Sophie Makes: Crepe Cake

Hey guys! Happy New Year! (Sorry for the late greeting—whoops! I guess at this point, it’s past Chinese New Year now, haha.)

Welcome to the first blog post of the year. While the start of the year feels fresh, it feels like it’s already been a month with all the events happening both in my personal and professional life AND with all the world events going on. I can’t believe it’s just been a couple of weeks in the year!

Anyways, I’ve been keeping myself busy. The last time I’ve posted here was November. Shortly after that post, I decided to make a crepe cake for my family’s annual Christmas potluck. (A little backstory: I’ve gone to a crepe cake class last year and know that making a crepe cake is no easy task!) My aunt suggested that I practice before Christmas Eve to decrease the chances that I will mess up so that I’ll know what I’ll be getting myself into. I took her advice and make a vanilla crepe cake.

Man, it took me a solid six hours to make it! There were some bumps along the way, but it turned out light and delicious!

 Just look at those layers!

One month later, I bought all the ingredients needed to make the crepe cake again for Christmas. I decided to replace sugar with agave and vanilla extract with vanilla bean powder for a healthier option. Honestly, I was worried about the new adjustments to the recipe—I hoped that it wouldn’t alter the taste too much.

And since I was making it for the second time, I decided to kill two birds with one stone and make a blog post for it (so here we are, haha.)

Ingredients are prepared (and scattered, I may add.)

The first step was to combine all the ingredients needed to make the batter. I learned that crepe batter (at least for crepe cakes) are extremely watery and thin. This is because you need the crepes to be as soft and as thin as possible to make it ideal for stacking and eating. Crepe cakes are otherwise known for their soft and melt-in-your-mouth kind of texture, after all.

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Sophie Bakes: Nutella-Peanut Butter “Cookies”

“Cookies” because it was originally a recipe for cookies – but then…well, you’ll see why by the end of this post.

So, just like last time, I was inspired by a YouTube video to bake! I was craving for some cookies and ended up doing Gemma Stafford’s 3-Ingredient Cookie recipe! Assessing the ingredients I have in the kitchen, I decided to make some peanut butter cookies. The recipe is very simple, and as the title suggests, it only requires three ingredients!

Unfortunately, I lacked peanut butter and decided to substitute half of it with Nutella. I combined one cup of peanut butter + Nutella, 1 cup of white sugar, and 1 egg into a bowl and combined them all together (1:1:1 ratio).

Afterward, I prepared a “cookie sheet” and asked my 6-year old sister to drop the cookies on top.

I literally turned away for a minute or so and my sister poured the batter on the cookie sheet – thus, it became a brownie.

See? Oh well, ha-ha!

I did the best I could and cut it into little pieces, but no one believes me when I said that it really cookies.

It surprisingly tasted really good! I would recommend this to anyone who wants to make a quick treat to satisfy their cravings.

Click here to get the full recipe!

May Update

Hello, everyone! Just wanted to share a small update! My third term in university just started two weeks ago, and I’ve been keeping myself pretty occupied lately.

First, if you noticed on my blog, I have a new tab labeled “Features (When in Manila)”. I’ve finally achieved my dream of being an actual contributor to a website/publication! I’ve published one article so far and there’s another one on the way! Thank you for all the love and support! I’m one step closer to achieving my dreams!

Second, I’ve bought/got some things this month and I want to share them with you!

1. Dog-A-Petreat’s Beef Heart Crisps

I bought a pack of beef heart crisps from this store, and my dogs absolutely love it!

Family photo vibe here – HAHA! (L-R: Archer & Luli)

I can see and hear them salivating and panting just at the sight and smell of these babies.

Archer takes the lead! Will Luli get a chance?

NOPE.

(But, seriously, dogs will go nuts for these things. I’m even tempted to try it myself – HAHA.)

2. Book Haul from Aklatan

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