Since beginning of this year, i haven’t done much baking at all.. except for some festive season and also birthday celebration bakes.

Having been deprived from food for almost a week –food poisoning!– i craved for a couple of slices of good, hearty and heavy solid cake. It could be anything.. from anything, so long it is something fresh out of my own oven, i am pretty sure it’d hit the right spot! *aheeeeemm* :P

To be honest, i didn’t have much in the fridge at all.. because no shopping has been done since we arrived on Monday. Beggars can’t be choosy right? So, i simply made use of what i have — yogurt and fruits, specifically, orange –

So, out came Orange Yogurt Cake with Grand Marnier and Dried Cranberries!

I tell you, these days.. i’ve been extremely naughty!

I add alcohol to all my cakes! :P

Just yesterday, i had, well.. almost the same thing ‘cept for the flavour, Chocolate Yogurt Cake with Baileys no less! Yes, i ate 2 heavy cakes in 2 days! Oh, did i mention we also had litchi konnyaku jelly as well? I’m terrible!!

Oh well.. as the friends say, i should eat!

After all, i did lose 2kg you know! *YES!!*

(ppssstt : i’m almost back to my pre-pregnancy weight!!! the lightest i have ever been for the past 1 decade.. mmmm.. to be more accurate, since mid of 2001 :P BUT i don’t feel it though. hmph. i still feel ba ba lor!)

This cake is baked with an angel in mind actually.

She did quite a bit for my boys when Darcy and i were away since 2 weeks ago. In fact, i’d be dropping the cake off at her place right after this :)

Fortunately, the remaining batter managed to fill up 6 cuppies.. for ourselves to test eat since i’ve not baked this cake before with the recipe i used.

Verdict : the helper begged for more! Hahahhaa! I love it! Fragrance… moist… zesty tasting… but unfortunately, no hint of the Grand Marnier *grrr*.. basically, i don’t think anyone would dislike this cake. Too easy to love! What’s more, it’s healthy! ;)

(UNLESS, u dislike orange laaaa.. then, bo pian liao :P)


Grin. You know.. i kinda wish i don’t have to give it away. Hahahaaaaa… i want more! ^_^

p.s : the recipe below is extremely versatile and it’s oh-so-good. you can bake anything you want with it with a few tweaks here and there *wink*

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Orange Yogurt Cake with Grand Marnier and Dried Cranberries

(adapted from Donna Hay’s recipe)

125g unsalted butter, softened

1 cup caster sugar

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1 cup of thick plain yogurt + 2 tbsp more OR 1 cup of milk

juice of half an orange

2 tbsp of orange zest

2 1/2 cup self raising flour

1/2 baking soda

1. Beat butter and sugar together until light and creamy. Add eggs. Beat well.

2. Stir in yogurt, orange juice and zest, then, (flour and baking soda) x sift into butter mix to combine.

3. Bake in a loaf pan or a 9″ tin at 150C for 45-60 mins till golden brown.

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I love bananas and i love banana cakes!

Instead of my usual, boring but absolutely make-my-day-banana butter cake, i adapted the recipe to a healthier and even yummier version, banana yogurt cake with walnut and chocolate chips! It’s truly addictive! One will never be able to stop at 1 piece *wink*

banana yogurt cake + choc chip

Messy, check!

Chocolate everywhere, check!

Dirty looking boys, check!

Finger licking good, check!

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Sharing my absolutely precious recipe with you… hope you’ll like it! :D

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Banana yogurt cake with walnut and chocolate chips

4 oz unsalted butter

3 oz yogurt, plain

5 oz caster sugar

2 eggs

2 tbsp milk

3 1/2 large bananas, mashed

8 oz plain flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 handful of walnut and chocolate chips

1. cream sugar and butter till light and fluffy

2. add eggs, 1 by 1

3. add bananas

4. mix in the sifted flour, together with baking soda and baking powder + walnut + chocolate chips, alternating with 1 tbsp milk at a time

5. bake at 180 for 45 minutes or till skewer comes out clean

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Enjoy! :D

When i first saw the recipe on e’s joie’s blog, i knew i had to copy down the recipe pronto!

I loveeeee pancakes!

But that’s not really the main reason why i was ecstatic :)

I was ecstatic because the recipe worked like store bought pancake premix! How cool is that??? Excellent for lazy pigs peeps like me who doesn’t like to work from scratch all the time if i can help it :P

I’ve been using this recipe for ages (it rocks!), since i first copied it down to be exact. But it was only recently that i felt like photographing it.. hee.. mainly because i did a little adaption to it!

From just a normal pancake, i’ve been adding strawberries, blueberries and bananas to it. Totally decadent i tell ya!

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my not-so-ready-pancake but halfway watching the maple syrup drip drip drip, i got inspired and quickly snap a few before adding more stuff to complete the styling.. but alas, by the time i finished styling, no more dripping maple syrup! :(

Nigella Lawson’s Pancake Premix

300g plain flour

25g baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

30g caster sugar

1. mix them up and keep in air tight container.

2. yields 3 cups of pancake premix.

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1 cup pancake premix + 1 egg + 1 cup milk + 1 tbsp melted butter + 1 tsp vanilla essence

1, lightly whisk it to batter stage.

2. yields 7 pancakes

Source : e’s joie

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I know, i know…..

Can’t tell from the photo that the pancake is actually banana pancake yeah? I thought so too! But it is! It’s just that the banana’s colour isn’t as outstanding as strawberries/blueberries, in fact, the banana’s colour camoflouged really well with the pancakes, so.. one cannot tell at all especially from the angle i photographed.

I should had done a ‘from top’ shot!

Oh well…

Next up, i’ll experiment with apples and cinnamon – love the combi! Can’t wait *excited* :P

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Grin.

By the time i placed the sliced bananas at the side, add more butter (the previous one melted even before i could say ‘cheese!’) and adjusted the cutlery… the pancakes were already swiming in maple syrup and butter -_-

Hence i didn’t bother to take a nicer shot of it eg; moving the milk slightly to the right for better composition.

So ma fan hor??

The chronicles of an inexperience food photographer! (not that i’m one yet :P)

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