Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Lemon and Matcha Marble Pound Cake

Springtime Springtime Springtime!

It's getting warmer and this recipe is perfect for the blooming flowers and chirping birds weather.

After spotting this recipe on Joy the Baker, I knew I had to try it. The gorgeous pictures and the enticing lemon and green tea flavors had me hooked from the beginning. 

Few friends and I attempted this gorgeous pound cake along with these Lemon Sugar Cookies from a few weeks ago when we had a little sugar mishap. But luckily our baking plans were not derailed!

History Lesson of the Day: 
Pound cake was first mentioned in print in 1740, but people were making it ages before then.  A British creation, original pound cakes had a pound each of flour, butter, eggs, and sugar.  This simple recipe made it easy for people to remember and increased its popularity. 

Enough history!

Adding lemon and matcha (green tea) powder pushed this cake to perfection.  Green tea powder can be picked up in many places, but I got it from an Asian supermarket. Don't be afraid to ask!  It's definitely available online too.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Super Easy Chocolate Cake

I'm on a sugar overload.

After breaking free from exams, I've been on a baking spree. 

It's been a little too much baking. (Yes, I said it. Never thought it was possible.)

In fact, so much baking that I couldn't bring myself to eat dinner tonight!

But I'm getting ahead of myself.

This is the second chocolate cake I've made in the past few weeks.  

The first one will go down in history as one of my many baking fails, (which include rock solid banana bread and "healthy" oatmeal raisin cookies that looked very unappetizing).

There was a giant crater in the first cake. 

But really, the first cake was so ...not good. 

This chocolate cake, however, was so much better!

It wasn't too chocolatey and it was super moist!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Lemon Sugar Cookies

First rule of Baking:

       Rule #1: Make sure you have all the ingredients you need. Most importantly: sugar.
       Rule #2: Make sure you have really nice neighbors, in case you run out of ingredients. 

Some friends and I made Lemon Sugar Cookies and Lemon Matcha Pound Cake (coming soon!) but we definitely failed at Rule #1. 

We ran out of sugar -scandalous, I know- but luckily, we had fabulous neighbors and friends who saved us...twice.
Who runs out of sugar -two times? 

Apparently we do!

Without sugar, things could get pretty ugly.  Although the New York Times just published an article: Is Sugar Toxic?

Conclusion? Not sure. But like with anything else, it's best to have sugar in moderation.  

This can get pretty tricky when you bake a lot... 

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Green Tea Cupcakes

I am so excited about these Green Tea Cupcakes!

Ever since another student made these for the Bake Sale for Japan a few weeks ago, I've been dying to make these.  They were so good, people came back for seconds.

They are ridiculous.

I cannot tell you how great these cupcakes are. 

Actually, I'll let Kay tell you. 

"I left a bite of a cupcake left in my fridge. Like a sliver of a cupcake (1/5). And then I bit the top half. And then I was sad. You know why? Because I realized I just ate the frosting and there was no more left. I should have eaten it bottom up."

These cupcakes are the perfect combination of the greatness of green tea frappucino from Starbucks (that may look oddly green, but really oh-so-delicious) and green tea ice cream flavor. If you've never had either, go get it now. 

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Scallion Pancakes

Guess what?!?

Cinnamon may be good for your health!

More research does need to be done, but it may be able to control glucose levels  for diabetics, reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol, and total cholesterol levels for people with Type II Diabetes.

Bad news: gotta have half a teaspoon of cinnamon a day for these possible benefits. 

Even though I love cinnamon, half a teaspoon? That's kind of pushing things.   

A few other benefits include relieving congestion, pain, inflammation of arthritis, menstrual pain, and stimulating circulation. If you're interested, check out this article from the Huffington Post. (Hey -it may not be from a medical journal, but I gotta get my random news from somewhere.)

But back to this post, Scallion Pancakes!


Scallion pancakes may conjure images of the traditional fluffy American pancake with syrup, but this is not your average pancake.  In fact, this is in no way related to that pancake. This is a crispy flaky round bread filled with scallions. 

I grew up eating scallion pancakes for snacks and appetizers -but they were usually the frozen type from the supermarket.  A few weeks ago, a family friend taught my mom and i this super easy recipe and just last night, a couple of friends and I made them again!

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