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



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