A Golden (Chocolatey) Moment to Celebrate.

This is such a late post! Sorry!

I got busy and didn’t get a chance to get an SD card reader to post the pictures for this post… So it’s a week late.

Last week was a special weekend – many birthdays to celebrate. So I got a chance to make some new chocolate and golden cupcakes.

I had a few freak out moments but it seemed to be a relative success so I can’t complain!

I bought a new book with MANY recipes I want to try and these two happened to be in it. It’s Nick Malgieri’s “the Modern Baker”.

The book's version of the Golden and Chocolate Cupcakes

I usually fail making frostings because they come out too runny, but the frostings in the book came out great! Especially the vanilla one. I find that personally I don’t like chocolate frostings because they use semi-sweet chocolate and I’m not a big fan of dark chocolate. And they come out really sweet…

Anyway, I’ll just give a quick recap of the baking succession for last week’s baking session.

Dry ingredients for the chocolate cupcakes

Chopped up dark chocolate!

Add a cup of boiling water to melt the chocolate.

After letting the water sit for about 3-5 minutes, whisk until the mixture is smooth.

In 3 parts add the dry ingredients, whisking until well incorperated.

The "Moist Chocolate Cupcake" batter. Mmmm.

Sugar, Butter, Vanilla Extract and Lemon Zest for the Golden Cupcakes.

Dry ingredients for the Golden Cupcakes.

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Cupcakes cooling on the rack. Now that I look at them they look nice. They were evil the night of...

Vanilla Frosting.

Chocolate Frosting.

Decorated Chocolate Cupcakes.

Decorated Golden Cupcakes.

I didn’t pipe these cupcakes ’cause they didn’t look very pretty [mainly because the actual cupcakes themselves didn’t come out too pretty…]

I think for the most part I’ve gotten a hang of baking and decorating cupcakes. They happen a lot faster than trying something completely new.

Personally, I think the vanilla frosting came out better than the chocolate one did. It wasn’t as sweet either. But  I think I put too much lemon zest in the golden cupcakes because they came out tasting a little like lemon poppyseed muffins [without the poppyseeds]. Which mad me a little sad… And the chocolate cupcakes were REALLY moist. Which was good when they cooled down but freaked me out while I took them out of the tray because even though I let them cool a little the tops starting breaking off when I took them out of the tray.

Anyway, as much as I felt they were a fail and didn’t get to spend much time with you guys on Sunday, hope you had a great birthday boys! =)

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Bittersweet Weekend.

It’s been a pretty good end of the week. I’ve been deprived of more than necessary sleep this week due to 3 assignments and 1 test all in 3 days. But it’s been a pretty thankful week (quite appropriately) regardless. Got to meet up with the girls overnight on Friday. And spent the day studying and “baking” with Jane today.

Although, it’s a little bittersweet today considering this week’s baking challenge was a FAIL.

I attempted the “renowned” gogooma (sweet potato) cake (고구마 케익) – to have it completely fail and render myself feeling defeated. (Baking is tiring. My arm hurts from whisking so much…)

But, I can’t only blog about my successes – which (as an update from last week), everyone seemed to enjoy the cake pops last week. Sorry VCC, no treats this Sunday. So, here’s the account of today’s failure! (완전 망했어 오늘….). Maybe it’s Jane’s fault =P (Kidding!).

So, we used (mostly) a recipe from Naver.

I will have to retry the cake part of the cake. It turned out SO bread-y. It was so thick =( I think we did something wrong in the whisking part… Anyway.

I think for now, I’ll just upload a picture of Jane enjoying her baking experience. She didn’t see what was coming… 4 hours of total failure!

While we were trying to revive the cake near the end (and the cream without stick onto the cake…) 2NE1’s UGLY came one from the computer. The lyrics go:

난 왜 이렇게 못난 걸까

[Why am I so ugly]

어떡하면 나도 너처럼 환하게 웃어볼수 있을까

[What do I have to do to be able to laugh like you]

쳐다보지마 지금 이 느낌이 싫어 난

[Don’t look at me, I hate this feeling]

어디론가 숨고만 싶어 벗어나고 싶어

[I just want to hide somewhere, escape to somewhere]

이세상은 거짓말

[This world is a lie]

I Think I’m ugly

And nobody wants to love me

Just like her i wanna be pretty I wanna be pretty

Don’t lie to my face tellin’ me I’m pretty

날 쉽게 이해한다고 하지마

[Don’t tell me that you understand me]

못생기고 삐뚤어진 내 마음이 널 원망할지도 몰라

[My ugly and twisted heart might resent you] 

So going with those lyrics, let me show you the difference between what the cake SHOULD have looked like and how it ENDED UP looking…….. *Sigh.

What it should have looked like.

Still, Jane was happy. Had a good time laughing and making a mess of the house. This is a weekend of thanksgiving and what's better than hanging out with an old friend. =)

Finishing with sore arms, no cake but memories of a hilarious failed attempt at gogooma cake, I wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

-alice

Happiness on a Stick.

Yay!

First week in the making.

I tried to stick with something simple this week because I didn’t have a lot of time. But it ended up taking a lot more time than I thought it would. If you’re making them for the first time, take out a few hours of your day…

So this week, I tried making cake pops. My coworker (when I worked at Toyota) made cake pops in the shape of Hello Kitty characters and brought them into work one day. And I’ve seen them at Starbucks too. They’re a little too sweet for my liking, but people seemed to enjoy them (especially kids). So, I gave it a try. Mine are in the shape of happy faces! Yay. Hahaha. (Edit: Only a few of them are. The edible pen I used doesn’t seem to work very well on the oil-based chocolate coating…)

The recipe for the cake pop I got from Veronica’s Cornucopia, and the idea for the Smiley Faces I got from Bakerella. In a way, it seems a little vulgar since you’re eating such lovable balls that are smiling at you, but what choice do you have. (It’s kind of like people who eat Gummy Bears one limb at a time – that’s just cruel).

Walmart was having a sale on the cake mixes so I just bought a couple. I may have to retry in the near future. The chocolate coating part didn’t come out as nicely as I would’ve like them too… Sorry whoever has to eat them. Hahaha.

Here’re the pictures of the journey. Good luck eating them tomorrow VCC! =P

Saves Time. Tastes Good. What more could you ask for?
Bake the Cake!
Baked Cake.
Crumble the Cake. [You can use a food processor, but I just crumbled it by hand. Just make sure you get all the big pieces.]
Add the Frosting. [I used about 2/3 of the container. Start with about 1/2 of it and work your way up. If you use too much it’ll become too mushy or too sweet.]
Mix the Cake & Frosting. [Mix the cake crumbs and frosting until it’s all incorporated. The crumbs should stick enough so it doesn’t fall apart and you can make them into balls.]
Make Cake Balls. [Roll the cake and frosting “dough” into 1” balls. Mine turned out a little bigger and only made about 27. You should be able to yield 45-50 apparently. But they seemed to small for me. The bigger they are, the heavier they are too. Keep that in mind!]
Chill for at least an hour. [You can pre-do everything until this step the night before. It might be easier that way. Just wrap it and stick it in the fridge for at least an hour.]
Candy Coating Materials. [ou need to get lollipop sticks (mine are from Bulk Barn) and at least a pound of candy coating wafer chocolates (also from Bulk Barn). They come in different colours so you don’t have to dye them. You can find these at Michael’s art store too.]
Melt the Chocolate. [Put the chocolate wafers into a bowl (a skinny, taller one is probably better). Melt the chocolate in the microwave (in a microwaveable bowl) in 30 second intervals, stirring along the way. Melt only until it’s all melted and smooth. If it’s over heated it will dry out and become non-useable.]
Dip the Cake Balls into the Chocolate. [Dip the sticks into the chocolate and insert them into the cake balls. Do this for all of them first so you let the first ones dry. This will help prevent them from falling off when you dip them. Then dip them into the chocolate, making sure you cover everything. Make sure you don’t get air bubbles. Otherwise they will crack when they dry and also drip oil (the wafers are oil based). Put them on a styrofoam block or a cake ball stand to dry.]
Man Overboard! [It fell off the stick into a sea of chocolate…. =( ]
Dried Cake Pops!
Happy Faces. [The pen only lasted to do about 8 of them. Darn oil in the chocolate… The middle one is for P. Joe (moustache!) and the “asian face” is for Jane (as per request).]
That’s a Wrap! [All wrapped up and ready to be handed out! They seem so happy…. So sad to see them disappear tomorrow….]

Man that was tiring…

Measuring Possibilities.

Here we go!

Another year back at school, another year to be controlled by work and stress.

Between all the everyday things we need to live through, why not take some time to take a break and enjoy a different kind of challenge?

So here we go.

Every week (hopefully), I’ll be trying a different experiment in the baking world.

Cakes, cookies, cupcakes, candy, any requests? Bring it on.

Whether I fail or not, (@VCC you might have to eat it) let’s all take a short break and try something new.

It’s kind of “a(sweet)experiment” no?

Enjoy!

I know I will. =)

-alice