Monday, November 1, 2010

Happy Birthday Dad!

Golf Course Cupcakes for my Dad :) 
Happy Birthday!
May your years ahead sparkle with joy and merry


Beware of....

Weird Robotic Alienated SPIDERS!!!!


they don't look like spiders, do they? oh well, at least i hope they are weird enough for halloween treats! we don't celebrate halloween here, but its the perfect excuse for horrible-looking baked goods! ;)
nevertheless, i'm SOO HAPPY I nailed this! it's actually Bakerella's Famous Cake Pop, and i stick Scoox Sour Candy to make it look like spiders and sprinkles for the eyes and the mouth. i finally got her cookbook last month, and i'm thrilled. it is so full with great ideas and detailed explanations.
Love,Love it! i'm planning to make micky mouse and cupcake pop soon. wish me luck!

and oh, Happy Halloween!!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Birthday Girl

Well, it turned out I didn't have to bake myself a cake for my birthday after all. I didn't know when i blurted out that I want to spend my birthday at Universal Studios Singapore ( really, I meant that as a joke!) that my mom would take that seriously! wow!

and so last weekend my family had a weekend getaway to Singapore. I am a proud Indonesian, but truthfully, I left half of my heart in Singapore. I spent my childhood back and forth to Singapore because of routine check my grandpa need to have at hospital there. it's a wonderful country with fresh air, great food and they have like, the biggest Kinokuniya ever. ha.

I spent that saturday ( my bday) going to East Coast Park and stumbled into people wakeboarding. It looked so fun and hard at the same time. noted to myself that i'm gonna learn that next year.

then we ate singapore world famous dish, the chilly crab. it's basicly big huge srilankan crab stir fry with lots of chilly, eggs, and hot sauce. It's the kinda food that burned your tounge but sweet at the same time, which you dreadfully cannot not have more.

then we went to the universal studio, like my mom promised me, and I shop like crazy! we visited universal studio befoe so we kinda knew all the ride there and girls will always be girls, somehow those rides did not look so interesting anymore. I bought countless of chocolate and candies, also mugs! i fell in love with the puss in boots and gingerbread cookies mugs :)

Well, I had a fun birthday and one heck of a weekend (and a very very heavy luggage). holiday's over, going to post some baking stuff soon :)

Friday, October 8, 2010

Goody Reads

You guys might know this already : I'm a geek. As I stated before in last posts, I  love books like pigs love shit. I love the smell of books store, the texture of paperback books on my hand, the cute beautiful covers, the sound of flipped pages. I love being on the bookstores. I can spend ages in them, window shopping, admiring books covers and peeking at books summary. You give me million dollars and I would be the happiest girl in the world to spend them all on books.

Sometimes my mother growls at me and said " why don't you shop for shoes and clothes instead of books all the time?" Oops. Sorry mom. 

Well, when i visit Becoming Lola, i was totally drown to her book club, The Breakfast Club and join Goodreads in a heartbeat.

I've always wanted to have my own huge library and Goodreads is the online version of my dreams. I stack books, the one I read, i wish to read, I'm currently reading, I hate. I review them, give them some stars, and join bookclubs, discuss books and make some new friends!

and when i say books, cookbooks included. I stack my cookbooks collections, I have already give them stars and I'm currently writing reviews for each one of them. You can see my cookbooks collection on the right side of this web, or below :

Ardna's Cookbook ;)

Can You Keep a Secret?Ptolemy's GateThe Golem's EyeThe Amulet of SamarkandThe Chronicles of NarniaChasing Harry Winston

More of Deardna's books »
Deardna's cookbook book recommendations, reviews, favorite quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists

I'm DYING to buy the next edition of Hello, Cupcake! , the What's New, Cupcake?. So what do you think? are you a geek too? what's your next-must have cookbook, the one you've been sooo excited to buy?

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Nigella Lawson's ChocoPots

I can't believe it's October already. I'm gonna be 19.... in 13 days. :s Somehow i still feel like 16. I've decided since the beginning of September that i wanted to celebrate my birthday with my own cake. since I'm well, me, who needs like 3-4 times bake a messed up cake and leave the kitchen looking like it's been hit by a truck, i need a lot of practice.

And guess what, today is the first episode of the-messed-up-cake which ends in a emotional break down-kitchen wise. In a second i knew that i need chocolate. like, STAT!

and I'm back in the kitchen. My-look-alike-hit-by-truck-kitchen. Let's just skip that part. I've always been a huge fan of Nigella Lawson and i just simply, adore her. Her recipes are easy, quick, and you just can't go wrong. All you need is her ChocoPots to warm up your day.

 Oh, take a look at how it cracks, the crispy outside, gooey chocolatey, mmmm....

PS:  Sorry bout the pictures! It was raining cats and dogs so I couldn't get the picture with natural light.

Nigela Lawson's ChocoPots

  • Butter for ramekins
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup superfine sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
Place baking sheet in an oven preheated to 400°. Butter four 2/3-cup ramekins and set aside.

Using a microwave oven or double boiler, melt together the semisweet chocolate and the butter. Set aside to cool.

In a separate bowl, combine eggs, sugar and flour. Add cooled chocolate mixture, and mix until blended. Fold in chocolate chips.

Divide mixture evenly among ramekins and place on baking sheet. Bake until tops are shiny and cracked and chocolate beneath is hot and gooey, about 20 minutes. Place each ramekin on a small plate with a teaspoon and serve, reminding children that ramekins and chocolate are hot.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

I've been craving for Chocolate Thumbprint cookies since last Eid ul Fitr, when my mom went crazy and bought almost all cookies from Harvest, our local bakery. Chocolate Thumbprint is my favorite, thou Harvest's called them White Button. why, they are as cute as a button indeed! it was really easy and fun to make, despite the part where you bake the cookies for 10 minutes, dipped ur thumb to the half cooked so freaking hot cookie dough, then put it back in the oven.

My red sore thumb is all worth it when I bite into these cute botton cookies, feel the vanilla cookies crumble into rough sand and blend gently with the silken dark chocolate. Oh, Heaven!

Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies
makes 4 1/2 dozen

1 cup plus 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup confectioners sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
6 ounces semisweet chocolate chopped
2 tsp corns syrup ( i used honey instead-it works too)

preheat the oven to 350 F. line two baking sheets with parchment paper. 

In the bowl of an electric mixed fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together 1 cup butter, the confectioners' sugar, salt and vanilla on medium speed until smooth about 2 minutes, beat in flour, beginning on low speed and increasing to medium until combined

Form balls using 2 teaspoons of dough for each, place balls 1 inch apart on prepared baking sheets. 

Bake 10 minutes, remove from the oven, and press thumb into cookies to make deep, wide indentations, rotate the pan, and return to the oven; bake until light brown on the edges, 7 to 9 minutes more. ( if the indentations begin to lose definition, remove cookies from oven and press again.) 

Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. 

Combine the chocolate, the remaining 6 tablespoons butter and the corn syrup in a small heatproof bowl set over a pot of simmering water; stir occasionally until melted and smooth. 

Allow to cool a bit until slightly thickened. fill thumbprint with the chocolate mixture, and set aside to firm up. cookies can be stored in a single layers in airtight containers at room temperature up to 3 days.

Monday, September 20, 2010


Man. It's so hard to find buttermilk here in Jakarta. I'm saying that with regret because there are a lot of great recipes out there that required buttermilk and i just had to skip them because I had no idea where to get one.

But then i found this :

Thank you so much Kay from Kayotic Kitchen! She stated in her blog how to make buttermilk. Geez, I never knew that we could make buttermilk. Kay also blogs about how to make your own butter! Butter!! I am amazed.

I do think her blogs are one of those great blog out there that are worth to see. She mostly cook than baked, but her recipes are easy, yummy and not to mention she is also an amazing food photographer!   :)