Archive for January, 2009

The ultimate chocolate cake

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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

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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

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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

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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