Monday, May 3, 2010

Sponge Cake with Fruits & Simple Baked Rice

Just received news from a close friend that another dear friend of ours is in a difficult situation now. After hearing about it, I am really worried about her. She really deserves more then this and hope she will pull through this tough period soon. I just wish I am there to comfort her and give her any form of support a friend can. Now I can only pray with all my heart that she will be fine and the upper force will give her the strength she needs now. Looks like I will have to make arrangement to pay her a visit soon.

In view to the coming Mother's Day, the whole family went out for dinner at Jumbo Seafood Restaurant last Saturday @ East Coast. I thought it would be nice to make a simple celebration cake for this occasion too. But due to my poor estimation of time, I kind of rushed it out and resulting in a poorly decorated cake! *sigh*:P

Okay, it might sound like a poor excuse if I tell you there wasn't much I can do for the deco. I merely use tinted fresh whipped cream to ice the whole cake and top if off with the fresh fruits I have at hand. :P
I got this sponge cake recipe from Little Teochew awhile back and have been meaning to try it out. Thanks Ju! The ingredients are easy to get so it's really no hustle to assemble the cake in no time. ;) The sponge cake was soft and moist as promised, a keeper I must say. :) Here is the recipe which I modified slightly to fit my baking tin size.

No Ovalette Moist Sponge Cake:
6 medium eggs
175g sifted cake flour
150g caster sugar
3 tbsp condensed milk
75ml fresh milk
135g melted unsalted butter

Method:

  • Using the microwave, heat the milk and butter together till all the butter has melted and the milk is almost bubbling hot. (be careful, watch over it and don't let it boil over!)
  • Crack all the eggs in a large mixing bowl and add the 3 tbsp of condense milk in. Right before you start beating the eggs, add all the sugar in and beat till the mixture is thick and doubled in volume. A good way to check is to see the evident ribbons formed when you drag the mixer's sticks over the batter.
  • Gently fold 1/2 of the flour mixture in the egg batter and then follow by 1/2 of the melted butter. Repeat this step till all flour and butter are mixed in. DO NOT over mix.
  • Preheat the oven to 170°C. Pour the batter into a prepared greased pan and bake for 40 to 45 minutes till tester comes out clean.
  • Let cake cool in pan completely on the rack before removing from it.
I love this shot. It's sweet...not just the taste of the soft, moist cake and cute pink icing, but also with that red strawberry over it. Makes me smile. ;) Want a slice? As a mummy myself, I am please to have a slice of this... ;) Happy Mother's Day to all you great women out there! Have a super duper one!
BoldAbout a week back, I had to prep a simple dinner for my family and I went for baked rice again. The last time I did bake rice was quite a while back and my girls did enjoyed it very much. But due to the limited ingredients that I have at my in-laws, I made it as simple as possible.
As you can see, it's pre-fried fresh fish fillets, hard boiled eggs, sausages, topped over steam rice.
Ladled over a generous amount of spaghetti meat sauce which I made before hand and topped with shredded Parmesan and mozzarella cheese. Put in the oven to bake at 200°C till the cheese is golden brown and bubbly.
Eating this is like eating pizza rice! My girls loved this, and does my dear husband...success! ;)
All this is real easy to whip up if you have some spaghetti sauce ready made and stored in the freezer. For a lazy person like me...it's a must to have some stocked up. :P Whether it's for bake rice or pizza or even just simply just over pasta. Do try it out, you can add whatever ingredients you crave. ;) Happy cooking!

24 comments:

tracieMoo said...

Happy Mothers' Day! I guess there is something between mothers who loves fruits on their cake.
Is it because it's refreshing? colourful? or simply just because of it's goodness?
I love the pretty pink cake :)

Quinn said...

Ooooohhhhh.....and aaaaaahhhhhhhh, sponge cake eaten plain by itself really can give me all that pleasure. It's not that bad, no point if homemade cakes looks exactly like outside right? The rustic and sloppy look tells everyone it's homemade. I would have preferred a slice of that over those yucky-cream-slathered-dry cake sold outside! Happy Mother's Day!!!!

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

Happy Mother's day to you too, how a nicely done sponge cake.

Anncoo said...

God Bless your friend, I also hope she will pull through.
Your sponge cake looks really soft and I also love your baked rice with full of ingredients.

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Thanks Tracie! I know...my mum only likes fruit cakes and seems like I'm beginning to follow her footsteps! Lol! ;P I guess you will too find out this answer after a couple decades later. ;)

Hahaha, thanks Quinn. Some how your consolation makes me feel much better about my shocking pink, sloppy looking heart shaped cake. :D But you are right! Home made with TLC beats it all.

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Happy Mother's Day to you too Sonia! Can't wait to see what you will be baking up for this occasion! Have a good one. ;)

Thanks so much Anncoo. I too hope my dear friend will be A.O.K. Crossing all my fingers and praying hard tonight.

Kitchen Corner said...

Hi Bee,
Your cake is so colorful! With the refreshing fruits, the cake must taste good!
Beside, the cheese rice make me feel so hungry. I wish I could have this for today lunch, but I don't have any cheese with me :(

wendyywy @ Table for 2 or more..... said...

Yummy yummy.. the cheese baked rice is so tempting

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Thanks Grace,
You know I am quite an insecure person, because when my cheeses is almost running out, I have to go get them! Good thing you are not like me...else your fridge will be jam packed like mine, lol!

Thanks Wendy for coming by and leaving a note. Happy Mother's Day to you!

Padhu said...

Advanced Mother's day wishes. Sponge cake with fruits looks amazing!!

Passionate About Baking said...

Hi HBS,
The cake looks very soft and yummy. Pink looks very sweet too! And all the fresh fruits, who could resist that cake?
I happened to make some baked tomato rice yesterday. And my family love it too! I like your baked rice with so much cheese...so cheesy, yummy!

petite nyonya said...

I think the cake is very pretty, Bee! It has all the charms of home made. I love the baked rice too! The melted cheese on top is irresistible! I'd love to try out the sponge cake recipe one day.

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Thanks Padhu! Happy Mother's Day to you too. ;) Of course not forgetting...welcome to my blog!

Thanks for dropping by with the lovely note Jane. ;0 Happy Mother's Day to you too!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Thanks Joslynn, you are so sweet. Do try the sponge cake recipe, it pretty good!;) Yes, somehow the tangy tomato sauce and creamy cheese is a quite an irresistible combo. ;)

Sook said...

Oh the cake looks so moist and delicious! Yum!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Thanks Sook! Welcome to my blog and hope you will find something you enjoy baking and eating as well. :)

ReeseKitchen said...

Hi fren, nice cake and baked rice.
I'm suppose to bake a cake for my mum too, but due to time and laziness..hee hee..;p And I hardly go back Seremban lately..*sigh*..all becoz of Ben, he was too busy and is going to be busier..:( He's going China again next week, and juz came back fr Thailand..that's why i hardly bake..no one is going to eat..haha!
Yeah..good news from our dear fren, and she did it! So when are you coming? Hope to see you soon..;)

Honey Bee Sweets said...

My dear Reese, I empathize your situation. ;P Knowing that your Ben is so busy and G also busy with her new born, no wonder no one's around to makan your goodies. ;P I wish I can just walk over to your place like last time and exchange our bakes! *sigh* Our container from US coming soon and also my lou kong might be taking up a new job...so going back in May is quite unlikely. ;P I'm aiming to go in mid or 3rd wk of June. Keeping fingers crossed...hang in there dear friend...see you all soon. ;)

tigerfish said...

I like your baked rice! Looks very very flavorful and making me hungry....

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Thanks tigerfish! It's a family favorite over at my house, do try it out when you get the chance. ;)

Bakericious said...

Hi Honey Bee Sweets, your sponge cake looks so moist & fluffy, I am not gd at sponge cake :(. BTW I have some awards for you, please feel free to pick them up @ http://bakericious/blogspot.com. thanks. Jess.

Pei-Lin@Dodol and Mochi said...

First of all, HAPPY MAMA'S DAY, Bee Bee!! Remember to take a day off on Mothers' Day, yea? You deserve it for all the hard work you've put into ...

Ah! The look isn't what that defines deliciousness eventually ... Oh, it doesn't really matter as long as the cake tastes smacking good, which it does! How I wish I could have some of the cake ...

Speaking of baked rice, I seriously need to get my butt down to make this ... Oh, my lazy bone ... Looking at yours makes me drool ... The cheese ... So good!

Btw, I hope your friend can pull it through despite the tough situation ... She's got my support here!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Thanks Pei-Lin! Sometimes even though the cake didn't taste that outstanding but it's made from the heart, so eating it just warms you up. SO I guess that would be how your mom will feel too when she eats your cheesecake. I will have to wait for about 2 more decades before I can enjoy such "pampering" from my own daughter....if she ever plans to bake! Really? Okay...looking forward to your bake rice post!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Thanks so much Bakericious! Appreciate that you think of me for the award! *hugs* You have a good weekend!