One year of baking

Time flies and I have been baking for 1 year :D. Last year, in a panic Women’s day *I said “panic” for a very true sentiment of mine that day when everything was messed up lol*, i made my very first cake in Singapore, carrot cake. It was not such a success but luckily, at that time none of my friends could bake, or at least I didn’t know anyone who could do it, so they just felt so delighted when I invited them to test my cake, which scientists called them “white mouses”.

After one year, I have baked a lot, at least once a week (even more during exam periods :”>) and of coz, as a friend of mine said today “practice makes perfect” :”>. never before have I thought that baking would become a great hobby, somehow I can call it “desire” as now the only thing I want to do is bake, and bake, and bake lol.

Of coz I had to make smt nice for my own ceremony. At first I planned for a carrot cake *and then compare to the first one I made and then feel happy and delighted for my improvement haha*, however, life is weird and unpredictable as we all know, I made raisin-filled torte yesterday. It’s the first recipe from  book named “Most memorable meals” which i bought about 1 month ago and read it everyday before sleeping time :”>. I decided to call it KACE torte (stand for Kate’s ceremony torte :))).

Here is the recipe:

– 2 cups flour

– 1 1/4 cups sugar

– 1/2 cup butter, room temperature

– 3/4 cup milk

– salt, baking powder

– 1 tsp vanilla

– 1 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/8 tsp nutmeg (opt – I didn’t use at all :D), 1/4 cup maple syrup

For Filling:

– 1 1/2 cups rasin

-1/3 cup sugar and 2/3 cup of water

–  1 tbsp cornstarch

– 1 tbsp butter and 1 – 2 tbsp lemon juice

– grated lemon peel (orange peel is also ok)

For frosting:

– 1 cup icing sugar

–  7-8 tbsp milk

– grated lemon/orange peel and lemon juice

Preheat the oven to 375F, prepare 2 9-inch round pans (for making the 2 layers simultaneously, otherwise one pan is good enough as you can bake one by one).

For the cake, first cream butter a sugar, then add eggs one at a time, whisk until smoothly mixed. Add flour, salt and baking powder and lastly mix in milk. Then pour half of the batter into another bowl. Add vanilla to one half; cinnamon, nutmeg and maple syrup to the other half.

Bake the 2 layer for 20-25 min, then place on a rack, cool.

For filling, mix water, cornstarch and sugar in a medium saucepan, stir on medium heat until boil. Pour raisin in the pan and steam for 2 minutes. Remove the saucepan from heater, stir in butter, lemon juice and lemon peel. Cool.

The filling looks like this:

cinnamon layer and raisin filling

To make frosting, just mix all the ingredient together :D.

Combination part: place the cinnamon layer first, top-side down. Then spread raisin over the layer. After that, place the vanilla layer on top of raisin layer, top-side up 😀 so that your cake will have a hilly top :)). The last step is pouring frosting over the cake and keep it in the frigde for a while for the frosting to condense.

And here is the final product 😀

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For your reference, this is how it looks like in my book 😀

from book

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