While waiting for my job to start I’ve been taking the opportunity to bake all my cravings recently! Hehe!
I would actually like to blog about my Inga and Panty cosplay shoot but I’m too lazy to do so haha. So I’ll settle with my baking post cause I’m really pleased about the turn-out !
I recently tried a hand at making a honey castella cake.
It’s essentially a Japanese sponge cake which texture is like a butter cake. But this cake has NO butter!
I didn’t want to bake it at first because I didn’t have the wooden castella box to bake it in. But I found a recipe that uses a normal loaf pan. Since my loaf pan turned out too long, I used a disposable aluminum loaf pan from daiso!
It was still too long (>_>); But I had to make do.
The result was a very short castella cake!
I had trouble trying to drop the cake to get rid of the air bubbles, after dropping a few times and spreading the batter, I just gave up and dropped it a final time and left it in the oven haha.
Obviously, the ones in Japan tasted better haha.
I don’t think this recipe realllly works. I mean the taste wasn’t really there. Hmm. Maybe it was the lack of mirin or something.
But it still is a pass!
Some other recipes I’ve seen, bakers somehow gotten a layer of uncooked batter on the bottom of the cake! D:
For this recipe I had a thin 1mm of uncooked batter when I took the cake out. But after leaving it to cool, the uncooked batter disappeared :3 Thank goodness!
The other thing I baked was my ABSOLUTELY favourite cake.
Red velvet cake!!
The only red velvet cake in singapore probably worth eating is the one from black cafe? I can’t remember the name, it’s a cafe at TripleOne.
Everywhere else, the cake is always dry! Cedele’s the worst. Don’t ever order that!
Anyways I should have known by the measurements for the cream cheese, it would be a very filling cake. 500g!! That’s the same amount I use for a cheesecake DDDD8 *almost fainting* I stared at the recipe for VERY LONG. Trying to figure out if I should really use all 500g of cream cheese.. in the end I just followed it haha. I had to throw away some frosting because my cake was only 2 layers.
Actually my batter turned very purple instead of red. I used about 4 table spoons of red colouring. I reckon it wasn’t enough. The bottom of my cake turned brown instead of red. The brown parts were all dry! The red parts were moist and absolute heaven! Not sure why it turned brown though.. Hmm could it be because I didn’t stir in the vinegar and baking soda fast enough? Hmmm…
The amount of icing sugar for the frosting scared me also! I used less that 2.5 cups as I ran out of icing sugar… (T^T)
I’m actually quite proud of myself! My first layered cake and my first frosted cake!! (^_^)v
I baked the whole cake in one cake tin because… I only have one cake tin (>_>);; haha.
The recipe said to bake for 30mins and I thought the baker used one cake tin too ! (Judging from the blog post)
But after 25mins the cake was like jelly. Haha. So I carefully watched over it and it took 50mins to get to this.
And because it was taking way to long for it to cool on the rack, I decided to cut the cake.
Thankfully the kitchen has a short bread knife (not those realllllyyy long ones) and so I sat down to cut it.
Not after pacing around the whole apartment anxiously.
I didn’t want to screw up my layers!
^ It got screwed anyway haha BUT thankfully not THAT bad hehe.
I tried to use something to guide my knife, but it didnt really work well.
Anyways you can see how red the middle part is and its all brown on the outer parts :( How sad!
I wanted to slice off the top of the cake coz its all ugly, but I was too scared to ruin it further. Anyways it was all gonna be covered with frosting anyway. So who cares!
I sent this picture to my mum and she asked where I bought the cake at haha.
The frosting part was a nightmare maybe? haha. Unsure if the weather is hot or something but I had a feeling the frosting was like melting. Hahah. So even though I really wanted to eat a slice before anyone else (incase it was really bad) I decided to leave it in the fridge.
A few hours later, my mum came home and we could cut the cake!
After refrigeration, the frosting harden so it was stable and solid hurhur.
Not like the icecream-y mess it resembled before.
It is totally delicious though! It was moist and everything! (except the brown parts haha)
I probably won’t bake this again unless it’s a special occasion or if it’s for a good friend haha!!
Reason being, the amount of sugar scares me haha! And it’s a huge cake! Who’s gonna finish this! Hahaha!
Unless I have this crazy craving for red velvet cake again, then I’ll bake this ! If not, ahhh too much sweets ! Haha!
Hoping to get more baking stuff soon so I can make another layer cake! I’m looking at Japanese strawberry shortcake and a banana loaf. Super duper want to bake a banana loaf soon because I’ve been craving it for months! Haha!