DIY Matcha Tiramisu Gift

I hope everyone had a happy holiday this year! This Christmas has been a busy one for me. Still, I managed to sneak in time to make tiramisu for last minute side gifts. I was able to make a tiramisu using a 9×13 baking dish along with four miniature jam jars, or mason jars.

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Classic Tiramisu with Ladyfinger Band

Tiramisu is one of my all-time favourite dessert. Why? I love the combination of the sweet and creamy filling with the bitterness of the espresso soaked lady fingers; the marriage of the velvety tiramisu and the spongy texture proves to be a brilliant concoction.

My friend graduated last month and I promised that I’d made her a cake! She also loves tiramisu, I guess that is why we’re best buddies!

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Chocolate Cake with Nutella Mascarpone Cream Cheese Frosting

If you like Ferrero Rocher, then you will definately like Nutella as well. My friend’s birthday party is coming up so what better way is there to celebrate her birthday than with a Nutella-centered cake?

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Earl Grey Tea Cupcakes

I am not a big fan of earl grey tea and I am not much of a cupcake kind of girl. However, having recently tried the cream of earl grey tea I could see that the fragrance would work extremely well into a plain cupcake – after all there’s more to a cupcake than just the butter-cream frosting and I believe that people would enjoy the ‘cake’ of the cupcake a lot more this way!

I have attempted to make cupcakes using vegetable oil-based recipes instead of butter-based in the past but they did not taste right. In my opinion, the non-butter recipes works for muffins due to its construction. There is no butter-cream frosting on muffins thus making the cake itself taking all of the spotlight. Muffins usually have other ingredients being mixed into the batter such as carrots and apples, their flavours usually takes over the majority of the muffin. Whereas cupcakes are not so forgiving. It is also weird to add complex consistencies into a cupcake as the butter-cream frosting is usually the spotlight of the dessert. Therefore, cupcakes should always be butter based and adding solid components to the cake portion should be avoided.

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Molten Matcha (Green Tea) Lava Cake

Matcha Lava Cake, Green Tea Lava Cake

This year I have been really inspired to make and decorate baked goodies. They are not only just delicious to eat, but fun to bake and take photographs of – going from its uncracked exterior and undressing to its gooey interior, it makes an interesting model that complies only to your directing.

Matcha molten lava cake – Is there anything more to say? The name of the dessert seems pretty self-explanatory to me! Although I love the original chocolate flavour, I thought I would give it a bit of twist since matcha is an ingredient that can be easily incorporated into baked goods.

This recipe is adapted from another recipe that I found on YouTube. I have been wanting to bake matcha lava cake for some time now. A couple of days ago, I was just laying on my bed getting ready to sleep, when an idea suddenly came to me. I remember that I bought a floral dress a few months ago that would look perfect to imitate the look of a table cloth – yes, I bought the dress to end up using it as a table cloth.

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