Banana and carrot bread

I love coming up with my own recipes or adapting ones I have tried previously. The following recipe is my carrot muffin recipe which I adapted to bake as a loaf.

1 1/2 cups of flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/2 teaspoon of salt
50 ml oatmeal
1/2 cup of oil
2 eggs
2 medium bananas
1/2 cup grated carrots

Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celsius.
Whisk all the dry ingredients together in a bowl.
Add carrots to dry ingredients and use a fork to mix with flour.
Mash the bananas and add whisked eggs and oil to it.
Pour into flour and mix with care, without beating.
The result will be a stiff but moist batter.
Pour into a prepared loaf pan and bake for approximately 1 hour or until a knife comes out clean.



Cheesecake redefined

Monotony in caking is a no-no for me!

My philosophy is very simplistic; boring only dulls the taste buds. So I try to take my clients on a cake adventure!

In this event, the client was a good friend whom I knew loved cheesecake. She needed a cake for tea on her birthday. I must admit I have been waiting for an opportunity to try this out. My fear of gaining ‘cupcake-weight’ served as deterrent to not try and taste,but wait for a request like…a birthday cake, that’s not too sweet! I wasn’t quite sure of how to accomplish it.

I do believe that cheesecake should have a little bit more cake. I decided to use it as filling and topping for a vanilla sponge cake. I layered fresh strawberries on the filling and slapped the rest of the cheesecake on top, added strawberries, drizzled chocolate and dusted it with icing sugar (another Martha Stewart-moment!). And yes, you guessed right, it was P-E-R-F-E-C-T!

Tuxedos and cupcakes

What does tuxedos,cupcakes and Great Gatsby have in common? Not much , other than a very elegant matric farewell for an all boys high school!

I had the privilege of making cupcakes for this auspicious event. A lot of hard work, I must add! Very rewarding to see how well my creations married with the decor of the night. The recipients and their dates were well surprised and impressed with their unexpected gift.

Cupcake (vanilla sponge with buttercream) and custom made toppers.