Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Just my Pink Pink cakes.

I didn't plan what I was going to make that day, in fact I bake cakes so I can decorate it. 
 I just let everyone else eat it. 

Can you resist? 

I find the classic strawberry gateau a bit plain, so I jazzed up the cream to make it pink.
Don't you think it looks pretty? 
Lots of roasted hazelnuts around the cake and fresh strawberries. 
I really enjoyed making these cakes. 

Adding a few drops of red food gel into freshly whipped cream gives this cake a pretty pink colour. 
Piped rosettes around the cake as the border and finished with mini marshmallows, ripe strawberries & drizzle with melted chocolate sauce.  

I decided to cut this cake into half so there's more sponge and less cream to eat. 

Chinese turnip cake 蘿蔔糕

My first post for Chinese food! Oh yes! 

 I thought I give baking a break & post this delicious recipe.

Chinese Turnip cake  蘿蔔糕 

I love ordering turnip cake when we go to have Dim Sum. I think it's everyone's all time favourite. 
We used to go to 'yum char' with my parents, brother & sisters every Sunday.

I've got a recipe from my cousin in Germany. 
She posted a picture of her home made Turnip cake on Facebook and I got to have it. 
She was trying to give me her recipe over Skype! The trouble was she didn't know how much seasoning she puts in. So she just told me a little salt, a little soya sauce, some pepper.
Just this conversation alone took 20 mins. But it was hilarious as she was in her kitchen showing me the equipments she used. 
As with typical Chinese cooks, they never  measure out their seasoning. 

Anyway, the first time I made it, it was too salty. I guess the flavours gets more intense after chilling  overnight.  So the second batch I reduced the seasoning and it turned out too bland. 
 My sister-in-law also advise me to add wheat starch to it to make it more cakey texture otherwise it would be too wet & soft. So I add wheat starch to it. 

 After my 3rd attempt, I got it right! Hooray! 

Here's my version.