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Nov
10

Homebaked Rainbow Cakes

I have long been wanting to make my own rainbow cake (minus the red layer) which I did finally! It’s such fun and joy to bake especially when it involves colours. This time, I have injected yellow, green and blue into this vanilla-flavoured butter cake below. For this 3 layered Butter Cake, the three moist layers of cake are sandwiched together and frosted with a smooth and creamy vanilla frosting and kit kat in between the layers. This is one of my favourite party cakes and I foresee myself baking this again in time to come. Ingredients for the cake 3 cups (300 grams) sifted cake flour 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder  1/2 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup (170 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature 1 1/3 cups (265 grams) granulated white sugar  3 large eggs (110 grams) 1 cup (240 ml) milk (full fat or low fat) 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 1 teaspoons of yellow, green, blue colouring extracts each Rainbow coloured chocolate bits (for decoration purposes) White Frosting: 3 individual packets of chunky kit kat bars (170 grams), coarsely chopped 1 cup (226 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature 1 1/2 cups (180 grams) confectioners (icing) sugar, sifted 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract   How to make the coloured Butter Cake:  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Butter and flour (or spray with a non stick vegetable/flour spray) three (15 x 5 cm) heart shaped cake pans. You could use round or square ones of about the same size. 2. In a bowl sift or whisk the flour with the baking powder, and salt. 3. In your bowl of the electric mixer, beat the butter under soft and creamy. Gradually add the sugar and beat until it turns light and fluffy. Add the eggs in batches, beating well after each addition. Add in the vanilla extract and beat until combined. 4. With the mixer on low speed, alternately add the flour mixture (in three additions), and milk (in two additions), beginning and ending with the flour. 5. Evenly divide the batter into 3 bowls,  then add 1 teaspoon of yellow, green, blue colouring into the 3 bowls to create 3 different coloured batters. Fold in the colours to the batter with the spatula till it’s well mixed. 6. Bake for about 12-13 minutes. Insert a toothpick into the center of the cake and it should come out clean. The cake should also spring back when pressed lightly in the center. 7. Place...
Oct
14

Thailand Travel Blog – Bangkok Sanrio Hello Kitty House

I was super delighted upon hearing that Thailand has its first Sanrio Hello Kitty House Bangkok in Siam Square One shopping mall! This Hello Kitty’s main focus is on sweet treats. Only premium ingredients are used such as butter and flour from France, chocolate from Belgium and strawberries from Japan and Korea, are used in the cakes and pastries, with more than 30 kinds of desserts available every day. 🙂 Hello Kitty House Store Front Thankfully my travel pals were accommodating enough to accompany me there. Initially I thought that this Hello Kitty House is a cafe only, but it is has also the other departments such as the spa and gift shop all combined under one roof. We were there in the afternoon and queued (whilst seated on the bench located outside the cafe) for about 15 mins before we were served. The whole concept is just so PINK. Pink Kitty, Pink leather chairs, Pink banquettes, Pink Sugar servings, Pink bottles etc. It’s as if we’re wearing pink tinted glasses when we are in the cafe.  🙂   Kawaii! Just in case you’re tired of waiting to be served, you could get yourself a drink at their counter too. I didn’t manage to take the photos of the kitty plastic cups which are available on sale too. Upon entering the cafe, we were greeted by the selection of pretty Hello Kitty cakes, pancakes, cupcakes etc on the left. I wished there were more cakes made in the kitty face shape just like the ones sold in Singapore’s Breadtalk. Haha. Other than cakes, there’s also light meals such as Sushi, and drinks such as Coffee, Tea and Smoothies. This place is a self-service cafe. So its good to have a friend seated at the assigned table by the waitress then proceed to make your orders at the counter. The price ranges from 30baht to 280baht which is still rather affordable. On the right, there is this super big framed hello kitty face outline which demarcates the other section of the cafe and a life size statue of kitty having a teabreak.   Check out the seats. I super love the chairs! We were seated on the ground floor but there’s actually another level for more seats upstairs too. The whole cafe can cater up to 150 pax apparently. Therefore I think it’s actually possible for fans to do a 16th / 21st/ 30th or even 50th and 60th birthday celebration at this place,...
Jun
21

Thailand Travel Blog – Bangkok Mr Jones Orphanage at Siam Center

I’ve been to Siam Center, Bangkok for shopping but it’s my first time going to Mr. Jones’ Orphanage located on the 3rd floor – a great recommendation from my BKK travel buddies Mr Ho and Ros. Their Signboards…    This is a whimsical cafe which serves cakes and drinks. The whole outlook resembles an oversize dollhouse that has a quirky charm with overhanging trains, trains tracks, planes, teddy bears hanging from low lamps and toy soldiers displays etc.  When we reached there at about 4pm, the place was crowded and all seats were taken on 2 sides of the cafe. We waited in queue for about 20 minutes before we were ushered to our seats. The decor brings back childhood memories and the cakes table display at the entrance is ‘Aww-so-beautiful’. The Cakes are freshly prepared and made and you could catch the glimpse of the chef preparing your order. Once a cake is sold, it’s sold and usually there’s no replacement of that cake for that day. Then again, you will be so spoilt for vast selections there as most of these cakes are just so exquisite  and tasty! There is enough to satisfy any kind of sweet tooth, whether you fancy a grown-up semolina, pistachio and honey cake or a scone with jam, or perhaps even my childhood dream cake, a triple chocolate M&M Kitkat cake with chocolate mousse filling. The list doesn’t stop there – they serve cookies, brownies, red velvet cake and a large chocolate and cream cake that looks like an Oreo. I will suggest that you come with friends and share the cakes as you will be tempted to order more than what you can eat in one go. After eating till you’re sugar high and guilty, you can then go hit the gym! In a nutshell, if you’re a cake lover looking for a child-inspired experience, this is the place for you ! The teddy bear toy-theme factory-like cafe is highly patronised by customers, so spare a little while waiting for a free table when you’re there over the weekends. Mr. Jones’ Orphanage3rd Floor, Siam Center (BTS Siam)Tel: 02-658-1163 Related Posts: 1. Stay at Centre Point Silom (At Riverside)2. Bloody Delicious Pig’s Blood Soup 3. Asiatiq (Calypso Bangkok) style=”display:inline-block;width:728px;height:90px” data-ad-client=”ca-pub-1687088552728435″...

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