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Temptation Chocolate Banana Cake Recipe

I am back again to bake a birthday cake, a fresh cream birthday cake. This time I make chocolate banana cake for Camus's birthday. To me, I am lazy to make this type of cake as I will need to spend 3 hours and above (can up to 5~6 hours) to make a whole cake, from weighting ingredients to decorate the cake. Also, I will accumulate the left over ingredients like fresh cream, sponge cake mix and some others for months, or years...until they are expired...then throw them away. I really feel wasted to throw away those ingredients, and many times I also very lazy to make a move to stand in kitchen for whole afternoon on my weekend to make this type of cake. Of course, some time I "got form got ohm", I will do it happily just like this time, another chocolate banana cake was born in my kitchen, for an OLD baby that was born on 34 years ago. Let me share the recipe of this chocolate banana cake with photos I have taken. RecipeIngredientsChocolate Sponge Cake260g sponge cake mix260g eggs70g hot water1tbsp chocolate powder80g melted butter Chocolate Ganache100g chocolate (cut to small pieces)50g fresh milk Filling400g whipped fresh cream150g chocolate ganache (you may add all or leave some for decoration)3tbsp coffee kahlua (optional)8~10pcs banana (I used pisang "awak" as we like the "compact and smooth" texture of this banana) MethodFor chocolate sponge cake:1. Mix chocolate powder and hot water.2. Use mixer, beat sponge cake mix and eggs in high speed for 6 minutes. 3. Switch to medium speed and slowly pour in chocolate liquid from step 1 to sponge egg mixture and beat for another 2 minutes.4. Lastly, combine melted butter with sponge mixture.Hint: To prevent sponge mixture separated from melted butter, take a portion of mixture combine with melted butter first, then just combine with the rest of mixture.5. Pour chocolate sponge mixture into baking pan, bake at preheated oven (160C) for 40 minutes or until cooked.6. When the cake is cool, slice to 3 pieces in horizontal. For chocolate Ganache:1. Put chocolate and milk in a pot/bowl, double boil until chocolate is melted. For filling:1. Mix whipped cream and chocolate ganache until combine = chocolate cream.2. Remove banana skin, slice half into horizontal. To assemble cake:1. Place a slice of chocolate sponge cake on cake board.2. Evenly pour a table spoon of coffee kahlua on sponge cake.3. Spread a thin layer of chocolate cream with spatula on top of sponge cake.4. Arrange banana on top of chocolate cream.5. Spread another thin layer of chocolate cream to sandwich the banana.6. Sandwich cream and banana with second slice of chocolate cake.7. Repeat step 2~6 for second layer.8. For last layer, pour a table spoon of coffee kahlua on sponge cake.9. Decorate accordingly. Before ending this post, I would like to wish Camus "Happy Birthday" and "Happy Everyday"!

 

Apple + Breast Milk | Baby Food for 6 Months Old

When baby more than 6 months, I started to think what to serve her besides breast milk. The first thing I make for her is steam apple with breast milk. Ingredients:AppleBeasts milk Method:1. Peel apple skin, cut into small cube. 2. Steam apple in boiling water until soft.   3. Mash with spoon.4. Mix well with breast milk.   I am very happy to see her grow healthily with food I make for her. Although breast feeding journey is tiring, but everything is worth when see her growing up with my own breast milk.

 

DIY Sandwich Mold Bread Maker Cutter

This post, I am introducing a special sandwich mold cutter. It will cut away the bread "skin" that many people do not like to eat, and "seal" the filling nicely after cutting off the "skin". I bought this mold cutter from daiso Japan at 100yen. I found it very useful especially to seal sandwich nicely and look tidy.  

 

Coco’s (ココス)| Japan

Today after work, I went to take dinner with my colleagues. We went to a restaurant nearby company to have the dinner, it is called Coco’s (ココス). After about 20 minutes walk from company, we reached the restaurant and start our dinner.    
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Today after work, I went to take dinner with my colleagues. We went to a restaurant nearby company to have the dinner, it is called Coco’s (ココス). After about 20 minutes walk from company, we reached the restaurant and start our dinner.

 

 

I ordered a set of Chicken Steak with Cheese and Tomato Sauce. It is like Chicken Coated Cheese served in Malaysia. The chicken is soft and tasty but I can’t really taste the cheese. Maybe I am a cheese lover and the cheese taste is not strong enough for me? Well, don’t care, as long as the overall was not bad. Generally, I am quite satisfied with the food.

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My colleagues ordered Beef Hamburger Steak. The beef was about 50% cook and you can continue to cook it yourself on top of the “mini hot plate”. The way they served the steak was special and that the reason they ordered this set.

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Mini hot plate

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I ordered the set which come with bread and free flow of drink. At first I thought it is garlic bread, but it wasn’t. It was a white bread which was toasted before served. It was a bit crunchy and taste not bad after spread with butter.

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How about the free flow drink? There are plenty of choices to choose. First, I make a cup of hot cocoa drink. I always look for hot cocoa drink when I am in Japan. Japanese like alcohol so much but I don’t really prefer alcohol, hence hot cocoa is one of the drinks that I can drink. The hot cocoa in ココスis thick and suits my taste, you can feel the smoothness of cocoa drink when you drink it. I just love it!

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Hot chocolate

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Calpis

It is now cherry blossoms season in Japan, hence Cherry Blossoms (Sakura) Tea was a “must try” drink when you are in Japan. I personally feel that the taste is light and not much different if compare to normal “flower tea”. Anyhow, one of my colleagues ran to toilet after she drinks that tea. She was complaining stomachache and blames the tea. Haha, that was funny!

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My colleague saw some other special tea, so we make another two, Baked Apple Tea and Tropical Mango Tea. Both are not bad. To me, they also taste almost the same as normal flower tea.

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Baked apple tea

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Tropical mpical mango tea

Last but not least, let me introduce another drink which was special make by my colleagues. It was combination of calpis, calpis soda, grape, orange and melon. You both want me to have diarrhoea??

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"Special" combination softdrink

It was a satisfied and enjoyable dinner especially after work for whole day, kind of relaxing when having that dinner.

For more information about this restaurant, please visit their link at http://menu.cocos-jpn.co.jp/index.html. Full details are available there.

Map http://www.mapion.co.jp/c/f?uc=4&pg=1&ino=BA359211&grp=cocos

 

More photos:

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Tea corner

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Softdrink corner

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Tea, coffee and cocoa drink corner

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