Sep 022010

Having an unwilling model who dropped everything in the middle of the photo shoot (duh, like real!) to go poo poo is soooo .. frustrating!

But nothing beats an unwilling model who keeps fidgeting and shows monkey faces. Hey, I’d love to change my model, after all, i’ve another 2 to pick from but the thing is, this particular model, the mischievous one of all, refused to let me replace him! -_-

Anywaaaay, yesterday was Teacher’s Day.

This year, to show my gratitude for their patience and kindness, i baked some yogurt cakes instead of the usual cupcakes. Why?

Because the teachers are a bunch of health conscious people who would scrap my poor frosting off. *sniffs*

To make up for the less fancy fanfare (compares to the cuppies), i decided to pack the teachers 2 slices of yogurt cakes in 2 flavors using 2 different recipes!

Picture left, I have Matcha Chocolate Yogurt Cake, using Alice Medrich‘s low fat recipe and on the right picture, I have Orange Yogurt Cake with Grand Marnier, using Donna Hay‘s recipe – one that i’d tweaked ;)

Honestly, both are good.

psstt : otherwise, i wouldn’t have baked them again and again and again! *wink*

But somehow, i prefer Donna Hay’s recipe more.

Personally, i find the matcha part in Alice Medrich’s recipe tastes rather flour-y and i dislike the taste of flour, immensely. Perhaps.. it’s my matcha powder. Not strong enough? *shrugs*

However, the same cannot be said for the chocolate part – which has no flour taste at all! Once you swirl the 2 flavors together, i bet you’d just go, wow instead of wrinkling your nose and exclaim, tastes like flour! :P

As for Donna Hay’s recipe… well.. what can i say?

No complains!! I love this recipe to bitssssssssss, but make sure u are not using low fat yogurt ok?

Chocolate Matcha Marble Cake
by Alice Medrich

2 cups cake flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon instant espresso or coffee powder
1/3 cup dutch-process cocoa powder
1 1/3 cups sugar
1 whole egg
1 egg white
6 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup full-fat yogurt
1 teaspoons vanilla extract
1.5 teaspoons matcha powder

Have all ingredients at room temp. Preheat oven to 350 degrees with rack in the lower third of the oven. Spray 8-10 cup tube pan with cooking spray.

Use a whisk to combine four, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Sift together. Set aside. In a small bowl combine the espresso powder, cocoa and 1/3 cup of the sugar with 1/4 cup of water. Whisk until smooth. Set aside. In another small bowl, whisk whole egg with egg white. Set aside.

Cut the butter into pieces and place in an electric mixing bowl. Beat for 1 minute to soften. Gradually add remaining 1 cup of sugar and beat at high speed for about 3 minutes. Dribble eggs in slowly, about 1 T at a time, beating constantly for about 2 minutes. On low speed, beat in a third of the flour mixture. On medium-high speed, beat in half of the yogurt. On low speed, beat in half of the remaining flour. On high speed, beat in the rest of the yogurt and the vanilla. On low speed, beat in the remaining flour.

Measure out 1 1/2 cups of yogurt batter and mix into the cocoa mixture. Set aside. Add matcha powder to the rest of the yogurt batter in the mixing bowl.

Use a large spoon to fill the bottom of the pan with about three quarters of the green batter placed in dollops. Cover the green batter with dollops of chocolate batter. Top the chocolate batter with small dollops of green batter spaced so that the chocolate batter shows through. Use a table knife to marble the batters together with a circular or zigzag motion; be careful not to blend them too much.

Bake for 45-50 minutes for cake, (20-25 minutes for cupcakes) or until the cake starts to pull away from the sides of the pan and a toothpick inserted in comes out clean.

Cool for 10-15 minutes on a rack. Unmold the cake. Cool completely before serving or storing.


To pack the cakes :

You will need : small paper bags, serviettes or tissues and pegs/stickers/clips.

Wrap both cakes in tissue or serviette.

Place the cake into the a small paper bag, in my case.. a brown bag :)

Fold the paper bag 2-3 times. Then place a cute looking sticker/peg/clip to secure and voila! A pretty looking gift-away for teachers!

ps : of course, it’d be much cuter if your child were to scribble some greetings and notes! ;)


Of course, apart from teachers.. u can give them to anyone u fancy! Friends.. family… collegues.. well, basically anyone and everyone actually ,because i don’t think anyone would not love to receive this! :D

  26 Responses to “Yogurt Cakes, Teacher’s Day Gift Idea”

  1. It’s been a loooong time since I’ve had a Teacher’s Day (or Children’s Day!) and I remember trying to think up of great pressies for my teachers. These are brilliant! Edible handmade gifts are always extra special and your packaging is adorable! The colour contrast of the choc matcha cakes are amazing! Definitely going to try that!

  2. Lovely cakes and such pretty packaging! Very Jap! ;) I made an “emergency” steamed moist choc cake after a failed lemon cake (which I donated part of to Catherine!) LOL!!!

  3. Wow, I think they are real cute! I’m sure the teachers will love them! The matcha chocolate loaf looks sooo gorgeous. I’m really really tempted to make it!

    Oh, and the heart-shaped clips are sooo cute!

  4. Love the idea of giving different variety of bakes in such a nice packaging! Am sure the teachers will love it!

  5. the teachers are so lucky to have a taste of your home made bakes. and the mischievous model look is actually so suitable for your photoshoot theme haha :)

  6. OMG I wish I was one of the teachers as those cakes look beautiful. The simple brown paper bag and heart peg is stunning! I challenged someone to make a matcha marble cake a few weeks ago and here you are making it! Thanks for the recipe, I’ve got to give this one a go

  7. Love the cute packaging! And of course, the cake looks absolutely yummy!

  8. LO at the model! I guess he was just pretending that he didn’t enjoy it…:-)
    I like the matcha chocolate more…could it because those perfect swirls?

  9. For once, I wish I were a teacher. So that I could receive such gifts from parents like yourself. For the same reason, I prefer yogurt cakes like these to cupcakes cos I don’t fancy frosting as well. :D

  10. I have to make these soon. They look scrumptious! Your model is adorable : )

  11. hey there! your cakes look absolutely delicious! anyone will be thrilled to receive this present. :)

    can I know what brands of yogurt offer full-fat? i’m having difficulty locating it as all the yogurts i’ve seen so far are diet/low fat…

  12. These bags are so adorable and I love the idea and look of matcha chocolate swirls. Thanks for sharing this with us XD.

  13. i love your photography, i love your site and i love your cooking! for saying that, i am going to bake this cake this weekend… thank you for sharing your recipe with us. bless your heart :)

    p.s. my husband and my guests loved your black sticky rice i prepared for them last night. i allowed them to “tapau” (take home) and i make sure we have some, too :))) thank you once again. xoxo

  14. what a delicious colours of these cakes!

  15. cute zebra cake :) thou, it’s not like zebra skin colour.

  16. wahh..such nice packaging! you so nice to teachers! ;)

  17. come my comment didn’t go through? strange..
    i was saying such cute packaging..i love how you pack them! You so nice to teachers! ;)

  18. Thank you for all the lovely comments… Maid’s away, so life’s been crazy!! :)

    faithy : got ah! see…

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  20. so thoughtful of you and the packaging is simple but cute

  21. I wish I WAS a teacher if I could get treats like that! ;)
    Strange about the floury taste of the matcha. I wonder what is up with that. Very interesting….

  22. That matcha cake looks too delicious for words.
    I think that there’s not enough matcha in the recipe. I have tried making Eric Kayser’s matcha tart several times, with three different matchas (including one that I ordered directly from Japan) and I’ve always increased the amount from 2 tsp to 2 tbsp. And you probably know this, but matcha must be used right away once opened…

  23. The cakes look great and you have such an adorable model :)!

  24. Love the packaging! I’m a huge fan of brown paper packaging, so you’ve got me yearning for these :D And the model is just so cheekily adorable ~haha!

  25. Thanks ladies for your kind words! Finally, my super busy days are finally over *yay!!*

    angie : eeeppss! just saw it… will try to solve this prob ASAP!

    indie.tea : ohh.. i crease my matcha powder amount! ;)

  26. hey, shino is coming back this friday right? pls get her to bring back this yogurt cake, looks tasty yeah!!!!

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