Archive | February, 2013

Tea Time Party!

24 Feb

Yesterrday, a group of my friends and I attended a cupcake making workshop at Little House of Dreams in The Central. We made mini vanilla cupcakes and decorated them with coloured sugar, fondant, marshmallows and nutella. We were taught how to make flowers, hats and teapots.

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Vanilla Cupcakes

Servings: 8 regular or 24 mini cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 120 g of self-raising flour (120 g of flour + 1 1/2 tsp of baking powder)
  • 50 g of salted butter (unsalted butter with a pinch of salt)
  • 120 g of castor sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp of vanilla essence
  • 120 mL of milk

Directions

  1. Beat the butter and sugar together till creamy and fluffy.
  2. Add egg and vanilla essence.
  3. Add flour and milk alternately in the order: flour, milk, flour, milk, flour.
  4. Line baking tray with cupcake paper cups.
  5. Transfer the mixture into a piping bag.
  6. Fill the paper cups until they are 3/4 full.
  7. Bake at 180 degree Celsius for 20 to 25 min.

Voila! The cupcakes are ready for decorating! 😉

Decorations

We use fondant that are dyed red, blue, yellow and purple. We were taught to dust our hands and working surface with cornstarch so that the fondant will not stick. To begin, we pinch the amount we need and roll them into balls. After which, we shape them into the parts. To join parts together, we use water and let the fondant dry on its own.

Hat:

We need 3 parts: one for the body/crown, one for the brim and one for the ribbon. The body/crown being the largest, followed by the brim and lastly the ribbon.

Teapot:

We need 3 main parts: one for the body, one for the lid and one for the knob on the lid. The body being the largest, followed by the lid and the knob. Lastly, we need some small amounts in a contrasting colour for the rim on the lid, the handle and the spout.

Flower:

Cut a mini marshmallow diagonally and dip the sticky parts into coloured sugar.

Easy-to-make Multi-grain Muffins

17 Feb

Not long ago, I’ve bought a cupcake/muffin maker that allows me to bake cupcakes and muffins without an oven. Yesterday, I finally tried out the appliance with a simple multi-grain muffins recipe. I bought multi-grain muffin mix from the supermarket and followed the instructions, and it was quite easy! So, I’m sharing the recipe with you here. 😉

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Multi-grain Muffins

Servings: 20 mini muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 bag of Marie Callender’s Multi-grain Muffin mix
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup or 80 mL of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup or 60 mL of milk

Directions

  1. Combine the egg, oil and milk in a mixing bowl. Mix well.
  2. Add the muffin mix  and mix until smooth.
  3. Preheat the cupcake/muffin maker.
  4. Place the muffin cups in the maker and fill them about 4/5 full.
  5. Close the lid and heat for 5-6 minutes.

You may also add some almond slivers or chocolate chips as toppings. Enjoy making the muffins! 🙂

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Flower Balls for CNY

7 Feb

It’s going to be Chinese New Year this coming Sunday. In preparation for this important day for Chinese, we clean our house and decorate the house with lanterns, auspicious couplets or scrolls and flowers. I browsed through YouTube in search of some DIY chinese new year decor and found the flower ball.
It is simple to make but can take up quite some time. There are 12 flowers in a flower ball and each flower has 5 petals. So, I need to make 60 petals in all to make 1 flower ball! But it’s very pretty once you put them together. You can try with red packets or coloured papers. 🙂

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Here’s the video tutorial I learnt from. 😉