Tuesday 4 October 2011


This blog is 1 year old today! Time flies ever so swiftly especially when you are blogging. I can't believe it has been a year and I'm still here. At the beginning, I often wondered if I was going to get tired of blogging at some point. Thankfully, it hasn't happened yet. It's been wonderful so far. There has been so many rewards and the most important one is gaining like-minded friends from across the globe. 

I am very thankful that people have showered me with so much support and encouragement. I don't know how to thank you all. I do dedicate my blog to all of you who come by regularly and know that my posts are made with you in mind. I hope the blog will continue to interest and entertain and maybe be of help sometimes. 

I have made a special cake for my blogversary. It is a sinful caramel filled chocolate cake. Let us indulge to mark this important milestone. This has been one of my family's favourite cakes and we've been making this for years now. It is my children who usually bake it. If they can do it, anyone can. 

The recipe comes from a Filipino book called The Best of The Maya Kitchen: Cakes and Pastries. This is my baking bible because all my favourite Filipino cake recipes are here. I have used their recipe for Natilla Filled Chocolate Cake but used my own recipe for a caramel custard instead of the natilla filling (egg custard). I especially like the chocolate fudge icing of this cake. Those little squiggles that I've used to decorate are fudge pieces that I've rolled into balls, then to those drop shapes. I don't usually use butter except for special occasions but since this is one then real butter has to be present. I know that a lot of people have a quest for the best chocolate cake. I'm not saying that this is it. All I'm saying is I like this one a LOT.

Ingredients for the cake:

2/3 c. cocoa powder
1 1/2 c. plain flour
1 3/4 c. sugar
1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2/3 c. butter
3 eggs
1 c. water
1 tsp. vanilla extract


Preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C. 

Line the bottoms of 2-9" round cake pans. 

Sift the first 6 ingredients and set aside. 

Cream the butter until light and fluffy. 

Add the sifted dry ingredients alternately with the water while beating, until smooth. 

Add the eggs and vanilla and beat for another minute until well blended. 

Pour into the 2 prepared pans. 

Bake for 20-30 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. A longer cooking time was actually specified (40-45 minutes) but mine was done in 20. Invert on cooling racks.

Ingredients for the Chocolate Icing:

1/2 c. cocoa powder
1 tsp. instant coffee
2 c. evaporated milk
1 c. condensed milk
1/4 c. plain flour
2 tsps. baking soda
1/4 c. butter


Combine all the ingredients, except for the butter, in a heavy bottomed saucepan. 

Cook on low heat until thick (about 25 minutes). Drizzle a trail on the surface. It should stay for a few seconds before disappearing. 

Add the butter and mix thoroughly. 

Transfer to a bowl and set a disc of greaseproof paper directly on its surface to prevent skin from forming. Leave to cool completely before using.

Ingredients for the Caramel Custard Filling:

1 can of condensed milk
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. butter
2 tbsps. of honey
1/4 c. fresh milk
2 tbsps. plain flour
3 egg yolks


Mix the condensed milk, brown sugar, butter and honey in a pan. Stir on low heat until the brown sugar melts and the mixture becomes hot.

Mix the milk and the flour in a bowl, then whisk in the egg yolks. Add a little bit of the hot condensed milk mixture and whisk together. 

Strain back into the saucepan and continue to cook, while stirring, until the mixture is thick. Like the chocolate icing, it should leave a trail when drizzled on its surface. 

Transfer to a bowl and set a disc of greaseproof paper directly on its surface to prevent skin from forming. Leave to cool completely.

To Assemble:

You will also need vanilla fudge for decoration (optional).

Cut them into quarters (or any size you want). Shape into balls. Roll each ball on one side with your index finger to form tips. Flick the tips up.

Fill the cake with the caramel custard. 

Frost sides and top with the chocolate icing. 

Decorate with the vanilla fudge.

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Last summer, blogger friend Ray of Wok with Ray tagged me in the seven links challenge. I was on a break at that time and had to postpone taking on the challenge. Now that it is the anniversary of my blog, I though it was just timely that I look back at my posts and see how I've done and how I should continue in the coming year(s).

Here are the seven categories and the links to the post I have chosen for each one.

1. The most beautiful post, in my opinion is the Crema de Fruta Gateau. I choose  this because it pleases the eye as well as the palate. It is one of my favourite cakes to make and eat.

 2. The most popular post is the Chicken Ala Jao (Chicken Adobo in Liver Sauce). It is my late Mum's recipe and I am sure that she would have been very pleased to know that it is my most read post.

3. The most controversial post is Baked Tilapia with Lemon, Garlic and Parsley. No one contested the fact that it is delicious but I didn't realize that some people are repulsed or even scared of whole fish! 

4. The most helpful post is Roast Prime Rib of Beef and Yorkshire PuddingAlthough not very well read, this post gives all the instructions on making a perfect rib roast and yorkshire pudding.

5. The post that was surprisingly successful was Patatas Bravas. These  oven baked version of the Spanish tapas favourite was posted as an accompanying side dish to Sloppy Jose but became more popular than that.  

6. The post that did not get the attention it deserved was the Almond Cream Puff. This was my 100th and Easter post. It is probably one of the most delicious things I've ever made but sadly that is only my own opinion.

7. The post I am most proud of is the Lumpiang Shanghai. I am very proud and pleased that a Filipino dish is one of my most popular posts. I didn't realize that a lot of non-Filipinos actually know and like this dish. I thought we were only known for our adobo.

I have to pass on the challenge to 5 foodie friends. I have chosen:

Lilly of Fuzz Free Food
Lyn of My Little Messy and Cheeky
Malou of Skip to Malou
Biren of Roti and Rice
Dudut of My Twisted Recipes

Thanks for dropping by. It would be nice if we could meet up on FACEBOOK or TWITTER


  1. Happy First Blogversary and what a nice looking cake. It looks really moist. I thought you've forgotten the 7 links challenge. I agree the Crema de Fruta looks beautiful. Thanks for sharing the 7 links.

  2. What a great post.Happy year blogging:) I am not long following you but I am very happy I found you.And looking at your celebration cake and the recepies from the challenge I can with certainly say that you are in my top 5 (and I read hundreds of blogs).Keep doing blogolicious recepies;))

  3. Happy 1st Blogiversary! It is indeed a milestone and that is a lovely cake to celebrate with. All your dishes are beautiful and delicious! Thanks for passing the challenge to me :)

  4. O.K. - I'm definitely drooling just looking at these pictures. What .a beautiful cake! Even though I'm not a bake, this is a cake I would make! Congratulations on your one year anniversary. Love your seven links. I'm going back to check them all out.

  5. Adora, congratulations on your 1 year anniversary! I'm really fortunate that I have found your blog, which saved my time looking for a dinner menu, and all of my family enjoy your flavor of the recipes. I hope that you will continue blogging and share everything you know. I'm always excited to come here and thanks so much!!! Now this cake is a perfect way to celebrate! Looks so delicious. Also, enjoyed checking your 7 links. I'm not that far behind with your post. ;-) Congrats again!

  6. Happy 1st Blogiversary, Adora! That's an awesome cake to celebrate. Keep on blogging!

  7. Congratz for the 1 blogversarry adora!! happy for u!!
    tq for posting and sharing the recipe with us, both recipe & photos is a worth to bookmark and try :)
    keep cooking & blogging!! ;)

  8. What a perfect way to celebrate your anniversary ,congratz and wish you many more :D , the cake looks delish and nice round up of your fav posts , I love your beautiful post the most coz it is indeed very beautiful .

  9. Happy Blogoversary! Your cake is gorgeous...perfectly fitting for your lovely blog. all that gooey caramel in the middle!

  10. Happy blogoversary! I can see why you like this cake so much-it does look delicious. Your 7 links are a great look back and very timely. Great post.

  11. Happy, happy anniversary! What a fabulous cake to celebrate...it looks scrumptious. And fun to see your 7 links...lots of wonderful recipes~

  12. That caramel filling looks incredible! Happy blog birthday!

  13. what a fantastic post to celebrate your "blogversary" .... keep them coming for many many more years .... congratulations and more power to your blog :-)

  14. Beautiful blog, yummy recipes and wonderful pics! Congratulations on your blogversary :)

  15. This is fabulous! Congratulations on your first anniversary celebration. This cakes speaks all of it and more. The rich dark color with the caramel filling is a delicious combination. Your blog is beautiful and I wish you many more bloging years to come!

  16. What a gorgeous cake for your blog's anniversary, Adora! I wish you more wonderful years of cooking and recipe sharing! More power to you and to your blog!

  17. Congrats on your first year. What a great cake to celebrate! Thanks for sharing.

  18. Wow one year already huh? Congratulations!! I hope we can enjoy your blog for many more years to come!
    Your chocolate cake is just perfect for this occasion, well it’s great for any occasion =)
    Thank you for sharing your 7 links and for passing the challenge to me. I’ll have to think long and hard for my 7 links…
    Btw I love the almond cream puffs!

  19. Happy blogaversay. The cake looks great.

  20. Happy 1st Blogversary and thank you so much for the 7 links tag to me! Greatly appreciate your visit about this tagging challenge. I'm feel so honored and grateful for that, thanks, Adora! ;D
    Great 7 links post you had here and I love all the seven posts. ;) Frankly, I didn't know that some people are afraid of whole fish until I started to blog! My fave part is the fish head and my family & in-laws would always keep for me. ;)
    I love this sinful chocolate cake and it looks so delicious, smooth and moist! Beautiful shiny and smooth caramel too! :D

  21. Congratulations and Happy Blogversary! the cake looks so devilish I want to dig in! i'm a killer for chocolate cakes specially the dense and moists ones just like what that photo you got here :) simply loveley!

    thanks for passing the challenge, it's exciting! will definitely do this sometime :)

  22. Congratulations! What a perfect way to celebrate!

  23. Happy Blogversary!!! What a beautiful cake to celebrate. Yum!

  24. I'm late to the party, but Happy 1st Blogoversary, Adora! I adore your blog and recipes and always come back for more. You make the most beautiful savory and sweet dishes, and your 7-links showcased your talents perfectly! I really enjoyed looking through all the posts that I'd missed.

  25. happy blogversary! I remember your first post, I think i commented on it... now look at you. Only a year yet have gone great lengths.
    Thank you for tagging me on the 7links. I know I should work on it as I was also tagged by 3 other bloggers! I should huh?
    Anyways, Happy Blogversary and stand tall, you've done a big feat. I'm so proud of you!

  26. Congrats on your blogaversary! Love your beautiful cake, looks delicious! Glad I found you from JustOneCookbook, love your recipes and photos!

  27. Congratulations! I am bookmarking this...looks aww soo yummyyyy. Thanks for sharing.

  28. About how long is the prep time for this cake? It looks amazing!

    1. The cake, filling and icing takes about an hour to prepare. That doesn't include the baking and cooling time.


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