Thursday, November 29, 2007

Profile Picture 1

This is version 1, stay tuned for more :)

More Toys

Oops, went shopping again :P Could not resist buying these two, what do you call them? Bundts? Silicon moulds? Grey one is a catheral from Silikomart (available at PH) and the rose bundt is from Pantry Magic! Oh, Pantry Magic packs your purchases in a nice bag too! I paid only SGD22 for the rose bundt. I am so going to try baking a sponge cake and either the red bean or sweet corn pudding. Let you know later, ok?

Boy, this new hobby is costing a lot of money, I better persevere in it. I know a couple of friends won't allow me to let all these go to waste!

New Toys!

Went to Chong Trading at Adelphi yesterday and took a really long time to browse. Let's say it's NOT Pantry Magic and leave it as that. Look at what I bought though!

Heart-shaped silicon cups

Since it will be my colleague's bday tomorrow, I took the chance to bake some cupcakes. Thought I would just use the pineapple upside down cake recipe since that received good review early this week. As it turned out, I forgot to add milk and the cupcakes aren't as moist :( Hope bday girl likes it tho, I know my family could not stop eating *could be just due to novelty*

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Thank God!

Yes, God is good! I uttered a prayer as I started the mixer that the cake will turn out alright as the bakes of the past 2 weeks had been anything but. Today, I had a book to check against as I creamed butter and sugar for the Pineapple Upside-down Cake.

A few other things were going through my head as well: should I make them as individual cupcakes or one big cake? I decided on using a 6-inch cake tin and had to line it before adding the flour to the creamed mixture of egg and sugar! Then I forgot to preheat the oven, omg! Fortunately, I'm using a microwave with convection oven function, so preheating didn't take long.

To cut the long story short, this is how the cake turned out. Fortunately, all my darlings agreed that it tasted good. Phew! I was so worried when I saw bubbles as the cake was baking, I called my mum to check. Anyway, with this result, I am confident that I can yield not too bad results with my trusty microwave oven! I'm so on cloud nine now! Too bad I can't eat all the bakes as I have to watch my diet. But the joy is in baking, so I'll let others enjoy!

Pineapple Upside-down Cake

Friday, November 23, 2007

Feeling Blue

Feeling a little discouraged lately as bakes are not turning out as I hoped. Perhaps I was over confident given the success with different versions of the jelly heart. Even usb is acting up on me and not cooperating so can't upload the photos.

To boost my confidence, I will make another tray of jelly hearts. I guess my lack of success recently is probably due to lack of experience and new to using my one and only microwave oven for baking. I will no doubt be attempting the Horlicks Doggie and cupcakes soon! Watch this space!

*Finally, pix of some good and not-so-good bakes:
Strawberry Sweethearts that worked twice so far, thank God
Another version featuring Mangoes and Philly cream cheese, yummy
Milo Doggies cookies that turned out hard

Peach and Mango Charlotte Cake, missing a base and sponge fingers stuck to the foil

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Welcome to Yuri's Bake Journal

Recently inspired to bake. Watch out!

My first attempt

Thanks Tiff for the recipe.
Thanks Aunty Yochana, Do What I Like, Happy Home Baker and too many other food bloggers for the inspirations! I am looking forward to join this fast growing community! Will someone please tell me how?