Rolling in the Cream.

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Rolled cakes are a staple in Hong Kong bakeries and it is cake that I grew up eating for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert. With the right amount of cream to cake ratio and the soft sponge cake - what is there not to love?

The coffee shop near our workplace has a great selection of rolled cakes, ranging from matcha to london fog. Seeing the selection of cakes as we pick up our coffee has inspired us to make our very own rolled cake . Since I am a coffee addict, we thought making a coffee flavoured cake is best. We used the Coffee Rolled Cake recipe from the cookbook, Tokyo Cult Recipes. It was surprisingly easier than we expected - everything from preparation to assembling the cake. The difficult part was making sure the cake is rolled with the cream, with the right amount of pressure, but not with too much strength that will cause the sponge to break apart.

The whipped coffee cream is to die for! There was extra and we saved it for another night to dip strawberries into. Never waste cream!

- Ken

A Brew-tiful Pudding.

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How cute are these puddings, right?

This is The First Mess' vegan coffee pudding. The recipe calls for espresso or very strong coffee. I don't have an espresso machine but I absolutely adore moka pots and they make some mean coffee.  It is definitely my choice of brewing method, that is, if I have the time. This time we used coffee from our local coffee shop, Black Canary

The pudding turned out pretty well: a strong coffee aroma with a hint of coconut. The sweetness was just right. It was pretty easy to make too! We definitely will experiment and explore different flavours using the same techniques. Any suggestions?

One failure we had was the can of coconut cream, which was not-so creamy. The coconut milk we bought couldn't settle into a thick layer of cream as mentioned in the recipe. What we ended up with was just a slightly thicker layer of coconut milk/cream. We hoped to the tropical gods that it will thicken up as the kitchen-aid did it's hard work but it was to no avail. If you know which brand of coconut milk is high in fat content that will thicken up - please let us know!

Enjoy!

- Ken