Monday, January 28, 2013

Chocolate Lava Cake

Hi people! ♥

Please do agree with me that chocolate is the best created edible thing in the world! I am oh-so-in-love with this little thing, every dessert with chocolate is just adorably perfect. ♥ So yes, ever since I tried Chocolate Lava Cake in some restaurants and experienced the heaven sensation, of course I won't miss a chance and I decided to bake one. And you should too. ;)

Overall, it is pretty easy to do, you just simply mix everything together. The crucial things here are the baking duration and temperature. Each oven will need different baking time, I even have to bake it several times to get the right texture.

This one is the first batch :

 The surface texture is just perfect, but the inside part is not 'melt' enough.

So I baked another batch for 12 minutes:


You can see the melting chocolate on the surface, but the inside is just perfect!

Actually both are extremely delicious, but I'll just stick to the second one to get more melting chocolate. xD

And here's the recipe. :D

- 100g dark chocolate, cut to small cubes
- 100g unsalted butter, cut to small cube
- 2 eggs
- 50g caster sugar
- 20g self-raising flour

Additional tools needed
- spatula
- electric whisk
- oven safe ramekins (6-8 oz)

1. Melt dark chocolate and butter using either the microwave or a hot water bath.
2. In a large bowl, use an electric whisk to beat the eggs and sugar till the mixture turns pale and frothy. This will take a few minutes.
3. Pour melted chocolate/butter you prepared in step 1, into the egg mixture prepared in step 2. Stir in the flour. Use a spatula to mix everything evenly.
4. Grease your ramekins with some melted butter (so that the cake will come off cleanly when it is baked). Fill the ramekin almost 3/4 full with the chocolate mixture and bake in a preheated oven of 180C (356F) for about 12 minutes (the recipe calls for 10-11 minutes). The cake is deliberately slightly undercooked so as to achieve its ideal consistency which is runny in the middle (hence the name fondant/molten/chocolate lava) but if you over-bake it, you will get a super moist chocolate cake which is yummy too.
5. When it is baked, remove ramekin from oven and let cool for 1-2 minutes. Use a spoon to gently loosen the edges. Carefully invert the cake onto serving plate.
6. Serving suggestion: Use a sieve to dust icing sugar over the cake. Serve a scoop of vanilla ice cream and some berries at the side.

Adapted from

Happy experimenting! :D

With love,
Julia ♥

Friday, January 25, 2013

Cinnamon Roll

Hello sweeties!

After months of internet connection problem in my apartment, last week they finally fix it! Then you ask me why I update my beloved blog again only after a week? I'll honestly answer, I was very busy with these 4 deadly things :
1. Work in hotel for my internship
2. Work in hotel for my internship
3. Pinning in Pinterest
4. Work in hotel for my internship

Now let me tell you the story of my days...

Warning : I swear this is an absolutely boring story, so I suggest you to skip this and proceed to the link below for the recipe. Thank you.

As I've finished my 3rd semester, I am required to take an internship in a hotel for 3 months. At first, I thought that it will be a very tiring and stressing thing to do, and it is actually TRUE! I leave home early in the morning and reach home late, then eat and sleep and do the same thing over and over again everyday. But now I'm wondering why I feel sad that I've finished 1 month there. Now I want it a bit longer, to laugh and share story with the staffs, smile to the people that I never even know before, do new things and challenged. I think I kind of enjoy all the works that I have to do now... But , oh, how I love off day!

For the rest of my little free time, I'll surely checking the fabulous Pinterest! I can even spend hours, my whole day for it. That site is just so addictive and can sweep away all my burden *i'm serious!*. Just look at those tiny little pictures and please do agree with me!

Talking about sweeping my burden, the smell of cinnamon can also gives joy to me. ♥ That is the reason why I love cinnamon roll soooo much, especially those in Cinnabon. I can't resist the amazing smell of the brown sugar and cinnamon calling for me to buy them... I'm a loser for such things...

I never know that cinnamon roll is a pretty easy yummy thing to do! And lesson learned : 'You will get a funny cinnamon roll shape if you force yourself to bake one full recipe in a tiny little oven'. Luckily, I still managed to save this little one here~ xD

brown sugar + cinnamon = a heavenly smell! ♥

My family loves this as much as I am and I'll definitely bake another batch again! ♥

Recipe from He doesn't have the step-by-step pictures *like I usually prefer*, but he explains it very clearly so it's worth trying! Enjoy ♥

With love,
Julia ♥