Sunday, September 22, 2013

Monster High : Draculaura

So.. Here's another post on another Monster High doll. :) Draculaura is my absolute favourite. She's super adorable and her pet bat  is Count Fabulous who is also very cute. My friend's older sister also loves Monster High. Well, it might be weird for a 13 year old or 18 year old to play with dolls but we love Monster High's dolls. Well age does not matter I guess. It really gives people of all ages  new ideas about a totally different world from ours and these dolls are what most people would want to search for or play with. :-) I think lots of people are making these unique dolls as a collection. I guess it also applies to teenagers. ^^  Here are the pics: 

The beautiful Draculaura: 

(I was too excited with my new Draculaura, I forgot to take the photo of Draculaura in the original box)
Photo courtesy of atombooks

I love her dress!

Holding her beautiful umbrella.

Draculaura & Rochelle at the Cafe:

Chatting with her friend Rochelle Goyle

 Draculaura is the 1,600-year-old daughter (adoptive) of Count Dracula. She is a vegetarian vampire, meaning she doesn't drink blood or eat meat, and she appears to be hemophobic, going so far as to even avoid the word "blood". Draculaura is best friends with Frankie Stein and Clawdeen Wolf, and is currently dating Clawd Wolf. She is called "Lala" and "Ula D" by her friends. The name she was given by her mother was just Laura. 

The dolls are very addictive and I think it's a better activity rather than playing gadgets. I had a fun time playing with them with my friend and little sister. Even my male cousins are glued to it. :D 

Draculaura (Animated version):  

Doll courtesy of Mattel. Thank you Mattel for making me one happy girl. 

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Marble Cake

My mom loves marble cakes. I guess orang tua2 suka simple cakes. Aku pun sama sejak dua menjak menjadi warga tua ni.. hehe..

Kalau tgk this recipe, it's similar to victoria sponge cake recipe except for the addition of milk. I love the taste. Aku hidangkan to my friend Azy and her family, kejap je dah tinggal separuh. Masa tu baru keluar dari oven.

Marble Cake

Marble Cake
Adapted from Good Food Channel, Recipe by Rachel Allen


For the crumble topping
125 g plain flour, sifted
75 g caster sugar
75 g unsalted butter, chilled and cut into cubes
75 g dark or milk chocolate, in chips or roughly chopped into pieces

For the cake
225 g butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
225 g caster sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
225 g plain flour (I used self raising flour and omit the baking powder)
2 tsp baking powder
50 ml milk
25 g cocoa powder
icing sugar, for dusting


1. For the crumble topping: Using your fingertips, rub together the flour, sugar and butter in a large bowl until it resembles thick breadcrumbs, then mix in the chocolate pieces. Set aside in the fridge while you make the sponge.

2. For the cake: Preheat the oven to 180C/160 fan/gas 4. Butter the sides and the base of a 23cm cake tin - if you’re using a springform tin, make sure the base is upside down so there’s no lip and the cake can slide off easily when cooked.

3. Cream the butter until soft in a large bowl or in an electric food mixer. Add the sugar and beat until the mixture is light and fluffy. Whisk the eggs and vanilla extract together in a small bowl for a few seconds or just until combined, then gradually add the eggs to the creamed butter and sugar mixture, beating all the time. 

4. Sift in the flour and baking powder and fold in carefully, then add the milk and mix gently to combine. Tip half the cake mixture into another large bowl, then sift the cocoa powder into this bowl and fold it in.

5. Place the two different cake mixtures in the prepared tin by alternating heaped tablespoons of the vanilla batter with the chocolate one. Using a skewer or the handle of a spoon, gently draw swirls through the cake mixture to create the marble effect - try not to overmix or you won’t get that wonderful marbled effect.

6. Scatter the crumble mixture evenly over the top of the cake mixture and bake for 50-60 minutes, or until the crumble is golden and a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.

7. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then loosen around the edges using a small, sharp knife and remove the sides of the tin. Place the cake (sitting on the base of the tin) on a wire rack and allow to cool completely. 8. Use a palette knife or metal fish slice to loosen the bottom of the cake from the base of the tin, then slide the palette knife or fish slice under the cake and carefully ease it onto a plate. Dust with icing sugar to serve