Thursday, June 29, 2006

Vegan cupcakes... almost

Sue wanted to give her neighbours something to apologise for the racket her little house renovation was making... she's so sweet. Hmmmm... what better gift than a box of D'Cupcakes! But, but, one of the neighbours are vegetarians! How-lah?

Like I read on Post Punk Kitchen's blog, "Replacing eggs is the most challenging aspects of vegan baking. Those suckers bind, they leaven and they give structure to our baked goods. However, like a bad boyfriend, they
can be replaced, and with pleasing results."

Almost vegan cupcakes... I used vegetable margarine, soy milk but I couldn't find soy yogurt so I used sour cream, that's why it's 'almost vegan'. Didn't taste too bad, I must say.

These are the 'normal' cupcakes that went to the other neighbours.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006


What does one do with leftover smarties and nuts, leftover anything for that matter? Make cookies, of course! I wished I remembered where I found this choc chip cookie recipe from so I can give due credit. It's simply marvellous... crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside... mmmmmm!

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Bad buttercream day

Most bakers would know what I mean. This one went especially wrong for me. First I used I used the wrong size baking pan. When making the orange buttercream I knew something was not right; it was too 'runny'. No amount of added icing sugar helped. I blamed the humid weather. Then I trimmed the sides because I wanted more space to decorate. That was a BIG mistake! I couldn't crumb coat properly as the frosting was pulling away cake.

Kids like their cake colourful but I did not dare mess with the buttercream anymore. I read that a sign of a good baker is knowing how to make the best of a bad situation and this was all I could do under the circumstance and the short notice. At least I know for sure it tasted good as I had the cut sides for tea! Happy 3rd birthday Priyanka Saira. Hope you and all at home enjoyed the Chocolate Orange cake.

Friday, June 02, 2006

I love white

White is so clean, fresh and pure... it goes with just about anything. And as you can see, I like to keep my frostings white. Eventually when I learn to make buttercream roses, should I keep them white too? I think maybe not.. then again I might be starting something new!

Carol, how was the choc orange cake? I can do it with white frosting too if you like! Something to think about (psst... cheaper too!)

Rachel's mom's 71st birthday cake.

Vani, I did spell your name with a 'V' .... although it looked like a 'Y'. Hope you had a swell birthday albeit a belated one!