A little thought on Monday + {the philosophy of learning how to bake}

Monday, November 19, 2012

Hello lovelies.... I cheat a bit for this post, normally my post always fresh from the oven, but I know next Monday will be a busy day for me, so I wrote this post on Friday night...haaa...

Recently I learned two new things. Just now, when I wrote this post I learned how to make my portrait and landscape photos have the same width, look like more organized.  I  successfully did it but still not in the same width with my text... oh well. I will keep exploring how to make completely right and If I finally got it right, I will probably share with all of you at my blog :). As usual, I Just use PicMonkey to edit my pictures , simple!

Secondly, I also learned baking since last month. In my previous post at here, I told you that I never baked before, ever! When I think back why I am kind of afraid to learn baking, because when I was small my mom loved to bake and I always curious wanted to see and help, however she always shooed me away, I did not blame her for giving me that memory, may be she thought I would mess around in the kitchen instead of helping her . It made me always has a feeling I won't be able to bake or rather I said baking is not the right things for me.

My husband brought back electric mixer few years ago, he won it from his company annual dinner, since then the mixer was still sealed tight in the box until recently I decided to really give it a try. I said, heck, it just baking not inventing new rocket or anything vital for the country! First trial was a little bit disaster, I bought ready mix box of vanilla cupcakes, after mixing them using the mixer, I divided the batters evenly into the cupcake mold.  Because I filled the batters into the mold liner until to the top instead of half, while they were inside the oven, the batters were overflowing. That was the first time I also learned about the meaning of self raising flour. I involved my almost three years daughter to decorate the cakes, it was messy but she had fun. I determined that my daughter is allowed to involve in the kitchen as long as she wants to.

After that, I bought few more ready cupcakes mix in vanilla flavors, all were well results and I had a little bit more confident to start baking other cake than just vanilla cupcakes. I tried apple cake (picture here), it was not turned well. First, I  struggled with the measurement, the recipe uses grams for both solid and liquid ingredients, I had difficulty to convert the liquid ingredient from grams into oz/cc, and secondly, somehow the result and the taste went wrong. Also for the first time, I could see that learns about measurement or conversion in science subject is pretty beneficial. I just never been good in science though!

I stepped back and observed, I just learned how to crawl, why am I so impatient want to run, I shall learn how to walk first, right? So I thought, let's make cupcake again hahaha... but this time I did not buy the ready mix one, I followed the recipe book and mix the ingredient my self (still a little bit struggling with my measurement ability, of course). One step ahead at the time, remember? 
The result turned ok. Not entirely correct I guess, because the book stated it can make 12 standards cupcakes, mine turned to be only 8 smaller than standard cupcakes. The self raising flour did not really do their work so well, either. However the taste is acceptable. When I gave my hubby a try during our coffee time, he pretended to be Gordon Ramsey and give a good comment in the tricky way. Typical Gordon Ramsey kind of expression...haaa...

To sum up the story above,  the point is we shall never give up to learn a new things. It likes Eleanor Roosevelt said, Do one thing that scares you everyday!   I might not be able to make my way for being a baker...but hey, I overcome my fear on baking. I hope you will feel a little bit inspired and have a great Monday!

The recipe is actually ordinary and simple, however in case you want to try it out, here I shared mine. 

Lemon cupcake
(Makes 12 standard size cupcakes)
  • 125g butter, softened
  • 125g caster sugar/light brown sugar
  • 2 medium eggs
  • Finely grated rind and juice of 1 lemon
  • 125g self-raising flour
  1. Preheat the oven to 190deg C
  2. Beat the butter and the sugar together until the mixture light and fluffy using electric mixer. Add the eggs, lemon rind, lemon juice and the flour to the bowl and beat the mixture at medium speed until smooth
  3. Divide the batter into the cupcake mold with liners evenly. Bake into the oven for 10-15 min. The cake is baked when it has risen and firm on the center.
  4. Place the cake into cooling wire rack to cool. 
For icing- I substitute Meringue to Vanila butter cream. This simply, because I was too afraid to make meringue...haaa

Vanila butter cream
(I use half of below measurement for the above recipe)
  • 175g butter, softened
  • 350g icing sugar
  • 3tbsp boiling water
  • Few drop vanilla extract
  1. Beat the butter in a bowl to soften it using electric mixer, add the icing sugar, boiling water and vanilla extract. Beat until the icing is smooth and pale in color. Apply into the cooling cupcake immediately to avoid from crusting.

(Recipes are adapted from Sue McMahon cupcake book, Images are by me)


  1. I love lemon desserts! Going to try this :)