Major talent for a first timer – Oreo Cheesecake for the love of his life

Been very busy with all the bakes for CNY. Been itching to bake something else other then the usual CNY stuff that people have ordered. Who’d know the chance came when Andy texted me one fine Wednesday morning to ask if I could teach him to bake a cake for his girlfriend. Of course its a yes! I’ve always been a sucker for all these kinda romantic stuff. Plus I needed a short break away from all the same stuff I’ve been baking day after day. I’ve been bouncing off ideas through whatsapp the whole of Wednesday, and we settled for something simple. Something almost anybody can pull off.

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Oreo Cheesecake!

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Check out Mr Pro working in a very messy kitchen.

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Pounded the base to fine perfection, and using all his muscle strength to press it down firmly. I feared a dent may actually form on the tin wit the amount of strength he placed into pressing the biscuit base down. Lolx.

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Folding in the ingredients. Light and fluffy. The man took every single instruction to heart, and placed his full heart and soul into making this cake. Every measurement is to its precise number, every stroke was made with full concentration. He took this major task seriously. Lolx. The cake was supposed to have 3 layers. The biscuit base, plain cream cheese and an oreo cream cheese layer. So after placing the plain cheese layer, he proceeded to fill the middle with oreo cookies.

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and then continue filling it with oreo cream cheese.

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We didn’t want to have a huge mass (pun intended) of black oreo bits on the top, so we designed a checkered top for the cake. Something simple, Something sweet.

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The cake needed to be chilled overnight, so the plan was to have it chilled in my fridge, and he to drop by on Saturday to collect it and surprise his girlfriend at her place. I told him to surprise her at 12a.m, on 26/1, but he said she’d be tired after a day’s work, so wanted her to rest well so that she could have an enjoyable day come Saturday. So sweet right. πŸ™‚ But sometimes, plans don’t always go the way we want them. I received a call from him on Friday telling me she didn’t had too good a day at work, and he wanted to cheer her up. So he wanted to surprise her at 12a.m. Thing is, she was going to meet him for dinner and after that he will be sending her home. How was he to collect the cake? How was he to make sure she doesn’t go to bed after sending her home, cause from her place to mine would be a good 1 hour. Back to hers would be another hour. She’d be meeting Mr Zhou by the time he brings the cake over to her. Lolx.

He was like how how how?!?!?! The poor guy was too honest for his own good. Lolx. Not that I’m a good liar. Its just that I make better excuses when faced with such situations. Haha. I wasn’t able to help deliver the cake, because I had customers coming down late at night to collect the goodies, so he had no choice but to come to my place to collect the cake. I told him to tell his girl to stay up so that he could be the first one to wish her come 12a.m. IT WORKED! lolx.

Unmoulded the cake to pack it for him.

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(There’s a loose tin cake base at the bottom. The cake ain’t touching the table.) There’s a few gaps between the layers, but you can see clearly the different layers here. Regardless, I think its really good work for a first timer who had absolutely no help at all, except for shouting across measurements to him and passing him the ingredients. Lolx.

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All packed and ready to go. πŸ™‚ Requested Andy to take a few pictures for me to show you guys how it looks exactly after having slices cut out from the cake. πŸ™‚

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Tadah. You can see the different layers really clearly. Biscuit base, plain cream cheese middle and chockful of oreos in the oreo cream cheese layer.

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Andy texted to say the cake was really good. The secret? Rum in the cheese, and loadsa love put in to make the cake. Mummy always say that the bakes we make are reflective of how the person making it feels at the point in time. Yes, it IS that magical. Lolx.

Birthday girl Serene texted to tell me she loved the surprise. Happy that someone got that special surprise, and happy that my bakes actually brought so much warmth and love between two people. A sense of satisfaction, a sense of achievement felt to have been able to partake in something like that. πŸ™‚

xoxo,

Marian

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Kek Lapis/Kueh Lapis Legit. Whichever.

I’m getting majorly confused by what the supposed thousand layer cake is supposed to be called. Some calls it Kek Lapis, some Kueh Lapis, some Kueh Lapis Legit. Whichever it is, it doesn’t matter. The most important issue here is the outcome of the supposed tedious, laborious cake. With people becoming increasingly health conscious, I thought this would not be on the list of many. To my surprise, orders came pouring in, 3 weeks into placing up the menu. I guess people felt that these sinful indulgence only happens once a year, so why not?

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No joke, check out the number of eggs used in the recipe. Not that I’m trying to scare off my customers, but kueh lapis are high in egg and butter content.

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See, I told ya, check out the slabs of butter used.

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Start creaming everything. Gosh the lighting is pretty bad. Yea, so cream everything, mix everything, and………………………..

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I got myself a batter that’s reaching the brim. I haven’t added the egg whites yet. 😦

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Being Ms resourceful, I found like a major huge ass pot in the pots and pan cupboard. I’ve never seen it before. Wonder what mum cooks in it. Lolx. Regardless, I took it, used it and folded myself a lovely batter which cooked up to this major hugeass lovely Kueh Lapis.

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I wasn’t able to make a very tall cake as my square tin was a little short in height. What I lack for in appearance, I make it up for in taste. A smooth cut down the cake. Loving the layers that I’ve spent hours grilling. Each cake took me 3 hours to make. Definitely need a massage. Haha.

2 weeks left till CNY. Rushing out all the other orders.

For those who’ve not received your goodies yet, don’t worry, I’ve not forgotten you. You will get them before CNY. πŸ™‚

With lotsa love,

Marian.

Green Pea Cookies is the new fad

I’m fast gaining weight from all the cookie tasting. Argh, and I just lost 4kg since Christmas period. This is madness. Lolx.

So anyways, green pea cookies are the new fad this season. Haha. Totally loving the crumbly melt in the mouth texture. Its the softest, most delicate cookie in the list. Handle them with utmost care.

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As per usual, I’ve to grind the nuts to get the flour.

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then mix them, knead knead knead

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to get my jade green dough.

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I had them shaped to look like ‘tong qian’. Bringing you ‘wealth’ when you eat ’em. Haha.

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After having them baked, they came out a lovely pale green. Can you spot the green specks in the cookie? Cute right. πŸ™‚

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This year’s limited edition cookie. Haha. Packing them and getting them ready to be delivered this upcoming week. CNY is coming soon. Wishing you all a wealthy and happy Chinese New Year in advance.

Gong Hei Fatt Choy

Love,

Marian

Overwhelming Response – A stop to more incoming orders

Dear all,

It is with greatest regret that I’ve to inform you that I’m not collecting anymore orders as of 18/01/13. I just went down to Phoon Huat today to get another few hundred boxes. Most definitely swamped by the orders coming in or rather, that came in ever since i started telling family and friends about this on 6/1/13.

To the few who have been spreading the word – Samantha, Janson, Auntie Jaslin, Melvin, and Becky (or known lovingly by many others, Quinie), thank you. Thanks so much for referring so many people in to me. I’m pretty surprised they ordered a number of the items placed up for sale without even trying any of my bakes before, no samples, nothing. Haha. You guys must have been a hell of a good sales person. Lolx. I thank thee for the effort in persuading your friends to give my bakes an opportunity. πŸ™‚

To the many other friends who’ve chosen to support my stuff without a second thought, thank you too. πŸ™‚

I do wish I could do more, and to be able to spread more “love” but as CNY draws closer, and as many more people starts to request for items to be made and delivered slightly earlier then planned, I realize that it may be a little more difficult then I would have expected to have to bake for that many people. Have been baking from 8.30a.m – 4a.m for the past 3 days. After all, there’s only one baker – me. Haha.

To the many others who would like to try my bakes but missed this round of purchase, you can look forward to valentines day goodies. Haha.

Here’s a little teaser.

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You’ve got them right. Macarons! πŸ™‚

In any case, thank you all for your support.

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Nutty Professor

1 week left to bake a few stuff at my own leisure pace before going into full blown hectic baking mode. Made peanut cookies (fah seng peng) today for Auntie Jaslin’s friend. She ordered a whole load of stuff just to offer a sampling session to her family and friends. πŸ™‚ Such a sweet gesture. I don’t even know the lady. She’s not asking me for free samples, but she’s buying them for her family and friends to try. o.0 Auntie Jaslin’s “mian zi” must be very big. Haha

So anyway, if you have been only munching on peanut cookies, limited to chunky Western versions made with peanut butter and a criss-cross fork pattern, then believe me, these little devils will be a revelation- crisp to the bite, then crumbly as you first chew, then melt-in-the-mouth, then unbelievably fragrant as the salty nutty flavour hits your tongue. Its a cross between buttery shortbread and melting moments, except better, because of the added oomph and aroma of peanuts. πŸ™‚

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As like always, I like to roast the nuts before mixing them into the batter. Roasted nuts always smell glorious!

The little brother smelt the roasted nuts all the way up his room situated on the second floor. Before I knew it, he was standing beside me “aye..you making muah chee arhx?” “erm..nope..peanut cookies..sup” “oh, make some muah chee leh” “no time lah..shoo” “ermm..then can I have some of these peanuts?” “nooooo..ok, don’t disturb..I’m busy” “oh then let me help you with these peanuts..what do you need to do with them” “oh you wanna help? that’s absolutely great..measure out the flour and sugar for me” “tsk..nvm”..

Haha. Plan foiled. I knew he was gonna sneak some up his sleeve. Haha

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Okay, so back to the nuts. After roasting them, I blended them till fine.

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Mix the ingredients together and ball them up to get these glorious cookie balls.

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Already a beautiful brown before baking them.

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After baking them, I got meself a dry crisp crumbly melt in your mouth moment cookie. Mum came back from her half a days work and saw these on the table. Grabbed a few whilst I was away. When I came back, she was telling me between mouthfuls that these were really great. Aww. Mum seldom dish out unsolicited compliments. This has to be really good. πŸ™‚

Oh yea, and the little brother came down from his hideout room after hearing I’m done with baking these. Haha.

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Thank goodness I still had enough to pack 1 box of peanut cookies for the lady who ordered them after all the “tasting trials”. πŸ™‚

For more information on getting these little devils, please contact me at marianbakes@gmail.com . Alternatively, you could leave me a comment over at http://www.facebook.com/marianisbaking or leave a comment here on the blog itself. :)

Gong hei fat choy everyone! πŸ™‚

Love,

Marian

Thank you all :)

Its my first year offering goodies up for sale to families and friends, and I thank you all for the immense support given. I was shocked to have received that many orders for the many many different items up for sale.

So anyways, mum brought me outΒ today to gather supplies over at Sheng Siong, NTUC and Phoon Huat. I had a major blast getting everything. πŸ™‚

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Check out the many many containers bought. 1 of the whole stacked pack is as tall as the grand piano. Haha.

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Boxes for the kek lapis

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and mini cupcake holders for the pineapple balls. Plenty and plenty of love and work going into these CNY production. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!! πŸ™‚

For those who’d like to support my bakes, and are thinking of what you should get, here is a list of the best sellers, in running order.

1.) Salted Egg Yolk Cookies

2.) Pineapple tarts (the jam was hand made from scratch. Loads and Loads of love and hours went into making them)

3.) Almond Cookies

4.) Chocolate Chip Cookies

Just a note, I will not be able to complete orders made after 25/01/13, as baking commences on 26/01/13 and delivery/pick up will be made available starting 30/01/12.

To place your orders, please contact me at marianbakes@gmail.com . Alternatively, you could leave me a comment over at http://www.facebook.com/marianisbaking or leave a comment here on the blog itself. :)

Gong hei fat choy everyone! πŸ™‚

Love,

Marian

Salted Egg Yolk Cookies the way I like em

The original recipe called for a certain number of egg yolks, and I thought by adding 1 extra egg yolk the flavor would be intensified. I was wrong. :(The salted egg yolk taste was still very mild. Couldn’t really smell the familiar aroma that is associated with salted eggs. Nonetheless, the recipe yielded a cookie that sorta “disintegrates” after biting into it a coupla times, which I found to be pretty addictive. So anyways, armed with the number of feedbacks I got, I set off making them again. This time, I doubled the number of egg yolks that I’ve placed in previously. What I got ? Savory aromatic cookies. Yes, I’m somewhat pleased. I’m really sorry to the lady who got the “mild tasting” sample. 😦 If you’d like to have another go at it, do let me know. Thanks for supporting the rest of the cookies though. πŸ™‚

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So anyway, check out the egg yolks. So rich in color. I like salted egg yolks. πŸ™‚

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I like the little specs of orange peeking out through the pale yellow dough.

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Pretty little squares before baking. I like how the contrast of the black and white sesame seeds add a little more chic-ness to the cookies.

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and after baking them, out comes little golden brown puffs. Really digging the golden brown color in these cookies. Love the color, love the taste, love the smell.

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I thought there would be only a handful of people with weird taste buds like mine – not susceptible to this odd combination. Surprisingly, this is the no.1 selling cookie. It surpasses even the ever most popular pineapple balls. 0.o

So if you’re like the many others who enjoys savory cookies, this IS the thing for you. Get your tray of approximately 45 cookies for $18 this season. πŸ™‚

For more information on getting these little gems, please contact me at marianbakes@gmail.com . Alternatively, you could leave me a comment over at http://www.facebook.com/marianisbaking or leave a comment here on the blog itself. :)

Gong hei fat choy everyone! πŸ™‚

Love,

Marian

Almond Cookies the way Mum likes em

Almond cookies, the way mum likes them. πŸ™‚ Well okay, its not just mum who likes them. Even the little sister who refuses to eat any of my bakes found herself asking me to make more of them when there’s none left. (She’s generally a very picky eater, so I was pretty surprised when she actually took one to try the very first time I made these late last year). She’s even got me to make some for her boyfriend’s family. I’m pretty sure you’ll like them too. πŸ™‚

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So anyways, back to the making of the almond cookies. Of course, almonds would be the most important ingredient in here, like duh. Lol. I roasted them prior to mixing them into the batter. It gives them that crunchier bite and a stronger nutty aroma. I love how roasted almonds smell, and I think the golden brown hue from these nuts are pretty.

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Mixing them in, mix mix mix. Cutting them up and baking them.

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Oh hello you sweet little things. Haha. Sweet crumbly almond cookies. You won’t stop at just 1. Trust me. πŸ™‚ A tray of about 40 bite size pieces for $16. definitely worth the price.

For more information on getting these little gems, please contact me at marianbakes@gmail.com . Alternatively, you could leave me a comment over at http://www.facebook.com/marianisbaking or leave a comment here on the blog itself. :)

Gong hei fat choy everyone! πŸ™‚

Love,

Marian

Pineapple Balls For You

Pineapple tarts, pineapple rolls and/or pineapple balls have always been a favorite amongst many, especially so during this upcoming festive season. This is very much evident, judging from the number of orders coming in. So anyway, this is the very first year I’m actually offering these gems out to others, and I’m pleased to say that so far, they have not disappointed me. πŸ™‚

Of course, I’m not saying that everyone I’ve offered these to said that they were the bestest best that they’ve ever eaten. Everybody has their own unique palate. Some like their crust to have a little spunky crunch in it, and some like it crumbly – oh so melt in your mouth kinda crust. Well, if you’re looking for the latter, ;then this would most definitely please your palate. Safe to say that my guinea pigs who preferred the crumbly sort of pineapple balls gaveΒ  these 2 thumbs up.Β  πŸ™‚

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Glorious golden pineapple filling. Mind you, its not store bought okay, haha. Mummy cut the pineapples for me, and I grated them, one by one, cooked the grated pineapples for hours before i got this glorious jam. You will most definitely not be disappointed, I swear! lolx. Loads of love, loads of hard work went into making these. πŸ™‚

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Measured and rolled each little ball.

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Filling encased. Huge huge balls waiting to be baked. They aren’t your average size large pineapple balls you get from the local supermart. I measured them. They are the size of golf balls. haha. Big big pineapple balls, just waiting for you to grab them.

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And out they come, big and golden brown.

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These lovelies come in only 1 size. 1 container holds about 30 balls in them, and they are retailing at $21. So anyways, hope to hear from you guys soon. πŸ™‚

For more information on getting my pineapple balls please contact me at marianbakes@gmail.com . Alternatively, you could leave me a comment over at http://www.facebook.com/marianisbaking or leave a comment here on the blog itself. :)

Gong hei fat choy everyone! πŸ™‚

Love,

Marian

CNY – bringing you fresh handmade goodies this season

CNY menu

Menu is up! πŸ™‚ Do please lend your support. Each piece of cookie, each layer of cake kek will be hand made with lotsa love. Haha. Do please order 1 week in advance to allow me to cope with the orders. πŸ™‚

To place your orders, please send an email over to marianbakes@gmail.com or you can visit http://www.facebook.com/marianisbaking and send a message across to place an order. Looking forward to hearing from you. πŸ™‚