Pretty and small cake (sweet) book
By 荻田 尚子 (Hisako Ogita)
As the name of the book, all the sweet in this book are come in small size and cute, too. I bought this book because I really like small size sweet, for the cute look, easy to eat and small size is welcomed by everyone (even the people who’s on diet, haha).
The book divides into 6 parts:
Part 1: Sponge
Part 2: Choux
Part 3: Tart
Part 4: Pie
Part 5: Chocolate & Cheese
Part 6: Small container
With a special wrapping idea on each part.
About 49 recipes which base from the basic recipe.
All the part start by the basic recipe and how-to make instruction, then follow by the recipe of each sweet which use the base from the basic. Like small layer cake from sponge cake and etc. The recipe is not hard to make after reading the basic part you will know how to from the master recipe (that came with a step by step pictures).
I have to say that I like Japanese book from the way that the instruction is clear, a step by step pictures are the best, even for the people who bake a lot like me.
The photographs in the book are cute, and inspiring, may be because I always like a small thing.
I like to bake so much and small size is great both for eating and giving, so I can bake more without having a lot of cake or any kinds of sweet in my fridge.
And now, it time for recipe testing. I make a Petite Chocolate Muffin (in fact the name in the book is double chocolate muffin), but I add more chocolate chip on top and use both kinds of dark and white chocolate chip. You can use only dark chocolate chip but I like the taste of the muffin to be milder so I add white chocolate chips.
This muffin is quite small, so it’s a good snack for the afternoon you can serve it with a coffee or tea and may be one is not enough.
Petite Chocolate Muffin
Makes 4 x 3.5 cm – 12 pieces
About 18 mini muffins
(I use mini-cheese cake pan line with paper makes 9 pieces)
Semisweet chocolate chip
White chocolate chip
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Extra chip for sprinkle on top
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Preheat oven to 180 °C.
Sift together cake flour, cocoa powder and baking powder.
Line tins with cupcake papers or use paper baking cup.
In a bowl, cream the butter on the medium speed of an electric mixer, until smooth. Add the sugar gradually and beat until fluffy. Add the eggs, beating well. Combine the flours and add in 3 parts, alternating with the milk, on the last portions of flour add both chocolate chips.
Spoon the batter into the cups about three-quarters full. Sprinkle with chocolate chip.
Bake until the tops spring back when lightly touched, about 17-20 minutes. (Be careful not to over bake, the muffin will be too dry). If using mini muffin the baking time will be about 15 minutes.