Chinese Takeout Anyone??

photo 3  Birthday parties… The hardest thing about them is always the theme!!! For my sister though, that wasn’t the case. She’s been interested in the Chinese culture ever since my dad went there on a business trip haha. So of course, she had a Chinese themed party with everything Chinese you can think of! It was hilarious because half of the people she invited even came dressed in the Chinese cultural clothing. She asked me to make her her cake like last year (which was a rainbow layered cake from inside) so I didn’t mind at all, considering it’s been a while since I baked due to exams and studying. After some research, I decided that I was going to make her a fondant Chinese Takeout Cake! I used a Coconut Cake recipe seen below, covered it with fondant, & drew on it with edible food markers.

Coconut Cake

Ingredients:

  • 6 large egg whites
  • 2 1/4 cups cake flour
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 1/2 sticks of butter (or 2/3 cup), RT
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Icing Recipe from here
  • Pre-made Fondant (bought from Michaels)

Directions:

Preheat: 350 F

  1. Mix together all the dry ingredients: cake flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt
  2. Cut the butter in 2-inch cubes and beat with the dry mixture until it becomes crumbly (1 minute aprox)
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the egg whites, coconut milk, coconut, and vanilla extract
  4. Add half of this liquid mixture to the dry ingredients and beat until well combined
  5. Add the remaining liquid mixture until the batter is consistent and uniform
  6. Pour the batter in the cake pan and bake for about 15 minutes or until lightly golden
  7. Allow the cake to cool completely

What I did for assembling it was cut it into four pieces, which I then stacked on top of each other with layers of frosting in between. I completely coated the whole cake with a thin layer of frosting after to seal the crumbs (because you need a flat surface when you place the fondant over it). For the fondant, I just measured each side of the cake and cut out each piece a half inch larger so I could seal each side on top of each other. I drew the Chinese symbols & house onto the fondant cut outs before putting them on the cake.

Lastly… It was pretty spontaneous, but to top it off I decided to make her cupcakes to go along with it!

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The Search Is Over!

I read in an article once that spending money on experiences and eating out made people happier as compared to spending money on materialistic items. I for one, agree completely with this. An experience will stay with you forever, an unforgettable memory. Every time I eat out, it’s another new experience. Discovering new restaurants and bakeries is always a joy, not to mention the varieties of cuisine that you will get exposed to. In the past weeks I have also discovered two new bakeries, one known for their moist bundt cakes and another for their delish macarons (pictures coming up soon).

Anyways, me and my friends have been looking foreverrrrrr for an exceptional Chinese restaurant to go to! The Chinese fast food in the mall just wouldn’t cut it anymore and neither would those loaded buffets. We settled on P.F.Changs in the end, a decision well-made. Before we even walked into the restaurant, we knew it would be spectacular due to the clean cut presentation. If you haven’t been to this restaurant yet, I highly recommend you visit it if it’s near your area.

**By the way, my goal this winter break is to post something everyday whether a recipe, book review, or something interesting I’ve read, so keep posted! :)

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P. F. Changs!

What we ordered…. Before the real food came haha. Dynamite Shrimp, Crab Wontons, Spring Rolls, oh and can’t forget Auntie Chang’s Frappe :)

*Almond & Cashew Chicken*

Stir-fried with bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, celery, bamboo shoots and water chestnuts in a garlic soy sauce

The Formidable Fried Ice Cream

Fried Icecream?!?! How is that even possible you may ask. Won’t the icecream melt when you fry it?? I always had this in the back of my mind to try, but when one of my friends made it recently I decided to give it a shot. It’s a very easy and simple recipe by the way and tastes just amazing!

Oh and no, the ice cream does not melt because it will be at a really low temperature after you have kept it in the freezer for about 3 hours or more.

Fried Ice Cream

Ingredients:

  • 1 quart ice cream
  • 3 cups corn flakes
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 2 cups vegetable oil
  • Optional- strawberries, honey, chocolate sauce (decor)

Directions:

  1. Make 5 scoops of ice-cream and put them on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. I also made 8 mini ice cream scoops as well for mini desserts. Freeze for an hour.
  2. Meanwhile, put the corn flakes in a plastic bag and crush them.
  3. Add the coconut and cinnamon and shake the ingredients to combine. Set aside.
  4. Take a shallow bowl and whisk together the two eggs with the milk.
  5. Now remove your ice cream from the freezer. Roll it in the corn flakes mix and then coat it with the eggs. After that, coat it with the corn flakes mix again. (You can shape them with your hands to make them more of a ball shape)
  6. Put your ice-cream scoops back in the freezer for about 3 hours or overnight.
  7. Heat oil until it is medium-hot so about 365 degrees. You can drop one corn flake into the oil and see if it gets brown on the edges within 20 seconds to test if it is ready or not.
  8. Remove the ice cream balls from the freezer and fry them for only 20-25 seconds. Place on a plate lined with paper towel to absorb the oil.
  9. Serve immediately!

 

Some Step By Step Pictures

The Corn Flakes Ready To Be Crushed

Crushed Cornflakes

The Corn Flake Mixture Including the Cinnamon and Unsweetened Coconut

The Coated Mini Ice Cream Balls Ready To Be Frozen!