Sunday, December 19, 2010

Easy-Peasy Cinnamon Rolls

I picked the calender from the tabletop. I read the calender. I counted the days. I panicked!


Because there are only 2 weeks left to 2011! And there are still alot of important things that i need to settle before the year ends!


Mid December is always my least favourite time of the year, hands down.

And to overcome this matter, i decided to... knead some dough. Which, we all know, is completely irrelevant.

No wonder i'm always behind time.

There are many great Cinnamon Roll recipes out there, and to me this recipe is best suited for novice bakers who have yet to gain confidence in working with yeast. I've to admit that working with yeast can be such an intimidating experience sometimes. Even my husband vowed not to make breads anymore, and it's all thanks to the bad guy, Mr Yeast.

But i can assure you that this recipe is totally foolproof, and quite forgiving, i must say. The first time i made this, i didn't read the recipe properly and end up pouring cold milk instead of lukewarm milk into the dough batter. And the dough still rose beautifully, much to my amazement.

BUT, to be safe, just read the recipe properly.

These cinnamon rolls are really soft, with satisfyingly sweet butter-cinnamon-sugar mixture filling that gives a soft crunch if you put lots of it into the dough. Marry the rolls with the cream cheese icing (or whatever icing or syrup of your choice), sink your teeth into it, and you can just bid your sorrows goodbye... errr, at least for a while.

My rating: 7.5/10

(Adapted from Myresipi, a Malay community recipe-sharing website)

Make 10 rolls

Bread rolls
300g bread flour
50g butter
1 egg
50g fine sugar
100ml fresh milk (lukewarm)
8g active dry yeast (in my case, i use instant yeast, which still works like a charm :))
1 tsp salt

2-3 tsp cinnamon powder
60g brown sugar
20g butter - room temperature

Cream cheese icing
50g cream cheese - room temperature
20g butter - room temperature
100g icing sugar
A pinch of salt
A few drops of vanilla essence


Preheat oven to 180°C

In a mixing bowl, rub the butter with flour until it resembles small crumbs

Add in sugar and dry yeast. Mix with a spoon until well-combined.

Add in salt, egg and milk. Knead the dough until smooth or until the dough does not stick to your fingers. (I knead around 5-10 minutes.)

Wrap the dough with a damp cloth or clingwrap film and let it rest until it is 1.5 times bigger (approx. 40 mins  - 1 hr.). After it has rised, re-shape it into a ball and let it rest again for 10 mins.

Divide the dough into two portions. Take one portion and roll it out into a 25cm X 20cm rectangular shape. Sprinkle the filling evenly over the rolled out dough. (For the filling, i spread the butter over the dough with a butter knife first before sprinkling the cinnamon and brown sugar over it.).

Roll the dough into a log. Pinch the seam to the roll to seal it. Slice the log/roll into 4 equal-sized pieces (approx. 4cm long each).

Repeat these steps to another portion of dough.

Place the rolls into muffin cups and let them rise again to 1.5 times bigger. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes or till light brown in colour.

Meanwhile, make the cream cheese icing: put all the ingredients together in the mixing bowl and beat until creamy. Do not overbeat.

Drizzle 1 1/2 tablespoon of cream cheese icing onto each baked cinnamon rolls.

Monday, December 13, 2010

My First Wedding Cake Project!

When i first accepted the order to make wedding cupcakes + one fondant cake for my cousin 6 months ago, some people (and even myself) thought that i was crazy. Because (a) my baking skill's still in need of major improvement and (b) i had no idea how to cover a cake with fondant. I didn't attend any fondant cake courses before. So it's only fair that some people thought that i was abit cuckoo on the head, and feared that the end result would be a total crap sitting on the wedding cake stand instead.

But now i'm so glad that this pink & white wedding cupcake + fondant cake project turned out to be quite a success!

Okay, I've to admit that the cupcakes and the cake weren't 100% perfect. As you can see closely at the pictures, the swirly icings on the cupcakes weren't that pretty, and the fondant cake was quite slanted to the right. This is what you get if you hire an amateur to do your wedding cake =P. But i was relieved that my cousin wasn't such a fussy bride, in other words, a BRIDEZILLA. She was actually very satisfied with it, after i kept asking for her opinion for countless of times. Phew, thank god for that. :D

The best part of the project was the rose! I have to thank YouTube for this. I had no skill whatsoever in making fondant rose before, and i had been searching for tutorials on YouTube and had been practicing for days. And i was so glad that they turned out nice on the fondant cake!

Overall it was such a great experience, even though there were times i felt like giving up. But i am grateful to have my family members and friend to help me out. =)

And i'm still glowing from all the compliments that i'd received from the guests. =)))

Before i end this post, i'll give you more details about the wedding cupcakes + cake:

(a) Cupcake stand: Made of silver cake boards and cake dummies (styrofoam)
(b) No of cupcakes baked: 90
(c) Cupcakes (and Cake) flavour: Strawberry yogurt. (from: Sugar Everything Nice Blog)
(d) Cupcakes icing: Wilton Buttercream (from:
(e) Cupcakes Icing (and Cake fondant) color: Americolor Electric Pink Gel Food Colour
(f) Cupcakes topper and deco: Hearts made of royal icing. And Wilton Sugar Pearl Sprinkles
(g) Cake fondant: Store-bought - Wilton Ready-To-Use White Rolled fondant 

Hope you have a blissful marriage life, cuzzie!

Anyway i'm not in the picture. :D

I just loveee the deco colours! I should have taken these colours for my wedding last year! Mine was gold and cream.

P/S: My friend has requested for wedding cupcakes for her wedding next year! Should i accept it??