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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Tiikerikakku (Tiger Cake)...in Singapura (Lion City)

Hello !

Today was a baking time. My children, especially daughter love baking. She always ask..."Daddy can we make the Tiger cake?" In the afternoon I made her wish true and we started baking. Maybe the look of the cake is not perfect, that's mainly due to our poor grill oven. But taste.....I guarantee, it is perfect!

Tiger cake in Singapura. To my , especially others than Singaporean friends, Singapura is Malay language and means Lion (singa) City (pura). English version came later, when the British colonial took over the island, they changed it to Singapore. History tells that hundreds of years ago Prince, Sang Nila Utama, from Palembang, Indonesia (1299-1347) had seen a lion in Singapore island when he arrived here and that's why he named the place to Singapura. Who knows has here been lions about 700 years ago...but today's fact is saying..no. Most likely it has been a tiger. Right or wrong, I can't prove it. But, coming back to tiger, those definitely have been in Singapore and still there are tigers in Malaysia peninsula. There is also a legend that Singapore's last tiger was shot under the Raffles Hotel billiard room pool table on August 13 1902. True or not...;) Tiger is anyway everywhere in Singapura...Tiger plaster, Tiger oil, Tiger cream, Tiger soya sauce...and can't forget..Tiger Beer!

Back to baking. There are several varieties of the recipes of Tiger cake (Tiikerikakku) my one as follows (my cooking mold is quite a big and that's why a large amounts) :
- 400 grams butter
- 5dl fine sugar
- 8 dl plain flour
- 6 eggs
- vanilla sugar
- baking powder
- 2dl cream
- cocoa powder
- bread crumbs
Melt the butter and let it cool. Mix the cool melted butter with sugar and whisk it to the foam. Add in the eggs, one by one, and all time mixing the paste. After it add in flour, cream and baking powder (1 tbl). Mixed it well. After it take 1/3 of the paste to the different bowl and put in some cocoa powder to make it ....'chocolate'. Add also some vanilla sugar to the rest of the paste. Oil the cooking mold with butter and protect it with bread crumbs. Then place the both pastes to the mold in layers. Finally mix it with a fork to make it look like marble finish......Into the oven and cook it 160-180'C about an hour. At least kids will love it, I promise!

And...what comes to the music...and overall about tiger...yes, to my mind is also coming 'a quite famous' golf player and his personal life problems. I know there are certain kind of taunts about it. But for me he is still the best golf player in the world...others have long way to catch him. What he has done or is doing in his personal life, is not my business. He has proved, that he is still a human. Everyone make mistakes in their life, despite of they have 1 dollar or millions of dollars in their bank account...;)
However, for 'Tiikerikakku' there is in my opinion only one song...enjoy!

Remember eat, my friends, that keeps you on the track...!


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