A day in the life of…

After two days of going out with sis, decided to stay home this day to re-establish the routine.

– 5 am –
First feed of the day. Woke up with stiff neck. Arghh… Faith has actually awoken at around 4am and made suckling sound. Decided to wait it out rather than going into her room to soothe her to sleep. The hubs was up also and when asked why he didn’t want to go back to sleep, “I’m reading the population white paper. You know, the population is projected blah blah blah…” 

The hubs set off for work at 5.30am and I had breakfast, cleared some work emails and then did laundry.

– 7am –
Faith woke up. Feed again. Bathing time ensued and after that Activity A commenced.

– 8.30am –
Faith took a nap. I took the chance to bake Matcha Chocolate Coffee cake. Nope, there isn’t coffee in it (silly me). It turned out less than satisfactory in terms of the appearance. The cake turned out dense, all thanks to Yours Truly. Otherwise, the cake is flavourful and I actually quite like it. Hey, I used quality matcha and dark chocolate, ya know? Recipe and explanation of mistake after the jump.

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– 10.30am –
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The cake was baked and dishwashing done. Faith woke up (just in time!) for feed and Activity B. More difficult to get her to nap this time (needed to carry and soothe her) but nonetheless, still ok. Faith and I had ‘face-time’ and she looked intently into my eyes and the movement of my mouth when I sounded out ‘Mama’. She cooed and laughed at my expression which was really sweet. Put her on the rocker (thanks to sis) and it could sustain her for about 15 minutes before she sounded her displeasure. Meanwhile, I was running in and out to prepare my lunch.

– 12.30pm –
Faith finally napped and I could have my lunch in peace. Lunch was pork dumpling soup with Gai Lan. Washed the dishes again and then sat down to catch up on news. I don’t normally do that but the hubs’ interest in the population white paper made me want to find out more. Erm, I don’t find it too interesting and went on to read up on some baking stuff. Hahah. Gongcha – the hubs went to buy one for me after work yesterday. *sweet*

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– 2.17pm –
Faith woke up. Fed again and had a short-lived tummy time which she loathed. Thereafter, it’s a cycle of sleep, wake, carry, soothe.

– 3pm –
Finally fell asleep amidst the noise made by the grass cutters.
Prepared dinner.

– 6pm –
The hubs’ back. Had dinner.

– 6.35pm –
Faith woke up. Fed her and spent some time with her.

– 8pm –
Faith slept.

– 9am –
Zzzzzzzzzz…

Matcha Chocolate Coffee Cake
Makes one loaf pan

Cake turns out dense. Possible reasons:
1) I set my oven to 150C instead of 175C and as a result, I have to put in longer and in the end turned up the temperature. What on earth was I trying to do???!!! Blur!

2) I didn’t follow the dry ingredient first and dry ingredient last when alternating between the dry and wet ingredients.

3) Overmixed the batter. Once the flour mixture is incorporated, I should have stopped. The protein in the flour must have overworked, resulting in a dense cake.

125g butter, softened
130g sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
235g cake flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
65g plain yogurt or sour cream
65ml milk
2 tsp matcha powder
1 tbsp warm water
50g baking chocolate
2 tbsp/28g butter

Set the oven to 175C. Grease and flour a loaf pan. Set aside.

Combine the cake flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk the dry ingredients together until they are thoroughly mixed. Whisk together the yogurt and milk in another bowl and set aside.

Mix the matcha powder and water in a medium bowl until it is a thick smooth paste. Add more water if needed. Set aside.

Add the chocolate and butter to a medium microwave safe bowl. Heat for 1 minute in the microwave and stir. Heat another 30s until the chocolate and butter are completely melted. Set aside.

Cream the butter and sugar together in a standing mixer for 2 minutes or until fluffy.

Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Add the vanilla to the mixture and beat again for 30 s and set aside.

Add half the flour and yogurt mixtures, alternately to the creamed mixture, thoroughly combining after each addition. Add the remaining flour and yogurt mixture and mix thoroughly. YOu should have a smooth batter with no lumps.

Add one third of the batter to each of the chocolate and green tea mixtures. Mix each batter until smooth.

Spoon alternating colours of the batter into the prepared pans. Grease a flat knife or off-set spatula with oil and carefully smooth the top of each area, wiping the blade before going to the next colour. With the tip of the knife draw a straight line down the centre of the batter. Insert a knife, toothpick or wooden skewer, into the pan, lightly swirl the colours into each other.

Set the loaf on the middle rack of the preheated oven. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Insert a toothpick into the centre of the loaf. The cake is done when a toothpick comes out clean and the sides of the cake pull away from the pan. Be careful not to overbake, the cake will become dry.

Let it cool on a wire rack. Slice and serve.

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