Friday, April 3, 2015

Pocky Cake Recipe and The Day I Turned Into a 21 Years Old Person

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!!! Well technically my birthday was a few days ago, 28th march, i shared birthday with Lady Gaga, isn't it awesome?
I love my birthday, because it's the time when my family and friends, all of suddens, texting me, calling me, even giving me surprises! I looove surprises, well who doesn't?

My 21st Birthday wasn't as awesome as my 16-17-18-19 birthdays, still i love it because i realized that imma grown ass person. One more step to be at the gate of real life. Maturity and stuff, although i don't like that fact, but i have to face it because i can't run forever.
The day i turned into 21, i started to think about few things like what am i gonna do with my life?Do i wanna get married?Do i wanna have kids?Will i graduate with a good GPA?Can i survive another years?
I'm telling you these stuff are so confusing!!!Plus it's getting hard when you realized that the clock is you don't wanna talk about it, but the next day you wake up in another birthday. Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan, getting old sucks!!

20 was perhaps the last age of me doing stupid things (i can't promise you that) so i celebrated it and made myself a birthday cake. Maybe the cutiest birthday cake i've ever had.
It's Pocky Cake everyone~ It's so hipster but i love it hahaha.
Basically it's only a vanilla cake, cream cheese frosting, slices of fresh strawberries, and Pockys.
Well if you have no idea what pocky is, let me explain it to you. Pocky is a snack from Japan, sort of biscuit sticks, dipped in flavored chocolate. It comes out in many different flavours, You'll like it, trust me!

So pretty right?

Vanilla Cake's ingredients :
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 ⅓ cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 vanilla pod*
  • 2 ½ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk*, room temperature

Cream Cheese Frosting's and Strawberries ingredients :

  • 450 gr of Cream Cheese, room temperature (i used Milkana)
  • 1 cup of Icing Sugar*
  • 1 teaspoon of Vanilla
  • 2 tbs of Milk
  • 5 tbs of Unsalted Butter, room temperature
  • 1 cups of strawberries
  • 1/4 cup of strawberry jam
  • 2 tbs of lemon juice

and you need 5 pckgs of Strawberry Pocky.

Directions :
1. For the cake preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease two 8-inch round cake pans. Line the bottom of each pan with parchment paper and then flour the sides of the pans, tapping out any excess.
2. Beat the butter for a minute until it soft and gradually add the sugar, beat until fluffy, then add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Then open the vanilla pod, scrap the beans and add it to the batter.
3. In a separate bowl, sift the flourbaking powderbaking soda and salt. Add this alternately with the buttermilk, starting and ending with the flour and mixing well after each addition. Divide the batter evenly between the 2 pans.
4. Bake the cakes for 25 to 35 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean. Cool the cakes for 20 minutes in their pans, then carefully turn out to cool completely on a rack.

1. In a large bowl beat the cream cheese til soft, then add the icing sugar, beat well til blended.
2. After the consistency is fluffy enough, add the soften butter, vanilla essence and milk. Beat well.
3. Refrigerate the frosting before you use it, at least for an hour.
4. Meanwhile, slice your strawberries (depends on your fav, kind of slices) and put it in a bowl.
5. Heat the strawberry jam with the lemon juice for a minute then cool it off.
6. Add the strawberry jam mixture into the bowl of strawberries, mix it well.

Now you frost the cake with the cream cheese frosting. It doesn't have to be fancy because the Pockys will cover it anyway ;p
How do you stick the pockys to the cake?Easy peesy, just stick it one by one, close to each other. Takes time but it's worth the fight ;)

Notes :
*If you can't find vanilla pod or too lazy to scrap it, just use 2 tsp of vanilla essence/extract.
*You can make your own buttermilk. Yes you do know that. 1 tablespoon of lemon juice/vinegar+1 cup of milk, stir and leave it for 5 minutes, there you have your own buttermilk.
*i only used 1 cup of icing sugar because i don't like my frosting too sweet, i want it taste like cheese cake. But if you guys not sure about that, you can use 2 cups or more...just do whatever your heart wants ;)

Oh and by the way i buy the vanilla pod from a shop in Instagram called Good Food Grocery, check their instagram, they sell a lot of cool stuff >.<


the 21 ALLYSA

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