Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Peanut Butter Cookie Cake ~ Baking With Margarine


Cookie cake became so popular this days in United States & United Kingdom.You will definitely out of your mind when you check out the purchasing price over in US & United Kingdom. Its from the range of USD$18.00 to USD$40.00 per piece, from the size of 9" tray to 15" tray and its fully decorated with sugar icing or butter cream according to your like. Here's some info regarding the pricing. Can you imagine when it is transferred into Malaysia ringgit !!!! This delicious creation has been used for many years. I wonder who is this genius creator !!!! I have tried the cookies bar before but that was a long long time ago but not as attractive as this cake. This cookie cake even merrier. Its quick to prepare & easy to handle and super duper fun to decorate it. Bet the kids will fall in love with it immediately. So, here's what I whipped up with my margarine & peanut butter.

Ingredients :
170gm   margarine
125gm   peanut butter
3/4 cup  brown sugar
2 eggs
a few drops of NuNaturals Vanilla Stevia Liquid 
or vanilla essence
2-1/4 cup  all purpose flour
1 tspn   baking powder
1/4 tspn  salt
1 cup  M & M chocolate candy (preferable peppermint)
1/2 cup  chocolate chips

Ingredients for peanut butter cream frosting :
Please refer here.



Method :
Beat margarine, sugar & eggs till well combined. Then stir in flour, baking powder, salt & vanilla.till well cooperated. Next, mix in chocolate candy as desired and then press cookie dough to a 9" baking tray lined with parchment paper. Finally bake at preheated oven 175-180'C for about 20-25 minutes or till brown. Decorate cookie cake once its completely cooled. Keep chilled before serving.

At first, I was quite generous with the frosting. Worried it might get overly sweet. WELL.... it isn't at all ! The frosting actually goes very well with the cake. I should have frost the whole topping.... a little regret.>o<

I think this cake should be quite suitable for the coming Chinese New Year celebration. And its perfect especially for those lazy baker like me..... less work in making those small cookies or festive biscuit. haha....

Monday, December 8, 2014

Cranberry & Apple Muffins ~ Baking With Margarine

Lately I received a few tubs of margarine from my sister in law which was gifted by her company Felda Malaysia head office. She often receiving all kinds of new products from her company for sampling. How fun was that ! At the same time, I also received a few tubs of margarine from a friend asking me for help to finish up for her. >o< So, you probably will be seeing me baking with margarine for the next few weeks. haha..... Honestly, margarine is tasteless & less oily or creamy compare to butter. So, its quite a challenging task to come out with good baking. However, it might as well giving you an unpredictable delicious bake. Who knows !

So, this is my second baking task with margarine. It happened that a friend sent over some apples the other day which is just perfect for these little muffins. And here's what I did.

Ingredients :
150gm   margarine
3/4 cup  sugar
1 tspn    salt
2eggs
1 cup  milk
1 tspn  vanilla essence / NuNaturals vanilla stevia liquid
2 cups  all purpose flour
1 tspn   baking powder
1/2 tspn   baking soda
1 cup  frozen cranberries
3 apples,  sliced

*1/2 cup brown sugar for topping

Method :
(1) beat margarine, sugar & salt till fluffy pale then add in eggs one at a time & continue beating till smooth.
(2) later then add in milk & flour and mix well.
(3) finally, stir in cranberries & mix well, fill batter to paper cups.
(4) line sliced apples to batter & sprinkle on some brown sugar.
(5) then bake at preheated oven 190'C for about 20 minutes or till brown.

The sugar topping will helps to flavour up the apple instantly once melted. I really enjoy eating it this way.

Yes, the texture of this muffin looks so much difference and that is why most baker prefer using butter than margarine. Luckily, the moisture from fresh fruits help a lot in balancing the whole thing. Hope you guys will love it too ! Enjoy & have a great week ahead everyone.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Peanut Butter Cake With Peanut Butter Frosting

Wow.... time really flies, isn't it ! Its already the final month of 2014 and 2015 is just about four weeks away. Guess, most home already started doing the spring cleaning. Since my girl is not around to help up this year, I am all by my own. Its OK with me cause I'm doing it one part at a time. Slow & steady, no rush ! hehe... But the next thing I know is I came out with two bottles of peanut butter jam from a drawer which is going to be expired soon. These need to be whipped up quick. And peanut butter cake is on the top of the list. I've been wanting to bake something with peanut butter earlier and what a great excuse to make one.

Ingredients for Peanut butter cake :
125gm  margarine
125gm   peanut butter
180gm   brown sugar
5 eggs
a few drops of NuNaturals vanilla liquid
190gm  all purpose flour
2 tspn  baking powder
1/2 tspn  baking soda
1/2 tspn  salt
3 TB full cream milk

Ingredients for Peanut butter frosting :
230gm   margarine
1 cup  peanut butter
2 cup  icing sugar
80ml  heavy cream
(Beat margarine & peanut butter till creamy then add in sugar & cream and continue beating till well combined. Set aside)

Method :
(1) beat margarine, salt, vanilla & peanut butter till creamy then add in sugar and continue beating till well combined.
(2) add in eggs one at a time and keep on beating till everything well mixed.
(3) in another bowl combine flour, baking powder & baking soda and mix well.
(4) now, stir flour mixture & milk into margarine mixture till everything well cooperated..
(5) pour batter to a 8" greased tray & bake at preheated oven 175'C for about 45-50 minutes.
(6) discharge cake 10 minutes after then let the cake cool on rack. Finally, decorate the cake with peanut butter frosting & keep refrigerated before serving.

Peanut butter frosting is one of my favourite. Its simply addictive !

The cake turns out a little dense though but nice overall. I'm wondering if margarine will be the main causes !
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