Monday, March 23, 2009

My First Attempt

I’ve try something new today…after tons of questions I have asked mommies pertaining to cake baking, finally I have baked one myself.

This is my very first attempt in baking so I have choose the most easy one, Steam Banana Cake. I really feel blurred and lost when I shop for the ingredients, but luckily I manage to found what I want.

I couldn’t believe I’ve finish preparing the batter in just 10 minutes. Then, I let it steam for 30 minutes while I went for dinner.

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Outcome:

Well, the cake looks ‘real’ but its colour turned out not as dark as I’d like; personally I preferred darker colour one as what I saw from Esmeralda’s blog.

And another thing is the cake taste not sweet enough. Maybe next time I should use the weighing scale to get a more accurate measurement for the ingredients.

Sarah did try the cake but not fancy it. I am not able to finish the entire cake myself as my husband doesn’t like cakes either; so I wonder how should I adjust the size of the cake as I like? Can I just simply cutting all the ingredients by half?

Anyway, it is an exciting experiment for me. I think I am more than happy to try out more baking in the future.






P/S: Thank you to Esmeralda and Caroline for giving me so many baking tips.

37 comments:

the little prince said...

Great attempt!! Its looks good n yummy yummy.

Not bad for the 1st try. If you think baking is not 'so much work' then you are on the way to enjoy baking cake!! :-)

MeRy said...

Good attempt.So Coincidence, today I am making steamed cake too...I will post it @ my blog later..

HN said...

This looks very good Joanne :)Looking forward for more baking post from you!!!

Kristie said...

good try dear :)

did u put any vanilla essence? cos normally it helps to give a dark brown colour to the mixture too.

Anyway i am looking forward to more baking stuffs from u! :)

Mummy Gwen said...

Good job on yr first attempt. The cake looks yummy. I'm looking forward to more baking from you..hehe.

Fussy mum said...

Great effort, Joanne! Not too bad all all for a 1st timer :)

Fussy mum said...

Oopss, typing error - what i meant is...not too bad at all for a 1st timer...:)

slavemom said...

Ur 1st attempt looks good. I'm sure there'll be more to come.

MommyAngel said...

Oh ... after a long wait finally I get to see your steam banana cake. Well done Joanne!! But I wonder why Sarah didn't fancy the cake ya? (must be in the gene :P) coz normally kids will love cakes. Don't worry dear, when she gets older, she will appreciate the cake more and asking you to bake for her every single day :)

little prince's mummy said...

Wah.. U also start baking already a? Guess I'm the only one still lazy and not into baking.. hahahaha~

Merryn said...

eh wat a coincident.. i've just tried steaming my first banana cake too! ahhahahah.. it turn out a little bit heavy n not too fluffy... but the taste is great! check mine out at
http://submerryn.blogspot.com/2009/03/steam-banana-cake-in-tea-cups.html

have a nice day! :)

Jess said...

Weldone
It look yummy...

Sarah's Daddy and Mommy said...

Merryn - Hi, nice to meet you here. Mind if I add your blog into my blogroll?
- What a coincidence, we both had our very first baking ytday.
Ok, I will check out at your blog for the outcome of your banana cake.

Kylie - Hehe, actually all this while I am quite interested in baking, but I am just lazy to search for the ingredients and start making it. But once start, is quite fun.
Hope you can join us next time.

Caroline - Yes my dear...after SO Long wait ya. Pai seh pai seh!
Gotto thank you my dear sifu, you have taught me a lot.
- I also dont know why Sarah dont like the cake. She just tested it with few bites, then she shake her hands liao. Ai yo! I think it sure taste no good for her.
I hope Sarah will like my cake when she gets older, or else I really do not know how should I finish the big cake.
- May I know I wonder how should I adjust the size of the cake as I like? Can I just simply cutting all the ingredients by half?

Mommy Gwen, Slavemom, HN, Ivy - Thanks for your comment. I appreciate a lot. You all really gave me a big encouragement to bake more and more cakes...hehe.

Kristie - Thanks a lot!
- I did not put vanilla essence, coz I do not dare to put any other ingredient other than those stated in the recipe. You know lah, I am first timer in baking mah...hehe.
Anyway, thank you for your tips. I will remember it.

Mery - Thank you for your comment.
- So ngam hor, you also steam a cake ytday. OK, I will have a look at your blog later.

Yugene - You are so nice in giving such a nice comment to me. Thanks ya.
- I think baking is fun if there is without disturbance from Sarah. Hehe.

Sarah's Daddy and Mommy said...

Jess - Thank you for your comment.
Do you like baking?

Mummy Moon said...

Nice try! the cake looks yummy!huhu I will try it out 1 day...

Sarah's Daddy and Mommy said...

Mommy Moon - Thank you thank you.
I am sure you will steam a nice banana cake because you are more good in cooking and baking than me.

Qistina's Mama n Abah said...

Wah Joanne the cake look great!

MommyAngel said...

JT, of course you can cut the ingredient by half but I am not sure how were you to adjust the eggs though .... maybe still using the same amount of egg :) Keep it up Joanne, maybe Sarah don't fancy banana cake but how about chocolate cake? Kids love chocolate cake :)

MommyAngel said...

JT, of course you can cut the ingredient by half but I am not sure how were you to adjust the eggs though .... maybe still using the same amount of egg :) Keep it up Joanne, maybe Sarah don't fancy banana cake but how about chocolate cake? Kids love chocolate cake :)

Kristie said...

sure u are welcome. Looking forward to more baking stuffs from ya! gd luck in advance heeh :)

Blessed mum said...

I love banana cake!! Still remembers those days when I only have 1 child and I got a lot of time to do baking and banana cake is my favourite. but I've never tried steaming.. Is it easy? mind sharing the receipe..i love to do it IF and WHEN I have the time..hee..maybe during my 4 month confinements. hahaha..

Sarah's Daddy and Mommy said...

Michelle - Wah! I am sure you have baked many nice cakes before.
Actually I also like to eat banana cake, but I dont have oven at home, so all the while I will just buy it from outside.
- Yes, it is very easy to steam banana cake, I am sure you can do it.
Actually the original recipe is from http://chowtimes.com/2007/06/08/steamed-banana-cake/
but I have used the modified version from my fren
http://modernlifetoday.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!FA10B2D1370C84F3!829.entry
So, is up to you to choose which one you like.
- I am very looking forward for your steam banana cake. Remember to post the outcome ya.

Kristie - Domo Arigato. Hehe.

Sha - Thanks Sha. Do you like baking?

Caroline - Ok, I can cut the ingredients by half. Oh ya, you reminded me about the egg. But as you said, maybe use the same amount of egg. Actually I wonder what is the purpose of adding egg into it? Is it to make the cake more moist?
- Yah, I think Sarah would love chocolate cake. Will try it soon.
But I think I need to get the weighing scale, oven and cake mixture machine.
- Anyway, thanks ya.

UmmiRosma said...

Wah the steam cake looks so yummy eh...i can smell the sweet aroma of the bananas already...

UmmiRosma said...

This very first attempt will SURELY leads to another attempt!!

Good luck sweet mommy..!

Esmeralda said...

Well done Joanne! And great attept for a 1st timer. Did you followed the recipe at Chow Times? If you did I think it's sweet enuf?

If you were to reduce the size of the cake, you can reduce half of the ingredients, including the eggs. I myself increase the cake size also my approximation of the ingredients' ratio.. Haha.. calculation.. calculation..

Did you put enuf bananas in it? Bananas ripe/semi-ripe? Size of bananas? What kind of bananas? Usually pisang berangan, the long green banana (dunno the name), and pisang emas will do. But if pisang emas you have to double coz the size is too small...

Sarah's Daddy and Mommy said...

Esmeralda - I know you have fall sick but still leaving comment here. Please take good care ya.
- I really have to thank you for giving me so much tips in baking cakes.
I actually followed your recipe. The one you posted at your blog. I followed yours because I thought I could have the same outcome as your cake (including the colour). But....sigh!
- Ok, so I could just cut down the ingredient by half. I need to do that because in my house, not many ppl has sweet tooth.
- I put 2 banana berang in it. It is a ripe banana.
You used the long green banana? I thought green meaning not ripe?

Sarah's Daddy and Mommy said...

Ummi, thanks for your sweet comment. I will definitely bake another one.
Mind if I seek your advice if I have any queries in baking? Hehe.

Esmeralda said...

Thanks for your concern. I'm doing much better at day time, but nite sometimes felt quite uncomfortable. Yup I'm using the 2 bearnangan bananas too.. Oh the green banana is not the one unripe one, it's a sort of banana particularly used for making cakes, especially banana cakes. But berangan bananas are fine for this steamed banana cake. Are you using icing sugar?

Sarah's Daddy and Mommy said...

Esmeralda - So you are having a cough now? Have you see doc?
- You are using berangan bananas too? For me, I got those that in yellow colour. So meaning, I should choose green colour ya?
- yes, I used icing sugar.

Esmeralda said...

Not coughing... Gastric, vomiting & fever...

I'm using the berangan bananas.. yellow ones.... not necessary to get green one.. the green bananas are ripe already, but the skin is green only (I dunno whether you know which bananas am I talking about, but pls don't give Sarah eat the green bananas coz it's very cooling)!

Maybe next time you should add another banana...see how it goes.... sometimes it's a matter of trial & error...

Sarah's Daddy and Mommy said...

Esmeralda,
Hope that you are getting better now.

Now I am confused with bananas...hehe.
I think the green skin berangan bananas is something like this?
http://images.google.com.my/images?hl=en&q=pisang+berangan&gbv=2http://images.google.com.my/images?hl=en&q=pisang+berangan&gbv=2

Thanks for your advice. So far I never buy any green skin banana for Sarah, coz all the while I thought it is unripe. :-)

Is true, it is a matter of trial and error. Next time I can add another pisang into the batter and see how the outcome.

Thanks again.

Esmeralda said...

Sorry to confuse you Joanne. I dunno what's the name of the green banana already, but definitely not berangan coz this green banana is actually ripe with its green skin - don't bother with it lar...

Good luck with your next try ya...

Sarah's Daddy and Mommy said...

Esmeralda - No need to be sorry. Actually I am the one who is easy to get confused with things.
- But after so much explaination from you, I think I know what you are talking about.
I think I have seen it selling at pasar tani. Normally malays like to buy it and used it to fried pisang goreng.

Esmeralda said...

No problem Joanne... hmmm.. dunno whether they use it for pisang goreng coz the bananas are quite expensive...

Sarah's Daddy and Mommy said...

Esmeralda,
Ooo...the pisang berangan sell at a high price ya? I did not know it.

Lydia said...

Just a quick note, if you have ripe bananas... those already brown, don't throw away. Peel them then keep in the freezer (put in container first). When you want to bake banana cake, just thaw and mash. Browned bananas are sweeter and have stronger aroma.

Sarah's Daddy and Mommy said...

Lydia:
Good advice and tip.
I always throw those bananas that turned brown.
Thanks!