Monday, December 5, 2011

Happy Birthday Dad!

It was my father's 72nd birthday last weekend. As always the whole family will gather at one of his favorite Chinese restaurant to celebrate this event. Since it's year end with school holiday still on, the whole family made it, all 17 of us. Yes, I have a big family, that 17 people (including myself) doesn't include any uncle or aunt, it's purely my parents, their kids plus grandchildren. Although technically it should be 21 of us, 4 is currently overseas which will be back this CNY. *yoohoo!!* It's not easy to gather everyone so I'm always very excited about such family events. (^_^) For my dad's birthday this year, I decided to bake something different...something that you probably can't find it in the bakery store. Black Glutinous Rice Sponge Cake with Passion Fruit Swiss Meringue Buttercream...unique enough? How cruel of me to experiment a new recipe on all 16 of my family members! Lol!

I was debating for awhile what kind of sponge cake should I bake, fruit (again)? Black Sesame? Plain? I then suddenly remember the pack of black glutinous rice flour that Doris from Tasted & Tested gave me during our last blogger's gathering. *Thanks Doris!!!* And I really like the 2 BGR cakes that she baked that day! So I went with the idea of baking a BGR sponge cake. It almost feel like I'm playing with fire....experimenting on a new recipe knowingly that I can't mess up since I need a proper cake for the event. *gulp!* I went with it anyway, lol!
Since I baked the cake the night before, I figured I will have enough time to bake another one or the least go buy one if anything goes wrong. (-_-)" Luckily I didn't mess up and everything fall into place nicely. *phew!!* Although I do think that the texture of the BGR sponge cake is slightly on the dry side, else it would have been perfect. :P Need more practice.... :P
I merely used the same recipe for chocolate sponge cake but replacing the cocoa powder with BGR flour.

Ingredients for Black Glutinous Rice Flour Sponge Cake
203g whole eggs
32g egg yolk
120g caster sugar
21g light corn syrup or glucose
1/4 tsp salt
32gs oil
21g black glutinous rice flour
106g plain flou
1/4 tsp baking soda
21g milk

Please refer to here for similar steps in baking. 
Before I know it, this was what was left after everyone gets a small slice. I quickly took a snap before it was taken home by my teenage nieces whom seems to love it very much, heehee!
As you can see from the picture, the cake is gray due to the addition of the BGR flour. :)) And the combination of black glutinous rice with passion fruit is not weird at all since the black glutinous rice has only a mildly fragrant scent. In fact it was pretty nice! *thick skin...hahaha* I was actually glad I did this combination, and tried out this new recipe. When will I get a better chance to have 16 "guinea pigs" ready to try out my cake, hahaha!  :)

Ok, got to go now. Hope everyone has a good week ahead! Cheers!


鲸鱼蓝蓝蓝 said...


ann low said...

Happy belated Birthday to your Dad. Very pretty cake and nice frosting, I'm sure everyone enjoyed this cake very much.

WendyinKK said...

Time seems to fly..... I think I've been seeing ur dad's cakes for many years.
May many many many many many many more years for your dad and the best of health for him always.

Unknown said...

oh my gosh, I thought it was store bought a second ago. Looks gorgeous on the inside too!

Passionate About Baking said...

Unique combination! I'm sure it taste good. I've not been using passionfruit for a long time and I really like them. Your family are just very lucky.
I'm like you, always love family gathering. It's the usual thing my family would do too - celebrate birthdays together!
Happy belated birthday to your dad too!

lena said...

you have quite a big family there! They are lucky guinea pigs! bee, you're really a good baker, you are always able to produce such beautiful layered cakes and always creative with your combinations. Wishing your dad good health always!

Anonymous said...

Such a beautiful and pretty cake. May i ask what did you use to frost the cake? I am planning to make a cake for christmas too and need to get a recipe for your frosting if it's alright with you?Thanks very much.

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

You always came out with great combo! Happy belated Birthday to your dad, may him stay healthy and fit.

Unknown said...

I like the idea of using black glutinous rice flour to bake a sponge cake

Happy belated Birthday to your dad ^_^

Christina Kim said...

Happy belated birthday to your dad too!:) What a unique cake this is, seriously! There is no better cake than one that is just so special and homemade, and you know that you can't find it elsewhere :D
Black Glutinous Rice Sponge Cake with Passion Fruit Swiss Meringue Buttercream is such an intriguing cake, and I guess you don't think it's a cruel experiment anymore after seeing what was left at the end of the dinner, ya? :D

Anh said...

very nice and interesting cake ^^

Zoe said...

Wow! This is a very thoughtful and yummy gift for your dad.

Thanks for all the tips that you mentioned about baking this cake. I didn't think that the cake looks dry on its side, the icing might have have moisten it when you have assembled it together.

Angie's Recipes said...

A beautifully decorated birthday cake!

DG said...

You really good in experiment with BGR flour. With just a bit of it, certainly made the cake look fabulous with the contrast colour of the sponge cake and the cream. Well done!