• Sep
  • 03
  • 2013

chocolate, kit kat & M&M cake!

Oh-do I feel like a child again!

Over the weekend, my inlaws threw a surprise farewell party to my Sister in Laws daughter-who is only 8-and going to Dubai! I was so excited to be given the task to make a Kit Kat cake as I’ve always wanted to make something like that but did not want it to make it for no reason. I have to admit, it was so hard resisting myself from eating the kit kats and M&Ms whilst I was constructing the cake, I felt like a kid!

Of course, this chocolate cake recipe never fails me. I have used it many times, my sister uses it many times…in fact its the only chocolate cake recipe we use! It was given to us by our lovely Aunt Nola (love her to bits Mashallah!) and it has always impressed many consumers :)

I apologize that I do not have a photo of the cake cut so you can see what its like on the inside. It was gone by the time I even had a chance to take a photo!

 

RECIPE FOR CHOCOLATE CAKE WITH VANILLA BUTTERCREAM
Chocolate cake recipe adapted from my Aunt Nola
Serves: 12
Prep time: 30 mins
Bake time: 1 hour
Assembly time: 20 mins

Ingredients for chocolate cake

2 cups plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate soda
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup cocoa powder
2 cups caster sugar
1 tsp salt
1 cup milk
1 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 cup hot coffee (made from 1 tsp coffee)

Method for chocolate cake

1. Preheat oven to 170°c.
2. Line the base and sides of a 20cm diameter springfoam tin with baking paper.
3. Sift all the dry ingredients into a large bowl.
4. Pour all the wet ingredients into another large mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until combined.
5. Then gradually add the dry ingredients into the wet bowl. Fold until well combined.
6. Pour batter into the cake tin and bake for 50-60 minutes until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

Ingredients for vanilla buttercream
Adapted from my own memory and taste!

250g softened butter, at room temperature
3 cups icing sugar (powdered sugar)
2 tsp vanilla essence
3 tbsp milk
1 tbsp cream

Method for vanilla buttercream

1. Using a stand mixer, whisk the butter and sugar until well combined and smooth.
2. Gradually add in vanilla essence, milk and cream.
3. Whisk on medium to high for a few minutes until silky smooth.


  • Aug
  • 06
  • 2013

scones for eid breakfast anyone?

Eid is tomorrow In Sha Allah! As we say goodbye to Ramadan (In Sha Allah, this wont be our last Ramadan) we say hello again to Eid. As sad as I am to leave the holy month of Ramadan, I am also equally excited to welcome Eid. I have everything ready, from kids dresses to shoes, to presents and the list goes on!

Do you tend to cook/bake on the morning of Eid? What is your typical Eid breakfast? Being a malay, in my culture, we’d wake up with a feast. Usually there’s rendang, lontong and sooooo many kuih raya (Eid cookies) to choose from. But since I’m a busy wife and mother, living abroad + my small little family is not used to eating a huge breakfast, I’d choose scones as the next best thing! These babies are done and dusted in under 30minutes (from start to finish) so you know you wont be late for your Eid prayers.

These scones are extremely soft! Thanks to my Italian brother in law for recommending the recipe to us.

Scones are best served warm straight out of the oven with strawberry jam and cream…mmm yum!

 

 

RECIPE FOR SOFT PLAIN SCONES
Adapted from Cooking from the heart

Serves: 12
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 10-12 mins

 

Ingredients

3 cups self-raising flour
4 tsp icing sugar
1 ½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
½ cup single cream
2/3 cup milk
1/4 cup cup hot water
Whipped cream (simply whip thickened cream)
Strawberry Jam

 

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 230°C.

2. Sift all dry ingredients into a bowl 6 times to aerate.

3. Make a well in the centre and add the cream, milk and water. Mix with a knife. The ingredients should come together easily without too much effort. If the mixture is too stiff add more milk, but don’t overwork or the scones will be tough.

4. Turn the dough out on a well-floured surface. Flour your hands lightly and shape the dough into a ball before patting down gently to a height of 3cm. Cut with a 6cm pastry cutter, being careful not to twist the cutter, and place each scone barely touching one another onto a baking tray lined with baking paper.

5. Place in the oven for 10-12 minutes until risen and just browned on top. Serve warm with whipped cream and strawberry jam!


  • Aug
  • 02
  • 2013

Free Bonus Printable – Eid Money Packets/Envelopes!

Our FREE BONUS DIY Printable is all about MONEY!
*You may download this printable at the end of post*

MONEY PACKETS (ENVELOPES) IN ENGLISH & MALAY

 

 

As a child who grew up in Malaysia, I used to look forward to every Raya (Eid) because of the festive money!  My sister and I would collect so many Sampul duit raya (Eid money packets)  from parents, relatives, family friends etc. So basically, if you’re not married, you’ll get it! Its not a common practice back home to give out presents during Eid, though now, living in Australia and being married to a Lebanese, we do both traditions- give out presents and money to the little ones.

 

It is extremely hard, in fact, I don’t think I’ve seen any shops that give them out or sell them here in Melbourne. Every year I’d have to make my own ones or simply reuse old ones. So I thought it would be a great idea to give them out for FREE to all In My Studio Fans as part of my FREE DIY Confetti Collection Party Pack.

They are so easy to make, it only takes about a minute to finish 1. I have made it available in 2 languages, 1 in english (Eid Mubarak, Happy Eid) and another in Malay (Selamat Hari Raya, Salam Aidilfitri).

Materials needed for this project:

1. This printable template
2. A4 | 8×12” White paper (200 gsm | 110 lb +)
3. Ruler
4. Cutter or scissors
5. Double sided tape/glue

Using a ruler as well as scissors/cutter, carefully cut out each template.

Fold accordingly.

Then apply glue or sticky tape on the side flaps as noted on template.

I prefer using double sided tape as its less messy…so now peel it off…

And bring the back cover over, press it gently to make a finished money envelope.

Repeat the process until you have made your desired amount. There are a couple of designs that include ‘To & From” if you wish to name your money packets.

Now insert your money (notes are preferred over coins, the bigger the number, the better :p )

As for me, I have packaged these in a pack of 6 to give out to my parents and relatives, for free of course :)

 


  • Aug
  • 01
  • 2013

Freebie #4 – Printable DIY Eid Table Setting

Our forth and final week FREE DIY Printable is for the Eid Table Setting!
                             *You may download this printable at the end of post* 
 

Freebie #4 – Printable DIY Eid Welcome Poster, Eid Gift Tags & Table Buffet Cards

 


This marks our final FREE DIY Printables for Eid Ul Adha. Subhanallah, Ramadan is only less than 10 days. Time really does fly. Are you making the most of it?

Our final printables include

1) A4 Welcome Poster Print (words on poster are: “Eid Mubarak, Welcome!”)

2) Table Buffet Cards

3) Gift/swing tags (for your beloved guests!)

These gift tags are so cute and they finish off a perfect Eid celebration by handing each and every guest a goodie bag, or maybe just the kids? hehe
As you can see, the ideas are limitless. Displayed here, I have made an Eid goodie paper bag and also a cookie gift wrap, both attached with my lovely swing tags as a “Thank You” gift.

Can you see the super delicious soft scones? I promise you they are so soft, and will be sharing the recipe in the next few days inshallah. Need to schedule out all my posts!

The Confetti Collection Party Pack colours are so unisex and suitable for any Eid party you may host, thanks to my Facebook followers who voted their favourite colour for this years Eid theme! I hope you enjoyed my FREE DIY Printables, please make dua for me and also share some pictures of your table decor with me. You may post them on my Facebook page or email me. I would love to see your decorations!

And stay tune, I have another FREE PRINTABLE BONUS coming up!!!


  • Jul
  • 31
  • 2013

Guest Post on My Halal Kitchen!

The wait is over! Alhamdulillah my Salted Caramel Macadamia Cheesecake is now published on My Halal Kitchen.For the full recipe and more photos, please visit My Halal Kitchen Guest Post by Iva Izman.

To download my FREE DIY Eid Printables for the cakes such as cake flags, cupcake wrapper and cupcake flags, click here.




  • Jul
  • 25
  • 2013

Freebie #3 – Printable DIY Eid Bunting Flags

Our third week FREE DIY Printable is for the home!
*You may download this printable at the end of post* 
 

Freebie #1 – Printable DIY Eid Bunting Flags

 

What is a celebration without a welcome banner right? So for week #3, we have a bunting flag template that you can just simply print, cut and decorate!
Materials needed for this project:
1. This printable template
2. A4/8×12” White paper (200gsm/110 lb +)
3. Ruler
4. Cutter and scissors
5. Hole punch
6. Ribbon or string
Cut the flag template using a cutter/scissors and ruler.
Don’t be lazy like me and cut all 6 pages together in one go! Thank God I got them all right- be sure to align the pages properly if you’re using this lazy method!
Use a hole puncher to make 2 holes on each flag.
Again, the lazy me…punching all the holes together. Woohoo I got it right the first go! (if you stuff up, you start again from scratch!)

Arrange them to make “EID MUBARAK”.

Cut your string to the desired length (measure where you want to hang them first). Thread the string/ribbon through. The first letter, you need to put the string from the top (see pic above).

And then just add all the letters, making sure the string/ribbon is behind the flag so you cant see it.

And now decorate! I chose to hang them at my old unused fireplace as mantel piece decoration. Absolutely love it! And the best part is, the colors go extremely well with my living room decor!


  • Jul
  • 23
  • 2013

{in my kitchen} beef black pepper

I love a quick and easy stir fry for a mid week dinner! Being at work-at-home-mum to a mother of 2 under 3, leaves me very little time for everything else. You might plan ahead what you had in mind for dinner, but things happen and now you’re left with under an hour to prepare dinner? Just put on a pot of rice and make this simply beef black pepper stir fry. All done in about 30 minutes!

 

RECIPE FOR CHINESE BEEF BLACK PEPPER

Adapted from Rasa Malaysia with slight modifications

Serves: 2
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 20 mins

 

Ingredients

250 g beef tenderloin or flank steak, cut into thin pieces
2 ½ tablespoons cooking oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2.5 cm piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
1/2 carrot, sliced diagonally
½ small green capsicum, cut into pieces
½ small red capsicum, cut into pieces
1 small onion, cut into quarters
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Salt, to taste

 

Sauces to marinade

1 tsp vegetable stock powder
½ teaspoons soy sauce
½ teaspoon dark soy sauce
1 teaspoon oyster sauce
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
½ teaspoon cornstarch
½ teaspoon sesame oil
½ teaspoon sugar (optional)

 

 

Method

1. Marinate the beef with all the sauce ingredients, about 15 minutes ( I didn’t let it sit to marinate because it was a last minute decision to make this & it still turned out tasty!)

2. Heat oil in a wok over high heat. Stir-fry the beef until the beef has just turned brown, then add the garlic and ginger. Stir fry until aromatic.

3. Add the capsicums, carrots, onions and black pepper. Stir-fry for 5 minutes until the vegetables soften (but make sure it doesn’t go soggy)

4. Transfer the beef back into the wok or skillet. Stir-fry until the beef is cooked through and the center of the meat is no longer pink, about 1-2 minutes. Dish out and serve immediately with steamed rice.

5. Serve immediately with warm rice.


  • Jul
  • 22
  • 2013

{guest post} Gold 4 Glamour Party

 

I have always admired her DIY creations, and when this one came up, I said to myself I have to feature this on my blog! This party was styled by my friend Elcin from Jellybean in My Closet for her dear sister. Delectable mouth watering desserts were made by Eda and photography by Sibella .

She has named her event Gold 4 Glamour. The colours Elcin has chosen for this event are simply glamorous, vibrant and exciting! What I am impressed most about this party styling is that Elcin pretty much DIYed most of the items on the dessert table herself, from things that she found from second hand shops such as a napkin ring- she turned them into dessert cups. Such an innovative idea!

 

 

Since Eid is coming up, I thought I’d let her share some of her DIY tips and How To’s. Below are her 5 top tips on creating a successful DIY Tea Party.

 

1. Keep it simple.

When it comes to party décor, you’re either making a statement piece (wall art, centrepiece etc) or multiples of something (drink bottles, hanging décor etc). For this reason, I recommend keeping the process of making it simple. If there is an easier way of doing something, go for it!

 

2. Google!

Whenever I have a DIY idea, I get onto Google or Pinterest, because 9 times out of 10, somebody else has already thought of the same idea. You can pick up some great tips and things to avoid when attempting your DIY.

 

3. Think outside the square.

Look at pieces from a different angle. When I saw the napkin rings & the candle holder at the op shop, I fell in love. I knew I didn’t need them for the purpose they’ve been made but began to think of how else I could use them. The napkin rings made a fantastic dessert cup and the candle holder a pretty vase!

 

4. Plan it.

Once you have done step 1-3, now you can plan it! Choose your theme. Once I have a theme in mind, I look around my house to see what items will work with my theme. You’ll be surprised as to what you have! Time is imporant. If you are planning an event 3 months down the track, plan for it 3 months ahead. The planning and preparing won’t take you 3 months, (the gold party prep took no more than 1 week) but at least you will be giving yourself plenty of time for shopping and creating to avoid last minute stress.

 

5. Spend less.

You don’t need to spend big. It’s amazing how much money you can save by making your own party ware. All of my party ware was purchased from op shops which I simply spray painted gold.

 

 

Below are her some of her DIY How to’s

Cake Stand

You will need: A glass plate, a glass that is able to hold the plate, spray paint & super glue.

I’ve seen these made online using porcelain plates. Which would mean you would either need to leave the upside of the plate unpainted or risk the spray paint chipping during use/washing. I thought it would be much easier to use a glass plate, meaning I’d only need to spray paint the bottom of the plate and the colour would show through the top. Once both the glass and plate have been sprayed and dried, use a strong super glue to join the two. Place some weight on top and allow the glue to set and wa-laa, you have yourself a cake stand in the colour of your choice! I made 4 glass cake stands for the day which cost approximately $25! Candle holders are also great to use for this in place of a glass.

Napkin Rings

I found 8 of these gorgeous napkin rings at an op shop and wanted to use them on the table to serve food. I was first going to make paper cones to sit inside, but then a friend suggested I sit shot glasses inside. I sprayed the rings gold, and found perfectly fitting glasses – too easy!

Vase

This is actually a tall candle holder found in an op shop for a few dollars. I simply spray painted the black metal that sits inside the glass.

 

 

 

Event stylist: Jellybean in my closet
Event Photography: Sibella
Cake/desserts: Eda


  • Jul
  • 19
  • 2013

[giveaway] in collaboration with Andirun Designs

 

We have reached 2000 likes on facebook *woohoo* Alhamdullilah. So as promised, our Ramadan giveaway will be in collaboration with Andirun Designs or better known on Fb as ILoveElhassan, run by the lovely sister Nye from US. She even made a little video review mashallah. Check it out here: In my studio video review by Nye

This giveaway is valued at nearly $50. One fan will receive 3 Islamic Wall Art Prints 6×8″  and Nye’s famous buttons and modesty mirror.

This giveaway is open to everyone around the world, postage paid.

 

Rules to win!

1. Like both pages on Facebook- In My Studio & ILoveElhassan

2. Write a comment and then say “In my studio sent me”.

3. And that is all! In Sha Allah you win!

 

 


  • Jul
  • 18
  • 2013

Freebie #2 – DIY Eid Cake Flags, Cupcake Wrappers & Toppers

Our second week FREE DIY Printable are for “Eid Sweets”!
*You may download this printable at the end of post*

Freebie #2 – Printable DIY Eid Cake Flags, Cupcake Wrapper & Toppers

 

Our first week DIY Free printables were quite a hit, Alhamdulillah. I cant wait to see more photos of them in use. Sweets are the BIGGEST HIT during Eid celebrations. It is not Eid until you have sweets and desserts on the table. In fact, every house we visit during Eid, will have delectables sweets/dessert served to us. It is definitely a day to indulge and a day to forget that you’re even on a diet!

P/s: And if you want my salted caramel macadamia cheesecake, you’ll have to wait a couple of days as I will be guest blogging on another blog with the recipe…stay tune :)

Recipe is published on My Halal Kitchen! Click here to view more photos and the recipe!

I know Eid is still a few weeks away,but prepare ahead! I suggest you print these PDF’s, make and store them in a safe place; because trust me, as a mother, I know how hectic a few days before Eid can be. Mountains of present shopping and wrapping, baking, cooking, cleaning, decorating…everything hits us all at once! So by preparing them in advance, it saves you the headache + heartache + rushing around. All you need to do on the eve of Eid is simply put these toppers on your cake/cupcake and you’re good to go! This reminds me of a story that happened last year, I was at Kmart at 10pm on the eve of Eid because I had forgotten to buy something. So this Eid, I am planning ahead…In Sha Allah :)

 

Step by Step: How to make Cake Flags

Materials needed for this DIY project:

1. This printable template (3 pages including instructions)
2. A4/8×12” White paper (200 gsm/110 lb +)
3. Ruler
4. Cutter or scissors
5. Glue Stick
6. String/thread

Using scissors or a cutter, cut the template.

Apply glue to the back. I find using a glue stick easy as its not messy and runny.

Fold it in half then put your string/thread in the middle and closed the flaps to form a triangle (joining at both ends).

Your finished product- cake flags. If you make this weeks in advance before Eid, be sure to keep them in a safe place, away from kids as they are quite delicate once they are on a string.

 

Step by Step: How to make Cupcake Wrapper

 

Materials needed:

1. This printable template
2. A4/8×12” White paper (200 gsm/110 lb +)
3. Scissors
4. Double sided tape

Firstly, cut out the wrapper template.

Then, put some double sided sticky tape on one end. Then fold the ends to close.

You may now insert your cupcakes into these wrappers.

 

 

Step by Step: How to make Cupcake Toppers/Straw Flags

 

Materials needed to make cupcake toppers:

1. This printable template
2. A4/8×12” White paper (200 gsm/110 lb +)
3. Ruler
4. Cutter and scissors
5. Bamboo Sticks/Tooth picks/Straws
6. Double sided tape

Firstly, cut your toppers according to template.

Then apply double sided tape to the back.

Fold it in half and then put your stick or straw in the middle. Fold to close (joining at both ends).

 

Your finished product-decorate away! Dont forget to share photos of your creations on my Facebook page!

 

 

 

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