Finally Feng is coming to a year old. He is now such a little mobile monster, creating a huge mass in the house, however most of the time he is craving for some comfort which makes him become a cuddly sweetie. : )
We threw a birthday party for him on 28 Jan 2012 (his 1st lunar birthday), Saturday and in preparation for that, I decided to bake some cupcakes for the guests. But I am still encountering problems with the frosting. They are either too sweet or they can't stand long at room temperature. So for this round, I went ahead with the vanilla buttercream and chocolate buttercream which had not failed me. They made nice swirl and could be left out for a longer period. I bake a total of 48 cupcakes (24 vanilla and 24 chocolate). The vanilla one was made a day before cos I knew I won't have enough time for 2 batches of cupcakes on the actual day. So on Saturday morning, I baked the chocolate cupcakes and buttercream. And true enough, I was lack of time, luckily my lovely sisters came to my rescue to help with the decoration and packing them into box for transportation to the birthday venue.
Now... feedback on the cupcakes:
1) Chocolate cupcakes were delicious with just right texture.
2) Vanilla cupcakes were a bit dry.
3) Buttercream cream was too sweet. I prefer the ones with little icing sugar instead.
4) Oh... the cupcakes were beautiful.
5) The kids simply love it, especially the frosting.
6) Can I pack some home?
I'm glad my guests enjoyed themselves at the event. I would call that an eventful day though I'm simply exhausted. But still wanna say... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, FENG! Hope you will appreciate from the pictures what papa and mummy had done for you when you grow up.
Chocolate cupcakes again and again
In consecutively 2 days on 20/01/2012, Friday night and 21/01/2012, Saturday night, I baked the chocolate cupcakes again! This time I baked using 2 layers with a total of 24 cupcakes at the same time. OH MY GOD! My top layer cupcakes went bursting on the crust due to the sudden high temperature when I was not looking. It went up to 205 degrees! Oh my god, what happen? I was totally clueless. I tried the again the next day, the same thing happened. I was quite sure I should be using the traditional convection mode, am I wrong? I thought fan should not be used in baking of cakes, so I stayed at the convection mode. The cupcakes had gone lop-sided due to the high heat from the top heating element. Luckily the cupcakes at the bottom layer were doing fine. So I dust some icing sugar on the nicer ones and fill the uglier ones with strawberry cream cheese. Now... to the kids, who cares, as long as they were chocolate, who won't says yummy. Haha.
The naked chocolate cupcakes
It's 02:28 now. I had just finish up cleaning after my baking session. Presenting here my 1st baked goods with Rowenta... drum roooooll... The naked chocolate cupcake. They looked fine with a nice top. These cupcakes are not meant to have a dome, it is kind of flat as per the recipe. It also mentions that these cupcakes are with a moist texture and especially good after being in fridge for a day. But... what is the real taste??? Ermmm... its rather late now, guess I should hold on, my waist line seems to be giving way recently. I'll add on the calories tomorrow morning. Hehe.
Addition to the above post:
Below is the frosting that I've done... following the recipe called, "That's the best frosting I ever had", which was made using butter, flour, milk and granulated sugar. FLOUR??? Yes, flour! My first time hearing frosting using flour, so I give it a try. Consistency was fine, however I don't really like it (i find it too sweet and I could taste flour!), although both Shun and Lin-er said it taste good, especially it goes quite well with the not-so-sweet chocolate cupcake. Oh ya... talking about the chocolate cupcake, it is really quite moist and texture was just right. But something is still not there. I don't know what is it, but it is just not right yet. I'll do more experimentation on that. Oh dear.... that means more $$$!
Preheat an oven
Starting 1st use to get rid of manufacture odour.
There was a little fault in the oven that was delivered on 31 Dec 2011, thus an exchange was done on 05 Jan 2012. I had prepared for its first use on 07 Jan 2012, and only to realize it has no preheat function! OMG! What am I going to do?
Immediately, google for an answer is what I can only think of. After doing some research, only did I know that it actually is not any big deal not to have a preheat function. Even if an oven had a preheat function, it might not be accurate as well. The most trusted equipment for this role would still be an oven thermometer. So what I need to do is to just place an oven thermometer in an oven and switch it on for about 10min to 15min. Once the oven reach the required recipe temperature, that’s all what I need to do in order to preheat an oven.
Coming to think of it now, I feel so stupid to think that no preheat function is a VERY BIG DEAL! And I almost feel so sad getting such an expensive oven without this function. Haha. I might have been spoilt by by Sharp microwave oven which comes with preheat function and it usually takes me around 2 to 3 mins. But never did I know that the temperature might not be correct. This prove that I'm really novice to baking at this juncture. I really got a lot more to learn and I will continue learning...
Wendy, the creator of TwoThreeFiveNine is a full time working mummy to 2 lovely kids, a wife to a loveydovey husband, a daughter to 2 loving parents and a sister to 3 lovable sisters. Still a novice to baking but simply with the passion, here she is baking into the night after 2359 (mummy's duty done by then), creating freshly baked goodies for her precious ones.