Red Nose Day Bake Off

We had Red Nose Day/Comic Relief last month where the company decided to support the Great British Bake Off Sale charity event in our UK offices.
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Our office had a lot of support as there were many talented bakers hidden amongst us!
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I managed to win the Best Bake with my Mickey and Minnie Mouse cupcakes! Whoop whoop!
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Alex won the prize for the most money raised with his sausage rolls. He made three huge mountains of them, and had three different delicious flavours.
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I love these bake off and didn’t really expect to win since I though my friend who made the White Chocolate mud cake (with the strawberries) would. Everything looked so professional and delicious!
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We managed to raise over £200 and the financial director matched it ^^ So it was a great turn out!
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Here’s some more photos!
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Did you support the cause? What was the last charitable event you did?

With love,
Kekidoll xoxo

Baking Japanese Soufflé Cheesecake Recipe

During the Christmas holidays my aunt had baked this delicious fluffy cheesecake which I decorated with strawberry Santas. I asked for the recipe and she just told me to youtube it, so I did! The recipe I followed was ‘Bake with Mi’ but adjusted the ingredients and oven baking times according to my own oven; which you should do the same too.

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Look at the kawaii santas

The texture of the cake is light and fluffy and practically melts in your mouth. At first you will get a cake type flavour slowly changing into a light creamy cheese aftertaste. The cake went down really well with my TKD group and many of my friends have been requesting it!
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Delicious!

Let’s Begin!

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Bake Off Competition and Barbeque with Friends

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Since summer has arrived (finally!), my TKD group decided to hold a BBQ and AGM at someone’s house over the weekend. We also agreed to a bake-off where each team (2 members) would create a winning dessert of their own and take home the prize of pride.

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My friend, Diana, and I teamed up together.  At first she wanted to make a Caramel Tart with Custard, an old school dessert we used to have back at school. We tried to bake it one evening and after 3 failed attempts we gave up… So much butter and butterscotch was wasted :( I found the caramel the hardest to make because I didn’t know if you should cook it on the heat, the heat and flour made the mixture look like crumbs and tasted like Indian sweets (just without the coconut). A few days later, my friend was told that we could actually buy pre-made caramel in a tin so we basically wasted an evening and a fridge of ingredients. D’oh!

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When the day of the competition arrived though, we totally changed tactics and baked cakes we could and love. We baked 3 in total because we were so indecisive and had bought so many ingredients! In the end, we had baked Carrot Cake (my fave), Red Velvet Cake (the judge’s fave) and Victoria Sponge Cake (Diana’s fave). We baked so much because, basically, Diana wanted to win (hahaha). Our sweat and tears in the morning proved a success when they announced that she won (after a long chat with the judges, else my cake would have won Lol!)

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We were up against forest fruits jelly and banofee pie.

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There was also a BBQ going in the garden during our meeting which made us all drool over the chicken cooking on the grill. It smelt so good and meant people weren’t really concentrating. We had to break half way, gobble down the cooked food and then sit back to the meeting while the rest cooked – the smell teasing us.

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The BBQ meat was so tasty and it was a very fun day. There was so much left over we all took some home :) We even played Tekken on the XBox which I haven’t touched in ages! I only really know to button mash though…

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What did you guys do to enjoy the sunny weather? Did you take advantage and fired up a BBQ too?

With Love,
Kekidoll xoxo

We attempted to bake macarons

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My friend and I love macarons. The first time I had them was when one of my friends bought me a pack from Ladureé in Harrods. They were sweet and delicious little treats that don’t last very long once you start nomming on them… My friend on the other hand had the privilege of tasting some macarons in Paris where they originate from.

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We tried to follow a very detailed recipe, it even had photos and a YouTube video depicting how the whole baking process should be done. Even with us trying to follow the recipe to the word we ended up failing…

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However, it was a very fun evening filled with laughter and we baked a Victoria sponge cake to cheer ourselves up. Surprisingly our friends and us tried the macaron that looked like mini puddles but found that they tastes good! They had the almond taste and sweet vanilla flavour that are expected from a macaron; we were pleased with our efforts and will attempt it again in the future!

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With love, Keki xoxo

Baking Mocha Brownies

Recipe Leaflet

My housemate brought home a recipe from Waitrose that showed you how to bake pecan mocha brownies in association with Starbucks. The ingredients used Starbucks’ VIA coffee sachets and Waitrose’s plain chocolate but I didn’t have both of these ingredients so I substituted them with Nescafé coffee and normal cooking milk chocolate. I also didn’t include pecan nuts in my recipe as some of my housemates didn’t like pecan nuts but if I were to include some I would have opted for macadamia nuts since these are softer and have a sweet flavour. Brownies

The brownies came out really moist and tasty with hints of coffee flavour balancing the chocolate so it’s not overpowering your taste buds. One batch can easily make 12 massive slabs or more depending on how you cut them. They taste best warm and with some vanilla ice cream.
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The recipe was really simple and easy to follow but I’ve altered it to my own ingredients and taste. To bake your own please read on, or follow the original Waitrose Pecan Mocha Brownies recipe.

Ingredients

  • 36g instant coffee granules
  • 200g plain or milk chocolate
  • 100g plain flour
  • 100g butter
  • 230g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 30g cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder

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Recipe

  1. Heat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4. Line a 20cm square tin with baking parchment.
  2. Place the butter and chocolate in a heatproof bowl and melt together in a bowl set over a pan of simmer water or in a microwave. Leave to cool a little.
  3. Using an electric whisk, beat together the eggs and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the cooled chocolate mixture.
  4. Mix the coffee, cocoa, flour and baking powder together then pour into the chocolate mixture and gently stir together. Finally, mix in the pecans (optional) then pour into the tin and bake for 25 – 30 minutes until just set but still a little squidgy in the centre. Leave to cool completely in the tin then lift out and cut into squares. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or on its own.

Original Source: waitrose leaflet

Have Fun!

-Keki xoxo

Mini Probation Celebration and Birthday Plans

It is officially 5 days until my 25th birthday which I’m really excited about but am not enjoying the thought about growing older – I don’t really know many who do! I have a full day planned of ice skating, bowling and dinner at Côte which should be very enjoyable indeed! However the last time I went ice skating, I ended up whacking the back of my head on the ice… It wasn’t an elegant fall and I was surprised all the skaters saw, I was thankful to those who came to help me, but the staff at the rink hadn’t the foggiest! I was appalled! (Though I was too dazed to get annoyed to be honest…) My friend had to find some ice to cool the bump on my head from the bar but the only container they could offer was a latex glove. So I was walking around town with a rather amusing, sexy rooster looking comb on my head! Anyway, despite a rather embarrassing and painful fall I haven’t been put off ice skating and shall try to learn again! I shall prevail!

On another note, it is also the official end date of my probation period! *cheers* I have passed a hard-working and wonderful 3 months at my new Graphic Design role which has taught me masses about the online marketing world, plus increased my knowledge on e-mail coding! Coding old-skool style has never been more fun… To celebrate I ended up baking some delicious (they were very very yummy) chocolate chip and lemon cupcakes!

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I think I’ve manage to perfect the baking process and understand the old oven in the kitchen (I recently moved out) now so I’ve stopped burning my poor little treats. My next task is to master the decorating process with butter creams, whipped creams and possibly French meringue frosting! (Maybe being a little adventurous there…)
Speaking of the French, I tried baking Madeleines on Sunday as my housemate had bought me the moulds a while back. They were surprisingly easy to make! The baking process didn’t take long either. I used a simple recipe and added chocolate chips to it, everyone loves chocolate! The end verdict? Tasty.

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With love,
Keki x

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