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Monday, September 8, 2008

Ah Boy is 1!

Today is Ah Boy's first birthday. Time really flies. He's 'talking' alot more and making lots of sounds. Crawls really fast and cruising steadily. He's able to stand unaided for a short while so I think he's not far making his first baby step. We actually celebrated his Lunar birthdate instead which was 2 weeks+ back. It was just a small celebration at my parents'. I made Chirashi Zushi and a birthday cake.

This picture exposed flaws of my piping skills. Photobucket I bought this cake pan during a spree. Ah Boy loves bears and Barney. Going by the Lunar birthdate, Ah Boy gets to celebrate his birthday first. Ah Girl said it wasn't fair that her brother celebrated his first since the actual date is in September. Hers, August. Guess she remembered the month sequence really well now. As their birthdays are only 10 days apart and to appease her, the poor bear had another 5 candles pounded into its tummy. *Ouch* She loves birthdays and she's already counting down on her next! My dear, you just celebrated it 10 days ago. Photobucket

Abit blur at first.

Getting excited.

Chuckling when we sang 'Happy Birthday'.

'Hey, Jie Jie! That's my cake yo!'

Can't wait to take a bite.

I used my sis's Sponge Cake recipe, the one she which she called her own. She's generous to allow me to share the recipe in my blog. Thanks S! The recipe shared here should be enough to fill an 9 inch pan. I used the whole recipe as I do not know how much batter the bear cake pan would need. In the end, I had enough for the bear pan and a short 6 inch cake. Also, her original recipe was a Lemon Sponge, but I used vanilla instead. This recipe is using egg separation method.

This is the texture of the sponge. Wonderfully soft. Ah Boy likes this alot. I will be baking this more often but perhaps I will reduce the recipe and bake them into cupcakes.

S’s Sponge Cake
5 Egg Whites
100g Fine Sugar
½ Tsp cream of tartar

5 Egg Yolks
80g Fine Sugar
1-1/2 Tsp Vanilla Essence
125 ml Milk
4 Tbsp Melted butter

170g cake flour
½ Tsp bicarbonate of soda

*Sift together

1) In A clean bowl, whisk egg white and sugar. Add cream of tartar and whisk till peak.

2) In another bowl, whisk egg yolks, sugar till pale and fluffy.

3) Add vanilla essence, milk and melted butter to egg yolk mixture then fold in sifted flour mixture.

4) Fold in egg yolk mixture into egg white mixture.

5) Bake at 180°C for around 50 minutes to an hour.

*Note : The bear pan is my first silicone bakeware. It may be the size of it or silicone bakeware bakes fast. It took 25 minutes.

**Note : I used dairy whipped cream (150ml + 1 Tbsp Icing Sugar) and chocolate ganache (65g chocolate + 65g dairy whip cream) for the piping.


Yuri said...

Happy Birthday to your little boy. Another well done cake. I will try this recipe, I'm curious, how to make it back to lemon sponge cake again?

Rei said...

Yuri : Just replace the vanilla essence with zest of 1 lemon + 1 tbsp lemon juice. The latter is optional though.

Edith said...

Happy Birthday to your little prince.

I want to try your sponge cake!!! Failed so many times until I am so disheartened.

Terri @ A Daily Obsession said...

happy birthday to ah boy! he was truly thrilled so maybe let him blow some candles each time u make a cake. it's like our joy each time we shop... :D

Emily said...

Happy Birthday to Ah Boy!

Tks for sharing the recipe!

ganache-ganache said...

the cake is so cute, simple & nice, my type of deco, well done !

3lilangels said...

Happy Birthday to Ah Boy! He's so cute, looking so excitedly at the cake. And the cake looks perfect.

Love your blog, cakes, and bentos. Hope you don't mind me linking your blog. Btw, I hopped here from Bentopet's blog.

Mel said...

Hi Rei,

Happy Mooncake Festival to You & Yours Family.


Rei said...

Terri : Thanks! Yes, I think I will get that request every time I bake now. :p

Emily : Thank you!

Ganache2 : No no, your deco is far better than mine!

3lilangels : Thanks for your well wishes and linking my blog.

Mel : Thank you, you are so thoughtful! Happy Mooncake festival to you and your family too!

Rosie said...

Happy belated birthday to your little boy awe he is such a cutie :) Love the cake!!

Rosie x

Rei said...

Thanks Rosie~!

Anonymous said...

I showed this cake to one of my friend and she guess what ? She said 'the teddy bear seems really soft, good quality' She thought it was a toy, LOL ! You were really skilled

Rei said...

Chumpman : Thank you! It did look huggable!

Anonymous said...

Hi Rei,
Do I beat the egg whites till stiff peak?

Rei said...

Reena : Yes, the whites are beaten till stiff peaks.

Nat said...

hi Rei, i tried your sponge cake recipe today. could not get the same texture as yours. mine was not very soft and fluffy. taste wise, it was nice! :)

could it be due to overmixing of the yolk mixture and flour?


chuany said...

Hai Rei, today i tried this cake, n yes, this is very good recipe, mine not as good as your, but for beginner like me, i love this sponge cake ^^, soft like a chiffon texture. Thx alot Rei, here is mine, the top is not bake well, iam not patient to eat that :P -->

Unknown said...

Hi Rei :D BEen following your blog for a while and always impressed with your work ^^ I have a small question though, is this recipe enough for a 9x13" rectangular pan? Or it needs to be doubled? Thank you ^^