Coffee Buttercream Icing on Triple Choc Muffins

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White chocolate chips against mini chocolate kisses. The icing on the chocolate muffin itself.

Yeah yeah. I was tempted and bought this sure-to-rise triple choc muffin mix that all you need to do is add an egg, milk and oil, do the usual mixing and bake. Quite easy I might say though I added more milk as we really like ‘em moist.


Love my new, cheap but fabulous cookbook with the coffee buttercream recipe I tweaked to suit our taste:

1 1/2 tsp of your favourite instant coffee granules
60 g softened butter
2/3 cup icing sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp milk

In a cup, dissolve coffee with a tablespoon of hot water. In a bowl, beat butter and icing sugar with electric beaters (yup I have ‘em now!) until creamy. Add vanilla, coffee mixture and milk and beat until smooth and fluffy.


Para sa Lasang Pinoy, Sundays. Two-Tone.

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I am not a professional cook. My only claim to having a culinary background is a short stint as my dad’s teen ‘sous chef’ in his carinderia ages ago. Dad ran small eateries since I was a young kid - serving standard ‘turo-turo’ food ranging from the likes of menudo, adobo, pritong isda, dinuguan, binagoongan, bopis, munggo, pinakbet and giniling to merienda fares like goto, ginataan, pancit bihon, halu-halo and saging con yelo.

My father, a farmer in his hometown before working his way to becoming an accountant, definitely influenced my cooking in a lot of ways than I thought. My siblings and I were raised in a backyard full of fruit trees and vegetable garden. We spent weekends and the summer breaks running around with ducks, chickens, goats and pigs. I had wonderful memories of gathering eggs, butchering chickens, selling vegetables and the sweet aroma of preserved fruits. But my love for art led me to a degree in Architecture. Just few months after getting my license, I went abroad and lived independently at age 23. Definitely no maid, no cook, and a totally different food culture. Along the way I met lots of friends and spent what seemed a lifetime learning new tricks and recipes.

Now living in Auckland, I am a work-from-home mum who juggles time between work, fun and family - in pursuit of work-life balance. No matter how busy I am, I love the idea of cooking for my family. My blog chronicles home cooking greatly influenced by life outside my home country from Southeast Asia to Beijing and Auckland. And most of the time, being busy also means easy (sometimes quick), affordable meals.

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