Kuih Bingka Ubi

This is another Wendyywy’s kuih recipe that I baked for this month. I like about this kuih because of it chewy but still in soft texture. It may look like that very easy to make while you just combine everything in it then bake, however, when having to grate the cassava finely and squeezing the juice out, it may take a little effort for doing that :( 

900 gr grated White cassava /Tapioca/ Ubi kayu  **

200 ml Thick coconut milk
2 Eggs

250 ml Water
200 gr Sugar
40 gr Butter
Few pandan leaves

Few drops of yellow colouring

- Boil water, pandan leaves and sugar, melt in butter, leave it aside.
- Combine coconut milk with eggs.
- Combine grated cassava and starch water**, pour in the boiling sugar water, it should thicken slightly.
- Pour coconut egg mixture, add in yellow colouring, stir until well incorporated.
- Pour batter into a 8 inch round baking pan. Bake in a preheated oven at 170/180C for 1 hour ( I bake 1 hour 25 mins) or until golden brown.

** Bought around 1.2 kg white cassava, peel and grate it. Since it could be slightly bitter, squeeze out the juice with cloth into a cup and let the juice sit until can see the starch settles on the bottom. Measure the cassava water layer and replace it with clean water (you may omit this step if you buy yellow cassava).

Kuih Tako

Seeing how easy Wendyywy recently made her tako, really attempted myself to try it at home. It’s true … it was really easy to make the tako, indeed I spent more time doing the tako casings from pandan leave than making the tako hahahaha ….   I couldn’t manage to get the mung bean starch, with Wendyywy fast replied & kindly clarification, then I decided to use mix of Hunkwe & corn flour to make it. But I'm satisfy with the result in texture and taste.

Pandan Layer:
25 gr Mung bean starch **
250 ml Pandan juice ++
60 gr Sugar
3 Water chestnuts, peeled and chopped

Coconut layer: 15 gr Mung bean starch **
125 ml Water
125 ml Coconut milk
50 gr Sugar
Very small pinch of salt
Pandan leaves for the tako casings (refer here for the full details)

- Prepare pandan layer. Mix everything together and cook on medium low heat until it looks transparent and thick.
- Spoon over prepared casings
- Prepare coconut layer. Mix everything together and cook on medium low heat until it thickens. Taste, it should no longer taste floury.
- Spoon over the pandan layer.
- Let cool down to room temperature and it will harden. Best served when chilled.

** I cannot find Mung bean starch, I replaced with half Hunkwe and half corn flour
++ I blended 15 gr Pandan leaves (cut into small pcs) with 300 ml water, strained to get the pandan juice.

Chocolate Bottom Banana Cupcakes

Finally I baked this popular Chocolate Bottom Banana Squares, there are two versions of the cake, butter version by Hearty Bakes and oil version by Cook.Love.Bake. Since left with only 2 ripe bananas on my kitchen, then I baked half recipe in cupcakes using the oil version. Texture was soft & fluffy, however I found lack of chocolate taste here maybe due to too much batter I took to mix with the chocolate powder.

Source : Cook.Bake.Love

35 gr castor sugar
1 large egg

40 gr Oil
2 medium-sized bananas, mashed with a fork (about 110gr)
pinch of salt
20 gr milk
1 tsp rum (or ¼ tsp vanilla extract)

65 gr plain flour
¼  tsp baking powder
¼  tsp baking soda

D. 1 tbsp cocoa powder ( can add upto 25 gr)

Topping : Chocolate rice / Chocolate chips.

- Preheat oven at 180C.
- Beat (A) till light and creamy.
- Add (B) and combine.
- Sieve in (C), mix till just incorporated. Stop once there is no traces of flour remain.
- Divide the batter into half. Sieve in cocoa powder to one portion of the batter and mix well. Add the cocoa batter to cupcake cases.
- Add the remaining plain batter on top of the cocoa batter. Sprinkle top generously with chocolate rice.
- Bake for 15-20 mins or until a skewer inserted in the centre and come out clean.

Assorted Cupcakes

Made these below assorted cupcakes for Children's Day Celebration at my eldest son's student care today.
Above cupcakes set .... breakfast for my colleagues :)

Chocolate cupcakes, I used my swiss roll recipe.
Swiss Meringue Buttercream from Wendy's blog. Thanks Wendy for your step-by-step instruction, that help me a lot on the preparation, and I just love the smooth texture & light taste of this buttercream:)

Nutella cupcakes, I used Busygran's recipe. Thanks Judy for the yummy recipe :)