Espresso Fudge Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe

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This cupcake is really easy to make and this is definitely one of my favourite cupcakes. I made Jell-o cookies too beside espresso fudge cupcakes but I will share the recipe for this cupcakes first.

Cupcakes :

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 tsp espresso powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Frosting :

  • 1 cup butter
  • 3-4 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar or confectioners sugar

Directions :

Sift flour in a bowl, mix it with cocoa, espresso powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, cream butter and sugar on high speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low and add the vanilla and egg. Mix well and turn off the mixer. Using a spatula, add milk and flour mixture alternately (I prefer this way so the cupcakes will become soft). Stir in chocolate chips and pour into lined cupcake pan. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out almost clean.

Cream butter and sugar on high speed until creamy. While beating add vanilla and cocoa powder gradually. Spread the frosting on cooled cupcakes with a spatula. top with chocolate chips or coffee bean if you want.

DOCTOR WHO COOKIES [TARDIS & BOW TIE COOKIES]

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My mum bought me loads of food colouring, so yesterday I was wondering what should I use all these food colouring for but then my mum said she wants to make cookies like kaastengels and nastar for Eid Day. I decided to make DOCTOR WHO themed cookies for celebrating the 50th anniversary of DOCTOR WHO and because Matt Smith is leaving DW this year too. I know it looks really messy 😄 it was my first time to decorate cookies and I don’t have the tools so I used toothpick and straw lol.

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To make this cookie dough is actually very simple, I only used butter, eggs, flour, and baking powder. Since yesterday was the first time I made icing for decorating cookies, I used this recipe for the icing because it has a great review and pretty simple. I didn’t use corn syrup so I tried to substitute it with simple syrup made from granulated sugar.

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I only used 4 colours, sky blue, cherry red, coal black, and white. To make TARDIS blue, I mixed sky blue and a little bit of coal black and for the window I used fondant and a little bit of white food colouring. It was quite hard to get the right colour for TARDIS, so make sure you don’t put too much black.

[Announcement] ONE OK ROCK Jakarta – Ticket and Venue Informations

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ONE OK ROCK telah mengkonfirmasi bahwa venue berubah, bukan di Skeeno Hall, Gandaria City tetapi di Lapangan Parkir Kolam Renang Senayan, tanggal 24 November 2013. Tiket konser ONE OK ROCK akan mulai dijual pada hari Senin, 29 Juli 2013 di rajakarcis.com.  Harga Tiket ONE OK ROCK di Jakarta adalah Rp 350.000 dan Rp 450.000 (belum termasuk pajak).

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ONE OK ROCK finally announced further information for their concert in Jakarta. They tweeted that the venue is no longer at Skeeno Hall, Gandaria City but at Lapangan Parkir Kolam Renang Senayan. The ticket will be on sale on Monday, July 29th  2013. The price for ONE OK ROCK ticket in Jakarta is Rp 350.000 and Rp 450.000 (excluding tax). You can order the ticket online from rajakarcis.com

Free! Iwatobi Swim Club GIF sets [Episode 03]

The third epidode of Free! is already out and I’ve made some gifs from it because I couldn’t help but giggle till the end watching Rei-chan’s acts. He is so adorable and how could you not ship Rei and Nagisa?  I ship them so hard 😄 I’ve posted them on tumblr but well why not?

These are my favourite scenes :

 

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Look! Nagisa’s waiting for Rei

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Aww~ Nagisa is so happy.. Look at his adorable face

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Rei is startled because maybe it’s the first time someone approached him like that

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aaah, Rei-chan! stop being so adorable x3 I love how Rei blushed because Nagisa called him Rei-chan :> He even glanced at Nagisa. So cuteeeee!!

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I love Nagisa’s personality

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Rei-chan is such a tsundere 😄

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Look at these two! They’re so adorable x3

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Rei : “Why does it have to be me?”

Nagisa : “The main reason is because you looked beautiful.”

Oh my…This part is precious. Look how surprised and blushed Rei is because of Nagisa. Rei always following theories and calculations before he jumps but the coach said he needs to stop doing it because he doesn’t make any progress. Nagisa is different, he told Rei that his pose while jumping is so beautiful and said that it’s not something everybody can do. Instead of asking him to stop doing calculations, Nagisa asked him to use it for swimming. I think it’s the first time someone told him that and maybe this is the reason why he finally agreed to join.

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PLOT TWIST : Rei-chan can’t swim 

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I didn’t expect this at all to be honest. I thought he’s a great swimmer just like what Makoto said. I laughed uncontrollably when Rei was sinking like a stone in swimming pool because wow, what a plot twist.

I told you that Free! is a very promising anime. Just don’t judge it before you watch it yourself.

Gif source : smiichan

[Review] STARK Bierhaus

stark1STARK Bierhaus is a newly opened cafe and lounge at Plaza Indonesia’s eX (Entertainment Xenter). If you’re wondering what is STARK, STARK is local beer brewed in Singaraja Bali and as you can guess, Bierhaus is Beer House in German. So in short, STARK Bierhaus is a place where we can drink STARK beer and of course you can enjoy the food too. The first time I knew about STARK beer is actually at Ennichisai. I wanted to drink something because it was hot that day. I stumbled upon a stall that sell Sapporo Beer and STARK Beer, I’ve never heard of STARK before and the price was cheap (around 20k) so I decided to buy it. I took the first sip and yes, that hit the spot. The beer was very light and a little sweet and it was very refreshing. It tasted so good I didn’t expect it to be a local beer.

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Since I like the beer so much, I googled STARK Beer and I found out that they just opened their own cafe&lounge at eX. I didn’t waste any time, I went there the same week I found out about the Bierhaus. Went there with my mum and my sis, we ordered Bratwurst, german sausage served with roasted potatoes and sauerkraut, The Bonanza, a “big” selections of german sausages served with mashed or roasted potatoes, Pork Chop, grilled pork chop seved with sauce, roasted potatoes, and sauerkraut.

imageIt went down hill from there. The portion is very small, the bratwurst looked very lonely and sad because the plate was ironically big and there was only one bratwurst with a huge pile of potatoes and sauerkraut. The sharing dish, Bonanza, wasn’t big I can finish that by myself. The pretty decent dish was the pork chop. The portion wasn’t too small, the meat was tender and I loved the sauce.

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Overall, I think the foods and drinks are a little bit overpriced  since the portions are very small (around 75k – 250k). The place itself is quiet and has a nice ambience. The question is, will I come again? Nope, I don’t think so, but the beer… you should try it out.

[Book Review and Quotes] The Ocean at the End of the Lane

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I’ve been waiting to read this book for 2 months and finally I bought this book yesterday. It’s hard to get the hardcover one, I couldn’t find one in Jakarta so I ended up buying the paperback. When I first bought it, I didn’t really know what this book is all about. I knew that Neil is an amazing writer because I’ve read his books and fantasy is the genre he specialized in so I was pretty sure that this book would be a good read.

The story begins when the main character returns to his childhood home for a funeral. He walks through the path he used to walk and ends up in a house at the end of the lane. He knocks the door and an old lady shows up who turns out to be old Mrs. Hempstock. He remembers that she used to give him milk and when this old lady asks him, “Are you here to see Lettie?”, he remembers about Lettie, the girl who’s older than him and her “pond” or to be exact, Lettie Hempstock’s ocean. All those childhood memories suddenly return to him, the good, the bad, and magical things that had happened to him when he was a little, all of them came back.

What amazed me about this book is the way Neil described things. It felt so real, I even flinched at some parts because I could feel the pain and the horror. I felt like I was watching a movie not reading a book. Neil Gaiman did a great job on the nameless main character,  I can feel a strong connection with the narrator.  To be honest, I feel like The Ocean at the End of the Lane is more like young adult novel than adult novel, it reminds me of The Graveyard Book. Overall, if you want a quick read about fantasy, magical things, yet realistic and deep, this book would be perfect for you.

Some of my favourite quotes from The Ocean at the End of the Lane :

“Childhood memories are sometimes covered and obscured beneath the things that come later, like childhood toys forgotten at the bottom of crammed adult closet, but they are never lost for good.”

“How can you be happy in this world? You have a hole in your heart. You have a gateway inside you to lands beyond the world you know. They will call you, as you grow.”

“Nobody looks like what they really are on the inside. You don’t. I don’t. People are much more complicated than that. It’s true of everybody.”

“I went away in my head, into a book. That was where I went whenever real life was too hard or too inflexible.”

“Adults follow paths. Children explore. Adults are content to walk the same way, hundreds of times, or thousands; perhaps it never occurs to adults to step off the paths.”

“Grown-ups don’t look like grown-ups on the inside either. Outside, they’re big and thoughtless and they always know what they’re doing. Inside, they look just like they always have. Like they did when they were your age. Truth is, there aren’t any grown-ups. Not one, in the whole wide world.”

“You don’t pass or fail at being a person, dear.”

Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club (Swimming Anime)

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Synopsis :

Free! is a new summer anime from Kyoto Animation (Kyoani). It revolves around 4 boys (Nagisa, Makoto, Haruka, and Rin) who actually were childhood friends and four of them joined swimming club when they were in elementary school but parted ways before graduating. Years later, when they’re already in high school they finally reunited again. One of them who went to Australia challenged Haruka to race, but Rin won. Haruka who loves swimming and doesn’t want to be defeated easily, recruit another student called Rei and build a new swimming club called Iwatobi High School Swimming Club.

My Opinion :

I’ve watched the first episode of Free! yesterday and to be honest, this anime is really promising. The artwork is tremendously amazing, I love every character in this anime. The plot is good, I imagine it’ll be like Prince of Tennis. One thing I really want to say is, all those  guys out there should need to stop saying “What a gay anime”, “It’s so gay”, “Girls need to stop fangirling over shirtless 2D characters”. Hellooo~ you really need to stop saying that because those animes you watch, most of them are over sexualizing women.

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Just because there are a lot of fanservice and shirtless scenes,  doesn’t mean Free! is not a great anime. What do you expect them to wear? A raincoat? Pajamas??? It’s a swimming anime for god’s sake. Do you expect them to swim in a pool of blood so it looks more hardcore??. 

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Actually it’s rather similar to Prince of Tennis, most of them are guys, about sports and competitions, the only thing that makes Free! is different from Prince of Tennis is what they’re wearing, so why would you hate it so much? It has a lot of fanservice, yes, I admit that. I think that doesn’t necessarily spoiled the entire thing. Do you think other anime doesn’t have fanservice? Ha! hahahahaha, if you said no, you were obviously lying. I can’t wait for the second episode! My favourite character from Free! is Makoto. He looks really kind and cute.