Last weekend, D invited us for a BBQ at her place. Though it was a last minute decision, we welcome the invitation as it is a start of the school holiday and what better way than to let the kids have some fun.
From a simple BBQ, it lead to a sleep over and then another sleep over. To sum it all, the kids already had a BBQ, two sleepovers, a movie, arcade time and a swim all rolled into three days. Not forgetting the countless hours of video gaming for the boys and pretend play for the girls. Some of them even stayed up till the wee hours in the morning.
As for this mummy here, I had some pampering time for myself as well. I went for some ME time as hubby left this morning and I am home alone. It was good break away from the kids. Truly a great friend who volunteered to babysit all of them. Thank you my dear friend.
Back to the BBQ, I brought some sushi, a chocolate cake for the kids and a rum soaked vanilla cake for the adults. I longed wanted to try out Triple Chocolate Fudge Cake as J mentioned that it was good. Initially I didn't have very good feel about this book, Sky High as I tried the banana cake and I wasn't really pleased with it but J ensure me that the chocolate cake was good. So here I am, giving it a go and guess what, no regrets.
The cake was well received by the group. The texture is not dense as in rich chocolate cake yet it is chocolatey enough to entice chocolate lovers like us. I will definitely make this again.
As for the Rum soaked Vanilla Cake. It is between a not dense cake as it seems to be. Or rather I should say it has a nice fine crumbs to it. Then again, nothing close to how it was decribed by the review as close to Sara Lee Cake which is my favourite. I have no regrets with the choice of butter that I used as this recipe really brought out the fragrance of the butter.
For those who tried it, they too gave a thumbs up to it.
I noticed that the cupcake style has less bubbles whereas the loaf style the bubbles were very distinct.
Strange but nevertheless, it still taste really nice especially with the rum. Even my son who doesn't really fancy vanilla cake commented that it was good.
Tomorrow will be back to the real world for the kids as son needed to be in school and girl needed to go for tuition. Haiz... what kind of school holiday is this?
Source: Sky High
Triple Chocolate Fudge Cake
171g plain flour
53g cocoa powder
1 1/8 tsp baking soda
½ + 1/8 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp cinnamon powder
46g chocolate, chopped
½ cup milk
142g hot coffee
¾ tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 180 ºC. Lined and greased a 7” round cake pan.
Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
Bring milk to a simmer.
Pour hot coffee and hot milk into the chocolate. Let it sit for a minute before whisking it to smooth. Set aside.
Beat the eggs, mayonnaise and vanilla until well blended. Gradually beat in the sugar.
Add in the dry and wet ingredients. Alternating ending with dry. Beat till you get a smooth batter.
Pour into pan and bake for 25 min or till cooked.
Cool in pan for 5 min and unmould to further cool on rack.
Garnish with your favourite ganache.
Source: Baking, from my home to yours
Rum drenched vanilla cakes
What you need:
395g plain flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
283g castor sugar
1.5 tbsp vanilla
6 large eggs
2/3 cup heavy cream
2.5 tbsp dark rum
219g melted butter
Preheat oven to 180 deg. Greased and line two loaf pans.
Sift flour, baking powder and salt.
Wish eggs and sugar, until thoroughly incorporated.
Whisk in the vanilla and then the cream. Last the rum.
Gently fold in the dry ingredients in 3 additions. The batter will be smooth and thick.
Last fold in the melted butter in 2 additions.
Pour into pans and bake for 55 mins.
Prepare syrup immediately.
What you need:
1/3 cup water
Melt sugar with water. Add in rum. Set aside.
Using a skwere, poke holes all over the cake and slowly drizzle the syrup over it.
Rum soaked vanilla cake