Sunday, February 6, 2011

key01-yaaValentines day cake


What is better than something sweet for Valentine's day?
Vanilla cake with green tea butter cream

key01-yaaSweet cupcakes


Look at my new cake insert!
I am loving it!

My friend Seira from work was leaving us yesterday,
so I decided to make some heart cupcakes for her fairwell.
I used my everyday sponge cake recipe for these little babies,
topped with chocolate buttercream.
The topper heart is made with fondant =)
She was surprised!

I will just repose the recipes here!

Sponge cake recipe:
Egg 5
Sugar 4 oz
All-purpose flour 3 oz
Melted butter 1 Tsp
Vanilla extract 2 drops
Baking power 1/4 tsp
Salt 1/8 tsp

1-First separate egg whites and egg yolks, whites in a large mixing bowl
2-Add sugar to the whites, beat until the foam stand up
3-Swift the flour, baking power and salt, gentally fold in the foam with a spatula
4-Add yolks, butter and vanilla

bake 375'F 15 min

Soft chocolate buttercream recipe:
Salted Butter 1/2 cup (room tempeture)
Vegatable shortening 1/2 cup
Vanilla Extract 1 tsp
Icing sugar 4 cups
Cocoa powder 2 Tsp
Warm water 2 Tsp

-Cream butter and shortening
-Add vanilla extract, continue whipping
-Slowly add shifed icing sugar, a cup at a time, continue beating on medium speed, scrap and mix
-Add water, beat untill smooth and fluffy
-The butter cream can be store in a airtight contianer in the freezer up to 2 months; in refrigerator up to 2 weeks. Rewhip before using.


key01-yaaHappy Chinese New Year

Happy Chinese new year everyone!
This lunar year is Rabbit!
I wish you all and your family good health and good forturn..

I celabrited my new year day with my family at a family friend's restaurant,
we had lion dance during lunch!
It was so fun, and all the food, drums and noise from people bring up the tradition atmostphese!

On my blog, I want to share a little story with you about Chinese new year. via chinesefortunecalendar

"Nobody knows when the legendary story about Nian began. Nian was a ferocious and carnivorous beast. It had lion-type head with elephant-type body. Nian couldn't find the food in the cold winter time, because many animals hibernated in the mountains. It must go down from the mountain to find the livestock. Later, It become a man-eater.

Nian was too strong to kill. Every winter night, people must stay inside the house. Years later, people found Nian was afraid of red, fire and noisy sound. So they cut red-color peach wood hanging on the door, made a campfire in the front of the door. When Nian approached the village, then people put the bamboo into the fire to make cracking sound. They also beat the metal kitchen and farming utensils to make noisy sound to scare Nian away.

People survived, celebrated and said congratulation each other on the next day. People felt like a restarting point after passing the disaster. Then, they called Guo-Nian (passing Nian) as the day before the new starting day."

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