Let’s make… Hokkaido Chiffon Cakes!

Some weeks back I had the opportunity to learn how to make Hokkaido Chiffon Cakes with the bloggers from Singapore Mom Bloggers (SMB) from the nice ladies from Munch Ministry. The baking class (hosted and conducted by Munch Ministry) was one of the several activities lined up for SMB’s 1st birthday celebration this year. The first was a self makeover workshop where a bunch of us vainpots well deserving mummies got to learn how to take care of our skin and wear the right styles for our body shapes. Being the typical greedy girl, I wanted to find out what was a Hokkaido Chiffon cake and did it taste good as it looked.

The class was held at Civil Service Club at Tessensohn Road and I really like the location because it was big, bright and they use KITCHENAID MIXERS! Have I told you I really love KitchenAid mixers? I really love the KitchenAid Mixers. Imagine my joy and drool when I realized I was surrounded by these beauties (didn’t matter to me that it was not 100% clean on some areas). It felt like meeting that boy you’ve had a crush on for years finally face to face:  I didn’t know if I should hug it or kiss it or take photo with it. I kind of did it all.

Kisss
Photo credit must go to my partner PC for capturing my tender moments with the mixer.
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You know you are in the company of bloggers when cameras of all shapes and sizes appear at the same time.

I think classes of any kind is always more fun when you are in the company of friends. A bigger bonus if these friends are as big a clown as you.

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Yeah, we were paying real close attention in class.
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I blame them for distracting me in class.

Ok ok. Enough with the pictures already. I got listen to the teachers lah. Maybe not 100% of the time but enough to bake a decent batch of cakes. Hehe!

The recipe of Hokkaido Chiffon Cake is readily available on the net and I’m sure you will be able to find one that suit you best.

Some of the valuable tips I got from Pauline and Louisa (the 2 lovely ladies from Munch Ministry) were:

  1. Hokkaido Chiffon Cakes are NOT from Hokkaido, Japan. The original recipe called for Hokkaido milk which is smoother and richer than the normal milk we buy from the supermarket. For the class, we used regular milk at room temperature.
  2. All ingredients must be at room temperature or else the cakes will not rise properly or have cracks on the surface. No wonder my cupcakes in the past always look so ugly and oozed all over the oven. Next time I show you pictures ok?
  3. To use only vegetable oil or any oil that has no smell. Oils like olive oil have distinct smells that may interfere with the taste of the cakes.
  4. Use cold water for this recipe. I forgot why. I was busy taking photos with the other girls. 😛
  5. To make sure there is no oil or water in the container you are using when handling egg whites. I also forgot why. Just follow the instructions lah.
  6. Once you have finished filling the cupcake containers with the cake mixture, you must knock the trays on the table to remove any air bubbles that may have been trapped inside. By doing so, you won’t have enormous air bubbles and the cake can rise properly. I think.
Hokkaido milk
Here’s how they look like in case you were wondering. There are so many kinds of Hokkaido milk and I found these at Meidi-ya. Not terribly expensive at all.

Here we are in action. This is a relatively easy cake to make except the part where we needed to separate the yolks from the whites. It was quite a disastrous experience I tell you. You can buy the fanciest egg separating gadget available but nothing beats using your hands to wiggle the yolk in your palm while the whites ooze away through your finger tips. A bit messy yes but it is almost 100% fail proof and your hands get a bit moisturized by the eggs! Wah, this cake good for belly and skin wor, dun play play hor?

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Lucky my partner helped to take pictures for me. I looked so hardworking hor?

While waiting for the cakes to cool on the rack, you can get the frosting done in the meantime. Then ah, you fill it into a piping bag and then you STAB and SQUEEZE the wahbiangsoniceicaneatonitsown frosting into the cakes. Remember to squeeze a bit on the top to make it look nicer. You might want to use fresh fruits instead of sprinkles to jazz it up a bit, buelly nice either way.

PC, my partner
PC hard at work.

If you are on a diet, you can forget about it when you come face to face with these cakes. They are so light and delicate, you will have no problems inhaling them all in 1 sitting. For optimum taste, chill them first before serving them to your guests. The frosting machiam soft serve ice-cream I no bluff you.

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So pretty until I cannot stand myself.

I need to thank Pauline and Louisa for hosting this class again. You made me look like a baking goddess to The Husband with these delicate cakes. Now I have one more recipe I can use to bribe him into doing more household chores for me. Haha!

Hokkaido Chiffon Cake_Munch Ministry
Image taken off Munch Ministry’s Facebook page.

Who is who?
Top row, left to right: Mabel, Ai, Delphine, Cherie, PC, Jennifer, me, Connie, Adeline, Klessis, Jiahui, Regina.
Bottom row, left to right: Estella, Louisa, Pauline, Jiahui’s fabulous little assistant/kiddo, Rachel.

You can find Munch Ministry on Facebook and on the Web. Do Like their Facebook page for regular updates on classes, recipes and products.

Read their post on the 2 special classes just for us SMB members here!

Don’t forget to read my partner’s post about the class here! You must to read ok?

 

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A night of girlish fun plus 3 Style Essence Workshop Giveaway

When it comes to skincare and makeup, it’s all Cantonese to me. Meaning I know enough to get by but not motivated enough to want to learn more. My makeup style hasn’t changed very much over the years except now I draw my eyebrows. Ya, up until I was about 21, I walked around with almost non existent, au naturel eyebrows and thought I looked okay. Don’t ask me why I never thought of drawing my eyebrows because I also dunno. Dunno never mind leh. Whenever I saw pictures of myself I always wondered why my face always looked so sparse, like something was missing. Stupid right? I also wonder why none of my ex boyfriends ever pointed it out to me. Sigh. So anyway. Here are what I use on a typical day.

My makeup tools are:
1. “Foundation” $2 Daiso concealer
2. Eyebrows and eyeshadow – In2it eyebrow/eyeshadow. Most likely expired for years.
3. Eyeliner – Maybelline Masterliner
4. Tweezers for the eyebrows

When I want to feel fancy, I have a Maybelline Volum Express mascara which I had bought maybeeeeee 2 years ago, last used 2 years ago. A good friend of mine shared a tip with me. she said on days when she felt too lazy to put on makeup, she would at least crimp her lashes because it helps to ‘open’ her eyes and it makes her look a little more alert. It’s true you know, I used to do it but I don’t even remember where I threw my eyelash curlers anymore.

My bare essentials

Inside my makeup pouch, I have other very random things. I don’t remember why the blue Zebra permanent marker is in there but it’s certainly not for makeup.

I don’t know why I have 2 tweezers. They are just THERE.

And then this is my “daily skin care routine”.

Skincare tools:
1. Facial wash – Shokubutsu facial wash
2. Makeup remover/moisturizer – Johnson and Johnson’s baby oil

So you see, I am pretty low maintenance. That’s a really nice way of saying I’m a lazy girl. I just want my face clean fast and cheap. I’m hopeless and I need help. That is until I attended Style Essence’s self makeover workshop recently.

Singapore Mom Bloggers (SMB) which I am a member of, is celebrating our 1st birthday this year and part of the celebration included the exclusive, “just for SMB members only”, self makeup and styling workshop conducted by Style Essence. The vivacious Florinda (also a member of SMB) shared very useful tips on colour analysis, styling, makeup and skincare . Yeah!

Florinda sharing beauty tips to the class

She used the color wheel to illustrated how colors can compliment each other and with that in mind, we can use this theory when we shop for clothes and accessories that best suit our skin tones.

Colour Wheel

Florinda then did a very simple demonstration to find out which skin tone each of us belongs to with the help of a black and brown scarves. What do you think? Am I a Cool (black scarf) tone or Warm (brown scarf) tone?

Image source: The Accidental Mom Blogger
The Lao Hiao in action again.

As it turns out, I’m a Pear Shape not a Building Shape that I always thought I was. Phew! To draw attention away from my magnificent child bearing hips, Florinda suggested putting more emphasis around the neck and shoulder area. A nice shawl or necklace should do the trick but I think adding a few cup sizes won’t hurt either, yah? *wink wink*

We were all given a guide, based on our body shape, of what styles will suit us best.  This is especially handy for me who don’t really like to go shopping because I never know what looks good on me.

Body shape

After the body and colour analysis, we started the skincare routine using Mary Kay’s Botanical Effects Skin Care range. We were told we shouldn’t smoosh our faces around like how we would when we wash our car. You should always dab the cleanser on your face first then use your 3rd and 4th fingers to rub (gently) in circular motions. Less friction creates less wrinkles lah.

Once we were done washing our faces, we applied the Botanical Mask on half of our faces. It deep cleans with very little effort and almost immediately after washing it off, I could see the difference between the 2 sides of my face. The pampered side really did feel and look fresher. Whee!

So hard to just stop applying the mask halfway.

See my non existent eyebrows? No? There, I told you it’s non existent already mah.

Image source: Rachel Teo

Now that our faces were clean, it’s time for makeup! Florinda and Bernadette had prepared a wide range of colours, lipsticks and brushes of all shapes and sizes for us to experiment. For someone who only use brown, seeing so many colours on 1 plate was a little unnerving for me. Since we were all there to learn something new and do something different for a change, I went straight for the purple eye shadow. *shudder*

Loads of makeup at our disposal. Yay!
Florinda helping Pamela with the eye makeup.
Regina and Adeline putting on the finishing touches.

Here’s how I looked before and after. Never mind that I look bloated, I have colour on my face! Not so Auntie anymore hor? *giggle*

Image taken from Style Essence’s Facebook page.
Swee boh?

What’s a celebration without a group photo? Here are the crazy participants from left to right.

Top row: Bernadette, Susan, Sandra, Regina, Adeline, Madeline.

Bottom row: Jiahui, Estella, me, Pamela, Adora, PC and Florinda

Image source: Catch Forty Winks

Thank you Flo and Bern for the entertaining workshop! I haven’t had this much fun in a workshop like, forever!

Here’s the fun part!

Style Essence is giving 3 of my readers a free makeover workshop worth $150 each!

How to win? Just use the simple Rafflecopter form below and you are on your way!

Giveaway ends at midnight on 19 April 2013 and winners will be announced here on the same day. I’m not going to keep y’all in suspense for too long this time 🙂

Winners will be selected randomly and Style Essence will contact the winners directly

Faster faster enter! Good luck!

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Disclaimer: We were invited to attend this workshop and received no compensation for this post. All opinions are entirely my own.

UPDATED (19 April 2013)

Congratulations ladies!! You have each won a free makeover workshop worth $150 by Style Essence! Don’t worry, Florinda and her team will take very good care of ya! They will be in touch with you via email soon.

Thank you everybody for supporting this giveaway!