Saturday, September 17, 2011

Oreo Muffin

I made this on 8th and 9th December 2010 :)

I got this Oreo Muffin recipe from one of many active YouTube-baker.

1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup sour cream / plain yogurt
1 egg
1/4 cup margarine - melted
20 Oreo cookies - break it into many pieces ( not until powdered )

  1. In medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  2. In small bowl, combine milk, sour cream and egg. Stir into flour mixture with margarine until just blended.
  3. Gently stir in the cookie pieces. Spoon batter into 12 greased muffin tins with muffin cups.
  4. Bake at 375F for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

But, unfortunately this recipe didn't work for me although I have tried it three times in a row. I repeatedly follow the recipe with thought that I have done something wrong at the first round. Still, it didn't turn up like what it was supposed to be.

The muffin texture is hard, not soft sponge-y or cake-like but for the taste it still delicious - it surprised me lol

The second time I made it I still get the same result - poor texture :/

You can even use it as a protection when there is a wild dog near you - throw it to the dog, sure it will runnn for life -.-

But one thing for sure the recipe could not be wrong since there is a lot of people out there who were already tried the recipe and their muffin actually turn out great. Er well, I don't know, maybe it is just me :/ lol I'm not gonna lie that this muffin actually did turn me down as a wannabe-great-baker. ha-ha oh yeahhh -.-'

After some time, when I think about it, I guess it because the amount of flour & butter not tally enough. I'm gonna make it again one day with my new amount of flour & butter - after all try & error makes you better baker ! ;)

But above is actually the original recipe, and actually you can even watch the video to have a full idea on how to make it but when I just about to give the link of the video I just realized she already set the video as a private, so I'm so sorry guys ! :(

Friday, September 9, 2011

Red Velvet & Chocolate cupcakes ! xx

Because of my girlfriend's 20th birthday, 'Aisyah on 22.08.11, I decided to offer my hand to make cupcakes for her surprise birthday party. Everything about the party were actually set up by another friend of mine, Mynn. - I'm just suggesting the place, which is Monsta Cafe at Taman Nusa Bestari, JB.

Little bit about the cafe :

Monsta Cafe is a great place for hanging out & having many type of celebrations. This is one of the coolest places in JB - and of course for coolest people only. LOL This cafe brings you a whole different concept that you all have been looking for - I'm talking about the design & decoration of the cafe. It is very colorful, with a touch of retro and old skool look. (by the way I just know old skool is from 'old is cool' then becoming 'old's cool' which then become 'old skool!' I AM NOOB haha) About the food there, I can't say more since I just went there once but from one time review, I found out the food was pretty average like any other cafe, doesn't mean it wasn't great, it just that great, not so impressive - at least to me ; more about the cafe would be on another blog of mine - I will link it in here one day insyAllah :)

Let's back to our main purpose here shall we ? ;)

The chocolate cupcakes actually were requested by Mynn since she's craving for it. Lol. And since I've been eager to try making red velvet cupcakes - I am really acting like a pathetic baker who wants to find out what red velvet should taste like. haha - and so... I did ! It was a success ! I tried out recipes from I divided the recipe by half by the way since I'm making 16 cupcakes, which 8 cupcakes would be chocolate and the rest 8 is red velvet. 

Every cupcakes must go with a perfect frosting on top of it right ? So, after hours and days of choosing which is the perfect recipe to match, I finally decided to go with Bakerella's recipe for an easy buttercream icing for chocolate cupcakes, which I tinted it with a touch of pink! For red velvet cupcakes, I frosted it with cream cheese frosting, also from Bakerella. 

This is one of the sketch I made for the cupcakes. At the end, you can see that I chose to deco the top of the cupcakes with the simple one since I'm running out of time - doesn't include with how I'm struggling with my health condition.
- it just my finger by the way, it doesn't like me very much that time. lol ( don't worry I used something to cover it up - for those who may concern )

Yeah, this is what you got after you splashh it to people face ! LOL
This "unsupposed-to-happen" activity is unfortunately happened after Aisyah and Haziq which is Mynn's little brother can't find any flour, egg or even glitters to splash to each other. - fyi that day is Haziq's birthday too :)

Some pictures of amazing people at the partayyy ;)

This is the birthday girl, 'Aisyah Mohamed :) <3

with Lyshaimin Nazhikka (Mynn) xx

Fact : The cupcakes both were awesome. Especially the red velvet ones. Everyone loved it even for those who didn't know what the red velvet is at the first place. Go try it yourself ! Here the recipes :

Chocolate Cupcakes by Martha Stewart

Yield: 1 dozen
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
3/4 cup warm water
3/4 cup buttermilk
3 tablespoons safflower oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  1. Sift together cocoa powder, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl.
  2. Add eggs, warm water, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla, and mix until smooth, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom of bowl to assure batter is well mixed.
  3. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups, filling each 2/3 full. Bake until tops spring back when touched, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, let cool completely.
    * The batter will be super runny / thin liquid texture, but don't worry it just how it should be.
    * These are light and airy cupcakes, not dense cupcakes.

Red Velvet Cupcakes from Allrecipes

Yield: 1 dozen 

115 g  butter
1 1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 teaspoon red food coloring
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease two 12 cup muffin pans or line with 20 paper baking cups.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Mix in the eggs and vanilla. Add in the buttermilk after mix it first with red food coloring.
  3. In a small cup, combine the vinegar and baking soda. Allow the mixture to fizz and then quickly fold into the cake batter. Combine the flour and cocoa powder into the batter then stir into just until blended. Spoon the batter into the prepared cups, dividing evenly.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until just set and when inserted a toothpick, it comes out clean - 20 to 25 minutes. Cool in the pan set over a wire rack. When cool, arrange the cupcakes on a serving platter and frost with desired frosting.
    * Buttermilk can be substitute with one tablespoon of white vinegar and one cup of milk, and then stir. Let the vinegar and milk mixture sit for 5 minutes before adding to the batter.
    * You can always add more of the food coloring to your desire.
    * These are for moist, not too sweet cupcakes that surely perfect to go with frosting on top.

The icing tho it is not really come to the texture that I want, but the taste still great. - It bother me much that the fact if you want the buttercream frosting that stiff and thick till it can hold it shape very well, you have to put more icing sugar until it comes to your desire consistency - which it would become tooo sweet and it might make you just blurt out eeeeyuck! and put aside the whole icing. -.-
I actually dreaming off the gorgeous look of DC Cupcakes frosting. Well, I think I have to do a lot more research and try-and-error recipes from every website that I could found. lol
*I'm not prefer of using icing that requires too much egg whites although that will comes to perfection where you get an airy, light, fluffy frosting without being too sweet. 
When you come to think about more than one egg whites, you will think of meringue powder, but both doesn't feel right to me, it's like either you wasting of the yolks or wasting on your money since you have to spend much to buy meringue powder. For Wilton's I guess if I'm not wrong is almost RM100 here for a tin. - can't remember the gram tho. 
But here the recipes for both icing. I'm keeping these for awhile before I get the better version. But so far these one are the best :)

These two recipe, both by Bakerella !

Easy Buttercream Icing

225 g butter (room temperature)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 1/2 cup icing sugar, sifted
1-3 teaspoons milk, half and half or cream

  1. Using a mixer, cream softened butter and vanilla until smooth.
  2. Add sugar gradually, allowing butter and sugar to cream together before adding more.
  3. If you want your frosting a little creamier, add a teaspoon of milk at a time and beat on high until you get the right texture.
  4. Then, drop some food coloring of your choice.

Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting

115 g butter, softened to room temperature
225 g cream cheese, softened to room temperature
3 ½ cup icing sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-3 tablespoon milk

  1. Cream the butter and cream cheese with a mixer.
  2. Add the vanilla.
  3. Add the confectioner’s sugar in small batches and blend on low until combined. Scrape down sides with each addition.
  4. Add 1 tablespoon of milk at a time until you get the consistency you desire.

Fact: More liquid (milk), the consistency of the icing will become thinner. 

2nd Semester Break

This semester break of mine almost come to an end. In fact today (09.09.11) is my last being-able-to-bake since I'm leaving tomorrow to continue my study - about 3 hours only from my hometown. Although it is not so far, but I'm not gonna come back often. It will takes about 5 months before the next semester break.
This semester break is actually the longest break so far that I had in my university life - well, I having been in semester break only twice lol. By the way it is 4 months break okay people.
Those first 2 months, I've been working to get an extra experience and cha-chingggggg $$$ money money haha - of course I need that to buy all the ingredients for my baking. ;)

For this semester break, I've been eager to make more cookies since Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration on the run.
Thus, this time it will be more cookies on the list :

Molten Lava Chocolate Cupcake
Chocolate Crackles
Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies
Horlicks Cookies
Lemon Butter Cookies
Famous Amos Chocolate Chip Cookies
Thin Mint Cookies
Thumbprint Blueberry Cookies
Red Velvet Cupcake and Chocolate Cupcake
Melaka Request

*For any that I skip over the recipe, you can request it if you want :) - I'm trying as much as I can to complete this post since I'm runnninggggg out off timeeeeeee ! lol I'm actually in the middle of fulfill Melaka Request right now and nop, I'm not finish packing up yet for tomorrow. ohmaigawdd I'm screwed! -.-

1st Semester Break

Okay this first semester break of mine happened on December 2010 until January 2011. Yes, I'm a student. No, I'm not gonna tell about myself or particularly my "real" life here. It will be on another blog of mine - maybe, I'm still not sure if I have time to do so. Now, lets go straight to the oven shall we ? *grinned*

Well, since I'm currently typing about my past to share with you now, it makes my work less easy to think about where should I begin. Because of my desire of working with the oven, I'd made a list ;)
- which particularly what I'm gonna do during the semester break

White Chocolate Cupcakes
Apple Pie
No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie Squares
No-Bake Cheesecake
Sugar Love Cookies
Marie Fudge Cake

These is so far that I've successfully made on that semester. Actually the list were longer than this, but those are not include in here since I failed to tackle over :/

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Betty Crocker's Ultimate Cookie Book First Edition 1992 !

 Yes ! Yes ! Indeed. I have Betty Crocker's cookie book first edition from 1992. It called Betty Crocker's Ultimate Cookie Book which it had been published a year after I was born - 19 years old book. Thank you god I'm lucky ! ;)

Ok here it goes the story :
After I told my mom about the book that I bought, she said to me that it such a waste of money to buy the book –in not an angry tone of voice- which then she referred to me a book that she got not a long time ago. It is Betty Crocker’s book okay! Why laaa O! Whyyyyyyy she didn’t even told me earlier? 

Well, whatever it is thank god after I went through with the book, I still not regret of buying the Biscuiteers book. It is because this Betty's book is absolutely recommend for those who are really looking for delicious cookie recipe -not just how pretty the cookie must look- and for those who are looking for more different type of biscuits/cookies. It contains many good recipes which make my work become less easy to choose which recipe I should try first haha

Too many good brownie
 and bar cookie recipes to resist.

The book consist of many pictures that looks so amazing and mouthwatering.

So, it is different from the book that I bought where it is about icing biscuits only and I'm pretty sure that it will grab people's attention as soon as they look at the biscuits. Thus, I need those two books, it is different from another.

First album cover by Jesse McCartney <3
- I do not own this picture

Ohya, I love to tell about how I know Betty Crocker. It is actually -& I guess she is famous- after heard it on one of my only favorite singer Jesse McCartney songs, which I very disappointed with myself for not remember the title of the song right now. The only thing I can remember, it's Jesse’s song on his first album, Beautiful Soul.
Anddddd, now I know it's a well-known food brand. Hehe

P/S: You might notice that I use both 'cookie' and 'biscuit', but in here I actually refer to the same thing. Yes, yes although I know there is difference between those two by depend on where you live :) - for those who didn't know, go google it ! ;p

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

My First Baking Book ! - also my first post here ;p

On 18th November 2010, I finally made one of my wish come true, which I bought myself my first baking book. The book called Biscuiteers Book of Iced Biscuits by Harriet Hastings & Sarah Moore. The cover of the book already made me more eager to spend my first semester holiday break with baking activities. The cover of the book which mostly covered with brown color hard paper were illustrates with image of love shape biscuit with pink color icing which added with white polka dot, on the top of it is the title of the book itself.  To buy the book, it is not actually my first plan when I agreed to hang out with my close friends, Chacha & Muddy. We were actually just hanging out, window shopping, have a chat and satisfied our stomach. At first, it was Muddy who wants to walk in to MPH bookstore to have a look around. Well, being me who walk in to the bookstore, of course first thing that come up in my mind was Sophie Kinsella/ Madeleine Wickham novels and not forget to must-stop-by at Cooking & Baking section. Thus, of course that was what happened that made me end up grabbing a book to the cashier counter. The book cost me RM43 which I think it is affordable enough for a baking book. Not forget to mention that I’m satisfied enough with the book and will not regret it since one of my favorite chef, Nigella Lawson is one of the commenters of the book. At the front cover there is words, 'These I Love You inscribed cookies…they are just too darling'- Nigella Lawson Ohmaigawdd! Straightway I think I’m more loveee to have that book than anyone else on that time! lol Before I finally made my mind to pick up the book, it is actually between the book and another. Another book is about bakes, means about cakes, cupcakes and anything that need bakes. I chose to put back the book to the rack because on that time I’m in the mood of making biscuits & decorate it which if I succeed I might want to sell it - but apparently now that I didn't since time is little too short for me.

Well, after looking through the book just in glance every page at 6 pm after Muddy sent me back home, I found that the book is very interesting with many pictures from the start on how to make the dough, finish up with how to package it. The content is very organized and useful, it includes the rules of biscuits making which the-must-need-to-know for the newcomer to this Biscuits World, and of course it will not complete if the biscuiteers book without the recipes. The book also will direct you on how to prepare & color icing correctly. It also will give you full ideas on how to be creative as you can even on that tiny surface of biscuits. So, I’m proud to say that I have my first baking book –bought myself- which I satisfied it the most.  

The book will give you 10 basic biscuit dough recipes including the gluten-free chocolate biscuits.
Isn't is so cute & lovely ? ;)