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I'm so Frustrated!

I'm so frustrated right now.. I thought I will be able to make it right this time, but to no avail..
All I wanted to make is a pipable, glossy, chocolate fudge icing that we usually see in bakeshops. Is that hard to achieve? Thought it was easy... I'm sooo depressed.. huhu!

Anyway, I saw a chocolate fudge recipe online, I think it was just okay.. so here's the actual recipe:

1 c. sugar
1 c. water
4 tbsp. cocoa powder
6 tbsp. cornstarch
1 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. oil
1 tsp. vanilla

I just followed the recipe, combined the first five ingredients over medium heat, stirring constantly until it starts to boil and get thick, removed it from fire and stirred in the oil and vanilla. The texture was smooth and glossy, it looks perfect but not the taste. The taste is just okay. Back to my story, the only thing I altered in the recipe to get it pipable was increase the cornstarch to 2 tbsp. It turned out great.. I've even practiced piping borders with it. It was lovely.

So now that I already knew…

Mom's Bday (Revel Bars)

I also wanted to make revel bars for the party coz I love it really much! Hehe.

Ingredients:3 c. Quick cooking oats, 2 c. packed brown sugar, 2 1/2 c. all purpose flour, 1 bar butter, 1 tsp. salt, 2 pcs. eggs, 1 tsp. baking soda, 2 tsps. vanilla extract.







Cream butter, add sugar until fluffy. Beat in eggs.








Meanwhile, sift flour together with baking powder and salt. Mix together with oats.







Pour in flour mixture into butter mixture, mixing well using a wooden spoon.







It would then become like this.








Make the chocolate: 1 1/2 cocoa powder, 2 tbsps. butter, 1 cup condensed milk, 1/2 tsp. salt.
Heat all ingredients over low heat in a medium saucepan, stirring constantly until smooth. Remove from heat.





Press 2/3 of the oat mixture into the bottom of a slightly greased 9x13" pan or wider. Spread chocolate over the top and dot with the remaining mixture. It should look something like this. Bake for 30-35 mins at 350 F.






How it looks like when cooked. Cool completely before cutting into bars.








Already c…

Mom's Bday (Ultra Moist Chocolate Cake)

Mom celebrated her birthday last Sunday and I was the one in charge of the sweets. Since I'm not YET into the fancy world of cake decorating, I decided to make everyone's all time favorite moist chocolate cake, and it's ULTRA moist this time!

Ingredients:2 1/2 c. cake flour, 2 1/2 c. sugar, 6 pcs. egg yolks, 1 bar butter, 3/4 c. cocoa powder, 1/4 c. evaporated milk, 1 1/2 tbsp. baking soda, 2 1/2 tsp. baking powder, 1/4 c. mayonnaise or 1 tbsp. vinegar, 1 tsp. vanilla extract.





Cream butter until light and fluffy, add sugar and egg yolks.










Dissolve cocoa powder in boiling water.






Combine flour mixture (sifted flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt) alternately with cocoa into butter mixture. Incorporate milk in between.







Stir in mayonnaise and vanilla. Batter becomes thin.








Pour in a greased and lined pan. Bake for 40 mins at 350 F. (I used a 9x13" rectangular pan her…

Let's try bars this time!

I was quite bored at home, craving for something sweet to eat again. Seems like I'm starting to have a sugar addiction..my system gets restless if I can't eat anything sweet in a day!! Will I get diabetes from this?!

Since I can't help myself, and my hands are itching to bake anyway, I've thought about trying bars this time. There was this recipe from a cookbook that I planned to try when time and money allows me, now I think it's about time to try this out. They call it Cafe Bars.

The recipe actually calls for a coffee liquor, since we don't have it available at home, and I don't have the time to check on it in malls, I decided to make a homemade coffee liquor, which recipe I found on this site: http://liquor.suite101.com/article.cfm/homemade_coffee_liquor_recipe.

Like the usual brownie procedure, I melted the butter and mixed cocoa with it in medium heat, removed mixture from heat and added sugar, eggs, vanilla, flour, coffee powder, salt and folded in the p…

My 2nd Chocolate Cake

My younger sister asked me to bake a cake for her teacher's birthday last week. Ako naman, was more than eager to help her out and teach her at the same time. She requested me to bake the same chocolate cake I made before with the chocolate frosting all over it and that. Here's what we got..



I was supposed to put the cake in a single pan and cut in half, but I thought of trying to use two 9" round pans instead so I'd just stack the cakes one over the other. It's quite uneven so I had to trim off some areas to even it out. Sorry I don't have any pictures of it coz I didn't know I will be needing it for my blogging.. Hehe. So anywayzz, since I'm still struggling to make pipable icings, my sis came up with a marshmallow idea! So here's the rest of our decorating escapades...


Playing focused on her work. She's the one doing the decorating stuff since she's gonna be the one to giveit to her teacher anyway..hehe. She's my sister by the way.

Yeah…

Egg Pie Disaster!

Believe it or not, I only ate egg pies twice in my whole 22 years of living here on earth! The first time I ever took a taste and started to love those rich tasting pies was back in college, I had a summer job back then and someone just passed around those pies for our snacks. The second time was when my cousin bought us a box from Goldilocks. I never bought egg pies for myself, because I think it's quite expensive for a single slice. So I thought, why not make my own? I could then just devour one or two layers all by myself.. Haha!

So this happened around august, I was looking for recipes online and chose the one from Pinoy Cook as her pie looks so tempting in the picture, with some good reviews about it. I just changed the recipe for the syrup a bit; I used water and sugar as substitute for honey.

Now time for baking it in the oven! After 40 minutes, I started panicking when I saw one side of the filling blow up like a balloon. So I lowered down the heat -- did estimations as our …