Filipino Custard Cake

Filipino Custard Cake

Back home we call this Custard Cake Flan. It looks like a chiffon cake with sweetened milk and egg mixture on top. At first glance, this could be mistaken as a giant Leche Flan. Guess what? The topping of this cake is definitely Leche flan and the only distinction is the soft cake below. In the Philippines, this is usually available by the slice in local bakeries.

But how did it happen? First we only have Leche Flan (from leche, Spanish for milk), it’s a caramel custard, made with eggs,milk and sugar and flavored with vanilla. It originated from the regions along the border of France and Spain and was brought to the Philippines at the time of Spanish colonization. The ingredients are mixed and poured in an oval or round pan which is then placed in a larger pan of water and cooked on a stove or in an oven. The dessert, once firm, is chilled before serving. The sugar, after cooking, turns into a caramel syrup that coats the custard.

Theres no record how did it becomes a Custard Cake Flan in our place. Probably when the Americans came to our place we adapted and made a fusion between a cake and a flan because we are so in love with desserts. We are known for our sweet tooth. I thought of adding some rum next time..lol! Silly me..I love rum cake so much that I bake it anytime of the year.. yes I am talking of custard cake, sorry…me and my mind is desperate once again. 

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Seriously, this is one ugly duckling…look at that, it got me so worried at first but I mustered enough courage and prayed a thousand times..no, what I mean is three times..lol! 

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Oh, this is it.. the ugly duckling has just come out and shall I say..she is not ugly anymore. I looked and I found her gorgeous and tempting.  In my mind I thought of making a new one in a heart shape..

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Truly life is not a piece of cake,then lets go to the pleasantries of life.Lets eat!  This is my son’s favorite cake back home. Actually,it is one of my favorite too. I guess my son gets to like it because I always buy this cake whenever I got the chance.

Before I leave, I am thankful again my Kocina De Coffee Cake has been been featured by my two favorite places here in blog land. I started my foodie blog last Jan 2010 but it was on and off since I went  back working again. But I truly miss the wonderful world of blogging so the start of Jan 2013, I came back, fully revived and determined..

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Chaya from My Sweet And Savory has always been a favorite place since I started blogging. When I came back, I went to find her place and I was that happy becuse she has never forgotten me. Thank you Chaya for featuring my Kocina De Coffee Cake on My Meatless Monday. You made my week because its not a beautiful cake but it is so good.

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Another place I used to visit before is the Hearth and Soul by Swathi. Its a place that once you entered..you will feel the warmth and coziness. I truly admire how she presents her food…in awesome simplicity snd I know they taste good.. I wonder how she made it to appear so easy..its a talent..its a gift. Thank you so much Swathi for featuring my Kocina De Coffee cake.

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Kocina De Coffee Cake

Kocina De Coffee Cake

When I started not to care about how pretty the way my cake looks, it gave me courage and enjoyment to continue baking. This is one coffee cake that seriously knocked me down.. because it was so good. I even don’t have coffee essence at home although I always include it on my list but I seem to forget it all the time. Then came one perfect boring day and I wanted something sweet, something different, something that will satisfy my craving. Guess what, why not make a coffee cake? I was hesitant at first because I only have the normal coffee granules in my cupboard but the experimental side of me invaded my imagination.

Good thing I have a small jar of coffee granules in my cupboard. Years before, I used to be a coffee lover but for some reasons I suffered from fibrosystic disease so the doctor advised me not take coffee anymore. But the coffee addict inside me would sneak from time to time and when I am all alone I would enjoy a cup of hot coffee. Oh good gracious coffee, it makes me alive and wonderful. Perhaps coffee flavor in a cake would bring a different twist and I was right after all.

Ingredients:

2 cups flour

1 1/2 cup sugar

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup butter

3 tbsp coffee granules

1/2 cup buttermilk

2 whole eggs

1 tsp baking soda

2 tsp vanilla

For the icing:

3/4 cup butter

450 grams powdered sugar

3 tbsp coffee granules

1/4 salt

4 tbsp heavy cream

Note: You may add garnishing on top..I used chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour two round baking pans. In a large bowl mix sugar, flour and 1/4 tsp salt. Set aside.

Melt butter in a pot over medium low heat. While melting, add 3 tbsp coffee granules to 1 cup hot water..as in hot water. Set aside.

Once butter has melted, add coffee mixture. Let it boil for 10 seconds, turn off the heat and set aside.

In a separate bowl, combine: buttermilk, eggs, baking and vanilla. Mix until well combined.

Pour butter/coffee mixture into the flour mixture. Stir the mixture together gently. Once the heat cool down, add the egg mixture. Mix well.

Pour in to the prepared pans and bake for 20 minutes. Allow to cool the cakes completely.

For the icing: combine all ingredients then frost the cake. Chill for an hour before serving.

 

 

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I don’t have chocolate coffee beans or nuts..I am supposed to have walnuts but you see sometimes a twist of palate would turn me nuts so I would eat almonds, pecan, walnuts when I am busy cooking in the kitchen. When I need them the most..theyre all gone. Good thing the ever dependable chocolate chips in a box is always there.

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Oh, look at that, she is not pretty…I know ..I know..with such imperfect curves but I tell you this is such a magnificent cake. Its coffee, its sweet, its strong, the aroma is extra ordinary and yes.. again..its coffee.. a coffee cake. The moment I tasted it, I laughed, I giggled and I have this gigantic smile because I have made such imperfect shape of a cake but it is so natural and I would rather leave her that way..

 

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I have had a slice,  go ahead, take yours.. I never thought coffee granules would be terrific in a cake. Every one in the family fell in love with the coffee cake. This is a serious situation..if there’s a will, there’s a way…I am a coffee addict and its bad but I found a way..turn coffee into a cake and it’s just right..so right.. 

 

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Banana And White Chocolate Cake

Banana And White Chocolate Cake

I love Banana as a fruit, in a cake, in a muffin or anything with banana as long as it is good, sweet and oh so yummy. I discovered this cake merely because of a cake stand. I don’t go shopping not unless I badly needed some things or it is just about time to do so. But honestly I love going to kitchen section and when I saw this cake stand, I knew I wont go home without it. I fell in love and its now all mine. The moment it came to our kitchen, it added delight and every time I look into it…oh how I love to bake a cake.. Lol!

Anyway, let’s go to banana..this cake is seriously simple yet very addictive. I admit I am not artistic and I don’t have the talent. But I don’t think you have to try harder. I just presumed that as long as its good and something really good, then everything will turn out fine. So who cares if I can’t whipped or design my cake properly… I don’t care and I bet I am not the only one. Heres the perfect one for not so cool like me.. My daughter even  asked me to make one for her 12th birthday..oh my my little big girl is now 12. I miss the little one I used to carry.

Ingredients:

3/4 cup unsalted butter

3/4 cup caster sugar

3 large eggs

2 very ripe bananas, mashed

250 grams self-raising flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

For the filling:

2 bananas, not very ripe, sliced

juice of 1 lemon

1 tbsp of rose-water

150 ml whipped cream

For the icing:

200 grams good quality white chocolate

1/4 cup unsalted butter

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350. Brush the baking pans with butter or oil then dust with flour. Combine self-raising flour and salt. Set aside.

Cream butter and sugar, add the eggs one at a time then slowly add the flour/salt mixture. Mix well.

Divide the cake batter between two tins and bake for about 40 minutes.

Leave the cakes in the tin for about 10 minutes and then turn out on a wire rack to cool.

To make the filling: Toss the sliced bananas in the lemon juice. Mix the rose-water into the whipped cream and spread this on top of one of the cake followed by banana slices and sandwich the two cakes together.

For the icing: Melt butter and chocolate together in a heatproof bowl suspended over a sauce pan of barely simmering water. Spread the melted chocolate and butter on top and side of the cake and that’s it..

 

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Here’s my lovely Peace of Cake stand.. Isn’t she pretty?.. Well I think she’s gorgeous and no one could ever take her place in my heart. Our relationship will last for a lifetime, that’s for sure.

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This is the perfect one, I tell you… not really done but not overly done.. lol! I used to panic a lot when it comes to design or icing on my cake..but now I don’t really mind. Be who you are for whatever you are… LOL..I sound like I’m out of my mind..bear with me because the past days I got so busy.. I need to chill out..

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Oh yes, here’s my daughter, the birthday celebrant who instantly fell in love with this cake so much. I thought of something magical cake for her but what can I do..this is what she wanted. I love my Honeypie..she makes me whole.. my forever sweet daughter turned 12 ..smiling in this photo with her precious cake and wearing her school uniform

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And yes before, I go..I am so happy to see my Creamy Chicken Veggies  being featured at Freedom Friday by Evelyn. She is one of my favorites in blogland where I would party almost every week. She writes well and seriously, her place is very entertaining..go ahead and visit her place for amazing recipes, crafts and write ups.

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Banana Bread/Cake That Melts In Your Mouth

Banana Bread/Cake That Melts In Your Mouth

Lately I haven’t been here due to the fact that aside from being a mom, homemaker and a wife..I started working again.Yes, I am working..after 11 years of being a stay home mom.I suddenly wanted to come back and work The job came and I grabbed it.Can you believe it? I am 42 and suddenly I found myself working.I face the computer all day and I count,handle money all day.I answer phone calls.I answer inquiries and all…I am being paid to accept remittances and do customer service tasks.I actually could not tell if I wanted this job but given the time and changes in my point of view as a woman and a homemaker..there is no way I would turn my back to any job offer that will come my way…turning 40 has made me so anxious to do some changes.Its hard to explain but its happening to me.As you know,life for a woman when you become forty and living in Asian countries such as Singapore and Philippines,the opportunity is very limited.No matter how good you are,though you are capable and eligible..the issue of age will always determine your opportunity.So,I am working and I am learning the ropes.I am very thankful to all my co-workers.They are not only helpful but they are also like me…with children, with families and yes,I am not the oldest..I am second to the oldest.. ha ha ha! and I love the fact that they all love to eat.They simply enjoy the homemade goodies I brought with me.
 
These are two of my most recent cravings.They are actually very familiar to everyone and Im sure most of you has personal recipes no matter how simple a cake or bread may be.I am drawn to these two bread/cake recipes for some reasons.I don’t know but when I do cook something,there should be a story…there should be a reason and that’s why food has a glorious,triumphant effect in my life.Every food that is set on your dinner table is a work of art, its life and its a celebration…no matter how simple or lavish a dish may be.Growing up,I know of hunger and I know the feeling when you want something and you cant have them.Its not about money or poverty..its knowing how to cook… how to do it..having that perception on your soul that there are lovely people behind you who will enjoy and cherish the taste on your dinner table.I am so lucky my husband found me for he is a good provider .I am grateful that I have children who truly appreciate my passion for cooking.At one point my son told me …”You know Mom.I certainly know that I am enjoying the food with quality and goodness that not a lot of people will ever experience..”
Here is my precious Banana Bread/Cake that melts in your mouth.When I was in college our school cafeteria sold Banana bread/cake in thin slices and I loved the smell.It was so refreshing and heartily delicious that it became a favorite.I learned later that it was homemade by one of our college professor.Later on,this woman professor has showed me her great kindness…I chose her to be my mentor while working on with my college thesis and that required a great amount of money.I havent got the amount that time so I could only pay her at least 1/3 of the amount.I neatly tucked the amount in an envelope with a thank you note and that was it.After graduation I went off and forgot the whole thing.But there was a time I remembered her and I told myself I am going to go and see her and perhaps say thank you again.She was an angel to me and yes the visit never happened.I was so busy with my life.Years gone by and I heard the news that she died from cancer.I was so heartbroken upon hearing the news and I regret the fact that I was not able to see her and say thank you.Anyway,whenever I make this cake,I always remember her and her goodness to me.This cake resembles friendship to me..it speaks of wamth, generosity and kindness.
Ingredients:
2/3 cup olive oil
4 large eggs
2 cups ripe mashed bananas 
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1 and 1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon powder
Pre heat oven to 325 f ( 160)
In a bowl sift together the ff: flour, brown sugar, salt,baking powder,baking soda and cinnamon.Set aside.
In another bowl,mix oil, eggs, mashed banana and vanilla using spatula.
Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture, combine well using spatula.
Grease and flour  2 pcs  9x5x3 inch pan  or 4 mini loaf pan  then transfer the banana mixture.
Bake at 325 f  ( 160) mini loaf pan for 45 minutes and for 2 large loaf pan bake for 1 hour.

note: a classmate from high school gave me her recipe for Banana Cake that melts in your mouth..I used her recipe but I made some changes the original recipe has 2  cups of sugar, I reduced it to 1 and 1/4 cup. original recipe uses any oil but I suggest use olive oil,original recipe has no vanilla essence, baking powder and cinnamon so I decided I might try add these ingredients and it works well.Just use spatula..mix and combine.

The element of surprise is a gift of pleasure…I will never forget the first time I bake this..there was no trial and error..it seems to me that this bread is my perfect mate for all season.It just fits into my world.
Hmmmnn.. see that…lovely, plump and the smell is so sinfully delicious.

                                                                                 

I cant wait any longer..and I have to make great big slices.Oh how wonderful!

                                                                             

Oooppppsss…I admit,Its me..I made a mouthful bite at once.I cant help it…I am a Banana bread/Cake fanatic… every slice of bread on our table is precious..its life and its happiness.This precious goodness has taught me that angels do exist.Let’s eat.Lets giggle and lets be merry.Have a great week to all.
….to be continued..thanks!
 
 
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My Easy Carrot Bread/Cake

My Easy Carrot Bread/Cake

I was a grown-up woman when Carrot Cake became my favorite and up to now,still it is.The funny thing here is I never like carrot.I always skip from eating carrot.There is something about its taste and texture that I dont like and sometimes even the smell affects me.But then,I love Carrot when its turned into a cake.This transformation has actually brought me to make my own carrot bread or cake..whatever.I just have this thought any banana or carrot which then turned into something sweet and fluffy will not pass for a cake not unless you put icing on top of them,so I usually call them Banana Bread and Carrot Bread..they only becomes cake to me if I put icing or frost on top of them.

 Since Im working again,I need to bring food with me every once in a while or if time permits me that I can still manage to cook,I would love to pack my lunch with me.I wish I can do that.But for now I am settled with just bringing some cookies or these two baked goodies.Well.my co-workers are also food lovers,one common factor that we all enjoy is that we all love cookies,banana bread and carrot bread.They even told me that I should start selling my cookies to them.Hmmmnnn…not a bad idea but I am not ready for that as of this time ..maybe sooner… lol!
 
Here is my Carrot Bread/Cake Recipe.The ingredients and the process is very similar with my banana bread/cake.The only difference is well..yes..the addition of grated carrot instead of mashed banana…and ..oh..before I forgot, Carrot Bread/Cake has chopped pineapple in it.
 
Sift together the following ingredients:
300 grams all purpose flour
2 tsp cinnamon powder
1 tsp baking powder
1tsp baking soda
1 tsp ginger powder
200 grams soft brown sugar
 
In a mixer,put the following ingredients and beat:
4 whole eggs
250 ml olive oil
Then,add in the next ingredients:
zest of 1 lemon 
zest of 1 orange
200 grams of grated carrot
Combine them well, add the sifted flour sugar mixture and add in the following:
227 tin of pineapple,chopped
150 grams chopped walnut
Mix gently until well combined.
Note: I do it manually,I carefully mix these last two ingredients using wooden spatula until the mixture is well combined.
Bake at 150 for 1 hour and 20 minutes.
You can just use a normal loaf pan if you want a carrot bread.
 
But if you prefer a carrot carrot cake,then make use of a round pan 
For the frosting,you can make use of this:
Beat the following ingredients together until soft 
125 grams unsalted butter
50 grams icing sugar
Then beat in:
250 grams cream cheese
Beat until soft and light.Chill the mixture until its thick but spreadable
thick but spreadable.
                                                                               

Wow! Look at that..yeah, she is such a pretty one.What I hate most has just turned into a queen…and she is soft,most,full,very rich and the smell is ohh..so good.
                                                                        

I decided to just slice them anyway,I brought one loaf for my co-workers to taste and amazingly they all love carrot..as a vegetable and much more as a bread/cake.Hmmmmnnn..my co-workers are all lovely..just like my precious Carrot Bread/Cake.

                                                                           

My dear Carrot..I may not like you for what you are…but still you made me fell in love with you…Im head over heels with you.Thank you for the magic of taste..you are a perfect mystery! Have a pleasant week to all… lets eat,lets giggle and lets be merry!
Welcome to Kocina De Pinay
Come and join me in my blog as I discover the world of Filipino Fusion Cuisine.These are all tried and tested recipes in my kitchen, a fusion of cuisines that intrigues me and my palate.Everything I write, post and share is a product of my exploration, my research, and done in my kitchen. Please Come in. Enjoy and Have a nice stay. You are all welcome.