Norrah turns 3 years old

We have our usual small celebration at home. We celebrated a day earlier as Noelle’s going school tomorrow. Cake specially baked by Noelle and papa; and decorated by Noelle (Noelle’s idea!).

Collage photos of her 3rd birthday:

Basque Burnt Cheesecake

While I was thinking what to bake for Norrah’s birthday (about three-four weeks ago), Noelle came with the idea of she baking for Norrah. I actually asked her many times if she is sure – as I need to figure out what to bake for Norrah if Noelle wasn’t serious.

Though Noelle knows how to bake ogura, she came with the idea of having strawberries in the cake since it was Norrah’s favourite fruit. With only papa’s help, I figured out they need something easier. 🙄🙄 So I suggested Basque Burnt Cheesecake, which myself haven’t try before (both eating and baking) as she can easily decorate with strawberries and I heard it is no fail kind of cake. I searched for some old recipes (which used by my mummy friends – which is proven passed) and I gave the links to them.

On Tuesday, when I fetch Noelle from school, I brought her to the bakery shop to buy ingredients. And yesterday evening, they baked it. I just sat and watch (of course, criticising. Hubby says they had a very fierce instructor🙄😂). This morning, they decorated it. Mission completed!

I have never tasted burnt cheesecake before; so I am not sure if this is perfect but it is surely edible. Plus the little birthday girl 👧 gave thumbs up!


Our priceless gift 💝 from Noelle….and her papa!

Besides the cake, Noelle suggested (last week) that she will cook fried rice with her sous chef papa for us. They did everything (cutting, cooking and washing) – with some guidance from me (of course, in between kena shoot 🤭😂). For dinner, she made us coleslaw. Her sous chef grilled the lamb (which I marinated yesterday) and cooked spaghetti (with can cream soup🙄🤣 – better than nothing).

Noelle also ‘surprised’ us with a card (actually she bocor her own secret on Wednesday🙄🙄, telling me she did something during English class – when she completed her work; but will only show me on birthday wor….I also acted 🙄🙄🤣🤣). She also made an Elsa puppet from wet tissue and highlighter for Norrah. Though it looks kinda ‘hantu’ 🤣, I love her creativity 🥰.

Thank you very much for giving me a little off day today from the kitchen! 🥰🥰

I hope they will grow up remembering that it is not the big parties or cakes that matter on birthdays; but appreciating the little things in life (note: this is my way of teaching my kids and I am in no way criticising people who celebrate birthdays in different ways. ✌🏻)


On the actual day:

Our first time dine-in after more than 5 months

….before going, I was still deciding between take away or dine-in 🙄🤭 my hubby says it was ultimate DINE-IN. 🙄🙄🙄 Three of the girls were over joyed when we told them about the decision to dine-in today.

We have not seen the three girls eat so much for a long time. Both Noelle and Nikki ate at least/close to 10 pieces of sushi. So did Norrah eating more than 5 pieces. Everyone had a very happy meal!

Durian ogura cake


Egg yolks – 5

Whole egg – 1

Cake flour – 90g

Durian purée – 100g

Milk – 85 ml

Egg white – 5

Caster sugar – 70g

Cream of tar tar 1/4 tsp


1. Mix egg yolks, whole egg, oil and blended durian purée with milk.

2. Sieve in flour and salt. Fold. Set aside.

3. Make meringue from egg white, sugar and cream of tar tar (optional).

4. Fold in meringue into initial mixture (3 different times).

5. Bake under preheated oven of 170 degree celcius for 1 to 1.5 hours. Lower temperature to 130 degree celcius for another 20 minutes. (Timing and temperature very dependent on your oven).


Cheese sponge cake

My third day continuously baking this; today double up-ed the recipe. Tomorrow I won’t bake this again or else not enough eggs for the week (unless I go buy)! 🤭🤣

Adapted from Miki Mak’s recipe


80g unsalted butter

80g milk

30g grated cheese

Add in 6 egg yolks (one by one)

Add in 120g cake flour


6 egg whites

140g castor sugar

1/4 tsp cream of tar tar >

Add in meringue in three portions

I used 8 x 8 inch rectangular baking pan!

Bake under preheated oven of 160 degree celcius for 1.5-2 hours (water bath method)

Day 5 of Term 1 School Break 2019: Bake papa a birthday cake

We spend ‘whole’ day doing this.

First thing we did right after they woke up and had breakfast – bake a butter cake. Noelle chose a butter cake because she says that Norrah can eat it then!

Then we went out to the bakery supplies shop to get deco (actually nothing in mind on how to deco 🤭😆 – though I did gave them a rough idea and Nikki gave out the hint to papa yesterday 😒). They were satisfied with getting ’Happy Birthday’ candles.

After lunch, we spent close to two hours decorating it with non dairy frosting. They chose blue and red – but using butterfly pea flower, it came out so light blue (I didn’t want to use food colouring – because it really stains the tongue), and we used rose sirap for red but turned out pinkish (Noelle made a conclusion that because the creamer was ‘white’, so added ‘red’ it became pink 🤭😂). Noelle suggested that we topped with blueberries- since ‘blue’ theme. Then I told them I will ‘write’ with the pink/red frosting. They suggested to draw hearts on top and zig zags on the side.

Video of making frosting <here>

They were really happy with the outcome and Noelle kept mentioning to me ‘THIS is our hard work!’ 😂😂😂 They waited and waited for papa to come back – and today coincidentally later a little bit (they even thought papa was back when it was me getting out of our unit to throw rubbish – climbing the front grill with excitement but to their disappointment; Nikki kena marah from me some more because naked on the grill (she was wearing her pyjamas half way🤦🏻‍♀️😂)

Pretty well spent time today with the girls doing something for papa 😚😚😚 though it isn’t the most perfect cake!

Happy birthday to our Super Papa!

+1 day in advance, because the girls felt so ‘suffocated’ keeping a secret

Wishing you ‘Filthy Rich – rich in adventure, in health, in knowledge, in laughter, in family and in love 😍’ 😚😚😚

Video of birthday song <here>

Traditional butter cake

Video <here>

Credit recipe to Long Yen, for my own reference:

My best ever looking and taste butter cake!

I began my baking journey five years ago (when I started as sahm) -with the simplest butter cake – so that my eldest could have her home baked 2nd birthday cake! (Sadly, she didn’t have one at 1st birthday 😂) I went through a lot of trials and ‘tribulations’ – many sadness and joy throughout the journey. Yes, my girl did had her birthday cake from me after all – but I have to admittedly say that it is no where perfect. I even gave up on butter cake and venturing to other types of cakes.

I definitely improved a lot in 2018 – especially sponge cakes! But I didn’t bake for my girl’s 6th birthday! 😆 because all the trial cakes – she got ‘bored’ of mine! 😂😂😂

One thing for sure – my improvement is definitely attributed mostly to recipe from Long Yen’s bake. I couldn’t thank her more – though I don’t ask for recipe directly from her but google the old posts by her.

So my very ‘best’ taste and look butter cake after a stretch of time not baking butter cake – is attributed to Long Yen’s recipe again. Thank you! ✌🏻

Marble sponge cupcakes


2 egg yolks

1 egg whole

2 tbsp caster sugar

35ml oil of choice

1 tsp vanilla essence

Pinch of salt

40g cake flour

Meringue – 2 egg whites and 2 tbsp caster sugar


1. Mix egg yolks, whole egg and caster sugar

2. Add in oil and vanilla essence. Mix.

3. Sift in flour and salt.

4. Fold in the prepared meringue (separate to three times).

5. Divide to two portion.

6. Add in one tsp cocoa powder to one portion.

7. Pour one tbsp of each portion to the cupcake sheets.

8. Bake under preheated oven of 170 degree celcius for 20 minutes. (To make sure it is cooked, I lowered the temperature to 130 degree celcius and bake it further for 10 minutes).