Thursday, 18 December 2014

Win Vouchers for Yourself This Christmas - By PrepMeal

Christmas is approaching!

Christmas is my favourite holiday because it reminds me of God's love for the world. And I would love to host Christmas parties. Sigh, this year I won't be in time to host any in our new home because of the problematic contractor! Arghs, that another time.

So, what are you planning to cook for this coming Christmas? Some friends are really talented, they like to roast a whole chicken or turkey in their ovens; some friends love to bake some sweet treats like cakes, log cakes or cookies. How about yours?

Now, as you enjoy whipping up a feast for your loved ones, you can also get to reward yourself - stand a chance to win CapitaVouchers, proudly brought to you by PrepMeal team!

Simply take a photo of the item(s) that you've cooked for Christmas, "Like" PrepMeal's facebook page, tag @PrepMeal. Share the post with your family and friends, to garner votes for yourself!

The contest is valid from 15 Dec to 31 Dec 2014 (by 2359 hrs). The winners will be announced on PrepMeal's facebook page on or before 7 Jan 2015. So go on over to the Facebook page and Like their page! :)

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Disclaimer: No monetary compensation is received for this post. All views expressed are of my own. For more details on the contest, please visit PrepMeal's Facebook page.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Classic Chocolate Cupcakes

Here are the cupcakes I made for my baby's birthday!

I was quite surprised by how moist and chocolatey this turned out! It's also very easy to make - no mixer required!

I didn't use buttermilk as specified in the recipe, because I didn't have any buttermilk, and realised I ran out of lemons! But still, I am happy with the cupcakes. 

I paired these cupcakes with my favourite Swiss Meringue Buttercream to withstand the humid temperature. Perhaps one of these days I'll try the American Buttercream - when I am having a super sweet tooth ;P

Classic Chocolate Cupcakes (Recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction)
- 1/2 cup (42g) unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch processed)
- 3/4 cup (95g) all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup (100g) light brown sugar
- 1/3 cup (80ml) vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup (120ml) buttermilk*

1. In a large bowl, whisk the cocoa powder, flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together until thoroughly combined. Set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, sugar, brown sugar, oil, and vanilla together until completely smooth.

3. Pour half of the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Then half of the buttermilk. Gently stir - about 5 stirs.

4.Repeat with the remaining wet ingredients and buttermilk. Stir until just combined; do not overmix. The batter won't be very thick. Pour/spoon the batter into the liners - fill only halfway to avoid spilling over the sides.

5. Bake in batches for 18-19 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before frosting. Mini cupcakes will take about 10 minutes, same oven temperature.

* If you do not have buttermilk, make your own by mixing 2 teaspoons white vinegar or lemon juice with 1/2 cup milk. Stir and let sit for 5 minutes.

If you wish to order these cupcakes, email me at
or Instagram @efatrie :)

Monday, 8 December 2014

The Little One's Birthday Celebration

Celebrated my baby's first birthday in advance yesterday!

It was quite an exciting celebration - for me haha - since I tried to do a small dessert table. Initially I had wanted to bake a cake, cupcakes, macarons and cookies. In the end I decided to drop macarons and cookies so that I won't stress myself out.

And I did it! :) Thank God for the "talents" He had put in me - in baking lol!

This was the lychee rose ombre cake that I made. It's not perfect - while baking the cake, I eyeballed wrongly, and had to cut off quite a bit from one layer. It made the cake shorter, but thank God! Because somehow the frosting whipped to be slightly lesser than previous attempts.

But still, I love how light the cake taste, complemented with the velvety smooth Swiss Meringue Buttercream.

And some preps below:

I actually don't have any good picture of the "dessert table" setup because I was too worried over my balloons and table cover. I ordered from Party Monsters, and felt pretty insecure, because everything was done online. So I called them up on Fri to request for them to deliver slightly earlier, at 12.30pm.

In the end, they arrived around 1.20pm! Imagine guests were supposed to arrive at around 1.30pm. I was really panicking and even forgot about the fruit tarts that I bought for the dessert table!

Ah..... You'd probably guess that this is going to be the last time I am ordering from Party Monsters.

I super love these moist chocolate cupcakes with my fav Swiss Meringue Buttercream!
Will blog about this soon.

Family photo!

If you are also planning for a party for your little one, read this article I've shared on Sharekool!

Friday, 28 November 2014

Rose Ombre Cake

Made a cake earlier, in preparation for baby's first birthday!

A few months back, I was enthusiastically reseaching for birthday party ideas. But now we are not sure if we are still going to hold a party because our house is still not ready.

Anyway, I'll share the cake here!

My current place doesn't have any oven, so I have been baking in my trusty toaster oven lol. I am surprised that I could bake a 6" cake in it!

"Hot spots" from the oven.

I think I am always quite stressed over the piping for the entire cake,
because to pipe rosettes all over is seriously quite tiring lol.
And as you can see,
some parts of it are "smudged" because the buttercream melted as I was piping.

I can't cut cakes, really! Hahaha! 

So, on the whole, I am quite happy with the taste of this white cake + buttercream together. The swiss meringue buttercream just melts in your mouth! It has this smooth and velvety mouthfeel, and it's not heavy like American buttercream! Less sugar too :)

Praying I get time to practise more on piping on the entire cake, and I can bake for my baby! And hopefully to open order for this cake some time later.

Monday, 24 November 2014

Steamed Coffee Cupcakes

Now that I am starting to bake more, I am feeling happier! Haha :)

That's quite weird right, but I de-stress by baking, just like what a lot other ladies do too! I guess this is better than shopping to de-stress lol.

Can't wait to launch a mini bake sale soon!

The other morning, I chanced upon a simple steamed cupcake recipe posted on Healthy Food for My Baby Facebook group. Decided to make those cupcakes as breakfast for hubby and myself (not baby hahaha!).

I love my mug at the background - "By the grace of God, I am what I am" - 1 Corinthians 15:10

The original recipe uses milo powder, which I changed to instant coffee, because that was what we had in the pantry. I probably will want to try using cocoa powder next time!

I had been searching for simple steamed cupcake recipes, but had not been getting down to making one, because most would need to beat eggs and sugar till ribbon stage. I don't think I wanna do this early in the morning *flex arm muscles* haha!

So I was very happy to have seen this recipe. And this is not a very sweet steamed cupcake - perfect for breakfast! However, I noticed that the recipe uses a little more on baking powder. I am using aluminum free one, which I bought from Phoon Huat.

Oh ya, and can I say I am in love with Old Town's Hazelnut Coffee? Hee :)

Steamed Coffee Cupcakes - Recipe Adapted from Amanda Ho
- 3 tbsp self raising flour *I used plain flour + slightly less than 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 3 tbsp 3-in-1 instant coffee
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1.5 tbsp olive oil

1. Mix sugar, flour, coffee powder and oil together evenly.

2. Add beaten eggs and mix well.

3. Steam for around 15 - 20 mins.

That's simple right? Try it out, and leave me a comment on how it goes! :)

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