Chocolate Rum Balls

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Hi! Sorry I took so long to post. I had been really busy with school. It’s week 12 of semester 2 now and everyone is busy rushing to meet assignments and projects deadlines. Insane madness. Made these rum balls a few weeks ago for my friends! Hardly can find bakeries that sell rum balls anymore. Well, the bakery famous for their toufu tarts do sell rum balls. But they are so expensive. They dont sell individual pieces so u have to buy 10 at one go for probably $9? i forgot the exact price but it’s just expensive! Why now make it yourself instead? Its pretty easy! You can use any chocolate cake recipe you want. I have been using this chocolate cake recipe for almost every cakes that has to do with chocolate because it has never failed me. I have baked chocolate Layered Cake, oreo Cupcakes, baileys cupcakes, chocolate devil cupcakes with this recipe.  (:

Ingredients:
Chocolate cake
5-10 tbsp of Rum (depends how strong you want)
4 tbsp Condensed milk (depends)
Milk
Chocolate rice

Steps:
1. Crumble your chocolate cake
2. Add condensed milk and rum and mix it w a spoon or your hands. I added the condensed milk 1 tbsp at a time until it is sticky enough to roll them into balls. Actually I think it depends what kind of chocolate cake you are using. If your chocolate cake recipe is pretty compact-brownielike then u can probably reduce your condense milk.
3. Roll your cake mixture into balls.
4. Coat them with milk and chocolate rice and place them on a plate.
5. Store them in an air tight container in the fridge.

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Chocolate Chip Blondies

DSC_0427Supposed to be white chocolate chip blondies but apparently i cant find white chocolate chips at the supermarket. Had the strong urge to bake that very night, so i had no choice but to use the normal chocolate chips. I’ve gotten this recipe from one of my favourite youtube chef, Laura Vitale. I baked this blondie long time ago, with white chocolate chips and there’s really a difference between white chocolate chip and chocolate chips. I prefer the one with white chocolate chips though. The most recent blondie with chocolate chips is delicious too and it received good comments. I guess it’s just personal preference. You should try this. THese blondies are really really good.

Ingredients: ( adapted from here)
1 Cup plus 2 Tbsp of All Purpose Flour
1 tsp of Baking Powder
¼ tsp of Salt
80g Brown Sugar
40g of Granulated Sugar
1/3 Cup of Unsalted Butter at room temperature
½ tsp of Vanilla Extract
1 Large Egg
2 Tbsp of yogurt/sourcream
1 Cup of Chocolate Chips
Process,

1) Preheat your oven to 350. Grease a 8 by8 baking pan and line the bottom with parchment paper, set aside.

2) Add 2 tbsp of the flour to the chocolate chips and stir to make sure all the chocolate chips are coated in the flour. Set aside.

3) Add the baking powder and salt to the remaining flour and set aside.

4) In a large bowl cream together the butter and sugars, add the egg, vanilla and sour cream, mix until you have a smooth mixture.

5) Add the flour mixture and mix to combine. Fold in your chocolate chip mixture and spread the batter evenly in your prepared pan.

6) Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting into bars.

 

Baileys Chocolate cake

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Have been eyeing on this recipe for a long time and i finally get my hands on it. I had some left over cream cheese in the fridge so i decided to make some bailey’s cream cheese frosting. I will usually cut down on the amount of sugar. However, there is no need to cut down on the sugar level. The cake isnt too sweet because of the volume of coffee and bailey’s. Well, I will personally prefer a stronger bailey’s taste. One more thing, I halved the recipe and still baked in an 8X8 inch cake tin because i didnt have enough butter. Just that the cake is slightly lower than the one in the original recipe.

Bailey for Leslie

The powdered sugar frosting seemed to seep into cake or sth. It turned brown the next day.

Ingredients ( Adapted from here)

125g grams plain flour

5/8  teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
47.5 grams natural cocoa powder
150 grams sugar
125 ml (1 cup) brewed strong coffee, can be hot or at room temperature
112.5 grams butter, chopped, can be cold or at room temperature
187.5  ml Baileys Irish Cream
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celsius. Butter a 8 x 8 x 3 inch tin and line the bottom with baking parchment / paper. Set aside.

Measure the plain flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl. Whisk the mixture with a wire whisk to distribute the baking soda and salt evenly.

In a small pot, measure the cocoa powder and sugar. Add in the coffee and butter. Heat the mixture on medium heat, and whisk frequently until all the butter has melted, and the cocoa powder and sugar has dissolved. Pour the cocoa-coffee into a large mixing bowl and let it rest for 10 minutes to cool down.

Stir in the Baileys. Crack in one egg into the cocoa-coffee mixture and whisk it in until it has been fully incorporated. Whisk in the second egg then whisk in the vanilla extract.

Sift in the flour mixture and whisk in gently until all the flour has been incorporated. The cake batter will be thin (very liquidy) and bubbly (because of the reaction between the baking soda and the cocoa powder). Pour the cake batter into the prepared tin. Lift up the tin and drop it on the table counter-top gently 3 to 5 times to remove excess air bubbles.

Bake the cake for 1/2h. Cover the top of the cake with aluminum foil and continue baking for 15 minutes until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake come out with very little crumbs.Place the cake tin on a wire rack and let it cool completely.

Slice, dust with icing sugar, and serve!

Chocolate Devil Cupcake

Been ages since i last used the oven. Up till now, i am still baking with my broken oven. The front piece of glass came off so I have to get someone to fix it back. I was thinking of using 3M tape to stick it back but … HMMM. I have been wanting to try making chocolate ganache for forever but too lazy to buy heavy cream since i have to travel ALL THE WAY TO PHOON HUAT just to get heavy cream. I have tried to make chocolate ganache for a few times but they were pretty fail. My very first time: COMPLETE FAILURE. Although this time isn’t perfect yet but at least there were improvements. The trick is to use heavy creamNOT thickened cream. I used thickened cream for my first attempt and that explained why it was so liquified. To make ganache, you should get cream of at least 38% fat content.  But supermarkets hardly sell heavy cream. I have never seen heavy cream sold in supermarkets, even the higher end ones. So do not  just simply substitute thickened cream for heavy cream. Abandon that misconception. They are DIFFERENT. To double confirm, check the fat content, you’ll never go wrong with that. Made this with my favourite chocolate cake recipe. So far, i have been using that chocolate recipe for my chocolate cupcakes. Just make some slight changes here and there.

Recipe: 

Cupcake: [ Makes about 12 small cupcakes or 6 medium cupcakes]

45 grams all purpose flour
10 grams good quality Dutch-processed cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder ( As this is a really low cake, I added slightly more baking powder )
Pinch of salt
55 grams good quality dark chocolate, roughly chopped
100 grams unsalted butter, can be cold or at room temperature
90 grams caster sugar
2 eggs

– Preheat the oven to 175 degrees Celsius.

– Measure the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in a small bowl. Use a wire whisk and whisk the dry ingredients together until they are all well-mixed and evenly distributed.

– Measure the dark chocolate and unsalted butter in a large heatproof bowl and melt them over a pot of simmering water, stirring occasionally. Alternatively, you can microwave them under medium high heat at 15-25s interval. Stirring during each interval.

– Remove the heatproof bowl from the pot/microwave. Add in the caster sugar and whisk gently – not all of the sugar will dissolve. Mixture’ll be a little grainy Let the mixture stand for 10 minutes to cool down slightly (the eggs will scramble if added to a hot mixture).

– Crack in one egg into the chocolate mixture. Whisk the mixture (yes, same wire whisk!) for 30 seconds until it is fully incorporated. Whisk in the second egg, and then whisk in the vanilla extract.

– Sift a third of flour mixture into the chocolate batter and folding gently using a large metal spoon or rubber spatula. until all the dry ingredients have been incorporated

– Bake for about 15 mins ( for small size cupcakes).

– Let it cool before you top with the chocolate Ganache.

Chocolate Ganache:

Ingredients: ( I’ll update this when i get home) 

Heavy cream

Chocolate

2 tbsp of honey ( optional. For glossy appearance)

Bailey Cupcakes

Besides oreo cupcakes, I baked bailey cupcakes for my colleagues on my last day of work. I found them a little too sweet for my liking. Nevertheless, they were all gone within mins! But again, cupcakes are meant to be sweet right? HAHA. I baked them the day before and the cakes were still pretty moist the next day. If you dont really fancy sweet stuff, I recommend that you reduce the sugar level of the cake. Dont forget that the bailey frosting is sweet too. Sweet cake + sweet frosting= MEGASUGARKILL.

CAKE
Ingredients: ( Makes 6 medium cupcakes)
45 grams all purpose flour
10 grams good quality Dutch-processed cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder ( As this is a really low cake, I added slightly more baking powder )
Pinch of salt
55 grams good quality dark chocolate, roughly chopped
100 grams unsalted butter, can be cold or at room temperature
90 grams caster sugar ( I cut to 75g and it’s still too sweet for my liking)
2 eggs
Bailey Irish cream ( Up to own preference.  I cant rmb how much i added but i added them in tablespoons and tasted them accordingly to achieve desired taste.)

– Preheat the oven to 175 degrees Celsius.
– Measure the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in a small bowl. Use a wire whisk and whisk the dry ingredients together until they are all well-mixed and evenly distributed.
– Measure the dark chocolate and unsalted butter in a large heatproof bowl and melt them over a pot of simmering water, stirring occasionally. Alternatively, you can microwave them under medium high heat at 15-25s interval. Stirring during each interval.
– Remove the heatproof bowl from the pot/microwave. Add in the caster sugar and whisk gently – not all of the sugar will dissolve. Mixture’ll be a little grainy Let the mixture stand for 10 minutes to cool down slightly (the eggs will scramble if added to a hot mixture).
– Crack in one egg into the chocolate mixture. Whisk the mixture (yes, same wire whisk!) for 30 seconds until it is fully incorporated. Whisk in the second egg, and then whisk in the bailey irsh cream.
– Sift a third of flour mixture into the chocolate batter and folding gently using a large metal spoon or rubber spatula. until all the dry ingredients have been incorporated
– transfer the cake batter into the lined muffin tin.
– Bake for 18-20 minutes until the top bounces back when touched lightly and a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.

Baileys frosting:

Ingredients:
– Veg shortening 60g
– Butter 40g
– sifted Icing sugar  100g
– Baileys Irish Cream ( prolly about 3-6 tbsps? it depends on your own preference)

– Beat veg shortening in electric mixer for about 2-3 mins on medium speed.
– Add in Bailey Irish Cream
– Add icing sugar and continue beating until all ingredients are well combined
– Gradually add water to achieve desire consistency. (optional)

 Ops. The frosting is almost the same height as the cake. HAHAHA.

Oreo Cupcakes

It has been almost 2 weeks since i left UOB. I guess it’s a trend to get something for yr colleagues on yr last working day. Well, at least it was in my company. to show my sincerity, i decided to bake something for my colleagues. I had a hard time deciding what to bake for them. I wanted to bake macarons for them but i did not have the courage because macarons are the #numberonehighfailure desert to bake. I tried once last week and it failed TERRIBLY. After much contemplation, i decided to bake cupcakes ; Oreo cupcakes and Bailey Cupcakes. Having tried quite a couple of recipes, i decided to stick to my favouritechocolate cake recipe and make some slight changes from there. I can’t emphasise enough how much i like this chcolate cake recipe. It has never failed me and they taste incredibly rich, soft, moist and delicious. I have baked Chocolate Cupcake with peanut butter filling , chocolatey layered cake, chocolate mousse and blueberry layered cake with this chocolate cake recipe.  My last several cupcake attempts ended up with very soft frosting. This time round, i decided to use vegetable shortening instead of butter and it turned out awesome. My frosting were able to stay its shape perfectly. I kept them in room temperature until the next day and they still tasted moist and rich. Enjoy.

Oreo Cupcakes

CAKE
Ingredients: ( Makes 6 medium cupcakes)
45 grams all purpose flour
10 grams good quality Dutch-processed cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder ( As this is a really low cake, I added slightly more baking powder )
Pinch of salt
55 grams good quality dark chocolate, roughly chopped
100 grams unsalted butter, can be cold or at room temperature
90 grams caster sugar
2 eggs

– Preheat the oven to 175 degrees Celsius.
– Measure the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in a small bowl. Use a wire whisk and whisk the dry ingredients together until they are all well-mixed and evenly distributed.
– Measure the dark chocolate and unsalted butter in a large heatproof bowl and melt them over a pot of simmering water, stirring occasionally. Alternatively, you can microwave them under medium high heat at 15-25s interval. Stirring during each interval.
– Remove the heatproof bowl from the pot/microwave. Add in the caster sugar and whisk gently – not all of the sugar will dissolve. Mixture’ll be a little grainy Let the mixture stand for 10 minutes to cool down slightly (the eggs will scramble if added to a hot mixture).
– Crack in one egg into the chocolate mixture. Whisk the mixture (yes, same wire whisk!) for 30 seconds until it is fully incorporated. Whisk in the second egg, and then whisk in the vanilla extract.
– Sift a third of flour mixture into the chocolate batter and folding gently using a large metal spoon or rubber spatula. until all the dry ingredients have been incorporated
– Place 1 oreo biscuit onto each lined muffin tin and transfer the cake batter into the lined muffin tin.
– Bake for 18-20 minutes until the top bounces back when touched lightly and a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.

Oreo Frosting:

Ingredients:
– Veg shortening 100g
– 5-6 Crushed oreo biscuits. Personal preference.
– sifted Icing sugar  100g ( You may want to reduce the sugar to probably about 60-70g because oreo biscuits are sweet too)
– 1-1.5 tbsp of sugar

– Beat veg shortening in electric mixer for about 2-3 mins on medium speed.
– Add the crushed oreo biscuits
– Add icing sugar and continue beating until all ingredients are well combined
– Gradually add water to achieve desire consistency.

Chocolate Raspberry Tart

I have been really busy these days with school orientation. I just came back from SMU Sports Camp 2012 a few days ago. It was a BLAST. Rly AWESOME and i love my group. I am experiencing some kind of “post camp effects” right now?? Idk how to describe it but i just feel a little odd not seeing them. Hmm..  Anyway, I baked this Chocolate Raspberry tart a month ago. After seeing these warm chocolate Raspberry tarts made by The Little Teochew, I bookmarked it down immediately. I love the intergration of chocolate n raspberry. They are the perfect pair made in heaven. I like my crust to be thick, buttery and fragrant ( sth like shortbread??). I guess i left it for too long in the oven and the middle of the tart cracked and sank. I also made a mistakeof melting the chocolate and butter together. Regardless of these, the tart still tasted rly good. I would recommend that you use a better quality chocolat and do take note of what kind of chocolate you are using and adjust the amount of sugar accordingly.

SHORT CRUST PASTRY
Ingredients:
A: 65g Margarine
65g Butter
65g Icing Sugar
– B: 250g plain flour
0.5 egg

– Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celcius
– Cream A in. Add B process till bind. Press dough into tart mould.
– Bake for 12-15 min at 180 Degrees Celcius

 

 

Filling:  ( Original Adapted from The little Teochew) Makes 6 big tarts
Ingredients:
– red raspberries
– 72.5g very good quality bittersweet chocolate. preferably Valrhona Noir Gastronomie, finely chopped
– 0.5 stick (4 ounces; 115g) unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces
– 0.5 large egg, at room temperature, stirred with a fork
-1.5 large egg yolks, at room temperature, stirred with a fork
– 1 tbsp sugar

1. Centre the rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).

2. Fill the tart crust with the raspberries.

3. Melt the chocolate and the butter in separate bowls either over – but not touching – simmering water or in the microwave. Allow them to cool until they feel only just warm to the touch (104°F [60°C]), as measured on an instant-read thermometer, is perfect).

4. Using a small whisk or rubber spatula, stir the egg into the chocolate, stirring gently in ever-widening circles and taking care not to agitate the mixture – you don’t want to beat air into the ganache. Little by little, stir in the egg yolks, then the sugar. Finally, still working gently, stir in the warm melted butter. Pour the ganache over the raspberries in the prebaked tart shell(s).

5. Bake the batter for 11 minutes (less if you are making mini tarts) – that should be just enough time to turn the top of the tart dull, like the top of a cake. The center of the tart will shimmy if jiggled – that’s just what it’s supposed to do. Remove the tart from the oven, slide it onto a rack, and allow it to cool for about 10 minutes before serving.