Nian Gao – Chinese New Year Cake

Nian Gao is a Mandarin word that means higher year. It is a name given to a Chinese sweet made from glutinous rice flour.

While Nian Gao can be eaten all year round, it is most popular at Chinese New Year celebrations.

As part of my exploration into multicultural desserts, this year I decided to try making Nian Gao. I’ve never attempted making an Asian inspired dessert before, and to be honest the procrasti-baking was real! It took a while, but I braved up, and tried my luck…

The recipe I used was adapted from one I found at the following link, with a few twists of my own.

https://www.chowhound.com/recipes/baked-chinese-new-year-cake-28077

Nazzy Bakers Chinese New Year Cake : Nian Gao

Ingredients:

500g glutinous rice flour

4 large eggs beaten

1tsp coconut essence

2 1/2 cups caster sugar

3 cups milk

3 tblsp melted butter

1/2 cup toasted desiccated coconut

Method:

1) Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

2) Whisk together all the wet ingredients.

3) Then add the sugar and glutinous rice flour and whisk again well.

4) Pour the mixture into a greased and lined baking dish.

5) Bake the cake for 20-25 minutes, then sprinkle the toasted coconut on top, and bake again till cooked and browned on the top and sides.

6) Once cooked, allow the Nian Gao to cool, and then cut into squares and serve.

** I had some dried rose buds, which I crushed and sprinkled over for some colour

I hope you have enjoyed this post:) If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me on Facebook messenger, or by email : nazzybaker@gmail.com

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xx NaZzYbAkEr xx

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Nazzy Bakers Christmas Tree Fidget Spinner Cookies

With Christmas coming up, I’ve been scratching my brain for ideas for edible kids gifts! Here’s something I came up with! I hope you are inspired to give it a go 🙂

The template can be found on the website in the Nazzy Bakers Templates section, along with my sugar cookie recipe! 


1) Cut out template 

2) Place cut template onto rolled cookie dough, and carefully cut out the Fidget Spinner shape.

3) Place shaped cookie dough onto a lined baking tray.

4) Cut out shaped to make the Fidget Spinner cookie bearings. I used piping tips for circles, and rolled some cookie dough to form the rods.

5) Place bearing parts onto the lined baking tray, with the cut out Fidget Spinner cookie dough. 

6) Bake in a pre-heated oven until golden brown.


7) Once cooled, prepare your royal icing to pipe and flood the cookies. I used forest green colouring for these cookies.

*first pipe the outline:


* then flood the cookies with a looser consistency royal icing and allow to dry for several hours:


8) Once dry, start preparing the bearings:

*place a drop or two of thick royal icing onto the circular pieces.


* Then position the rod into the drop of icing and hold firmly till in place. (I had to shave the sides of my rods in order for them to fit).  Once in place, allow to set for several hours.


9) while the bearings are setting, start decorating your Christmas trees as you please. I used a simple design, as I was trying to get this blog out to you asap! You can be as elaborate as you please 🙂


10) Once the cookie decorations are dry, pipe a drop of icing onto the other bearing part (circular cookie). Place this on top of your semi assembled Fidget spinner, and Once positioned, allow to set overnight.


11) Time to play with and eat your Christmas Tree Fidget Spinner Cookie!! 😜


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Nazzy Bakers Dolphicorn Cookies

What do you get, when you cross a dolphin 🐬 with a unicorn 🦄 ? A dolphicorn of course!

These cookies were inspired by my sister who is turning 30 this year. A lover of all things marine related, my sister has always had a fascination with dolphins. More recently however, she has been talking about unicorns and how she wanted a unicorn cake to celebrate her birthday. 

I decided to cross the already gorgeous dolphin, with the mystical unicorn in an edible form, and came up with these cuties 😍.

If you would like to make these, click the link below for the template and sugar cookie recipe!

1) Print and Laminate Nazzy Bakers Dolphicorn Cookie Template.

https://nazzybaker.com/dolphicorn-template/


2) Make the sugar cookie dough and allow it to rest.

3) Cut out the Template shapes, place onto the rested and rolled cookie dough, and cut out the dolphicorn shape.


4) Once cut, place the cookie shapes onto a lined baking tray, and bake till golden brown.



5) Once cooled, decorate your cookies with either fondant or royal icing.

I chose fondant decorations for these, and used a combination of teal, white and black fondant.



I used edible gold paint for the horns.

For the cheeks, I made a mix of bright pink petal dust and sheer sheen petal dust and added some lemon juice to get a “paint” consistency.

Voila!! Herewith the end result!! Now to post them to QLD without them breaking 😬 #challengeaccepted

“Happy Birthday to my favourite 30 yr old sister ❤️”  

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xx NaZzYbAkEr xx

A Nazzy Baker and Henna by Maziah Collaboration 

Two Sundays ago, I was lucky enough to do a Henna cake Collaboration with Sydney Henna artist Maziah, (aka Henna by Maziah)!

Not only was she so lovely to work with, but her work is also so amazing!

In order to prepare for her amazing work, I covered two foam cakes with white fondant, and set them on a fondant covered cake board. I love the combination of electric orange and electric pink for Henna themed events, and was inspired by my sisters henna night from a few months ago.

When Maziah arrived, I whipped up a batch of royal icing (at piping consistency) and coloured the icing orange and pink.

She started piping soon after, and seemed so at ease with the piping bag and icing 💕 I can only imagine how different it would be to piping Henna designs with a henna cone… but she did not seem phased at all!

As she was piping, I added silver balls to add a bit of bling while the icing was still wet.

To keep myself busy, I also piped some royal icing flowers, to use around the cake as fillers.

Once her design was piped, and she left, it was time for me to add a bit of ribbon, and personality, and Voila!!! Our cake was done!

Herewith the photographs of this Collaboration, of which I hope there will be many more 💕

A big thank you to Maziah, and my in-house photographer for all your hard work!


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Its A Girl – Puzzle Cookies

Mr 2 has just become a big brother! To help him get involved in welcoming his little sister home, I decided that I would make him a gift of an edible puzzle, announcing the arrival of his sweet baby sister 💕

It turns out that Mr 2 currently likes the tv show “Hey Duggee”. I drew inspiration from the character sets and came up with the cookies you will see below!

Here’s #howididit:

1) I made a sugar cookie dough:

  • Cream 200g of softened butter with 200g of caster sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  • Add to the mixture 1 beaten egg and mix well.
  • Add a tsp of vanilla
  • Add in 400g of sifted plain flour, and mix to form a cookie dough.
  • Allow the dough to rest, and heat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  • Once rested, roll out the dough and cut into required shapes.
  • Place the cut cookie dough onto lined baking sheets and then bake until golden brown.
  • Allow the cookies to cool, and then package as required.

2) Once chilled, I rolled out the dough and placed the puzzle template onto the dough.

https://nazzybaker.com/puzzle-template/


3) I cut the dough to the size of the template.

4) Then I cut the individual puzzle pieces and labeled them.

5) Using each puzzle piece, I cut the dough to make the puzzle

6) Once cut, I placed the pieces onto a baking tray and baked them till golden brown.


7) I repeated steps 3,4 and 5 with fondant while the cookies were cooling.

8) Once cooled, I stuck the fondant pieces onto their matching cookie pieces using edible glue.

9) I then smoothed the fondant with a smoother and let it dry.


10) Once the fondant was dry, I painted the cookies with food colouring mixed with a couple of drops of lemon juice, and added some fondant decorations.

11) I added some sparkle in true Nazzy Baker fashion, and Voila!!! The puzzle was done!
I’m yet to see Mr 2’s reaction, by I have my fingers crossed that he likes his gift. 😬

You can make puzzle cookies for a variety of gifts… follow me to see what other uses I have for this cool puzzle template 💕


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Nazzy Bakers Lemon and Coconut Delight Cake

I was approached a few weeks ago by a good friend, who asked me if i didn’t mind baking a cake for the Cancer Council’s Biggest Morning Tea to raffle off for some much needed funds. As usual i was happy to oblige, and donated this beauty to the good cause.

“When life gives you lemons… bake my Lemon and Coconut Delight Cake!”

Here’s #howididit:

1) I started off by using a vanilla cake recipe, substituting vanilla essence for coconut and lemon essence. I used the equivalent of 1tsp each. To the mixture, I added 1/2 cup of shredded coconut.


2) Once the mixture was ready, I added the zest of one lemon and gently folded that through the mixture. I then baked the cake at 180 degrees Celsius until it was golden brown and cooked.

3) As the cake was cooling  I quickly made a lemon and sugar syrup to drizzle over the cake to give it a moist texture, and to enhance the lemon flavour. Once cooled, I drizzled it over the cake and let it soak through.

4) I prepared a cream cheese buttercream recipe with 1kg icing sugar, 125g butter, and 250g cream cheese and milk as needed to make the desired texture icing. Once prepared, I set aside a bowl with 3 tblsp of icing to colour with yellow food colouring.


5) I covered the cake with the icing and smoothed the sides the best I could, with a cake smoother. I then dabbed some yellow icing around the cake, and smoothed the cake with the smoother again to get the following look:


6) I then made a white chocolate ganache for the drip effect and applied that to the top and sides of the cake.

7) Then… For the decorations, I used toasted coconut, white chocolate shards (with coconut and lemon zest),  macarons and candied lemons.


Here is the finished cake:


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Nazzy Bakers Raspberry, Lime and Coconut Delight Cake

Yes it’s true. I’m officially obsessed with coconut! I literally sprinkle it into 90% of my recipes. This cake is no exception.
Here’s #howididit:

1) Start by making the Raspberry flavouring. I usually make this in bulk and freeze it for other recipes.

  • Place a 1kg bag of frozen raspberries into a saucepan with 1 cup sugar and 3tblsp water.
  • Simmer on low till the sugar is dissolved.
  • Let the mixture boil till the water evaporates and the raspberries start to break apart and make a thick sauce.
  • Using a handheld blitzer, blitz the mixture to the consistency that you prefer. I like my fruit sauces a bit chunky for texture. Here’s a picture of the one I used in this recipe:

2) Using a grater, zest 2 limes.

3) Prepare a classic vanilla cake recipe, replacing the vanilla essence with an equal quantity of coconut essence. (You can also use a coconut cake mix)

4) Add 1tblsp of the lime zest and 3tblsp of the Raspberry flavouring to the mixture, and gently fold through. Be careful not to overmix, otherwise the colour of the raspberries will bleed through the mixture. It won’t change the taste, however you will not get the beautiful marbled effect.

5) Bake the cake at 180 degrees Celsius until cooked through.

6) Prepare a cream cheese frosting while the cake is cooling. I made a quick icing with 200g cream cheese and 500g sifted pure icing sugar.

7) cut the cake in half as in the picture below, and spread some of the raspberry sauce on each surface. Once soaked into the cake, spread some of the cream cheese frosting onto the bottom half. Then sprinkle a bit of lime zest and coconut over the cream cheese layer and sandwich the two halves together.

8) Frost the sides and the top of the cake with the rest of the cream cheese frosting and then decorate as you wish.

I hope you have enjoyed this post:) If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me on Facebook messenger, or by email : nazzybaker@gmail.com
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