Monday, 28 October 2013

Perfect Chocolate Cake

   Hey! Great to post again. Sorry that I forgot to post yesterday; I had waaaay too much homework! Whoa, whoa, whoa! Gotta put a speed bump there. And I'm math prefect. And in a play.
   So, I guess that's my school life for ya ;). 
   Now onto this new post. A perfect chocolate cake. I decided to post this because my birthday is soon, November 14th.
A chocolate cake iced with coffee frosting.
Perfect Chocolate Cake
Makes one 2-layered cake
Ingredients
For the cake:
1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) room temperature (preferably unsalted) butter or canola oil
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed very dark brown sugar
1 cup sour cream or heavy cream + 1 T vinegar
1 T vanilla extract or vanilla essence 
2 eggs
3/4 cup natural cocoa powder
1 cup boiling water
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
For the coffee frosting:
1 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
4 tbsp milk
4 cups icing sugar
2 tbsp VERY STRONG brewed coffee

Method
Cake:
Dissolve the cocoa in the hot water, set aside.
Cream the first 6 and last 2 ingredients in a bowl.
SLOWLY add the HOT cocoa mixture into the bowl and mix well.
Sift in the flour and fold in.
Preheat your oven to 350 F/180.
Divide your batter evenly among your two GREASED  cake pans.
Bake until a skewer inserted into the center of the cakes comes out completely clean.
Allow them to cool completely.

Frosting:
Beat the butter until it turns creamy and white.
SLOWLY add in the icing sugar and coffee.

Decorate the cake however you want! 
Zoie ;)


Saturday, 26 October 2013

Awesome Pomegranate-Banana Smoothie

Hello again! Today we're gonna focus on two topics today - cooking and pets. But for now, only one. we are focusing on a SUPER-DELICIOUS banana pomegranate-smoothie!   

The (optional) addition of freshly squeezed juice and a sweetener mixed together before blending together the ingredients to make the actual smoothie itself yields a slightly sweeter taste in the finished product. You can find the best pomegranates in early fall, after the yearly rain showers here in Pakistan.

This recipe served three - my mom, my grandma and me. If you're in North America, you can add a handful of strawberries or raspberries before blending in the ice.



Banana Pomegranate Smoothie

Serves 3

Ingredients:

3 small bananas
3/4 cup yogurt
3/4 cup pomegranate juice
2 tsp sugar
8-10 ice cubes, depending on thickness

Method

Chuck all your ingredients into your blender.
Whizz until completely smooth.
Pour into 3 individual glasses.
Garnish with a toothpick umbrella, a slice of banana at the side and a straw.
Serve immediately, or add some fruit into some popsicle moulds and freeze for 4-8 hrs or overnight.

                                 Zoya :)

Friday, 25 October 2013

Who Says Guitar Tab by Selena Gomez

This is the first song I EVER learned on guitar! I hope you like it. 
(groans) Yes, Mom, I'm practicing! Gimme a break, for God's sake!
Here we GO!

Capo on 2nd fret 

[Verse 1]

Intro: D chord upstrum the first three strings

D
You made me insecure
Told me I wasn't good enough
G
But who are you to judge
When you're a diamond in the rough
D
I'm sure you got some things
You'd like to change about yourself
A
But when it comes to me
I wouldn't want to be anybody else

D
Na na na
Na na na
G
I'm no beauty queen
I'm just beautiful me
D
Na na na
Na na na
G
You've got every right
To a beautiful life
C'mon

[Chorus]

D
Who says
Who says you're not perfect
                     G
Who says you're not worth it
Who says you're the only one that's hurting
D
Trust me
That's the price of beauty
                      G
Who says you're not pretty
                      A
Who says you're not beautiful
Who says
(D chord upstrums, first 3 strings)
[Verse 2]
D
It's such a funny thing
How nothing's funny when it's you
G
You tell 'em what you mean
But they keep whiting out the truth
D
It's like a work of art
That never gets to see the light
G
Keep you beneath the stars
A
Won't let you touch the sky
D
Na na na
Na na na
G
I'm no beauty queen
I'm just beautiful me
D
Na na na
Na na na
G
You've got every right
To a beautiful life
C'mon

[Chorus]
D
Who says
Who says you're not perfect
                     G
Who says you're not worth it
Who says you're the only one that's hurting
D
Trust me
That's the price of beauty
                      G
Who says you're not pretty
                     A
Who says you're not beautiful

[Bridge]

D
Who says you're not star potential
Who says you're not presidential
Who says you can't be in movies
D                     A
Listen to me, listen to me
G
Who says you don't pass the test
Who says you can't be the best
A
Who said, who said
Won't you tell me who said that
Yeah, oh

[Chorus]
D
Who says
Who says you're not perfect
                     G
Who says you're not worth it
Who says you're the only one that's hurting
D
Trust me
That's the price of beauty
                      G
Who says you're not pretty
                     A
Who says you're not beautiful,
D
Who says.

THE BEST Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe EVER

Hey guys! We're back, and this time, I have a recipe- for perfect chocolate chip cookies! I've tried this recipe A MILLION TIMES and it always works. 
Like at my school bake sale- I was allowed to bring something to sell, so I used this recipe, and-you guessed it-It worked perfectly.
I found this recipe in a book called Sticky, Gooey, Messy, Chewy Treats for Kids by Jill O' Conner. I gave it a few tweaks here and there, and it was still perfect!



Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies
Serves 18-24 depending on size

Ingredients:

1 cup oil or melted butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1 tbsp vanilla extract or 1 vanilla bean (seeds only)
2 eggs plus 1 egg yolk
3 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda 
1 tsp salt
3 cups chocolate chips *DO NOT use chopped chocolate! It will caramelize the bottoms and make them burn!*

Method:

Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
Cream the butter and sugars together until fluffy.
Add the vanilla, eggs and yolk.
Sift in the flour, salt, and baking soda.
Fold in the chocolate chips.
Plop 1-2 inch balls of dough onto the baking sheets, leaving enough room for spreading.
Bake in a preheated oven at 350 F or 180 C for 5-8 minutes until they are golden brown on the edges and bottom but still slightly soft in the center.
Transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool completely before serving, or, burn your mouth! Fun!
Enjoy with a nice, tall glass of milk.

Welcome to my Blog!

     Herro and welcome to my blog! My name is Zoya, but you can call me Zoie. On this blog, you will find recipes, guitar tabs, updates on school plays, and recipe tips. I'm eleven years old and my main passion is baking. I love pets and school, and am a nerd.

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This is the kind of stuff I make. Baking is actually my life! I take on challeges, too.

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