Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Monster High Party Pinata Cake

On the weekend we celebrated Evie's birthday, she chose a 'Monster High' theme.

I love to make decorations, and although I did have some issues, the pinata looked great in the end, although next time I need more layers - it didn't last very long.

I also bought Monster High themed table decorations.

The party 'cave' was hanging streamers and balloons with glow sticks inside.

I piped the Monster High symbol on gingerbread for the take home lolly bags.

These amazing red velvet cupcakes were beautiful and delicious, made by Cakes by Sasi, please do check out some of her creations ----> incredible.

And of course the cake!
As soon as Evie saw Bubble and Sweet's Pinata cake she wanted one for her birthday.

The base was layered Milo chocolate cake, then topped with a chocolate bowl with a hole to fill in the lollies and the Draculaura doll.
I frosted with Italian meringue buttercream and piped the design using royal black icing.

It was great, everyone loved it when Evie cracked it open and the lollies spilled out.

I wonder what cake I will be making next year....

Remember last years Disney's Brave Macaron Cake?

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Fried Radish Cake (Jackie M recipe)

Recently Jackie M, an expert in Malaysian cuisine, published a recipe book and I was quick to buy IT
I have already cooked a couple of the recipes but after trying the Fried Radish Cake at Marrickville markets I was very keen to make this one.

Firstly I made the sauce for it which is a combination of soy sauce, sugar, fish sauce, chicken stock, and thick caramel sauce simmered.

Then the 'radish cake' which actually does not contain radish! (Apparently in the old days it did).
It is made by cooking rice flour, tapioca flour, salt and water on the stove top before steaming.

Once cooled it is cut into cubes.

Firstly I cooked the cubes in some oil until the surface became rough.

I then stir fried minced garlic and preserved radish. 

Then added the sauce, egg and rice cubes.
It is finished with bean sprouts and chives, which I did not have, so I used green onions.

To accompany the dish I made Belacan sambal.

This dish is totally worth the effort. I will definitely cook it again soon!
It is delicious and filling, and really quite simple.
My daughter went back for thirds!

So make sure you check out Jackie's site, the book is great and she also does excellent videos.