It looks like it is going to be another relaxing weekend and time to catch up with reading and doing some blogging. But I was wrong, one local call and another from Singapore requesting a cheesecake (9″x9″) each for birthday dinner party on saturday night. Sounds great but hmmm… means no rest and no relaxation or no do spa. Jak requested the same cake that he requested a month ago. Therefore without any choice I have to bake this marble cheesecake for Jak and Jeremy. I stumble upon this design when I visited the Jam Bakery. Jam Bakery is located in Hong Kong and run by two young lovely ladies Anita Chow and Sanny Kee. Both of them even had written a dual language cake book named “Everyday Treats”. I really like their marble cake design as it looks so LV.
For this cheesecake I used oreo biscuit, butter and toasted almond bits for the crust. As for the cheese, I used cream cheese, sugar, eggs, hazelnut syrup, corn flour and sour cream. Keep a bit of the creamcheese and mix it with chocolate syrup to make the star design on the surface of the cake. Once done, it is ready for baking.
I went through the fridge and took out all the fruits and start doing the cake decoration. Once complete, next be the glacing. Glacing the surface is to give the cake itself a fresher look. Lastly will be piping the greetings. This cake looks lovely and weights about 2.5kg.
Later that Saturday night, I got a SMS from Jeremy, “A damn good cheesecake which worth waiting for”.
It had been ages that I had decorated a cake. I would say the last one was around 12years ago when I took up my first job at Sunflower as an apprentice. It was fun as everything was new to me. I was the young and innocent. I do say what I learned is something that money can’t buy. Anyway, I came across this book written by Jane Price, the home guide to cake decorating had really caught my eye. The fondest picture of boxes of gifts on the book cover had flashed down my fondest memory lane.
So without wasting any energy and time, I whisked up some sugarpaste, baked some buttercake and start creating. This centrepiece is surprisingly easy to make. Below is my version of Jane Price’s “Boxes of Gifts”.
I guess I did well after such an absent from cake decorating. I hope you will like it.
I just really can’t wait till 1st June and better get it done now.
Till now I still wonder how this baking passion got started. Now I remember, it was when I exchanged my bonuslink points for a Faber cake mixer and next came a new Zanussi electric oven. After a couple of months, as the portion get bigger so does the mixer and end up having a Kenwood major classic mixer, a big freezer and a chiller.
I have this huge interest and bit thingy about cheesecakes. Not sure why but I guess it might be the hunger for a piece of thin crust and top with huge thick aroma soft creamy cheese. My first cheesecake writer that I came across is Mary Crownover and she is a real knockout. After doing an extensive reading on her books, I decided to embark on baking a cheesecake with a local flavour.
I would call it “Gula Melaka Pecan Oreo Cheesecake”. For the crust, crushed Oreo biscuit, pecan bits and butter are being used. As for the thick creamy topping, whisk cream cheese, gula melaka, eggs, corn flour, sour cream and fold in whisked whipping cream.
This cheesecake looks great and refreshing. The beautiful brown creamy cheesecake with dark Oreo crust will make you love it. The aroma smell of the gula melaka and toasted pecan gives me the fondest memory of little town Melaka.