly? The cookbook author? For having the balls to charge $60 for a book that contains a dud recipe? The shopkeeper? Because, you know, how could she run out of 65g eggs?! Using 55g eggs will adversely affect your batter’s proportion! Doesn’t

The great American pound cake


If there’s one thing I’ve learnt ever since I started this baking thing, it’s this: One man’s meat is another man’s poison. Or shall I say, One man’s perfect pound cake is another man’s putrid pound cake. Shirley O. Corriher’s latest cookbook BakeWise, which I reviewed last month for the newspaper, opened with this tantalising