A Cook and a Baker

If you’ve read my blog, you know that I enjoy cooking but I don’t really bake. I’ve always enjoyed cooking more than baking. When you bake, measurements are important. Of course when you cook they are important, but if you alter the ingredients, they may not have a severe impact on the dish.  Also, I’m not the best baker. During my time in the U.S, I was able to learn how to decorate a cake from my friend’s mom, Patty. She is a proud mom and owner of Patty Bakes Cakes. She has been baking for years and specializes in creating shaped cakes. Although we did not bake a cake from scratch, she gave me a lot of tips on how to decorate a cake.

Tips on how to decorate a cake

  • 1. Before adding food coloring to the white icing, stir it with a toothpick. Then, add the food coloring to the icing.
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  • 2. To keep the icing creamy, add a little bit of milk and stir.
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  • 3. Brushing the cake with a silicone brush helps remove excess flakes.
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  • 4. Always try to evenly spread your icing when coating the cake.
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  • 5. When decorating the cake, don’t squeeze the icing bag too hard and don’t squeeze the middle of the bag. If you do, the icing will rise come out of the top of the bag.
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  • 6. Relax and have fun because it’s just a cake!
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We made a chocolate cake topped with cinnamon sugar dip. It’s a fun take on chips and dip! I was happy with the results, but I don’t think I’ll be baking a cake anytime soon.

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Making Xiaolongbao with my Favorite Chinese Auntie

For those of who I’ve talked to on the regular basis, you know that I frequent a breakfast spot right outside of my apartment complex. Although I don’t know the official name of the place, there is a man and a woman who own and run the restaurant. I call her ” Breakfast Lady”. She is really nice and she makes really good food, well it’s more like her husband makes the food and she sells it with a smile. Well, their restaurant serves some of the best baozi, mantou and, most importantly, xiaolongbao.

 

 

Xiaolongbao is a small steamed bun usually filled with seasoned pork. They are very delicious and it’s impossible to eat just one. “Breakfast Lady” makes some of the best xiaolongbao in town, and some of my friends who have visited have said that she makes the best xiaolongbao that they have had.

A couple of weekends ago, I had the opportunity to make xiaolongbao with her. The process was kind of difficult. I guess it doesn’t help that I don’t speak Chinese very well and that was how she was telling me how to make them. Regardless, I was able to kind of understand how to make them.

 

 

This was my first attempt at making xiaolongbao. It didn’t turn out so well. Rolling them is a lot more difficult than it looks.

After three more tries, I finally made one that was almost similar to the ones that she makes.

I was so proud of my little xiaolongbao.

Have you ever made xiaolongbao?

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