Chocolate Velvet Fudge Cake

Back again to baking after a long, long break! We spent several busy months preparing for the Food and Hotel Asia 2012 as well as fulfilling the eventual orders and deliveries after the show. Now I finally have time to come back to one of my most trusty kitchen equipment - a convection oven.

So...I recently had a friend help me buy a copy of Rose's Heavenly Cakes from I love the book because of the specific instructions the author gives with regard to measuring flours, type of flours, mixing techniques etc. It is a GREAT book for both beginner and intermediate bakers. Most of the recipe photos look lovely and delicious but for my lack of cake-baking experience, I decided to attempt the simplest first (or rather the one that takes the least time).

The Chocolate Velvet Fudge Cake by Rose Levy Beranbaum is wondrously soft, light and deeply chocolatey.


Enthusiastic Beginners in Baking?

Try these 2 recipes for muffins which are easy and tasty!

Oven-baked Cheesecake

I am not a fan of cheesecake but baked it anyway! I have never tried making cheesecakes before but know that there are many non-bake cheesecake recipes. Still, I insisted on trying one that requires baking - just so it feels more in shouldn't all cakes be baked??

Without a springform pan, I had to make do with an aluminium pie plate leftover from my apple tart baking session (which turned out delicious). To be fair, I love apple pies/tarts/strudles and dislike cheesecakes in general, even the famous ones.

Cheesecake baked with Convection Oven

Banana Cake Baking Session

I baked a banana cake with the SIRMAN Minneapolis Convection Oven the same day we roasted the turkey. I just haven't gotten around posting about it yet!

Banana cake is really easy to make and requires only a handful of ingredients that you will usually have at home if you bake often. I used the recipe from here and viola! Banana cakes in less than 45 minutes. With commercial ovens, you save time on baking because first, the temperature in the cavity is usually accurate or very close to the temperature you turned to on the knob. And secondly, they are powerful and able to push the hot air evenly throughout the cavity.

Banana Cake - Midst

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