In The Kitchen: Bake Time!

 

If I have had a baking sad story, I can tell you more successful ones at least. That disappointment I felt with the cupcake disaster that happened the first time I tried to make buttercream frosting did not stop me from baking. As most positive individuals do, I took it as a challenge to be better.

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 Carrot-Yogurt Muffins

Since most people here says no to super sweets, I decided to do bold cupcakes instead – muffins! The photo above shows a carrot / yogurt muffin and in the next photo are chewy Lemon cookies. Pardon the photo quality as these photos were taken using my netbook’s camera.

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 Lemon cookies

Besides cookies, cupcakes and muffins, I tried making carrot loaf. Now, this is something I am definitely proud to have made. I used the same recipe I found for my cupcakes and voila! It came out of the oven like an eye candy!  Just right! It even tasted so good that my elder daughter brought few slices than she could eat to school. Well, she sure gave some to her classmates and came home with compliments that made me wish to learn more about baking. It did not stop there though… I dreamed of having my own bake shop / cafe which was set up beside my own gift shop. Both businesses were set up in the front of my own house. Okay, wake me up now!

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 Carrot Loaf

Ahhh! I wish to win the Lotto! Ha ha!

A Cupcake Disaster

 

 

The excitement in me after buying the new tabletop electric oven was like a flu virus. L0L! It was really all over me! With that feeling, I went to Chocolate Lover in Cubao and bought some stuff I needed to start making cupcakes. I also had to scan through some of my “memory boxes” and found my very first dessert cookbook. Besides that, since my purpose is to really bake for my kids, I logged into my Pinterest account and visited the sites of those cakes and cookies pinned images I have in one of my boards. As soon as I thought I was ready, I tried baking cupcakes! The first one we (my kids and I) tried were Sharon’s butter cupcake but since I wanted something from the scratch, I baked some Chocolate Banana and Carrot cupcakes. My kids loved them! And I think they liked it not because of the taste but because of the thought that I made them. =D

When my elder daughter kept asking me to try buttercream, I had to ask some tips from a friend, Vangie. She was the one who made Roey’s 1st birthday cake. Again, when I thought I am all ready, I tried my very first buttercream.  But, as I was preparing the ingredients, I remembered that my hand mixer is nowhere to be found so I have to do it manually.


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It was a disaster! Check out how it looked like in the photo above – not even close to those pretty cupcakes topped with buttercream frosting I have  repinned in my Pinterest board! There was too much butter if I am not mistaken and the consistency of manual mixing is really different from mixing it with an electric mixer – or maybe, the consistency is possible to achieve, it was just that I am a newbie.

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I was already disappointed with how it looked like in that first photo. But, can you imagine how bad I felt with how the buttercream melted after few minutes? It was heart breaking! I just have to uplift my spirit with the fact that all the great bakers nowadays are once a beginner and they too had their share of baking disasters.

The consolation of that imperfect buttercream frosting is at least it was delicious!

Christmas Cake

Christmas Cake

With my electric oven, I can’t deny that I’ve been inspired to create and bake goodies for my kids. Aside from being able to make cookies and cupcakes for my elder daughter’s school snack, I also tried making muffins for my toddler. Healthy muffins that is. Something that excites her everytime and wouldn’t mind eating.

Last Christmas, my cousins invited us to join their annual Christmas party and exchange gift. Who would say no? Not me! My kids were totally excited! We all love family gatherings and fun parties like this one. Since there were several families attending the event, a potluck was suggested. I was asked to bring something for dessert. And this was the best way to again, to have fun and experiment and also use my oven! I told them I’d bring cupcakes but I wanted to surprise them so I also baked a cake. It was a 6″ round layered chocolate cake with choco ganache.

From this cake on top to this one below which also shows the cupcakes that came with it. The new cupcake holder of my cousin’s wife was perfect to display the colorful sweets. My nieces and cousins volunteered to decorate the cake and cupcakes and it somehow made me feel glad they had fun with an instant creative activity.

It was a memorable Christmas party we had and I still can see the smile on my face whenever I recall that at least, that chocolate cake I brought at the party was not a disaster. As I look at its photos, I want to be able to bake more successful cakes. Successful not just in terms of look but taste too!

 

Selecta Ice Cream Flavors: Beat The Heat This Summer

We now have more than a dozen ice cream tubs since the start of the summer. This is my kids’ first choice on how to beat the heat this summer. Well, summer is almost over but it is not too late to share how delicious these ice cream flavors are from Selecta.

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These two new ice cream flavors are included in Selecta Hershey’s collection and my choices. I have loved Rocky Road and Double Dutch ever since the first time I tasted the said flavors but just like any one, I too would like to go out of what I consider as “ice cream comfort zone” haha! I eagerly bought the Selecta Hershey’s Collection: Reese’s Peanut butter Cups and I tell you, it didn’t last 24 hour period. I so loved how it tasted. I get to feel refreshed having ice cream for dessert and at the same time enjoyed the sweet delectable peanut butter cups. Right there and then, I decided to grab another flavor from the Hershey’s Collection and had Hershey’s Kisses. My elder daughter enjoyed it more than I did maybe because I was expecting it to be as good as the Reese’s flavor. I somehow forgot that even if they’re both from Hershey’s, these two are totally different flavors. Just like the first tub from the collection, Hershey’s Kisses didn’t last for more than 3 days inside the freezer.

The next time we were at the supermarket, they didn’t have the Hershey’s collection so I opted to get the family’s all time favorite flavor instead: Selecta Very Rocky Road. Our summer was really something else, this year was amazingly hot but thanks to these cold desserts available in the market, we were somehow able to beat the heat!

We now have more than a dozen ice cream tubs since the start of the summer. This is my kids’ first choice on how to beat the heat this summer. Well, summer is almost over but it is not too late to share how delicious these ice cream flavors are from Selecta.

These two new ice cream flavors are included in Selecta Hershey’s collection and my choices. I have loved Rocky Road and Double Dutch ever since the first time I tasted the said flavors but just like any one, I too would like to go out of what I consider as “ice cream comfort zone” haha! I eagerly bought the Selecta Hershey’s Collection: Reese’s Peanut butter Cups and I tell you, it didn’t last 24 hour period. I so loved how it tasted. I get to feel refreshed having ice cream for dessert and at the same time enjoyed the sweet delectable peanut butter cups. Right there and then, I decided to grab another flavor from the Hershey’s Collection and had Hershey’s Kisses. My elder daughter enjoyed it more than I did maybe because I was expecting it to be as good as the Reese’s flavor. I somehow forgot that even if they’re both from Hershey’s, these two are totally different flavors. Just like the first tub from the collection, Hershey’s Kisses didn’t last for more than 3 days inside the freezer.

The next time we were at the supermarket, they didn’t have the Hershey’s collection so I opted to get the family’s all time favorite flavor instead: Selecta Very Rocky Road. Our summer was really something else, this year was amazingly hot but thanks to these cold desserts available in the market, we were somehow able to beat the heat!
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