Christmas log cake

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Just baked a chocolate christmas log cake last night after gym. And I finally baked it! After so much planning before my recent trip. So happy lo…feeling accomplished. Even Hub and Zann also complimented cute.  Did you see the two chocolate finger biscuits? I even went to cold storage to buy after I finished my gym just for the decorating purpose. Now I have a pack unused, don’t know what to do with remaining… hmm. I have a chocolate cake order next week, so u will see more of my chocolate bakes these few days…. :D 

 

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Recipe for the roll cake (adapted from Okashi’s soufflé roll sponge)

egg 1
egg yolks 3
vanilla extract 1tsp
unsalted butter 35g ( I used veg oil this time)
top flour 50g
valrhona cocoa powder 10g
milk 60g
egg whites 3
castor sugar 85g

Preheat oven to 180C. Line a 28x28cm flat square cake pan with parchment paper.
Combine egg, egg yolks and vanilla extract in  a bowl and beat lightly. Set aside.
Place butter in a sauce pan and heat until melted. Add flour and cook through. Transfer the butter-flour mixture to a bowl. Add egg mixture little by little. Add milk and mix well. Strain mixture and set aside.

Make meringue. Beat egg whites till foamy. Add half of the sugar and continue to beat, then add remaining meringue and beat till stiff peak. Add one-third of the meringue to batter and fold in lightly, then add remaining meringue and fold. Pour batter into prepared cake pan and spread evenly with a scraper.

 

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To make chocolate whipped cream filling (Adapted from Carol 烘焙新手 book 1)

200g whipped cream
120g valrhona chocolates

Beat cream till thick. Cut chocolate into small pieces and use double boiler method to melt them. Stir them into the whipped cream. Whisk till combine. Set aside in fridge.

To make chocolate ganache

 200g whipped cream
100g valrhona chocolates
1tbsp honey

Bring half of the whipped cream to boil. Add in the chocolates and combine. Stir in honey. Off heat. Add in the remaining whipped cream. Keep at room temperature. I stir for 45mins until it became thick to spread.

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Dan Dan noodle

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We had dan dan noodle for lunch. 

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Our trip to Malacca (5 – 8 Dec)

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Hub couldn’t get his leaves as planned so we have to wait for him to come back from work on Friday. We left home for JB quite late. It’s our first trip with baby Ian, so we didn’t plan to go far except a staycation in Malaysia. By the time we checked in Renaissance Hotel in JB, it was already past midnight. 

Baby Ian didn’t adjust well in his baby playpen. First night was very tiring for me. I have carry him to sleep. He woke up many times crying during the night also. I didn’t sleep well. Zann was affected also. :(  All of us were so affected by the lack of sleep until we forgot to take a shot of the hotel.  

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Gave him a super hard rock bun to keep him busy and distracted so that he can sit still quietly while we had our breakfast.

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My breakfast on the first day. 

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They even have a bakery section where the bakers made the pastry and bread for the buffet spread. 

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After breakfast, we went to Legoland. It was drizzling with dark sky. 

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Tickets to enter Legoland. I didn’t really sit on those rides, because I need to take care of baby. Hub was with Zann most of the time.

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The boy wanted to get down from his stroller and walked around. Actually he was feeling frustrated because it’s his feeding time and past napping time also.

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The only ride Ian can join in with Zann and Hub. Me taking care of bags and take photos. LOL 

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Actually, I didn’t really enjoy Legoland. Weather was hot and I was sweating and feeling sticky and tired. Don’t think will come back again. 

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These were taken at the Legoland miniature World.

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This was the worst wait in Legoland. We waited almost 45mins for Zann’s turn to play this circuit. By then Baby Ian woke up liao.

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The second night was ok. Phew. Everyone managed to sleep well including Ian. :D

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My 2nd day breakfast. Also the last day. We are heading to Malacca. The last minute decision. Hub managed to book a room before we leave JB.

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Old town in JB was very cheap compared to SG. But I didn’t take their white coffee well.

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On the way to Malacca. It was a 2hr drive to Malacca from JB.

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Checked in Hatten Hotel Malacca. A 700 bedrooms hotel in the heart of Malacca. Hub and I don’t like their service. They did not have baby cot for us. One night in Malacca was a torture for us. Without a baby cot means we cannot sleep well again.

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The breakfast spread in Hatten Hotel.

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My first stop at this bake shop. It was small shop with limited bake stuffs but the lady boss was friendly. Won’t mind going there again.

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Last walk to explore Jonker Street.

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When I stepped into Baker’s Choice, I feel that I must buy everything from them! Gosh. they have everything I want and so much cheaper than SG. Yea I bought quite a lot from from. They don’t accept credit cards, if not I would have bought more cos I didn’t bring enough cash.

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Hub searched almost 30mins for this famous mille crepe cake from Nadeje Cake shop.

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The only time I could take a proper selfie shot of myself when baby was asleep. Bye Malacca. I really wish I could spend more days exploring you but too bad we have to go back SG cos Hub cannot take leaves liao. Really look forward to go back again.

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Salmon and mushroom rice

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Lunch

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Chai Tow Kuay (Carrot Cake)

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Hub bought the ready made carrot cake, and I fry with sweet sauce and chilli. For his requested supper. 

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Birthday Celebration/ Dinner at Saltwater Cafe

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We decided to head to Saltwater Cafe in Changi for our dinner, to celebrate Zann’s birthday. Mom joined us as well. Zann’s favoute, laksa with lots of curry and prawns. 

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Mom’s selection. 

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My selection. I love their assam fish with basmati rice. Yumz. 

 

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Baby Ian had his home cooked chicken porridge cooked by me! :p 

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The dessert section. Not a lot of varieties but then I can’t resist chocolate cake and nonya kuehs. 

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I have sweet tooth, that’s why I attacked the sweets after my meal. LOL Zann knew I love chocolates, she brought this chocolate mousse to me. :D

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The girl helped herself to the crabs. 

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Hub and Mom’s favourite section. 

 

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My fav DIY rojak before we left. I still feel I had not eaten enough, LOL. 

 

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Happy Birthday!

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Zann turns 9 years old today. Have been planning to bake a cake for her before the Malacca trip. I almost thought I couldn’t bake one cos little bro was sick. Luckily still can make it.  Used strawberry callubaut chocolate to bake this cake, with marshmallow deco and strawberry fillings.  Took me almost a day to complete this at different stage. 

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It’s only a small 6″ cake just nice for all of us, including mom who came over. 

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The birthday girl helped me to decorate the cake. Happy Birthday to my big girl. <3  

 

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These two, my fav from Malacca…

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Hub searched for nearly 30mins looking around Malacca, for Nadeje cake shop. Their famous mille crepe brought us there. The last time we had was like 5 years ago…

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I regretted not buying this more. It’s so addictive. Love the kopi Peng! Worse, the shop doesn’t accept cc. I also never expected to come over Malacca, so never bring enough $. All spent on my bake stuffs liao.

I told Hub I miss Malacca. Miss their food, their bake shops and chendol… I hope to go back again.

 

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