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Mad about Kueh Lapis Spekkoek

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

           Kueh Lapis

With way too many egg yolks left from baking macarons and teaching macaron classes, I had 4 options on what to do with them:

A. Make ice cream
B. Make creme brulee
C. Make kueh lapis
D. Trash the egg yolks

Option D seemed terribly wasteful, so that was the 1st option to go. Option A and B meant I had to go to the store to get more whipping cream and I really didn’t want to go anywhere in this horribly hot weather we’ve been having this past week.

This meant I was left with Option C and finding a 3 hour window to make the kueh lapis, not an easy task on the weekend when I’d much rather be spending my free time with H and A than slaving away in the kitchen. I was also somewhat reluctant, given how fattening and unhealthful the cake is, what with 20 egg yolks, half a kilogram of butter and lots of sugar.

              Kueh Lapis Sliced

BUT, it’s also been 4 years since I last made this cake, so I went ahead anyway and planned to do it while A was taking her afternoon nap. This would, of course, turn out to be the day that she would nap only a little over an hour. Fortunately, H was around and very obligingly kept her occupied while I baked the lapis cake. Fortunately, I was done at the 3 hour mark.

Straight out of the oven, the cake tasted a little drier than I would have liked. I had placed the baking pan on the oven floor as instructed in my mother’s recipe. It was only later when I was going through my own notes and my previous post on the same cake that I realised I should have placed the pan on the lowest rung in my oven. I was disappointed, but H suggested that I leave the cake overnight. He felt that it would taste better the next day and he was absolutely right! It wasn’t as dry the next day, although I have no idea why being kept in the fridge didn’t dry it out further.

I divided the calorific cake into 4 portions and distributed them among my family. Shared calories don’t count, right?

An Anniversary and Memorial Cake

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

              Anniversary and Memorial Cake

For H, my wonderful pillar of strength these past 15 years. Thank you for 10 years of companionship and for being the anchor that keeps my mind calm and my heart steady in my endless sea of worries.

              Anniversary and Memorial Cake

For A, my sunshine and greatest source of joy. Thank you for being such a bright beam of light in our lives. You amaze us each day with every new thing you do and say as you grow and blossom.

              Anniversary and Memorial Cake

For P, my little star and angel up in Heaven. Thank you for giving us 4 wonderful months of utter happiness. Although we may be apart, you live on forever in our hearts.

              Royal Icing Close Up

I love you all, more than any words can ever express and more than any cake can ever represent.

Mad about a Mickey Mouse Cake

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Ashley's 2nd Birthday Cake

Haven’t got the time to write a proper blog post, so just a couple of photographs for now until we get back from our trip.

              Ashley's 2nd Birthday Cake