Motivational Quotes

" I have realized that I should not regret any day of my life. Good days give me happiness, bad days give me experiences - both are essential to life. Happiness keeps me sweet, trials make me strong, sorrows keep me human, failures make me humble, success keeps me loving but God keeps me going"

30 April, 2010

Cupcakes with alphabets

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This is my first order for this week. Cupcakes with alphabets.

29 April, 2010

Zainab’s Halal Homemade Cakes will take order effective from 29 April 2010

Dear all customers,

I will take order effective from 29 April 2010. Our  family are fully recovered now.

Alhamdulillah . Praise be to Allah.


28 April, 2010

Short Motivation Story- Acres of Diamond

Lately i love to update my blog with motivational quotes and story. I love motivatonal quotes and story to make me stronger to face life challenges. Below is short story to be shared will all of you.


There was a farmer in Africa who was happy and content. He was happy because he was content. He was content because he was happy. One day a wise man came to him and told him about the glory of diamonds and the power that goes along with them. The wise man said, "If you had a diamond the size of your thumb, you could have your own city. If you had a diamond the size of your fist, you could probably own your own country." And then he went away. That night the farmer couldn't sleep. He was unhappy and he was discontent. He was unhappy because he was discontent and discontent because he was unhappy. The next morning he made arrangements to sell off his farm, took care of his family and went in search of diamonds. He looked all over Africa and couldn't find any. He looked all through Europe and couldn't find any. When he got to Spain, he was emotionally, physically and financially broke. He got so disheartened that he threw himself into the Barcelona River and committed suicide. Back home, the person who had bought his farm was watering the camels at a stream that ran through the farm. Across the stream, the rays of the morning sun hit a stone and made it sparkle like a rainbow. He thought it would look good on the mantle piece. He picked up the stone and put it in the living room. That afternoon the wise man came and saw the stone sparkling. He asked, "Is Hafiz back?" The new owner said, "No, why do you ask?" The wise man said, "Because that is a diamond. I recognize one when I see one." The man said, no, that's just a stone I picked up from the stream. Come, I'll show you. There are many more." They went and picked some samples and sent them for analysis. Sure enough, the stones were diamonds. They found that the farm was indeed covered with acres and acres of diamonds.
What is the moral of this story? There are five morals:
1. When our attitude is right, we realize that we are all walking on acres and acres of diamonds. Opportunity is always under our feet. We don't have to go anywhere. All we need to do is recognize it.
2. The grass on the other side always looks greener.
3. While we are dyeing the grass on the other side, there are others who are dyeing the grass on our side. They would be happy to trade places with us.
4. When people don't know how to recognize opportunity, they complain of noise when it knocks.
5. The same opportunity never knocks twice. The next one may be better or worse, but it is never the same one.

27 April, 2010

Cake Ingredients-Full Cream Milk




I used Dutch Lady full cream milk when milk is needed in my cake recipe like Butter cake and chocolate moist cake. The flavour is really yummy compare to other full cream milk and also make my cake texture very moist.

Dutch Lady is the No. 1 selling ready-to-drink milk in Malaysia and is synonymous with quality milk that is full of nutrition, ideal for everyone in our family.

Dutch Lady

25 April, 2010

Birthday Cake for my little girl

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Actually my little girl’s birthday was on 18th April but we have to postpone her celebration since all of us were in the hospital. Only today we manage to celebrate her birthday at home.I baked the cake after 2 weeks off from baking. Cake flavour is butter cake and decorated with buttercream topping. Princess decoration I used edible image. My girl so happy since she luv Princess and also pink colour.

24 April, 2010

Motivational quote

" On a quest to start a new life, you will face a lot of challenges
and uphill battles that will try to bring you down. Fears will arise
that will make you stumble and the only way to stop them is to face
them! As a friend, I would like you to know that life will knock us
down but we can choose to get back up. Remember, always, be strong.
Root that in your heart."

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17 April, 2010

Simple Cake


Simple chocolate moist cake ordered by my friend last month and just update in my blog today. 4kg.

16 April, 2010

Motivational quote

" When you GIVE more than you TAKE, you'll always RECEIVE more than you GIVE."

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Cake baking tips

Some recipes success depend on a specific ingredient or action. If one
of these tips contradicts your recipe, your best bet is to follow the
recipe instruction. Cake Enhancers: Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of meringue
powder to your cake mix to help it rise a bit higher and make it a bit
lighter in texture. Add 1 envelope of unflavored gelatin to the cake
batter, helps prevent the top of the cake splitting or cracking. First
add a teaspoon of lemon juice to the butter and sugar called for in
the recipe before mixing the rest of the ingredients. Helps make the
cake lighter. Take your time creaming the butter, beat/cream for at
least 5 minutes to get lots of air into the butter. Add the sugar and
beat/ cream really well again. Separate eggs before adding them to
recipes –beat yolks till golden and creamy then add to the
butter/sugar mixture. Beat the egg whites until light and frothy
before folding them into the butter mixture. Moister Cake Tips:
Chocolate Cake: Before adding the baking soda to your cake recipe, mix
it with a teaspoon of vinegar. Fruit Cakes/Dense Cakes : Keep a pan
full of water in the oven when baking the cake (replace water if
needed to keep it topped up). Substitute oil in the recipe for
unsweetened applesauce or plain yogurt. Your measure can be 1:1 or
50/50. For example, if the recipe calls for 1 cup oil, use 1/2 cup oil
and 1/2 cup applesauce. Different types of cakes will offer different
results for texture and taste, but a good start would try the 50/50.
Not only helps for moister cakes, also cuts fat. Sifting: Measure all
ingredients to exact amounts first, then sift. Grease & Flour Pans:
Use a paper cupcake holder, a paper towel, a piece of wax paper, the
butter wrapper paper or a plastic baggy to grease the pans without
messing up your hands. You could also use a pastry brush. Try dusting
the cake pans with a bit of the dry cake mix or cocoa (for chocolate
cake) instead of flour. Grease pan with shortening then line the pan
with a piece of wax paper to fit the bottom. Re- grease the top of the
wax paper. Pour in the batter. To get the wax paper to size, you can
either trace the bottom of the pan and cut it out, or grease the pan,
smooth a sheet of wax paper into the pan (pressing all around the
creases of the pan), remove the wax paper and cut out along the
crease. This is kinda messy though, better to trace the pan then cut
it out. To cut fat, try baking a cake without greasing the pans even
if the recipe mentions to do so. You can just place a waxed paper
liner to fit the bottom of the pan, then pour in the batter. This will
also help remove the cake cleanly. For high cakes, you'll want to
still grease and flour sides of pans if specified. Homemade Pan
Grease: You can buy Pan Grease or make your own. This is used as a
substitute to greasing the pans then dusting them with flour when
directed by the recipe to do so. Keep unused portion in an airtight
container and refrigerate to use for your next batch of baking. Recipe
#1: Mix 1 cup shortening (like Crisco), 1/4 cup flour, 1/4 cup
vegetable oil and apply to baking pans evenly with a pastry brush.
Recipe #2: 2 cups of Crisco and 1 cup of flour Baking A Level Cake:
Fill cake pans no more than 1/2 to 2/3 full to allow for even baking
and rising. Once you've poured the batter in the pan, wobble the pan
sideways a bit so the batter reaches up along each side (with the
middle being slightly lower). As the cake bakes the middle and edges
will meet and rise more evenly. If the cake rose high and uneven in
the middle when baking, you may need to slice a bit off across the top
so it 's level. Oven Baking Tips: Preheat the oven first before
starting to bake, make sure the rack is in the center of the oven
(unless directed differently in the recipe) and keep pan in the center
of the rack. If you 're baking more than one pan at a time, keep them
at least 2 ″ away from the walls of the oven and from each other.
Check For Doneness: Using a toothpick, wood skewer or a piece of raw
spaghetti, test the cake for doneness by placing the toothpick into
the middle of the cake. If it comes out clean, the cake is done.
Problems With Cake Sticking To Pan : Place a thick, clean towel in the
kitchen sink and pour a kettle of boiling hot water over the towel to
heat it (don 't plug the sink to retain the water, allow it to drain
out). Set the cake (still inside the pan) on the hot towel and leave
it for a minute or two, the cake should turn out easily. Turn the cake
over on a sheet of wax paper or a cooling rack. Place a clean, thin
cotton towel on top of the cake pan and using a hot steam iron, heat
the bottom of the pan for a few minutes. The pan should lift off
cleanly. Cool the cakes in the pans completely before trying to remove
them. Don 't cool on top of the stove where there's heat, they're best
cooled on a rack on top of the counter. Gently insert a knife between
the outside of the cake and the inside of the pan. Run it along the
pan to loosen things up before turning over. Angel Food Cake When the
cake has finished baking, take it directly from the oven and place it
upside down on the neck of a bottle. This will help prevent the angel
food cake from falling as it cools. After 30 minutes, you can turn it
over then remove from pan once cooled. Frosting & Icing Tips: Don't
attempt to ice the cake until it's completely cool. Dust the cake
lightly with a pastry brush before frosting, helps reduce crumbs in
the icing. First ice the cake with a thin layer of frosting, then
refrigerate (covered). After an hour you can do a complete frosting
job. This helps keep the crumbs at bay and your outer frosting layer
should be crumb free. After frosting the cake, you can use a hair
dryer to slightly melt the frosting. This will give the frosting a
smooth, glossy look. If you prefer you can use a metal icing spatula
or knife first heated by sitting in hot water, wipe dry, then use the
heated knife to smooth the icing. Have a bag of chocolate chips on
hand? Just sit the whole bag in a bowl of very hot water, and mush the
bag up every couple of minutes until all the chocolate has melted and
there are no lumps. Snip the corner of the bag and squeeze out the
melted chocolate directly onto the cake. Have two favorite frostings
and can 't decide which one to use on a layer cake? Try both! Spread
one frosting on top of one layer, and spread the other on the bottom
of the other layer (you 'll want to flip the bottom 'up' when
frosting). Then put the layers together. The middle will have a
delicious two- frosting surprise . Can also use this technique when
filling the layers with a combination of fruit and whipped cream or
frosting. To help prevent a flaking or cracking frosting, add a pinch
of baking soda when mixing the frosting. If icing is a bit too thin or
runny, lightly dust the top of the cake with flour then spread the
icing on top. This will help the icing hold to the cake. Quick Tip:
Icing Cakes: For one layer cakes, turn the cake upside down before
icing so that the top is perfectly flat and even. When icing two cake
rounds or squares, place a layer of frosting on the top of one round,
then place the other round upside down on top for a perfectly flat
top. Easily Color Shredded Coconut: Shredded coconut can be a nice,
decorative touch achieved easily. Simply put the coconut in a clean
jar (only one half jar full at a time), add a few drops of food
coloring in your choice of color, then cap the jar and shake it until
all the coconut is evenly tinted. Cutting Cake Tips: Heat a knife
first before cutting a cake for crumble- free slices. To heat the
knife, you can run the knife under very hot water then wipe dry with a
clean towel. Use unwaxed dental floss to slice through the cake (great
for the gooey or sticky cakes). Keep Cut Cake Fresh: Once you start
slicing the cake, the exposed or cut sides can dry out quickly.
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15 April, 2010

Update on me and my family

This week really a challenging week for me. On Monday I had bad
toothache with untolerable pain. My upper lip swollen and the dentist
gave me 2 days medical leave. Then my boy had fever and continue with
my hubby. After that my 4 yrs girl turn. Till now my hubby and my girl
are not well.
Hope they will recover soon.

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Cupcakes ordered by my officemate.

Motivational quotes

" The person without a talent is one who doesn't exist. Every living
human being is good at doing something. You can pay for college, but
you can't buy knowledge. It doesn't matter where you learn; it's how
you learn."

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13 April, 2010

Chocolate moist cakes

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Decorated with Princess Edible image



Chocolate moist cakes ordered by Pn Zarina for her twins and also for her family. Thanks Pn Zarina.

04 April, 2010

Fruit cocktail pudding

Fruit cocktail pudding i made for my family during weekend.

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03 April, 2010

Birthday cake

Bday cake for Ameera.

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