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I had leftover lychees from making Lychee macarons so I decided to try making a lychee chiffon cake substituting the typically used Pandan juice with lychee puree. The Lychee Chiffon cake here has this subtle lychee flavour, almost like a little tang to it. Could be too subtle for some, but it’s definitely a wonderful, light chiffon cake.

Lychee Chiffon Cake (adapted from Pick Yin’s blog)
Makes: One 25cm Cake
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 1 hour
Passive Time: 2 hours

Ingredients
160g Lychees, Canned and Strained (Makes 1/2 cup Lychee Puree)
180g Self Raising Flour
50g Caster Sugar
8 Egg Yolks
6 tbsp Corn Oil
1/4 tsp Baking Soda
8 Egg Whites
100g Caster Sugar
1/2 tsp Cream of Tartar

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Method
1. Preheat oven to 170°C.
2. Place the lychees in a blender and blend, then strain until you have 1/2 cup of lychee puree. Set aside.

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3. Sift the self raising flour and baking soda in a small bowl.

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4. In a separate large mixing bowl, whisk the egg yorks and corn oil together until combined.

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5. Add the lychee puree to the egg mixture and mix until combined.
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6. Add in the caster sugar to the egg and lychee mixture and whisk until the sugar has completely melted.

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7. Pour the mixture into the dry ingredients and whisk well until it forms a smooth batter. Set aside.

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8. In a stand mixer, whisk the egg whites and cream of tartar together. Once the egg white mixture starts to foam, slowly add in the caster sugar until the meringue is smooth and glossy and forms stiff peaks.

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9. Add 1/3 of the meringue mixture to the lychee mixture and fold gently until it has all combined. Then add in the rest of the meringue and gently fold until all combined. Be careful not to over beat the batter.

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10. Pour the mixture into the chiffon cake tin. Place a cloth on the table and tap the cake tin on top of the cloth to remove any air bubbles in the mixture. Place the tin in the oven and bake for 10 minutes. Lower the temperature to 160°C and bake for another 45 to 50 minutes or until cake is done and the cake tester comes out clean. Once done, remove from the oven and flip it upside down to cool for up to 2 hours.

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11. Once the cake has cooled down, run a thin knife around the edges of the tin and remove the bottom of the chiffon cake tin to remove the cake. The chiffon cake should be served upside down with the flat surface on top.

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Lychee Chiffon Cake
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A subtle lychee flavour to the classic chiffon cake.
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1Cake 15minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1hour 2hours
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1Cake 15minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1hour 2hours
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A subtle lychee flavour to the classic chiffon cake.
Servings Prep Time
1Cake 15minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1hour 2hours
Servings Prep Time
1Cake 15minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1hour 2hours
Ingredients
  • 160g LycheesCanned, Strained
  • 180g Self-Raising Flour
  • 50g Caster Sugar
  • 8 Egg Yolks
  • 6tbsp Corn Oil
  • 1/4tsp Baking Soda
  • 8 Egg Whites
  • 100g Caster Sugar
  • 1/2tsp Cream of Tartar
Servings: Cake
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 170°C.
  2. Place the lychees in a blender and blend, then strain until you have 1/2 cup of lychee puree. Set aside.
  3. Sift the self raising flour and baking soda in a small bowl.
  4. In a separate large mixing bowl, whisk the egg yorks and corn oil together until combined.
  5. Add the lychee puree to the egg mixture and mix until combined.
  6. Add in the caster sugar to the egg and lychee mixture and whisk until the sugar has completely melted
  7. Pour the mixture into the dry ingredients and whisk well until it forms a smooth batter. Set aside.
  8. In a stand mixer, whisk the egg whites and cream of tartar together. Once the egg white mixture starts to foam, slowly add in the caster sugar until the meringue is smooth and glossy and forms stiff peaks.
  9. Add 1/3 of the meringue mixture to the lychee mixture and fold gently until it has all combined. Then add in the rest of the meringue and gently fold until all combined. Be careful not to over beat the batter.
  10. Pour the mixture into the chiffon cake tin. Place a cloth on the table and tap the cake tin on top of the cloth to remove any air bubbles in the mixture. Place the tin in the oven and bake for 10 minutes. Lower the temperature to 160°C and bake for another 45 to 50 minutes or until cake is done and the cake tester comes out clean. Once done, remove from the oven and flip it upside down to cool for up to 2 hours.
  11. Once the cake has cooled down, run a thin knife around the edges of the tin and remove the bottom of the chiffon cake tin to remove the cake. The chiffon cake should be served upside down with the flat surface on top.
Recipe Notes

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  • 160g of canned and strained Lychees should make 1/2 cup Lychee Puree
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I was on this Bailey’s kick, where I was searching for recipes on how to incorporate that lovely Bailey’s Irish Cream flavour. I found this recipe from Gimme Some Oven which looked amazing. These cookies are more like a cake or muffin in texture but taste great all the same.

Bailey’s Chocolate Cookie-Muffins (from Gimme Some Oven)
Makes: 50 cookies
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Passive Time: 2 hours

Ingredients
225g unsalted butter, softened
160g caster sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
340g plain flour
60g unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
120ml Bailey’s Irish Cream
175g white chocolate chips

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Method
1. In a separate bowl, sift the plain flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.

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2. Using an mixer, whisk the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.

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3. Add in the eggs and vanilla extract until well combined.

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4. Then add in the Bailey’s one tablespoon at a time, mix until well incorporated.

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5. Add the dry ingredients and continue mixing until combined. Fold in chocolate chips. Refrigerate dough for at least 2 hours.

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4. Preheat the oven at 175°C. Then scoop out balls of dough and place onto a lined baking tray. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until base is cooked through. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

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Bailey's Chocolate Cookie-Muffins
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These cookies or should I say cookie-muffins taste like a muffin but look like cookies. It has a nice fluffy cake like texture with lovely chocolate flavour.
Servings Prep Time
50Cookies 10Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10Minutes 2Hours
Servings Prep Time
50Cookies 10Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
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These cookies or should I say cookie-muffins taste like a muffin but look like cookies. It has a nice fluffy cake like texture with lovely chocolate flavour.
Servings Prep Time
50Cookies 10Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10Minutes 2Hours
Servings Prep Time
50Cookies 10Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10Minutes 2Hours
Ingredients
  • 225g Unsalted ButterSoftened
  • 160g Caster Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 340g Plain Flour
  • 60g Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 1/4tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4tsp Salt
  • 120ml Baileys Irish Cream
  • 175g White Chocolate Chips
Servings: Cookies
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Instructions
  1. In a separate bowl, sift the plain flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
  2. Using an mixer, whisk the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  3. Add in the eggs and vanilla extract until well combined.
  4. Then add in the Bailey's one tablespoon at a time, mix until all incorporated.
  5. Add the dry ingredients and continue mixing until combined. Fold in chocolate chips. Refrigerate dough for at least 2 hours.
  6. Preheat the oven at 175°C. Then scoop out balls of dough and place onto a lined baking tray. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until base is cooked through. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
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  • You can substitute the white chocolate chips with milk, dark, or even caramel!
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I love a fluffy chiffon cake and I love trying interesting flavours to go with it. I’ve had a vanilla and rose water cupcake before and it was lovely, the subtle rose water makes for a deliciously fresh cupcake. Now here’s my very pink Rose Chiffon Cake adapted from my Orange Chiffon Cake.

Rose Chiffon Cake with Vanilla Buttercream
Makes: 1 cake
Cooking Time: 50 minutes
Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients
Rose Chiffon Cake
190g plain flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
80ml vegetable oil
60ml water
1/2 tbsp rose water
1 tsp pink colouring
60g caster sugar
6 egg yolks, large
6 eggs whites, large
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
100g caster sugar

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
300g icing sugar
225g salted butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp pink colouring

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Method
Rose Chiffon Cake
1. Preheat oven to 170°C.
2. Sieve the plain flour, salt and baking powder into a medium sized bowl.

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3. Add the vegetable oil, water, rose water, pink colouring, sugar and egg yolks into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.

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4. Whip the egg whites and once it starts to bubble add the cream of tartar.

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5. Keep whipping until the mixture is nearing soft peaks, then slowly add the sugar with the electric mixer is still running and until hard peaks form.

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6. Add 1/3 of the meringue into the wet mixture until the thick mixture softens. Then slowly add in the rest of the meringue until just combined. Do not overmix!
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7. Pour into the cake pan (one made for upside down cakes – it has a hole in the middle) and then place in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes. Poke a skewer into the middle of the pan and if it comes out clean, it’s done!

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8. Remove from the oven when done, and flip it upside. If the cake has risen higher than the cake pan’s height, use a mug and rest the middle cylinder on top.

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9. Allow the cake to cool until room temperature.

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Vanilla Buttercream
1. Beat the butter and sifted icing sugar until light and fluffy.

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2. Add in the vanilla extract and colouring until combined and smooth.

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3. Frost the cooled chiffon cake all over.
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Refreshingly subtle rose water flavour with a vanilla buttercream in a fluffy chiffon cake.
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1Cake 10minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
50minutes 20minutes
Servings Prep Time
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Cook Time Passive Time
50minutes 20minutes
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Servings Prep Time
1Cake 10minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
50minutes 20minutes
Servings Prep Time
1Cake 10minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
50minutes 20minutes
Ingredients
Rose Chiffon Cake
  • 190g Plain Flour
  • 1/2tsp Salt
  • 2tsp Baking Powder
  • 80ml Vegetable Oil
  • 60ml Water
  • 1/2tbsp Rose Water
  • 60g Caster Sugar
  • 6 Egg YolksLarge
  • 6 Egg WhitesLarge
  • 1/2tsp Cream of Tartar
  • 100g Caster Sugar
Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
  • 300g Icing Sugar
  • 225g Salted Butter
  • 1tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/8tsp Pink Colouring
Servings: Cake
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Instructions
Rose Chiffon Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 170°C.
  1. Sieve the plain flour, salt and baking powder into a medium sized bowl.
  2. Add the vegetable oil, water, rose water, pink colouring, sugar and egg yolks into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  3. Whip the egg whites and once it starts to bubble add the cream of tartar.
  4. Keep whipping until the mixture is nearing soft peaks, then slowly add the sugar with the electric mixer is still running and until hard peaks form.
  5. Add 1/3 of the meringue into the wet mixture until the thick mixture softens. Then slowly add in the rest of the meringue until just combined. Do not overmix!
  6. Pour into the cake pan (one made for upside down cakes – it has a hole in the middle) and then place in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes. Poke a skewer into the middle of the pan and if it comes out clean, it's done!
  7. Remove from the oven when done, and flip it upside. If the cake has risen higher than the cake pan’s height, use a mug and rest the middle cylinder on top.
  8. Allow the cake to cool until room temperature.
Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
  1. Beat the butter and sifted icing sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Add in the vanilla extract and colouring until combined and smooth.
  3. Frost the cooled chiffon cake all over.
Recipe Notes

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  • If you prefer a more punchier rose flavour, add another 1/4 tbsp to 1/2 tbsp.
  • Similarly, for a lighter pink colour for the cake, half the colouring to 1/2 tsp.
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I first came across Cocoa Patisserie‘s cakes when we had the Hazelnut Mud Cake for one of my colleague’s birthdays. It has since become of my go to cakes for just about any occasion.  Cocoa Patisserie is located on High Street, Kew and surprisingly it closes around 7pm on most nights which is great for after work if you just want to grab something. Cocoa not only serve cakes but pastries, coffees too (of course) but I haven’t yet had the pleasure to try. I’ve only tried their cakes, such as their Tiramisu and Pleasure Dome but their Hazelnut Mud Cake tops them all.

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What I love about this cake is the layers, the ever so light chocolate mousse combined with the moist mud cake (gluten free apparently!) and topped with chopped roasted hazelnuts and toffee pieces that adds the much needed crunchiness. Decorated with ganache and dark and white chocolate.

I adore nuts in cakes, and especially with cakes that aren’t too rich or sweet. It adds everything that I would want in a cake; moist, light, crunchy and not too sweet. You really can’t ask for more.

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When I made the Raspberry Soufflé, I had excess raspberry purée and I’m the type of person that likes to use up everything I use or I feel it’s a bit of a waste. Especially so, if it’s something that was a bit time consuming to make (sieving of all the seeds out). I found this recipe on Brooklyn Supper that had an amazing looking layered Raspberry Cake with Buttercream frosting. I never had a raspberry cake before so I was quite excited to make this. Check out the recipe below!

Raspberry Cake with Raspberry Vanilla Buttercream Frosting (Brooklyn Supper)

Ingredients
Raspberry Cake
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
225g unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
5 egg whites, room temperature
2 cups fresh raspberries (I used frozen raspberries)
1/4 cup finely grated beets
1/2 cup whole milk, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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Raspberry Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

200g unsalted butter, room temperature
1 and 3/4 cups icing sugar, sifted
pinch of sea salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsps raspberry purée, as needed

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Method
Raspberry Cake
1. Preheat the oven to 177  degrees C (350 F). Line the cake pans with parchment circles, and then liberally butter and flour the parchment and pan sides. Set aside.

2. In a blender, purée the raspberries. Push the purée through a mesh strainer to remove the seeds.

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3. In the same blender, combine 1 cup raspberry purée (reserve the rest for the frosting), the grated beets, and the milk. Pour into a glass and set aside.

4. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.

5. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl with beaters, beat the butter on low until pale and fluffy. Scrape the sides, and add the sugar, beating for a minute or two. Fold in the egg whites.

6. Next, with mixer on low, add half the raspberry milk mixture, and half the flour, and then the rest of the milk, and the rest of the flour. Use a spatula to scrape the sides and fold the mixture together, ensuring that the colour is well incorporated.

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7. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan (the original recipe uses 2 pans with 2/3 each but I decided on just one), tap on a table to knock some air out if needed.

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8. Bake cakes for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out with just a few crumbs attached.

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9. Set cakes aside to cool. After 15 minutes, flip cakes out of the baking pans and onto a rack to cool completely.

Raspberry Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or with a regular mixer, beat the butter until light and fluffy on medium speed.

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2. Slowly add the confectioners sugar, scraping down the sides often. Add the sea salt and vanilla extract, beat for another minute or two.

3. Add a couple tablespoon or so of purée to the remaining buttercream until you have achieved a thick, but spreadable consistency.

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4. Use a long knife/flat spatula to add the buttercream on and spread all around the cake. (I’m not very good at this as you can see). Recommend to add the buttercream before serving or refrigerate after because it can get soft if it sits in room temperature for long.

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Impressions

I’m not particular sure if it was just my batter but the cake is a bit on the dense side, but it’s nonetheless delicious. The raspberry flavour comes through exceptionally well and with a bit of sweetness. I lessened the sugar (halved it from the original) in the cake batter because I knew I was going to decorate the cake with the buttercream frosting which is usually super sweet anyway because of the icing sugar.

It’s actually a bit refreshing cake (even though it’s sweet) because of the slight tartness of the raspberries added through the cake mix as well as the buttercream. I made a mistake with the buttercream as my butter wasn’t particularly soft to whip so it ended up with a few small lumps in my buttercream. Preferably I would have used the old microwave trick but I thought leaving the butter overnight would have sufficed (seems not)

Other than that, as you can see there were a few holes in my batter too. I think tapping the mix before placing in the oven would have ensured the holes were gone but live and learn.

This cake requires a bit of work (especially with sieving the raspberries) but I think it’s well worth the effort.

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