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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Cheryl's Strawberry filled Green Tea Cupcakes with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

woof. That's a mouthful *That's what she said!*

Hey Guys! Happy Tuesday everyone. Hope everyone's week and weekend went well.
Mine was basically running around doing errands, 5k runs on the treadmill, rehearsals, babysitting, and planning the bestie/roomie/sista's mini surprise party. The surprise itself was not difficult. I just had to bake some cupcakes, and find a way to transport it to the city, gather the framily and VOILA!
But knowing this girl, she's filled with exciting plans and yes, she's pre-booked our entire weekend 2 months in advance for her weekend party. So it is pretty hard to find room in the entire weekend to get the fram together especially when plans hop around like bunnies on heat.

Well, the weekend finally happened. And none of us ended up in the hospital for alcohol overdose. Yay! 

Here's my recipe for the Matcha/Green Tea Cupcakes
adapted from MatchaSource

Matcha Green Tea Cupcakes
24 cupcake papers or 1/2 sheet pan / 350 degree oven
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups minus 1 1/2 heaping tablespoons sugar
2 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons matcha tea
Your favorite strawberry preserves, I used a sugar-free one.

Preheat over to 350

1. Beat butter on high until soft, about 30 seconds.
2. Add sugar. Beat on medium-high until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
3. Add eggs/egg yolks one at a time, beat for 30 seconds between each.
4. Add milk in mixture.
5. Whisk together flour, matcha, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.
6. Add to batter and fold to combine.

PLEASE DO NO OVER MIX or else your would end up with a dense pound cake like texture. You want your cupcakes to be fluffy.

7. Fill the cupcake liners half full.
8. Bake for about 20 mins. Poke a toothpick into a cupcake to test if it's fully cooked. It should come out clean.
9. Cool cupcakes for about at least 30 mins.
10. Core the cupcakes. I cut a triangle in the middle of the cupcake and take the middle off.
11. Fill the holes with Strawberry Preserves.
12. Clean the top of the cupcake off (don't leave crumbles and too much preserves).

Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

You can always use fresh strawberries for this. But I prefer to use Trader Joe's freeze dried strawberries because the last time I made Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting, I was reluctant to put a lot of confectioners sugar, and the juices from the strawberries made it extremely water. It looked lie Pepto Bismol. Gross.

1/3 cups of freeze dried strawberries
1 1/2 sticks of soften butter
1 block of Cream Cheese
1 1/3 lbs of confectioners sugar 
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence 

1. Put freeze dried strawberries in food processor and blend till it's almost powder form
2. Beat butter till it looks nice and creamy
3. Add Cream Cheese till smooth
4. Add vanilla essence
5. Add Confectioners sugar to desired consistency

Baking Process

As you can see, instead of making 24 cupcakes, I made 12 and a cake.
The recipe works very well as a cake. In fact, because I accidentally over mixed my batter the cake turned out to be very dense. It worked well as a cake too. But just to remind you again, don't over mix because it would be better. Trust me!

I decorated the cake with peaches and grapes. You can do whatever you want with it. Strawberries, cherries, kiwi, blueberries... they will all work because everything works with Green Tea!

You can't really see, but I sliced the baked cake in half and smothered a layer of Strawberry Preserves in between the layers before frosting the cake. It's yum!

Yay Birthday Girl!!

Yenn: "Guess what flavor it is!"
           *excited smile*
C: *opens the cupcake liner and sees green* 
Yenn:  0.o' 
          "no... guess again!"
C: *Takes a bite and tastes the Cream Cheese Frosting* *looks at me confused* 
          "Red Velvet?"
Yenn: "Awww.... It's your favorite Green Tea!!!!!!"
         *sad face*
C:    "Now that you mention it... YEAH! It tasted familiar but I couldn't figure out what it was!!"

Hope all your dreams and wishes come true this year.

Love you gurl. Muah.


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Secondhand White Baby Grand (Cover)

Finally! I've been planning on doing a cover of this song a couple months ago. Better late than never I guess ;)

On the other hand, it's been a birthday celebration month! I've attended 3 birthday parties just this last week and this weekend is dedicated to my other sister/roomie. Hurricane Irene interrupted C's birthday weekend celebration last year. I ended up staying at Sam's parents' place out of the city just incase the hurricane got us. I was doing my 5k run today at the gym and spent the entire 30 mins watching the weather channel talk about the possibilities of hurricanes striking.
Better rest up well before we tear up the weekend. Hopefully no hurricanes this time.

New found lounge over looking the city. Breathless view. 
The Press Lounge, you'll be seeing more of us :)

A day out with the girls at Central Park.

Bethesda Fountain. Oh so romantic.

Carousel at Central Park!
Summer Bucket list. One item down. Ninety nine more to go. LOL.

Yasir's surprise birthday dinner with the Framily :)

Went dancing with the girls at D's birthday before heading to Party #3

ET's Bday meet- more like a Singaporean and Malaysian meet up.
I've never seen so many Singaporeans and Malaysians in one spot. So unexpected! 
It was a wonderful weekend.

Summer is coming to an end. Time flies when times are good. 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Gravity- Sara Bareilles

I did a cover of this song as a part of an audition. Check it out! :)

Friday, August 10, 2012

Birthday at Central Park's Sheeps Meadow

This is as best as a group picture could get on that day. Everyone was running in and out, people dropped by, said hi and left. I didn't manage to get a picture with every single person who came . 

The sisters.
The Masterminds.
My loves!

Hah. I look so silly in this picture. 
Sam had to convince me that we were going to see a skate show in Central Park. 
I was like.... "Skate show?!" 
I never knew he was interested in any skating at all.

Surprise face!

Ah!! such a good picture :)
Too bad Lynn was the photographer of the day and I couldn't find any picture of the 2 of us! :(

Lynn even gave me a handmade crown! Princess of the day. Yay!

Ma gurrrs.

Em Boizz...

I thought you might get a kick outta this. I still do. Can't wait to watch this again in 20 years :)

Thank you all for making it happen. I was a wonderful day. I LOVE YA'LL!