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september-october: constance’s banana pudding layer cake

Hello friends! I’ve been a bit MIA for a while, so apologies! Following Kerri – I also had a hard time ‘deconstructing’, because frankly, I believe cake should be layered and not taken apart.  Anyways, it was the bff’s 30th birthday and he specifically requested banana pudding. So, I decided to cake-ify it. If there was any deconstruction and reconstructing going on, this cake it is. Plus, I got to use my handy new KitchenAid Stand Mixer.

Banana Pudding is very American recipe, pretty standard in most American family recipe archives. It consists of 4 things: Nilla Wafers, Bananas, Cool Whip and Vanilla Pudding. And typical to Hong Kong, Nilla Wafers were unavailable, so I made my own.

The Vanilla Wafers were really easy to make, and a lot yummier than the boxed Nilla Wafers.

I used both vanilla bean paste and vanilla bean extract which tastes miles better than the processed vanilla in the boxed wafers.

To make the cake portion, I made 3 layers of banana cake rounds in 9in cake pans. For the filling, I used a cream cheese and box vanilla pudding mix. To frost, I used a vanilla whipped cream frosting.

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To layer the cake, I cut of the domes and started spreading the vanilla pudding filling on the cake. Then, I added 10-15 vanilla wafers. Add the second layer of cake and repeat again. Place the third layer on the cake to complete and frost the vanilla whipped cream around the cake. Decorate the cake with the the remainder of the vanilla wafers.

You can find the recipe here.

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March – April: Bite-Sized Fun

This month, we are going to try out some Bite Sized Fun. Nothing sweeter than tiny, once you pop, you can’t stop little bits of goodness!

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photo source –  aspicyperspective.com

Constance’s Apple and Strawberry Crumble

Gluten. The gluuee that holds the dough together. Known as the muse to all bakers and the nemesis to all health-nuts, gluten-free baking is starting to gain traction in the baking world. No, we are not talking about adding avocado in our cake mixtures, but simply some careful substitution to the traditional flours.

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The crumble is a general crowd pleaser – no one noticed that it was gluten-free until I told them!

You can find the recipe here.

September – October : Constance’s Compost Cookies

When I think of comfort food, freshly baked, gooey cookies always comes to mind. Christine Tosi of NYC Milk Bar’s Compost Cookies is one that ranks in all kinds of cookie awesomeness, well, because its the kitchen sink of cookies. We are talking about a hot mess of oats, potato chips, pretzels, butterscotch chips, coffee, graham bits with your standard cookie mixture.

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As with most Milk Bar recipes – the mixture requires a 10 minute creaming process. For best results, use a stand alone processor.

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Comfort food? You can pretty much add what your little heart desires – hence the name, compost cookies. This little cookie is magical, you will not look at a cookie the same again.

Recipe can be found here or from the Momofuku Milk Bar Cookbook

July-Aug: Constance’s Boozy Popsicles


Popsicles are the perfect antidote to the sweltering Hong Kong heat, adding booze to the pops makes them the perfect adult party treat. I made two different kinds of pops and both were a huge hit with the big kids. I used Norpro Ice Pop makers, which you can get here.

The golden rule according to People’s Pop, a Brooklyn based ice-pop shop, when it comes to making alcoholic pops is to use 20% total alcohol which works out to be about 1 shot per 3 ounce pop.

The first batch, Pineapple-Blackberry Vodka Pops I adapted the recipe from Tasting Table. You can find the recipe here.

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The second batch, Peach Sangria Popsicles, you can find here.

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Both had bits of frozen fruits inside them which added more flavour and zing to the pops! I wrapped the pops in wax paper and used Washi tape to seal them. You can make kid friendly ones by simply omitting the booze and using coloured popsicle sticks to differentiate them.

Each recipe yields around 10 popsicles.  Enjoy!