Saturday, August 23, 2014

Cake Pops Recipe- Using a Silicone Cake Pop Mould


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As you can see from my Facebook and Instagram photos, I made this super colorful cake pops on last week. And some of you requested the recipe and thus I decided to share it here!


All you need is this silicone mould to make perfect cake pops!

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I bought this silicone cake pop mould from a baking ingredient shop nearby my house.


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Sticks for the cake

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Sprinkles for decorating the cake pops!


I did not take any photos of the ingredients and the work-in-progress photo but the ingredients list is short and the steps are super easy to follow!

Here you go!



INGREDIENT LIST

Cake pops

Salted Butter                              100g
Sugar                                         40g
Egg                                            2
Self-raising flour                         110g
Baking soda                               2g
Vanilla essence                           1/2 teaspoon

Dipping Chocolate

Chocolate buttons                      250g
Vegetable shortening                   4 teaspoon


Baking the cake

1. Whisk the softened butter and the sugar until you have a whitish cream.

2. Add the eggs one by one, leaving enough time between each for them to be fully incorporated in the mixture.

3. Add in vanilla essence.

4. Sift in the flour and baking soda. Mix until combined.

5. Place the bottom half of the mould (the one without holes). Scoop the batter into the holes until they’re full.

6. Gently secure the other half of the mould over the top.

7. Bake in the preheated oven at 180 Degree Celsius for about 15 minutes.

8. Cool the pops before removing them.


Melting chocolate

1. Place the chocolate buttons in a heat-proof bowl that fits snugly in a saucepan over a pot of lightly steaming water. The steam will slowly melt the chocolate. Suspend the bowl over the simmering water, but do not let the bottom of the bowl to touch the water. Contact with the water may cause the bowl overheated, burning the chocolate instead of melting it.

2. Melt the chocolate slowly over low heat. Stir with a metal spoon until melted.

3. When the chocolate is almost completely melted, remove from the heat.

4. If the chocolate is too thick, add in vegetable shortening or whipping cream and stir well until you get the runny texture. It helps the chocolate to stay glossy when it sets.


Coating and decorating

1. Remove the cake pops from the mould. Dip one end of the cake pop sticks into the melted chocolate and insert them into the cake pops. Allow them to set in the fridge for 5 minutes. See photo below.

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2. Dip the cake pops into the melted chocolate and use a spoon to cover them all over and leave to dry in the mould.

3. Sprinkle with decorations and you are done!


If you would like to watch the cake pops making process video, you can refer HERE. It's a Taiwanese show in Mandarin.


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Who could resist this colorful and cheerful cake pops? I believe they will be gone in seconds!


Sunday, August 10, 2014

The Loft In The Mill, Olinda



Surprise!

This is my first Melbourne blog post and I hope I could update more often! God, please be good to me!



The Loft In The Mill is a boutique hotel located at Dandenong Ranges, Olinda which is approximately an hour drive from Melbourne. To be exact, I should call this “A home in the forest”!

It’s close to the major tourists attractions like Yarra Valley and Puffing Billy Steam Train, not to forget that there are many beautiful gardens and forest parks tucked in this calm and tranquil atmosphere for nature lovers.

Our journey to Dandenong Ranges was the most adventurous road trip ever. Firstly we faced some problem with the GPS (the screen was black out) which delayed our departure for about 40 minutes. Secondly, we never expect that there was no street light in Olinda (yes, we were driving in the dark) and the road was as narrow as the old road to Cameron Highlands. The worst thing was no mobile coverage and there weren’t many buildings in this area. My heart kept praying that we could locate the homestay otherwise we would have to sleep in the car in this jungle OMG!

Lucky that after driving in the dark for about 30 minutes with fears and worries, finally we saw few houses and shops and we spotted our boutique hotel on the main road.

There are only 7 rooms in this guesthouse. Check in was quick because obviously we were the last one and the owner (a super lovely and friendly lady) welcomed us by showing us our room and how to turn on the heater as well as giving us directions to the nearest restaurants for dinner.

It was quite some distance from the reception to our suites and the owner actually guided us by holding mum’s hand because the walkway was too dark. They only have lighting outside the suites which were those automatic sensor type so they only lit up when we were very near to the suites.


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The facade of the guesthouse. This photo was taken in the next morning.


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Love the greeneries surrounding the guesthouse. Too bad that we did not have time to explore the lush fern glades and towering forests here.


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The next morning was a sunny day!


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The cosy outdoor seating area, which we didn't use because it was too cold.


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We stayed in Calico Suite and this was the living area and kitchen, which had ample of space for two of us.


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My favourite corner of the suite. Love this vintage and Victorian style of accommodation.


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The bowl of chocolates on arrival was surprisingly delicious.


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So glad that I brought this elegant lace dress with me and it matched perfectly to the settings here.


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There were breakfast cereals, bread, jam, butter, juices, coffee, tea and milk provided for the stay, which all stored in this black cupboard.


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The room had loads of character and was very cosy.


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The bedroom was immaculately clean!


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The en-suite was bright enough and I particularly liked its white lighting because painting ICI on my face was much more easier.

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The toiletries were what I would expect to find in a 5-star hotel. Not to forget to mention they had a double spa bath tub which really made it a perfect relaxing stay.



Of course I would not miss any chance to shoot some nice portrait photos.

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I would heartily recommend this hotel to anyone looking for accommodation in this area. It’s absolutely a beautiful place that make you feels homely and comfortable but with the element of luxury.


The Loft In The Mill
1602 Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd,
Olinda VIC 3788, Australia.
Price per night: RM525 (AUD172.50) including breakfast



Thursday, July 31, 2014

Quick update (July 2014)


Hello all! Hope you had an absolutely fabulous holiday, full of joy, love, rest and fun.

Finally I managed to squeeze some time to update this abandoned blog.

July is the peak period for auditors and what made me totally breathless was my maid returned to Phillipine and I had to cook for ken (totally ignore food decor), do some simple house chores especially tidying up my messy room after renovation, and shop for furniture and fittings for our refurbished room as well as ken’s new room.

And of course my maid has just resumed working so that I can now have time sitting in front of the table composing this post.



Okay, here's some snippets of my life since the last update on 20 June 2014.

And of course they may not be in chronological order.


1. Had the simplest birthday celebration in Seremban


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Initially had a plan for a short getaway but it was called off last minute due to the delay in renovation. I hope we could execute the plan somewhere in August but that will then become a birthday celebration for my hubby. Anyway I think I deserve a vacation to recharge my batteries.



2. Furniture shopping

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We have been looking for children's bed which can fit into our room design but failed to get one in Seremban until we went to IKEA. Lots of hassle when we shopped for ken’s kid size bed because we bought the wrong size mattress and had to return to Ikea for exchange.



3. Baking and cooking

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Continue to experiment new recipes! And I really love this homemade strawberry jam because they are too delicious!

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Bought lots of bento-making stuffs from Daiso and I think Japanese mums are all superwomen!


4. Temple visit

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Went to Thien Hou Gong with family for praying. Ken insisted to get a joss stick for himself as well as mummy and daddy and he even imitated how we prayed.



5. Trip to Port Dickson Beach

Planned to have a stay at Avillion but it was fully booked so we just made a short visit so that Ken could experience playing sand and water.

We had so much fun and I was so surprised that ken can play with just the sand and water for more than an hour. Why can’t he do this at home with his toys?

Here's a few pics from our fantastic trip!


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6. Craft activities


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One of the pastimes we did with ken but he can only stay focus for less than 15 minutes.


Alright! That's all for now! See you soon!





Friday, June 20, 2014

【清境】老英格兰庄园贵妇下午茶



那天翻看去年台湾之旅的照片,发现原来我还有超级多的游记还没和大家分享。这些游记可以够我写到明年吧!


好了,先来这篇我超喜欢的贵族英式下午茶!地点就在坐落于海拔1700的老英格兰庄园-维吉诺餐厅。


來到清境,你一定会被这座充滿英国奢华城堡风格的建筑所吸引。老英格兰庄园共花了九年的建造时间,于2010年才开幕。住一晚要价上万台币(平日入住是大概马币1400一晚)。为了客人的隐私和避免吵杂的环境,老英格兰规定来用餐的客人不能到住宿区,所以来维吉诺餐厅就只能参观庄园的一小部分。




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建筑外观。有没有很欧洲?


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入口处是个大提琴,往內走有很多雕像,很欧风又精致的庭院。我去的时候是二月,其实天气还蛮冷的,可是为了可以秀秀这件我超爱的睫毛蕾丝连衣裙,就只好牺牲一下啦!


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让我们一起进入另一個欧洲的童话世界吧!


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这个钟楼好美哦!


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由服务人远领着,经过迴廊,终于抵达入口有些隱密的餐厅。我们被安排坐在景观迴廊区,一整排窗边座位,阳光撒落进來,实在是太舒服了! 还有就是这里的家具、装饰、陈设,都呈现了浓浓的欧式风情。


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点好了两人份的下午茶后,服务员会先送上栗子蒙布朗。


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外层的栗子泥香滑帶甜,內层的鲜奶油配上好大一颗的栗子,底部是巧克力饼干底,实在是太棒了!如果可以降低甜度,那就完美了!

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接下来是造型精致的三层式下午茶餐点。这个餐点架要价台币12000元哦!


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这种摆设马上就提升食物看起來的美味程度呀!第一层是马卡龙和布郎尼,第二层是水果果冻和泡芙, 第三层是司康、黑芝麻坚果曲奇和三明治。


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下午茶还包括一壶伯爵茶


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望出去可以看见住宿区的建筑。坐在这里享受下午茶真的好悠闲啊!


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由于饮料是自助式的,所以我们去添茶之余还可以欣赏这里的装横。我还在这里拼命拍照,老公说我拍照多过享用下午茶(那有这么夸张!)。


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餐厅中央是一个金字塔型天窗


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当然不能错过任何合照的机会。老公不爱拍照,每次我都是没有问他就叫服务员或路人帮我们拍,这样他就没机会拒绝了嘛!


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这次老公好棒,还会应我所求玩自拍!这张实在是太逗趣了!


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用完下午茶,我们就到庭院去四处拍。这次超好运,让我遇到一位超爱拍照的小姐,她也是刚用完下午茶。这位热心的小姐帮我们拍了好多,她还不停的叫我们换背景,自己又时蹲时站,务必要拍到满意的角度,让我怀疑她是不是个摄影师。台湾人真的好友善好热情啊!


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临走前司机大哥帮我们拍的合照!



下午茶一个人是450元+10%,餐点真的不错吃,加上优美的环山景观和高贵又绚丽的空间,根本就是赚到啊!马来西亚的下午茶根本没的比啊!你说是不是?


下一次有机会再来清境一定要住一回,來趟华丽高贵的欧风之旅!这个下次也不懂要等多久了,因为想去的地方太多了啦!


如果你有去清境玩的话,千万别错过这宛如置身欧洲的宮廷英式下午茶哦!



清境 老英格兰庄园
网址:www.theoldengland.com

维吉诺餐厅下午茶
时间: 13:00pm~16:00pm
(假日无订位,现场登记。价格450元+10%)



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