Monday, May 9, 2011

my baking diary #34 chocolate chip and double chocolate chunk cookies and #35 chocolate and fairy cupcakes

I spend my whole of polling day in the kitchen baking... except for that short period where i walked to the polling station with my parents to cast our votes... there was a polling station right at the void deck of my block, but we had to make a trip to a school located 3 bus stops away to cast our votes! And we din take a bus, we walked there! Ok lah, walking through the void decks of the other HDBs etc, the distance wasn’t really that far... but still, i thought it was rather unproductive coz there was a polling station right at the void deck of my block and another one in the schools diagonally opposite! My mum said the other aunties (old grannies) were complaining coz they have to walk so far instead of being able to cast their votes downstairs... anyway, its all over, and i am glad the votes garnered at the grc i am living in, managed to let the ‘different voice’ get more seats :) i was resting at home the whole of Sunday but din hear any vans coming to say ‘Thank You for Your Votes’, wonder if they left us out??

Anyway, like i said, i spent the Saturday baking, and yes, really the whole day... after i took my breakfast in the morning after i woke up, i started on my chocolate chips cookies... this was done with the Betty Crocker mix which i bought when i first started baking... the mix is expiring in Jun, so its time for me to work on it rather than throwing it away... while the cookies were still going into the oven in batches, i worked on another Betty Crocker mix – double chocolate chunk cookies... Saw this as a value pack along with a brownie premix, so bought it to try as well... since using premix save me quite a fair bit of time in ingredients preparation, i did both :) but after trying the cookies, mum commented she still prefer the oatmeal cookies, and asked when i will do them... seeing its Mothers’ Day the next day, i told her i will bake it in the evening...

#34 Chocolate Chips and Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies 

Betty Crocker Chocolate Chips Cookies
1 pkt Chocolate Chips premix
½ cup butter
1 egg
Betty Crocker Double Chocolate Chunk
1 pkt Double Chocolate Chunk premix
¼ cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoon water (can add another 1 - 2 tablespoon of water if the dough is too stiff)
1 egg

For both cookies:

1. Mix all ingredients and stir till a soft dough is formed
2. Drop by tablespoon (or teaspoon in my case) on to baking sheet
3. Bake in pre-heated oven at 170C – 175C for 8 – 10 minutes
4. Cool on hot baking sheet for a min or 2 before removing and store upon completely cool

There you go, using premix is the easier to satisfy any baking cravings!

I am submitting this to Aspiring Bakers #7 - Chocolate Delight (May 2011) hosted by Doris from Tested & tasted.

#35 Chocolate and Fairy Cupcakes

After votes were cast and dinner taken, it was time to start baking again... i could not make up my mind to bake cupcakes or oatmeal cookies for my mum... in the end, i decided on cupcakes... while half way through my chocolate cupcake baking, i came across the Green’s Fairy Cupcake premix (again!)... I got this in either Dec last year i think, wanting to try them out for my niece’s birthday... it ended up sitting in the cupboard (and got packed into a box coz my mum complained my ever-increasing baking stuff i am bringing home!), till i saw it on Saturday! So there and then, i decided to bake this Fairy Cupcakes and the chocolate cupcake which i was halfway through, instead of doing another vanilla cupcake which is going to take me time to prepare the ingredients and i can also bake some oatmeal cookies for my mum!

Chocolate Cupcakes (from the baking class i attended at Paisley & Cream)
3/4 cup plain flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
Pinch of salt (i omit this)
60gms unsalted butter, soften
2/3 cup caster sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup milk

1. Preheat oven to 170C - 180C
2. Sift flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt and set aside
3. Beat butter and sugar until light and creamy
4. Mix in egg and vanilla essence
5. Mix in flour and milk alternately into batter, starting and ending with flour (i.e. flour, milk, flour, milk, flour)
6. Scoop batter into cupcake liners or cups
7. Bake for 25 mins or until springy to the touch
8. Apply a layer of glaze (i.e. apricot glaze mix with water) on the top of the cupcakes to retain the moisture

Green’s Fairy Cupcake
1 box of Fairy Cupcake mix
Vegetable Oil
1 Egg

1. Mix all ingredients on slow speed till combined.
2. Mix on high speed for 2 mins
3. Scoop the batter into cupcake liners and bake in pre-heated oven at 170C for 10 - 12 mins
4. I apply a layer of the apricot glaze on these cuppies as well, and hence, the glossy finishing you see in the picture above

The box of premix came with 12 cupcake liners, a pack of pink icing sugar and edible sugar dust glitter. But i used the mini cupcake lines along with the new cupcake tin i bought on a recent shopping spree at PH, so i had about 20 mini cuppies
I only used the pink icing to decorate a couple of the small cuppies (see the cuppies with heart and stars) and attempted to use it for writing a message... i should have put a layer of choc ganache before i wrote on it, but working into the night while watching out for my oatmeal cookies in the oven and keep an eye on the tv for the election results, i was just trying to finish my baking as soon as i can!

i tried to frost some chocolate ganache, but still fail.. think coz of the hot weather (and my poor piping skills), i cant seem to get the chocolate ganache in the right condition to pipe nice flowers on the cupcakes.. so again, i just spread it on the cupcakes, and scatter the colourful sugar decos...

I am submitting this to Aspiring Bakers #7 - Chocolate Delight (May 2011) hosted by Doris from Tested & tasted.

Well, i dunno if my mum was appreciative of what i did, coz i ended up with a severe abdominal and gastric pain the next morning (yes, on Mum’s Day!) and my mum had to attend to (almost) every need of mine... helping me apply medicated oil on my feet (coz they were getting cold with the pain i was enduring), cooking porridge for me, making Milo on my request (which was rather often – i lost track of how many cups i had in that single day!), going to the market to buy bee hoon soup for my dinner, and of course listening to how i moan and groan over my pain... and my mum attribute all these to my whole day spent on baking! Though after seeing the doc it was due to the side effects of the antibiotics i was taking, resulting in gastric... and think she only ate one of the mini cuppies, before packing some off to my nephew who was over at my aunt’s house (across the road)... we are bringing her out for a dim sum lunch this week to make up for it coz my sis was also busy with her studies during the weekend (and to avoid the crowds)...


  1. Hi, where did you get your fairy cupcake mix? :)

  2. Hi, I got mine at ntuc.. Think u can find it at giant or cold storage as well! Hope u find it :)

  3. Lots of yummy chocolate baking here .... I love it! From cookies to cuppies .... what a great treats!

  4. it is better to rest well if not might have side effects.

    Your choc cupcakes look dark and chocolatey, i am going to try it out with my girl. Is the vanilla good?

  5. hi edith,

    thanks, will rest well..

    the choc cuppies are rich and chocolatey... try to use valrhona cocoa powder if possible... i tried van houten cocoa powder once coz i ran out of valrhona, and thot it din taste as nice...
    the vanilla ones are also nice, but i am more a chocolate person :P