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A couple of weeks ago I managed to steal a couple hours of free time from CC, so we went for afternoon tea at Cakes n Sweets. It’s a small bakery tucked in the corner of a strip mall in Coquitlam. It’s my second time for afternoon tea there; first time, I took Mama Lam and we quite enjoyed it.

Cakes n Sweets

Food

For $19.95 each person receives a selection of sandwiches, sweets, scones and a pot of tea.

High Tea at Cakes n Sweets

The Buttermilk Scones were freshly baked. The scones were flaky, slightly crumbly. They were still hot to the touch, so the devonshire cream kind of melted as I spread it on. (more…)

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We don’t venture out to Fraser Valley often, so when I had to take Mama Lam out to Langley for some wedding related activities, I decided to find some eats there. A deal voucher led us to having afternoon tea at Frosting Cupcakery.

Frosting Cupcakery

Food

As with other afternoon tea experiences, we started with selecting a tea of our choice. They have a decent sized list, but unfortunately they were basic tea selection and were not very interesting. That being said, they have a really nice collection of tea pots. The two that we got, despite both being white in colour, were of different designs. They had simple, monotone design that reminded you of a bird nest and seashells.

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When the tower arrived, we were quite surprised. One, it seemed like there was a lot of food; two, it’s not two of each kind. For savoury items they provided two of the same, but for the cupcakes, they actually gave us four different flavours — I thought that’s neat, so you could try more varieties, but the downside was, we had to split every cupcake so we could try all the flavours.

High Tea Tower

Here is the list of items on the tower: (more…)

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Thanksgiving is not something we traditionally celebrate at home, but we do appreciate the extra day of holiday. However, from time to time we would do something to celebrate this occasion. For example, this year we’ve made some pumpkin spice cupcakes and I want to share the recipe here with you.

This recipe is adapted from a magazine with a few tweaks by us. Instead of using the regular orange pumpkin, we used Kabocha (aka Japanese pumpkin) because of its silkier texture and sweeter taste. Then we topped it with a maple & bacon icing to go with the sweet & savoury trend.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Pumpkin Cupcake

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup Kabocha pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup melted then cooled butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Preparation (more…)

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As promised, today we’re sharing with you the recipe we used to make the celebratory red velvet cupcakes on Monday. We found two different recipes online and combined them with a few tweaks. This recipe makes 24 servings so feel free to cut it down by half if you only want to make a dozen of them.

Red velvet cupcakes

Red velvet cupcakes

Red Velvet Cupcake

Ingredients for the cupcake

Ingredients for the cupcake

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1.5 cups canola oil
  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons red food colouring
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2.5 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • a pinch of salt

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350F (180C)
  2. Mix sugar with all wet ingredients (eggs, oil, yoghurt, food colouring, vinegar and vanilla)
  3. Add dry ingredients (flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt) and blend until just incorporated

    Well-mixed cake batter

    Well-mixed cake batter

  4. Place cupcake paper cups into a muffin pan, divide the batter in the cups to about 2/3 filled. (more…)

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