Thursday, July 12, 2012

Beneath lies a beautiful rainbow !

The first ever cake I baked in my entire life on my own! Finally stepped out and had the courage to bake a Rainbow cake for Daddy's Day ! Took me two days to complete this. As susal no surprise for the daddy cos he is always opening up the fridge !

I stacked and creamed the cake, covered the side with almond flakes and deco with strawberries. This is a 7 inch, 5 layered cake less one colour though as it got damaged as I overturned it.

As usual, I roped in my lil' buddy to help me with the preps.

Here we present our Rainbow Cake to daddy !

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Hokkaido Chiffon Cupcakes

Recently, I bought a box of Hokkaido Chiffon Cupcakes to try and soon after, this recipe came up in Munch Ministry. Hence, decided to spend an afternoon as a bonding activity with the feverish boy who still behaves normally.

Ingredients for Chiffon Cake :
1. 3 egg yolks
2. 20g sugar
3. 35g corn oil
4. 60g milk
5. 70g cake flour
6. 3 egg whites
7. 25g sugar

1. 60g dairy whipping cream
2. 10g sugar 1tsp instant custard powder
3. Icing sugar, for dusting

Method :
1. Pre-heat oven to 170C.
2. Arrange paper liners on baking tray.
3. Hand whisk egg yolk and sugar till pale in colour.
4. Add in corn oil and milk, mix well.
5. Sift in cake flour, stir to combine.
6. Beat egg white until foamy, gradually add sugar, and continue beat till soft peak form.
7. Take 1/3 of egg white and use a hand whisk to mix into egg yolk batter.
8. Fold in the balance egg white with a spatula till well combine.
9. Scoop batter into pre-arranged paper liners to about ¾ full.
10. Bake for 20-25 mins at middle rack.
11. Beat whipping cream with sugar till firm and stiff (over a bowl of iced water).
12. Add in custard powder, mix well.
13. Pipe custard cream into cupcake and dust with icing sugar. Refrigerated before consume.

Xav was pretty much involved in the whole process. I got him to crack the egg and I separated the yolk for him.

Beat the yolk and sugar, sift the flour and did all the measurement weighing on the digital scale. He completed the tasks pretty well !

Give this a try ! For people who doees't like sweet stuff, this is perfect with the custard cream.

Mine doesn't have any custard cream if you noticed. I flopped for 4 times and yet I still can't figure out why the mixture turned watery. Till I try again ! But will be baking this again soon as my neice and colleagues all love it !

Top it with L.O.V.E !

This is my latest project for Baby's Gabriel full month celebration, a colour theme party with all the fav colours of each individual in the family.

Thank you Delia for getting the cupcake holders spiced up with the crown cupcake holders top that comes with a dual colour tone heart toppers.

Each set comes in set of 12 pieces, @ $4.50 per pack. PM me for colours availability.

Found another usage for the cown holders ? Owen turns into a prince instantly ! How he loved it !  A lovely cupcake to savour and fun pretend play thereafter !

Have a great day all !

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Life Cycle of a Butterfly

We have been on the topic "Metomorphosis" for this two months. Learn on the life cycle of a butterfly, plants and some sea animals.

We started off with getting butterfly kits and adopting caterpillars either from Dana's mummy who kindly passed it to us or caught by the amazing por por who always manage to catch one or two on her plants.

This is the most recent beauty that we adopted. Took it about 8-9 days to transform into a butterfly.

A close up of it. How amazing !

We made a craft on the life cycle too combining with some of his foam craft and some materials from Daiso. The cheeky boy posing with his caterpillar made of pom poms. Add a pair of goggly eyes and tad-dah you got it! A hungry caterpillar ! 

The ending product of our mini project, thanks Irene for sparing us the leaves.

After these rounds of visually seeing the changes, he got the concepts and is ablw to tell you the stages in sequence.

Follow by, he larnt some amazing facts about some ocean creatures through the Zoophonics Holiday Program "Under the deep sea abyss". I remembered asking him casually on what did he learnt in Zoophonics for the first lesson. I was surprise that he could relate how the sea horse gave birth and yes he did it in a simple way and got it all right !

I managed to google for some online worksheets relating to the life cycle of a seahorse and he he is, cutting and pasting the life cycle in the correct sequence.

I'm still in the midst of doing up a simple journal for all these to be added on into his individual learning folder.

I got to admit that am not discipline enough to stick to a theme. All these are taught along the time line whereby he is being taught, hence I further drill and let him see a more clearer picture.

I'm still laggin behind some posts, one of which is the Green Eco Circle Farm we went with a group of mummies fro the Facebook "Homeschooling" page.

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