It’s Mango Day Every Day! πŸ’›

Still getting used to being back to work after the long holiday. πŸ˜› Right now the dark winter sky in the UK is really not giving me enough drive to work in the evening. 😴 (Where has all the motivation in the new year gone lol!?) Does anybody else feel the same?

At this point, I will be dreaming about a tropical island 🏝 in a far land and wishing I am there instead. 😝 However, for now, a mango lover like me can survive with a mango and cream cake. At least, I can taste the tropic right now! πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‚ I realise it has been a while since I posted a recipe, so I hope you all will enjoy this cake as much as I did! πŸ’›

Mango and Cream Cake

Quantity: 1 cake

Ingredients:

5 eggs, separated

80g caster sugar

60g flavourless oil

70g warm water

1 tsp vanilla extract

100g self raising flour

250ml double cream

1 mango, diced

Mango pulp

White Chocolate, tempered (optional)

Pistachio, chopped finely (optional)

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas 4.

2. Whisk the egg white with half the sugar until stiff.

3. Mix the remaining sugar, egg yolks, oil water and vanilla together until well-combined.

4. Sieve in the flour and stir until well-combined.

5. Fold in half of the whisked egg white into the flour mixture. Then, pour the mixture back into the remaining egg white and fold until evenly combined.

6. Grease the cake tin, then transfer the cake mixture into it.

7. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.

8. Let the cake cool briefly in the cake tin, then remove the cake from the tin. Leave the cake on a wire rack until completely cooled.

9. Whisk the double cream until whipped and smooth.

10. Slice the cake evenly across to create two layers. Sandwich the sponge layers with whipped cream, mangoes and mango pulp.

11. Cover the sides and the top of the cake with the remaining whipped cream. Drizzle more mango pulp at the top of the cake. Decorate with more mangoes, pistachio and tempered white chocolates to finish.

Happy New Year! πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠ

Just want to say a big Happy New Year from the UK! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸŽŠπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ Wishing everyone the best and may all your wishes come true in 2020!! ❀️❀️ Don’t forget to be happy πŸ˜ƒ and treasure every moments to come! πŸ€—

Meanwhile… let me tuck into my bonfire cake to welcome the new year while watching the fireworks πŸŽ† πŸŽ‡ from my window! πŸ˜‚

Farewell 2019, Welcome 2020

As I grow older, I realise more time really does fly by in a blink. 2019 has been quite a year for me in terms of getting myself out of my comfort zone (such as starting this blog and an Instagram account- something I have avoided for a while lol), and I really have learnt more about myself as a person throughout this past year. πŸ™‚

As we are approaching to the end of another year, I always find time to try to get myself to reflect on things that have happened throughout the past year. And I always found a quiet walk helps with that process, especially being in one with nature. πŸπŸ‚πŸŒΎ So I took a stroll around the beautiful Arthur’s Seat, somewhere I used to come by regularly growing up in Edinburgh.

There were happy and sad times, as well as high and low moments in the past year. But I know that they are all treasured moments of a long journey and all played a part in making me better as a person. It is only the beginning now. ❀️

But I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have been reading, liking and commenting on my posts here. 😊 Getting followers is one thing. I started this blog as a mean to get away from my daily life, so I could only ever dream of the supports I get here. (Honestly, I was elated even by the presence of one reader at the start lol! πŸ˜‚)

Can’t wait to see what 2020 will bring! Hopefully more new β€˜adventures’ on the horizon! πŸ˜€πŸ‘

(P.S. Also here are my Top 9 bakes according to my Instagram account! Plenty more to come in 2020 of course! πŸ˜†)

The Night Before Christmas

Happy Christmas Eve, everyone! πŸŽ„β„οΈπŸ’«β€οΈβ€οΈ It’s so nice to be back home in the holiday, isn’t it? (I certainly am, since I am posting this whilst setting up a bath lol! πŸ›€)

Hope you all are enjoying your holiday, and I am sorry if this post dampens the festive mood for you but I have thought long and hard before writing this… My break didn’t start off well when I found out three days ago that my family home was broken into. Losing valuables was one thing but I am just glad that no-one was hurt. However, I am upset by the fact that someone feels they have the rights to violate the place that holds so much happy memories to me. Here I am, a few days later, taking a picture of this cake at the exact same spot where it was broken into… I still feel a little uneasy around the house, but hopefully over time it will heal. ❀️ Though I am not going to let this stops me celebrating Christmas with a smile on my face! 😊

So happy with how this cake turns out β€˜cause I’ve never done something like this before! The cake is just a simple vanilla sponge covered with a smooth whipped cream, and topped with flakes of chocolate. However, the iced biscuits are actually shortbreads as my family and I are not particularly fond of gingerbread, so I made a break away from the tradition lol. πŸ˜› (A tip: Make sure to always rest the shaped biscuits in the fridge or freezer before baking. This is to prevent the butter from melting too fast during baking so that the biscuits don’t lose the shapes you probably spent some time painstakingly trying to cut out! πŸ˜‚)

Can’t wait to be binge-watching Christmas TV all day tomorrow! Merry Christmas and best wishes to you all! πŸŽ…πŸŽ„β„οΈπŸ’«πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸŽŠπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

It’s Almost Christmas! πŸŽŠπŸŽŠ

Three more days and counting! Time really does fly before you know it! πŸ˜† And at last I am so happy that my holiday has begun!

I took this Sunday to fulfil a promise I made with a friend. Last week, I was supposed to bring her a mojito cake for a viewing party of the Strictly final, but I was down with a cold and was pretty much bed-bound for the weekend. πŸ€’ But never too late to make up for lost time, right? 😁 So today I brought her a mojito snow angel cake to make up for it haha! πŸ˜‡ The cake was composed a lime sponge soaked with a mojito syrup and covered with a lime and mint icing with some shots of rum! 🍸 (Try not to get drunk lol) It was then finished with a white fondant and some tempered chocolate work plus a few small touches for decorations. ❀️

Are you naughty or nice this Christmas? πŸ˜‰

Last Christmas πŸ¦Œβ„οΈπŸŽ„

Christmas baking truly marks for me the beginning of the seasonal festival. There are so many things I love about Christmas, from the beautiful lights in the streets of London to a crazy time in the Winter Wonderland whilst listening to the best Christmas tunes. It’s truly the best time of the year! β€οΈπŸ’šβ€οΈπŸ’š What are your favourite things about Christmas? 😊

Last year, I decided to make a Yule Log after seeing it done in the Great Christmas Bake Off the year before, and I was so happy with how it turned out in the end! πŸ˜πŸ‘πŸ‘ Swiss roll was the first ever bake I learnt to make so it does bring back a sense of nostalgia to be making that back at my family home. ❀️

(P.S. A couple of days after that, I also made a Christmas croquembouche! πŸ˜†)

Now, what should I make this Christmas? πŸ€”πŸ˜—