Archive for the ‘Cakes’ Category

Chocolate Dulce de Leche Layer Cake

In Cakes, Chocolate on September 23, 2009 at 10:33 am


Chocolate and dulce de leche. I don’t even have to say much more to convince anyone this is a great idea, but I’ll get a little more specific: Three layers of dark chocolate cake loaded with thick Argentine dulce de leche that permeates what had been an extra springy cake, then covered, as everything should be, with creamy bittersweet chocolate ganache … [read more]

From He Cooks, She Cooks

Mom’s Banana Apple Bread

In Cakes, Fruits on September 22, 2009 at 8:56 am


In the dedication of The Sweet Melissa Baking Book, Melissa Murphy candidly writes, “To my mom, who has been with me to hold my hand every step of the way.” With a phenomenal mom, who has dedicated her life to nurturing, loving, and supporting her daughters, I am blessed to say that I share Melissa’s sentiment wholeheartedly … [read more]

From Hot Oven, Warm Heart

Apple Maple Yogurt Cake

In Cakes, Fruits on September 18, 2009 at 6:17 pm


A year ago today, my sister gave birth to a healthy baby boy; the next morning, Maxence and I were on a train to visit them at the hospital. He was the freshest newborn I’d ever held, and for weeks afterward, the most mundane display of emotion I witnessed — in a film, in a book, on the street — could make me weep. I was an aunt, and not just one in a dozen, either: that baby’s one and only aunt … [read more]

From Chocolate & Zucchini

Spice Cake

In Cakes on September 18, 2009 at 5:12 pm


My husband and I have less-than-common names that are not so easy to remember on first introduction, especially if you are not Malay. When we met, we discovered that we each had a “Starbucks” name. You know, the name you give your barista so that they don’t sprain their tongue trying to pronounce your real name … [read more]

From high over happy

Boston Cream Pie

In Cakes, Chocolate on September 18, 2009 at 3:21 pm


I’d like to clear something up – not everything goes according to plan. In fact, I probably endure more angst and heartbreak in the kitchen than in my high school. Sure there’s homecoming coming up and some share of senior year drama, but really, it’s all minor compared to some of the disasters that come out of my oven … [read more]

From 17 and Baking

Chocolate Orange Tile with Orange Blossom Cream

In Cakes, Dairy and Eggs on September 10, 2009 at 1:04 pm


What to serve for dessert for 30 people? Even the most kitchen and food challenged amongst us could guess that a souffle was out. Simple classics like tiramisu were ruled out too as they ranked too high on the boring scale. It was a no as well to creme brulee, traditional pannacotta and other sweet treats that required ramekins, moulds or 30 containers that were the same size and shape … [read more]

From Pikelet and Pie

Banana Bread

In Breads, Cakes, Fruits on September 8, 2009 at 10:19 am


This banana bread recipe was one of the first things I learned to bake on my own way back in high school.  My mom kept a yellowed handwritten recipe of my grandmother’s tacked to her bulletin board in the kitchen.  I was instructed not to lose it.  Only later did I realize it was one of the few things she had left in my grandmother’s handwriting … [read more]

From Butter & Sugar

Pluot Cake

In Cakes, Fruits on September 7, 2009 at 8:47 am


Sometimes, I have no idea what I want to be when I grow up. No, scratch that. It’s that I have too many ideas, I think.

For a while – the entire first decade of my life, in fact – these many ideas at least had the courtesy to take turns. I was a serial monogamist, wedded heart and soul to one career at a time. In preschool, it was carpentry … [read more]

From Sweet Amandine

Carrot Cake

In Cakes, Vegetables on September 6, 2009 at 10:59 am

carrot cake

The gods of Hades are laughing at me. As much as I am an unwavering, single-minded, all-things-food glutton, my boyfriend, Scott, is a man who wishes he could take a pill instead of having to eat. Oh, the irony of it all. And as far as desserts go, forget it … [read more]

From Pastry Pal

Fruit Cake

In Cakes, Fruits on September 2, 2009 at 8:35 am

fruit cake

Every year, during the school holidays, we packed and dragged our bags to visit my mum’s family across the causeway. She was born and grew up in a little rural village in Malacca. My grandparents had a wooden house on stilts and brought up 9 children on my grandfather’s single income as a rubber-tapper. Like us, they had humble means and led simple lives. But we, coming from Singapore, were considered city folks and for some reason, were treated as special … [read more]

From high over happy