Basics #17: Levelling & Torting Cake

Basics #17: Levelling & Torting Cake

You’ll want to venture into levelling and torting cakes if you want to take your cake decorating  to the next level. (See what  I did there?)

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Levelling a cake simply removes the dome from the top of a cake to give you a perfectly flat surface to stack and ice. Torting involves splitting a cake layer into two or more layers, which you will want to do if the original cake layer is thick. Having…

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Lime Layer Cake with Rose Buttercream Icing

Lime Layer Cake with Rose Buttercream Icing

I was inspired by the Middle Eastern flavours of this recipe by Rachel Allen, but I wanted a double-layered cake instead of a single layer, soaking cake.

Lime Rose Cake

Plus, I’d gotten myself a bottle of rose water last year and this was the first time I got to use it!

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Easy Easter Chocolate Cupcakes

Easy Easter Chocolate Cupcakes

It’s that time of the year again to celebrate Spring, rebirth  and bunnies. (I am aware of the religious significance of Easter, but this is hardly the blog for such matters.) And in the spirit of renewal, this recipe is really a rehash of the chocolate cupcakes used in my Halloween Cupcakes of Lost Souls. From death to life — how poetic!

Easter Cupcakes (1)

Simply whip up a batch of the chocolate cupcakes. Then as…

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Apple Granola Muffins

I think it’s about time I give up the pretence. In the recent past, muffins were just a way to use up stale granola. Now I find that they’re just meant to be together. Crunchy granola is a great counterpart to soft and fluffy muffins.

Apple Granola Muffins

And, if you choose your granola flavours wisely, you’ll end up with great pairings. Case in point, an simple apple muffin, but jazzed up with cinnamon raisin…

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Basics #16: Melting Chocolate

Basics #16: Melting Chocolate

If you’ve ever needed to melt chocolate, chances are you’ve screwed it up at least once. Seized chocolate due to overheating is one of the more revolting things on Earth (I exaggerate, of course). And burning chocolate can just be heartbreaking, especially if you’ve decided to splurge on a quality bar.

Fortunately, melting chocolate is not difficult at all. The principle behind it is — low and…

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Ice Cream Cone Cake

Ice Cream Cone Cake

This cake needed to be spectacular. It not only celebrated the birthday of a new baby girl, but her father’s birthday too. (And turns out it’s perfect for Easter as well!)

Ice Cream Cone Cake

I also went to town with the flavours and colours. The cake is a basic vanilla sponge dyed pink (for girls!). There are four layers in this cake, held together with raspberry jam and chocolate buttercream icing, all…

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The Quest to Clone Famous Amos Cookies

Although I’ve made plenty of chewy cookies, I actually a bigger fan of crispy, crunchy cookies, and an even bigger fan of one brand of crispy, crunchy cookies — Famous Amos. There’s just something about biting into a FA cookie. Other than the crunch, there’s an amazing toasted flavour, almost like caramel and coffee. And of course, there’s the smell — your nose will know when there’s a Famous…

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Raspberry Red Velvet Cookies

Soft and Moist Raspberry Red Velvet Cookies

Anything calling itself “red velvet” needs to be (1) red, and (2) chocolate-ty. The chocolate part is easy, but getting that ludicrously bright shade of crimson takes a lot of red food dye. Cake recipes can call up to 3 or more teaspoons of colouring for a strong red. And it always makes me slightly nervous to add so much artificial colouring.

Red Velvet Cookies

So why not go the route of natural food dyes? I…

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Chocolate-Chunk Peanut Butter Muffins

Basic Bakes is back online with Chocolate-Chunk Peanut Butter Muffins!

I’m back! As much as I wanted to take a much-needed break following  the previous meh post, I didn’t want to be gone that long. What happened was that my account with the server that hosts Basic Bakeshad expired. Well, I say “my account”, but actually that account belonged to my friends and I was merely couch-surfing for the last couple of years so to speak. And these friends wanted to close their

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Granola Soda Bread

Granola Soda Bread

I have a couple of confessions to make: (1) I’ve not been very inspired to bake lately, and (2) consequently, this isn’t a very inspiring bake.

Granola Soda Bread

It is, however, a very utilitarian bake. This is yet another way to use up stale granola.

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