Cherries Butter Cake (樱桃牛油蛋糕)

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INTRODUCTION

I have not prepare butter cake for quite a while and suddenly I have a  craving for it.

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I searched the kitchen cabinet and found a pack of  diced glazed cherries that was leftover from the preparation of Biskuit Dahlia or daisy biscuits. Immediately, it reminded me of the cherries butter cake that we used to eat when we are young.

When I was young, I can recall that diced cherry is a common item in bakes and usually comes in either green or red. It was even more popular than raisins and other nuts. i am unsure of the reasons but probably because it is much cheaper than raisins and other nuts.

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I told members of a Facebook group that this is “an old man cake” because it is much denser than sponge and chiffon and it cracked like a “volcano”! Possibly because of my age and sex, I do prefer denser cake than those fluffier or airy cakes that require egg separation method …

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However, ladies members are requesting for recipes and most have said that their spouse like this type of denser butter cake! In fact, it shocked me that there are still “markets” for this classic type of denser butter cake.. Ha-ha

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Preparation is fast and easy. It is a very small cake prepared using only 2 eggs and  the common creaming method. It is slightly different from the traditional butter cake as I have added some  ingredients such as creams and condensed milk to enhance the texture of the cake. Traditional lemon glaze was drizzled over the cake to give the cake some lemony tanginess flavour.

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WHAT IS REQUIRED

Servings: Prepare a 6” x 6” square baking tin

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  • 140 grams of self raising flour
  • 125 grams of butter, at room temperature
  • 100 grams of diced glazed cherries
  • 80 grams of sugar
  • 50 grams of fresh cream or fresh milk
  • 50 grams of condensed milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla essence (optional)

Lemon Glaze (optional)

  • 1/4 cup of icing sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of lemon juice

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STEPS OF PREPARATION

  • Preheat the oven to 160 degree Celsius

  • Lightly grease an 6” x 6” baking tin preferably with a detachable base. Alternatively, line the baking tin with parchment paper.

  • Put one tablespoon of self raising flour on the dice cherries and coat it as evenly as possible.

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  • Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, add in the vanilla essence, eggs, condensed milk and use slow speed to “mix” until well combined. Eggs should be added one by one and scrap the bottom of the bowl to ensure no unmixed egg settled at the bottom of the mixing bowl.

  • Sift in 1/3 of the self raising flour  and fresh cream and use the spatula to quickly fold in the flour.. Continue with the remaining 2/3 until all the flour  and fresh cream are added.

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  • Add the flour coated diced cherries, lightly and swiftly stir until well mixed. Transfer to the baking tin, level and bake in the oven (at the lowest shelf) at 160 degree Celsius at 30-45 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. The baking time is for your reference and depends very much of the size of baking tin. Skewer test is still the final test. Transfer to a rack for cooling.

  • For lemon glaze, stir the icing sugar and lemon juice until well combined resembling a paste and drizzle over the cool cake. If the glaze is too dry, add lemon juice DROP by DROP. If the glaze is too wet, add additional icing sugar TEASPOON by TEASPOON. Cut only when completely cooled.

CONCLUSION

There is nothing to shout about this butter cake. It is a rather classic butter cake with slight modification.  In my humble opinion, I do not think that it is necessary for readers to go and buy cherries just for the cake unless you missed eating the cherries. You will have a hard time finishing the diced cherries as the packing can be rather big. Do feel free to change it to other butter cake like almond, walnut or even raisin butter cake..

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Don’t worry about the sweetness and the recipe had been adjusted to take into  consideration of the sweetness from diced cherries and condensed milk.  However, if you are using other nuts rather than glazed cherries, you may want to add additional 10 grams of sugar to your cake.

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Hope you like the post today. Cheers and have a nice day.

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This post is linked to the event, Little Thumbs Up organised by Bake for Happy Kids and My Little Favourite DIY, and hosted by Diana from the Domestic Goddess Wannabe

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Guaishushu’s Report Card–Top 30 posts For The First Blogging Year From 1-5-2013 t0 30-4-2014

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TOP 30 POSTS DURING THE FIRST BLOGGING YEAR FROM 1-MAY 2013 TO 30 APRIL 2014

These posts have squeezed in the top 30 listing. However,bearing in mind that some posts are issued and some posts are issued for a shorter period of time. What shocked me is entry No.14 – Pandan Huat Kuih that was only issued in one day. Please clicked on the blue coloured linked or the pictures to enter individual post if you are interested.


1    Another Singapore Malaysia Hawker Food–Chwee Kueh or Steamed Rice Cake With Preserved Radish

2   Creams and Milk Make These Buns Worth To Try –Hokkaido Soft Milk Buns

3   Huat Kueh- Chinese Steamed Rice Flour Cake–A Cake That Brings You Luck And Prosperity

4    The Plights of Kuey Neng Ko…The Traditional Chinese Steamed Sponge Cake…

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5   Easy Peasy Muah Chee(花生芝麻糍粑)

6   Extra Large Chinese Barbecue Pork Buns–Char Siu Bao (蜜汁叉烧包)

7   Another Alternative To Butter Cake–Cream Cheese Butter Cake (奶酪牛油蛋糕)

8   My Childhood Cake–Bee Hive Cake/Malaysian Honey Comb Cake or Kueh Sarang Semut (蜂巢蛋糕)

EASY PEASY BASIC MUFFIN RECIPE

10  What A Golf Ball Have To Do With A Pineapple? Well, It Is The Famous South East Asian Pineapple Tarts

11  Baked or Steamed,You Decide Yourself–Glutinous Rice Cake, Nian Gao (年糕)

12  Condensed Milk That Are Not Sweet? Home Made Condensed Milk

13  One, Two, Three…….Let’s Start Making Traditional Short Bread Biscuits.

 

14  An Auspicious Steamed Cake To Celebrate My Blog Anniversary–Pandan Huat Kuih (香兰发糕)

15  Yoghurt + Condensed Milk + Cream + Grapefruit = Grapefruit Yoghurt Ice Cream

16  This Is Different From Kek Lapis, This is Kueh Lapis–Nonya Kueh Lapis

 

17  Eggs, Eggs, Eggs….. Join Me To Cook Eggs….

18  Old Man Like Old Cuisines–Traditional Butterfly Cupcakes    

19  Not A Lapis Legit But A Rich Dense Lapis–Lapis Horlicks (Horlicks Layered Cake)

20  Another Uniquely Chinese Cuisine–Chinese Style Barbecue Pork–Char Siu (蜜汁叉烧)

21  I Have Decided To Make My Own Japanese Curry Roux–Japanese Curry Chicken Rice

22  A Noodle Dish That Chinese Sarawakian Would Not Be Able To Let Go… Sarawak Kolo Mee

23  Another Lapis For Your Consideration–Cream Cheese Chocolate Lapis Cake

24  Nothing To Shout About–A Simple Walnut Butter Cake

25  Out Of Gift Ideas This Christmas? Try Some Homemade Marshmallows

26  Hey, This is not Italian Meat Rolls, It Is Chinese Meat Rolls Called Ngoh Hiang

27 My Mum’s Tapioca Cake–Steamed Tapioca Cake Or Kuih Ubi Kayu (木薯蒸糕)

28 Homesick Buns? Yes, I am homesick of Sarawak Style Butter Buns..

29 My Steamed Sponge Cake (Kuey Neng Ko) Is Full Of Gas。。。。 (汽水鸡蛋糕)

30 Lets Have Something Different–Steamed Cream Cheese Layered Cake


5 POSTS THAT I THINK IT SHOULD BE IN BUT NOT IN THE LISTING

These are posts that I believed should squeeze in the top 30 listing but probably not because of their late issuance or lack of promotion of the posts.


“40 Minutes Bread Roll” with Sarawak Butter Bun’s Filling (四十分钟快速面包和特有牛油馅)

A Cuisine With A Long Chinese History– Dongpo Meat (东波肉)

Hey, I have invented my own Sarawak Laksa Paste Recipe !!!……… An In Depth Analysis and Pictorial Procedural Description Of The Famous Sarawak Laksa (PART II)

Back To Basics–Modified Traditional Butter Pound Cake

Back To Traditional Recipe of 1egg:1sugar:1flour- Traditional Steamed Sponge Cake (古早味鸡蛋糕)


CONCLUSION

Guaishushushu have issued slightly more than 300 recipes last year and the above accounted for about 10% of the recipes. If you are interested to get more recipes, you can refer to my RECIPE INDEX  here. Hope you like the post today. Cheers and have a nice day.



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Another Alternative To Butter Cake–Cream Cheese Butter Cake (奶酪牛油蛋糕)

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INTRODUCTION

This is not a difficult bake but it produces a moist texture. Incorporating cream cheese to butter cake is rather uncommon but it help to moisten the cake. On the other hand, it did make the cake a bit denser..It is not the fluffy type of butter cake that you are looking at, it is a more compact type of moist butter cake.

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I have really nothing much to write about this recipe. Again, it is my own recipe and from my own experimentation.  I have experimented this at home and if the recipe succeeded, I will share it with readers and for readers to try out..

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As the cake is very plain, I have decided to do some pattern with the cake, dusting some cocoa powder in between the cake. However, that is totally not necessary because it is for home consumption. the topographic effect will become more obvious if you divide the dough into 3 portions and have one colour for each portion.

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WHAT IS REQUIRED

Servings: One 9” x 9” cake

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  • 250 grams of butter (at room temperature)
  • 250 grams of cream cheese (at room temperature)
  • 4 eggs
  • 300 grams of self raising flour
  • 100 grams of fresh milk
  • 250 grams of castor sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence (optional and not in picture)
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder for dusting (optional)

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STEPS OF PREPARATION

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degree Celsius

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  • Cream the butter, sugar and cream cheese until light and fluffy, add in the vanilla essence and eggs and use slow speed to “mix” until well combined. Eggs should be added one by one and scrap the bottom of the bowl to ensure no unmixed egg settled at the bottom of the mixing bowl. Sift in 1/3 of the self raising flour  and milk and use the spatula to quickly fold in the flour.. Continue with the remaining 2/3 until all the flour  and milk are added.

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  • Transfer one third of the batter to the baking tin, level and dust a tablespoon of the cocoa powder on top of the first layer. Add another one third of the batter on top of the cocoa powder, level and dust another tablespoon of the cocoa powder on top of the second layer. Pour the remaining 1/3 of the flour on top of the cocoa powder, level and bake in the oven (at the lowest shelf) at 180 degree Celsius at 50-60 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  • If you noted the surface turning brownish too soon, lower the temperature to 165 degree Celsius and continue baking until the cake is cooked. It may take a bit longer and skewer test is still the final test. You can also turn off the top heat when you sighted the burnt, continue to cook until the last 15 minutes and on the top heat again.

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CONCLUSION

Do give it a try and you will be surprised with the texture. To achieve  maximum topographic effect, you can add some permitted food colouring and that will give you a cake that impress your guest…

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Hope you like the post today. Cheers and have a nice day.

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Back To Basics–Modified Traditional Butter Pound Cake

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INTRODUCTION

This is not my first post on pound cake or butter cake, but this is the modified version of my one number baking ratio pound cake issued a few month’s back. (Basic Pound Cake). You can refer to the post to see the waves of dramatic discussions in that post. I found that I did not do justice to this recipe. I am preparing the cake based on the traditional recipe but with the inclusion of one portion of milk, the cake was moist and soft. I do not plan to elaborate further on the history of this cake and if readers are interested in how I come out with this recipe, please refer to the recipe link above.

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It is not uncommon to hear complaints from elders that the butter cake in recent days are not as aromatic as the olden days. I do concur as I found that the current butter do lack of some traditional buttery aroma. Therefore, in this recipe, I have modified to include the use of a clarified butter (ghee) to boost the butter aroma.

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Since one of my Facebook friend is requesting for a butter cake recipe that have no baking powder, I have used plain flour instead of self raising flour. However, I still used 1/2 small teaspoon of baking powder and the cake rose rather well. I seriously believed that even if I do not use baking powder, the number of eggs will be adequate for the cake to rise on itself. To have an even finer butter cake texture, I have resorted to the use of icing sugar instead of castor sugar. Yes, the cake is even finer.

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Overall I am rather happy with the cake aroma and texture but  i am unhappy with the “holes” on my cake. I am unsure how the holes come about but I believed it is due to the uneven mix of my baking powder during the sifting of flours.  Hope readers can bear with me with these small holes . it never appeared in all my previous bakes as you can see in my earlier posts.

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WHAT IS REQUIRED

Servings: 8” square cake

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  • 150 grams of butter, soften at room temperature
  • 100 grams of ghee (or butter)
  • 250 grams of eggs
  • 250 grams of plain flour
  • 250 grams of icing sugar or castor sugar (divide into 100grams and 150 grams respectively)
  • 250 grams of milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder

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Note that you can either use whole eggs or eggs by grams (meaning 250 grams). I  have used 6 whole eggs which worked out to be 300 grams, any excess eggs will be deducted from the milk volume, and my milk volume was 250 grams of milk  minus (300-250) grams of excess eggs used = 200 grams of actual milk used. Instead of using 250grams egg, 250grams milk, I am using 300grams eggs and 200 grams milk. I prefer to use whole eggs since it is rather difficult to measure the eggs exactly, therefore, I reduced it from my milk volume.

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STEPS OF PREPARATION

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degree Celsius

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  • In a big mixing bowl, place your egg whites and beat using the machine whisk to whisk the egg whites until firm peak. Note that the bowl have to be extremely clean, dry and free of any oils.

  • When the volume expands, add in the sugar (100g) gradually, beat until thick and glossy and until all the sugars dissolved. Spoon the filling into a clean bowl and set aside for later use.

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  • Change your whisk to a K beater (look at the second picture for the shape). Place your remaining 150 g sugar,ghee and butter, beat until light and creamy.Add in the vanilla essence and eggs yolks and use slow speed to “mix” until well mixed. Eggs yolk should be added one by one and scrap the bottom of the bowl to ensure no unmixed egg yolk settled at the bottom of the mixing bowl.

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  • Shift the flour into the mixing bowl, use the machine lowest speed to stir until well mix. Add in milk gradually until all milk were added. Take out the mixing bowl.

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  • Fold in the egg whites as swiftly and lightly possible until all the ingredients are well mixed.

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  • Transfer the batter into the baking tin and baked at 180 degree Celsius from the first 30 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 165 degree Celsius and bake for another 15-20 minutes or until the top turn yellowish brown and until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Note that this cake is moist and rather dense, hence, it is important to ensure that the cake is cooked. If it is not cooked, just extend the cooking hour and reduce the temperature by 10 degrees switching off the top heat.

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  • Transfer it to a wire rack and let it cool for at least 1 hour before cutting the cake. It is best to let it rest overnight if time permits.

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CONCLUSION

This a simple butter cake modified from the traditional pound cake theory. It will be a good choice if it was served during Christmas House gathering. Is it not good to revert to having some simple, traditional cakes during Christmas. Do give it a try. Characteristic of this butter cake is soft, moist and fragrant and please let me know whether or not if you like it. I would appreciate your comments.

Hope you like the post today. Cheers and have a nice day.

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I am submitting this to the “Baby Sumo’s Christmas Recipes Collection 2013“ event which is hosted by Baby Sumo of Eat Your Heart Out.


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Another One Number Baking Ratio Adventures (7).. Sugee Almond Cake

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UPDATED POST ON 4-11-2014

I have not bake this cake for almost one year and start to crave for this cake with unique texture.. I told my friends, I loved this cake, not a bit but a lot. It is slightly chewy and it is not as oily as those normal butter cake. I have decided to change my recipe to substitute plain flour with almond flour or almond meal. Therefore, this cake have no plain flour. Depending on the type of semolina flour that you used, if it is a product from buckwheat, this cake can be considered as gluten free.. If the semolina flour is produced from durum wheat, it will not be gluten free.

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I also did not use baking powder for this cake, purely leavened by eggs . I love the dense and chewy unique texture. It is a cake good for festivals and you can use this as a festival cake by gradually infusing alcohol to enhance the moistness and flavour.. For kids consumption, I did not do intend to add in any alcoholic drink..

Please scroll down for the new Recipe 2 (without plain flour version).

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INTRODUCTION

In Singapore, usually one package of semolina flour will weigh 500 g and costs less than SGD2 depending on the brands. However, being a Chinese, there are not many cuisines that use semolina flour as the ingredients. I have issued a post of Indian Short Bread Cookies – Nan Khatai that uses semolina flour and ghee, it was quite well received and a number of readers who tried the recipes still have lots of semolina flour left. They are asking what shall they do with the semolina flour? That recipe only called for 50 grams of semolina flour and effectively, they still have 45o grams of semolina flour left in their kitchen shelf. I have promised those readers that I will provide a recipe of SUGEE ALMOND CAKE, a traditional Malaysian Singaporean Eurasian festival cake that also uses semolina flour …

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SUGEE CAKES DEFINED

Rather surprisingly, Sugee cake is included in Wikipedia’s explanation of Singapore’s cuisines, it was written:

“Sugee cake, a soft cake made with semolina flour and a high concentration of egg yolks; served in Eurasian, Malay, and Chinese cuisine.” (Source: Http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singaporean_cuisine)

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Sugee cake is traditionally treated as a festival cake usually served in Kristang families both as a happy occasion cake (Christmas, birthdays, weddings) and sombre occasion such as funerals.  In fact, it is also a type of cake for the Christmas. Kristang are local Portuguese descendent Eurasians in Singapore and West Malaysia. The popularity of this cake however has extended to other races such as Chinese, Malay and Indian households.

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Effectively, this is a type of butter cakes made using semolina flour and large quantity of egg yolks. It had a special texture, a big chewy and unlike cakes that uses the normal flour, it is denser. Though dense, it is easy to down the throat and in fact, both my wife and me have concurred that it is another way of appreciating the butter cake. Chewy, buttery, aromatic and moist.

There are many recipes of sugee cakes in the internet, some called for pan frying the semolina flour or soaking of semolina flour in butter, some called for use of brandy or other fruits alcohol, some used less eggs and some used lot of egg yolks.. However, I have adapted the recipe from http://sg.theasianparent.com/sugee-cake-recipe-award-winning/.

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Since this recipe do not vary very much from my proposed “one baking number ratio”, I have made slight modifications so that it conform with my believes of using just one number in preparing the ingredients. If you are interested to read more about my “one number baking ratio” adventures, you can refer to the following posts – Basic Pound Cake, Peanut Butter Muffins, Fruits Dates Cakes, Zebra Patterned Pound Cake and Grapefruit Cognac Pound Cake. 

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RECIPE 1 (PLAIN FOUR VERSION) – please scroll down for recipe 2 (without plain flour version)

WHAT IS REQUIRED

Recipe adapted  from:  AWARD WINNING SUGEE CAKE RECIPE from http;//sg.theasianparent.com

Make an 8’ square baking tin

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  • 250 grams of semolina flour

  • 250 grams of plain flour (sift and set aside)

  • 250 grams of castor sugar

  • 250 grams of butter (at room temperature)

  • 250 grams of eggs (use 6 eggs – see calculation below) – separated into egg yolks and egg whites)

  • 250 grams of milk or less subject to eggs volume  (balancing – see calculation below)

  • half cups of grounded almond

  • 3 teaspoons of baking power (sift together with plain flour and set aside)

  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence OR 1-2 teaspoons of brandy or whisky

Calculation of milks required based actual weight of this illustration:

In this illustration, 6 eggs weighed about 318 grams 

Milk volume = 250 g of milk – Excess volume of eggs = 250 g  – (318g – 250g) = 182 g of milk

Alternatively, you can use 6 eggs and 120ml of milk as in the original recipes. This recipe have about 60 g more milk which it moister.

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STEPS OF PREPARATION

Preparation

  • Pre-heat oven to 150 degree Celsius

  • Line a 8” square baking tin with parchment paper


Preparing the meringue (Beating of egg whites)

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  • In a big mixing bowl, place your egg whites and beat using the machine whisk to whisk the egg whites until firm peak. Note that the bowl have to be extremely clean, dry and free of any oils.

  • When the volume expands, add in about 5 tablespoons of sugar gradually, beat until thick and glossy and until all the sugars dissolved. Spoon the filling into a clean bowl and set aside for later use.

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Preparing the batters and folding of flours

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  • Change your whisk to a K beater (look at the second picture for the shape). Place your remaining sugar and butter, beat until light and creamy. Add in the vanilla essence and eggs yolks and use slow speed to “mix” until well mixed. Eggs yolk should be added one by one and scrap the bottom of the bowl to ensure no unmixed egg yolk settled at the bottom of the mixing bowl.

  • Once well mixed, put 1/3 of plain flours, semolina flours, ground almonds and fresh milk and use the slowest speed to let it “stir” for 2-3 cycles.

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  • Repeat the same for the remaining two third dry ingredients and milks. Once well mixed, take the mixing bowl out.

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Folding of egg whites

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  • Once well mixed, use a big spoon or spatula and  fold in the egg white swiftly and lightly until the batter are smooth.

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Baking the Cake

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  • Bake in the oven at 180 degree Celsius for the first 15 minutes and turn down the temperature to 150 degree Celsius for the remaining 45-60 minutes or when the skewer inserted come out clean. When you note signs of burnt, just use some metal to cover the cake tin.

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Recipe 2 (Without Plain Flour Version)

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  • 250 grams of melted butter
  • 250 grams of semolina flour
  • 250 grams of almond meal or almond flour
  • 250 grams of castor sugar
  • 50 grams of milk (optional)
  • 6 eggs (separated into egg white and egg yolks)
  • 2-3 teaspoons of brandy or whisky (optional)



STEPS OF PREPARATION

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  • Mixed the semolina flour with the melted butter. Let it soaked for at least 4 hours .

  • Pre-heat the oven to 150 degree Celsius.

  • In a whisking bowl, whisk the sugar (leave 2 tablespoons for egg white) and egg yolk until light and pale. Add the brandy, milk, soaked semolina flour followed by almond meal. Stir until well combine and resemble a sticky paste.

  • Beat the egg white until soft peak with the 2 tablespoons of sugar.

  • Fold the egg white to the thick yolk batter in 3 phases. Transfer the batter to a greased 8” inches square tin and bake in the pre-heated oven of 150 degree Celsius for about 45 minutes or when a skewer inserted comes out clean.

  • Best serve after resting one night as the cake will start to get moister. If preferred, can further infuse more alcohol and can be used as a festival cake.

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CONCLUSION

As it is a very dense cake (about 1.8 kg), a crack may be inevitable… Some international members have commented that a crack signifies that it is a “cake” with character…. It is such a consolation statement to me. The crack do become smaller after 8 hours of resting. Personally, to me that is rather irrelevant to me since the cake is very tasty. It is moist because semolina can better absorb more liquids and butters than plain flour. It goes well with icing or cream or just plain with  a cup of coffee.

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Hope you like the post today. Cheers and have a nice day.

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Old Man Like Old Cuisines–Traditional Butterfly Cupcakes

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INTRODUCTION

Today is Children’s day, my kids are not schooling and they are sleeping now. I have the time to issue this short post which I have dragged for quite a while. The first batch of this butterfly cupcakes were made about 2 month’s ago and for the second batch of the cupcakes, I have prepared it 2 day’s ago for my girl to bring to the school to celebrate children’s day.

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This is not  a new and trendy recipe. This is a rather traditional recipe and some of my friends have said that they have prepared these cupcakes about 20 years ago when they studied home economics.. That shocked me! When I posted the images in a Google plus communities, some of the members are asking me for the recipe and the same when I posted up in Facebook Groups. Apparently, traditional baked products do attract attentions too.

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As contrast to the trendy cupcake where it’s soft and fluffy decorated with beautiful fondant icings or whipped cream, this cupcake is dense and taste like butter cake. In my own Facebook timeline, I have written: It looked like the baked version of Chinese steamed sponge cake, it shaped like a muffin (see note below) and it tasted like a butter cake, fully of buttery aromatic flavour. The muffin shape of the “cupcake” was my mistake. As I did not have any cupcake cup with me, I have used the muffin cups and I hoped readers can follow the recipe to use the cupcake cups. This will double the number of cupcakes baked ….

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As expected, the cupcakes were quite dense, unlike current trendy cupcakes, they were neither prepared by the egg separation method nor the creaming method, it is prepared by a simple mixing (followed by whisking) method of combining all ingredients together. This is one of the easiest recipe I have ever prepared but shall I say, the taste was awesome due to its rich aromatic buttery fragrance. Some traditional schools called for the cake to go with buttercream but this recipe called for the usage of whipped cream which is in line with the current  trends of the health conscious society.

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While I always think that whipped cream is part of decoration and optional, for these cupcakes, due to its dense nature, the whipped cream really compliments the taste and bring the palate to another levels of enjoyment. As the amount of sugar in this recipe is relatively less, the incorporation of strawberry jam was just right for a sweet tooth like me. In my humble opinion, it was very well thought of the recipe provider to incorporate both the whipped cream and strawberry jam in the cupcakes.

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WHAT IS REQUIRED

Recipe adapted from : Butterfly Cakes from “The Essential Baking Cookbook” published by Murdoch Books in year 2000 page 40

Serving: About 24 cup cakes or 12 muffin sizes cakes

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  • 250 grams unsalted butter (softened) Star

  • 320 grams granulated sugarStar

  • 380 grams self raising flourStar

  • 250 grams of fresh milkStar

  • 4 eggs lightly beatenStar

  • 4 teaspoons of vanilla essencesStar

For decoration

  • 1 cup of cream whipped to soft peaks

  • Some strawberry jam

  • Icing sugar to dust

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STEPS OF PREPARATION

  • Pre-heat the oven to 180 degree Celsius.

  • Line 24 cupcakes cup in a baking tray. Alternatively you can use shallow muffin tins with paper cups. (note that in this illustration, I have used the muffin cups instead of cupcakes cups. But this is not advisable as it is slightly big in its presentation.)

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  • In a big mixing bowl, put all ingredients marked Star together. Beat using electric beaters on low speed for 2 minutes and continue to beat at high speed for another 2 minutes until pale and light.

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  • Transfer the batter equally into cupcake cups and bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until the skewer inserted come out clean. Transfer to rack to let it cool completely before the next step.

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  • Use a sharp knife, cut shallow rounds from the top of the cupcakes. Cut the top into half. Pump some whipped creams into the whole and put back the two halves on top of the whipped creams.

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  • Dust with some icing sugar and put some strawberry jam on top of the whipped cream. Best serve with a cup of hot tea or coffee as a snack or party items.

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CONCLUSION

From the recipe, you will know it is a rather old schools of cupcake preparation. However, I have always treasure and respect these old schools of baking as it brings fond memories. While I have never tasted this before, but one of the members in a Facebook Group has kindly highlighted to me that there is a shop in Singapore that is selling this snack now. I am unsure where is the shop but it signifies that besides me, lots of people are fond of having traditional cuisines.

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Be it muffins, cupcakes, cakes, quick breads, I am confused. What I can assure you is that it tasted nice and the simplicity in its method of preparation is really worth a try.

Have a nice day and cheers.

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Updated on 26-April-2014

Today, my friends from Kuala Lumpur insist to meet up with me In Singapore. They called at the last minute and I have only 2 hours to prepare some hand gifts for them.

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Therefore, I have used this traditional recipe and prepared some blackberry cupcakes for them. I have made the decision because it is one of the easiest and fastest  cupcake recipe.

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I have put a scope of tangy ready made blackberry jam in the cupcake, topped up with batter. After baking, I have put additional blackberry jam and sprinkle some chopped almonds.

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Just sharing here that the recipe can be easy modified to meet our needs.

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1 Butter + 1 Sugar + 1Egg + 1 Flour + 1 Milk = Pound/Butter Cake-Guaishushu’s Version

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INTRODUCTION

I am contemplating whether I should publish this post to share with readers. A 95% successful simple butter cake, after long thoughts and since some readers are requesting it, I have decided to share.

The next question is is it in this blog or its sister Facebook Page, Guaishushu’s Facebook Page, the answer is here because there are too many pictures to squeeze into the Facebook Page.

It followed by another question as to the name of the cake, there are so many versions of this cake floating over the net, I have decided to term it as Mrs. NgSK’s Butter Cake-Guaishushu’s Version.

Added On 14 August 2013

Subsequent to discussion with Ms. Wendy ( her blog is mentioned as follows), as the Guaishushu’s version is materially different from Mrs. NgSK’s butter cake as in her blog, therefore, I have decided to rename the cake as Pound/Butter Cake – Guaishushu’s version.

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WHY THIS CAKE…

I have quite a detailed description of why I decided to make this cake including the recipe source and the reasons why it is called NgSK’s butter cake and you can refer here. Very briefly, Table for 2, a rather famous blogger in Malaysia is thanking a lady named Mrs. Ng SK for providing her a recipe that makes her butter cake with a flat top and crack less. You can read more from her blog here.

I have only followed her method of separate beating of egg whites and egg yolks, other than that volume of each ingredients is using my own traditional pound cake recipe. In addition, the steps that she detailed is also different from mine. Therefore, the name Guaishushu’s version were used.


WHAT IS REQUIRED

The uniqueness of my recipe is it is extremely flexible and easy to remember. Look at the ingredients and you shall concur with me that it is an easy recipe to remember.

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  • 250 g of salted butter
  • 250 g of sugar (divided into 150 g and 100g for beating egg whites)
  • 250 g of self raising flour – sifted and set aside
  • 250 g of eggs or 5 eggs separated into egg whites and egg yolks
  • 250 g of fresh milk
  • 2 tablespoons of vanilla essence

Note:

For the eggs, it is rather hard to get exactly 250 g. It is absolutely okay with that. What you need to do is for any excess volume of the eggs, you just deduct the excess from the fresh milk. For example, one egg is 58g and 5 eggs will work out to be 290g. Therefore excess eggs will be 290g –250g = 40g. You milk will become 250-40g = 210g. Another way of expressing it will be eggs + fresh milk = 500 g where eggs shall not be less than 250g.


STEPS OF PREPARATION

The steps of preparation will involve:

  • Beating of egg whites
  • Creaming of butters
  • Folding of flours and egg whites
  • Baking

Preparation…

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degree Celsius

Beating of egg whites…….

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  • In a big mixing bowl, place your egg whites and beat using the machine whisk to whisk the egg whites until firm peak. Note that the bowl have to be extremely clean, dry and free of any oils.
  • When the volume expands, add in the sugar (100g) gradually, beat until thick and glossy and until all the sugars dissolved. Spoon the filling into a clean bowl and set aside for later use.

Creaming of butter

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  • Change your whisk to a K beater (look at the second picture for the shape). Place your remaining 150 g sugar and butter, beat until light and creamy.
  • Add in the vanilla essence and eggs yolks and use slow speed to “mix” until well mixed. Eggs yolk should be added one by one and scrap the bottom of the bowl to ensure no unmixed egg yolk settled at the bottom of the mixing bowl.
  • Off the machine and bring out the mixing bowl.

Folding of flours and egg whites…..

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  • Use a big metal spoon or wooden spoon or a spatula, quickly and swiftly fold in fresh milk and the sifted flours. Alternate between fresh milk and sifted flours.
  • Once well mixed, fold in the egg white swiftly and lightly until the batter are smooth.

The Baking Process ……

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  • Transfer the batter into the baking tin and baked at 180 degree Celsius from the first 30 minutes.
  • Reduce the temperature to 150 degree Celsius and bake for another 15 minutes or until the top turn yellowish brown and until a skewer comes out cleaned.
  • Transfer it to a wire rack and let it cool for at least 1 hour before cutting the cake. It is best to let it rest overnight if time permits.

Note that the demo picture here have a slight burnt on top and if you want to know the reasons you can refer to this post where I have explained my eagerness to get my cake done by upping the temperature.

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CONCLUSION

  • This cake’s recipe is based on the traditional pound cake ratio of one each for each ingredients. Therefore it is easy for the readers to remember the recipe.
  • The critical success factors of this cake is the separate beating of egg whites and egg yolks and the folding of flours and beaten egg whites into the batter. In the original recipe of Mrs. NgSK’s butter cake, Wendy the blogger advised that don’t be stingy with butter and her ratio of butter to flour is much higher than mine. My ratio is 1:1 whereas her ratio is 1:0.83. However, my ratio of milk to flour ratio is 1:1 whereas hers is 33%. Therefore, my butter cake is moister (in terms of water content) as compared to hers.
  • It is possible to achieve the flat top with no crack if readers adhere to what is written above. It is rather usual in the process of baking, the cake have a rise in the middle and that very much depends on your oven temperature. However, for this recipe, as the cake is very light therefore the centre is also easier to cook. It will drop to the same level after cooling.
  • With this process, I tend to agree with WendyinKK of Table of 2 that we are not jinxed to have a crack cake. It is the recipe that I previously used are not correct!

Cheers and have a nice day.

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Results of second cake baked the days after

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