Home baked Cheesecake Challenge : 50th Flavour

The idea of Challenging myself with different flavoursย of Cheesecake started Dec.25th of year 2013.

my first attempt to make cheese cake
my first attempt to make cheese cake

January 15, 2014 was the day I uploaded my first Cheesecake

happy Dulce de leche Cheesecake
happy Dulce de leche Cheesecake

and wallah! today is the day of the 50th Flavour. Shall I go for a bang! or shall I make a simple one?

I choose a simple Berries Cheesecake!

50th : Berries Cheesecake
50th : Berries Cheesecake

A simple one will be a cheesy one too! not too sweet and yet it is deliciously insane ๐Ÿ™‚ The extended crust on the side makes it more crunchy but so creamy and soft inside.

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I made another one, added more eggs into it, same taste only varies in texture!

Christmas Cheesecake
Christmas Cheesecake

Weight versus experience?

So what did I learned from this experience aside from gaining weight? ๐Ÿ™‚ hahaha I know you gonna ask, did I put some weight? Oh well! I am happy that in one year I gained 3 kilo, not because I ate all the Cheesecakes but because I was lazy to do my routine exercise.

Lessons Learned ๐Ÿ™‚

> eat anything but in small portions and don’t forget to exercise!

> baking is not easy, I salute all the bakers,chefs and all in the culinary department! May you have good health and strength to feed us all ๐Ÿ™‚

> being passionate in what you do will lighten the load of doing it.

> nothing is impossible if you put your mind and heart into it, but having said that..you really need to dig in into your last penny to buy the ingredients ๐Ÿ™‚

> lastly, as I gained weight,ย Iย also gained experience and I gained friends too ! not to mention I gained enemy too hahaha.. I ruined their diet!!

Do’s and Don’ts of making cheesecakes?

Well, I can’t say what works for me will work on you too but it’s fun to experiment and find your thing!

* make do of what you have ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m still using my old oven with faded numbers of the temperature, it took me awhile to get the right temperature but I manage. And I am still using hand-held mixer, it works!

*don’t mix too long

the more you mix the more air get’s in ,which resulted to more bubbles in cheesecake.

*bake one day ahead

Chilling the baked cheesecake overnight will prevent further cracking as you remove it from the pan

*always make an extra cupcake size for tasting

I make sure I have extra butter to bake with the same recipe of the day so I know the taste.

*gently and slowly

have a lil’ patience, use water-bath to control the oven temperature, use your oven timer and don’t open the oven door now and then to check if it’s done! Sudden change of temperature will cause cracking of the cheesecake. When its wobbling at the middle, turn off the heat, leave the door slightly ajar and let it cool for an hour before removing it.

What kind of Cheese I used?

Philadelphia Cream Cheese
Philadelphia Cream Cheese

Though most of my recipes I used Philadelphia cream cheese, I also used Italian cheese like Mascaporne and Ricotta cheese. I also used the famous Kiri Cheese in KSA.

Difference?

Well, it all taste good, it varies in texture, i.e. Philadelphia Cream Cheese is more denser than Mascarpone or Ricotta Cheese. Kiri Cheese is also denser but it’s quite heavy compared to Philadelphia.

Flour?

I did use flour on some of my mini cheesecake especially when I use my cupcake pans. It gives more firmness and sturdiness on the cheesecake. If I don’t want to use flour, I add extra egg yolk to enhance the bind and velvety texture.

Hmmm.. Ladies did I forget anything? Or maybe you can give some tips of yours, that I can follow the next time I make another flavour. huh? there’s next time?

hahaha maybe, but I guess year 2015 will be a year of Beauty and Fashion ๐Ÿ˜‰

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!

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Cheers,

Jamilamimi

 

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Home baked Cheesecake: Flavour #46 Buko pandan Cheesecake

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Buko pandan is a very popular dessert in Filipino gathering. Buko (young coconut meat) pandan (tropical plant in Asia usually used in cakes to give a beautiful aroma and green colour)ย http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pandanus_amaryllifolius.

Flavour no 46  Buko Pandan Cheesecake
Flavour no 46
Buko Pandan Cheesecake

In buko pandan salad, I usually mixed the pandan essence with the gulaman (jelly) and this is exactly what i did in this mini cheesecake.

First, I mixed the coconut juice about 1 cup with a small packet pandan flavoured jelly, let it boiled for few minutes, I didn’t add any sugar in the mixture, thinking the calories I gonna have when I eat all cheesecake hahaha of course, You can always add (at your own risk!) ;-). Keep it aside and once its solid, cut it into any shape, I choose- heart shape!

hmmm i love fresh coconut juice
hmmm i love fresh coconut juice

To make it more authentic, I used otap as a crust ( a small oval shape puff pastry- made with a mixture of flour,coconut,shortening and sugar)

with otap crust
with otap crust

Ingredients:

Crust:

1 pkg of otap biscuits, crushed

2 tbsp of unsalted butter

filling:

2 pkg (250g ea) Philadelphia Cream cheese

1/2 cup plain yoghurt

1/2 cup white sugar

3 eggs

1 tsp pandan essence

1/3 cup condensed milk

shredded young coconut meat

1 drop green food colour

Topping:

Gulaman (jelly) pandan flavoured

1 cup coconut juice

sugar (according to your taste)

Directions:

Pre heat oven Gas mark #3

Crushed the otap,mix with melted butter and press crumbed mixture into the bottom of the springform pan, set aside.

Beat cream cheese until fluffy, add sugar and yoghurt. Beat in eggs one at a time until well combine .Add shredded coconut meat,panda essence and condensed milk. Pour into the prepared pan. Baked for 45 minutes (if using small cupcake pan) 1hour and 30 minutes if using a normal 9 inches springform pan. Topped with a heart-shaped cut jelly and coconut meat, sprinkle with pandan powder mixed with fine caster sugar.

yummy!
yummy!

Ladies, I divided the cheese mixture into two, one with green food colour and one with out. You can experiment any combination you want to make it more pleasing to the eyes, but this flavour is so yummy with or without colour

otap is actually good to eat alone but its even more better with cheesecake
otap is actually good to eat alone but its even more better with cheesecake

Home baked Cheesecake: Flavour # 45 Apple Rose Cheesecake

Countdown…5

I love the look and taste of my Cheesecake Flavour no. 45..Apple Rose Cheesecake

Flavour no. 45 Apple Rose Cheesecake
Flavour no. 45 Apple Rose Cheesecake

Actually, I have seen Apple Rose pie in pin interest, so It gave me an idea, why not? Apple rose Cheesecake!

At first, I cut the apple into thin slices, add water and sugar and boiled it for 15 minutes until soft, then I rolled it forming as a rose. I used a small paper cup to hold it while I am mixing the cheesecake batter.

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Ingredients:

Apple rose:

1 apple slice thinly

1/3 cup sugar

1/2 cup water

Mix and bring it to boil for 15min. Form into roses. Set aside the syrup.

Crust:

12 pcs. digestive cookies

3 tbsp sugar

3 tbsp unsalted butter

Mix together and press it into the pan. Set aside.

Filling:

2 pk (300G each) Philadelphia Cream Cheese

1/2 cup sugar

3 tbsp condensed milk plus 1/3 apple syrup

1 tsp vanilla

2 eggs

1/3 cup sour cream

1/3 cup whipping cream

Add sugar to the cream cheese and beat at medium speed until smooth. Add one egg at a time.Combine whipping cream and sour cream, add vanilla, condensed milk and apple syrup, mix into the cream cheese batter. Mix thoroughly. Pour into the prepared crust.Top with apple rose.Bake for 1 hour and let it cool for another 45 min. Chill overnight.

add apple rose on top of the cheese batter
add apple rose on top of the cheese batter

Serving suggestion:

Mini apple rose cheesecake
Mini apple rose cheesecake

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close up
close up view

Ladies, enjoy the Apple rose with a cup of rose tea with apple syrup hmmm so delicious!

Cheers,

jamilamimi

Baking 101 with friends

Countdown 6…

” Friends that baked together… ate together… gained weight together” lol!ย ย ๐Ÿ˜‰

together we bake and eat
together we bake and eat

This challenge is nearing to an end so we decided to bind force and bake together!

Flavour no. 44 Banana and Nutella Cheesecake

Flavour no. 44  Banana and Nutella Cheesecake
Flavour no. 44
Banana and Nutella Cheesecake

Ingredients:

Crust:

2 pks biscuits of your choice ( I forgot the brand, sorry beautybeyondfifty is..)

1/3 cup butter

Mix together ,press into the springform pan and set aside.

Filling:

3 pkgs (300g each) of Philadelphia cream cheese

1/3 cup sugar

3 eggs plus 1 egg yolk

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 cup whipping cream

3 pcs banana mashed and mix with 1/2 cup condensed milk

1 tsp banana essence

Topping:

Nutella

Directions:

Pre-heat oven Mark Gas #3DSC_1242banana

nutella on top
nutella on top

Beat the cheese at medium speed, add sugar and egg one at a time. Combine sour cream and whipping cream.Add banana mixture and banana essence. Pour into the prepared crust. Wrap the pan with aluminium foil, place it in another bigger tray with hot water(3 cups). Bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes. Turn off the heat and leave the oven door slightly open for another 30 min. Remove and let it cool. Chill for additional of 3-4 hrs.

 

 

 

The ladies in action!

 

fresh from the oven
fresh from the oven
close up view
close up view

And the winner is…

In fairness of all , the cheesecake turned out very well and delicious!

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Ladies, this activity is so much fun and very therapeutic to our tummy ๐Ÿ™‚ and body hahaha!

and guess what?

we did some zen cooling down after continuous eating (breakfast-lunch-afternoon tea and cheesecake)

I know ๐Ÿ˜‰ my phone will be ringing in few minutes after I publish this…why you include this picture?

๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

Cheers,

jamilamimiย 

Home baked Cheesecake Challenge:Flavour # 43 Cheesecake with Quince Compote

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Home baked Cheesecake Challenge : Flavour no. 43 – Quince Cheesecake

Flavour no. 43 Quince Cheesecake
Flavour no. 43 Quince Cheesecake

Having ย once a week off from work, my friends and I always walk along Jeddah corniche to de-stress and have breakfast together. While we were eating, I asked them to help me with my Cheesecake Challenge.

My lebanese friend said, why not try al safarjal?

What? What is al safarjal? so we asked our good friend goggle and bingo! we got the name QUINCE!

Quince – Al safarjal in arabic, is hard yellow fruit which is similar to a pear in shape.

Quince - al safarjal
Quince – al safarjal

Fantastic taste but let me warn you, it’s so hard ,be careful when you cut it! he chuckled .. as if teasing me for the challenge ๐Ÿ™‚

15.95 SR per kilo
15.95 SR per kilo

Challenge, accepted, I went to Danube Supermarket and I tried to squeeze it with my hand ๐Ÿ™‚ as if I gonna find a soft one! hoping… but no luck. Even my knife was not that sharp! I confess, I don’t know how to sharpen my knife hahaha!

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Quince Compote for cheesecake topping

3 quinces fruit

1 cup white sugar

2 cups water ( i added one cup more after boiling)

1/3 cup lemon zest

1 tbsp rose-water

Directions:

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Cut the quince into wedges or any shape you like, add 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water, leave it in the refrigerator overnight.

When ready to cook, add the remaining water,sugar,lemon zest, and bring it to boil. Add another water and rose-water, reduce the heat and continue boiling until the colour change to reddish-brown.

it took about 2 hrs to make it soft and jelly
it took about 2 hrs to make it soft and jelly

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Success!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I was so excited to taste it hahaha by the way I don’t think you can eat the Quince raw, It taste tangy, kind of sweet and sour too! but once it is compote, so deliciously sweet and the sourness was a surprise to my palate.

I love Quince compote
I love Quince compote

Where is the cheesecake?

Well, I won’t tell a lie, I took the left over cheesecake, shape it into a mini cheesecake and top it with quince compote…and the next is history..I ate the quince compote with a spoon of Philadelphia cream cheese on my right and cheesecake on the left, my morning just turned right!

calories…calories..who cares? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Cheers,

jamilamimi

Home baked Cheesecake Challenge : Flavour # 42 Nectarine with Peaches and Cream Cheesecake

Countdown..8 to Flavour no. 42 Nectarine with Peaches and Cream Cheesecake

flavour # 42 Nectarine with peaches and cream Cheesecake
flavour # 42 Nectarine with peaches and cream Cheesecake

This friday is a well spent day with my friends ,I did an extra cake , a sponge cake with pineapple,orange and banana flavour ,I used Cheese and butter cream frosting on top. I also practice how to pipe but unfortunately the cake gave in. I guess it was too soft and the icing is quite heavy. that’s only my guess ๐Ÿ™‚

a beautiful start cheese and butter cream frosting
a beautiful start
cheese and butter cream frosting

Anyhow, my friends and I ate the cake and cheesecakes with delight and laughter. The cheesecake is perfect in taste and texture…must be! considering this is my 42nd flavour.. I’m down to eight more.. more push!

Nectarine with peaches and cream Cheesecake
Nectarine with peaches and cream Cheesecake

I combined the puree of fresh nectarine with the cheese mixture and top it with sour cream and peaches.

I also added a heart-shaped nectarine inside the cheesecake and look who got the first heart?

first nectarine heart
first nectarine heart

Is this a paid advertisement? hahaha whatever it is, he is all into it ๐Ÿ™‚

And our new taster of the day!

hmmm nice smile!
hmmm nice smile!

You see, even though the cheesecake haven’t reach her palate yet, she is already in full smile!

and my ever loyal friends who survives my cheesecake challenge, thanks goodness, we’re not putting that much weight!!

I think cheesecake diet works wonder ๐Ÿ™‚

cheesecake diet works wonder!
cheesecake diet works wonder!
ladies and who?
ladies and who?

my ever loyal friends!

were all ready to rumble!
were all ready to rumble!

with all my mishap in the kitchen, good thing to know, I kept my friends or should I say …maybe they just don’t have much choices?

๐Ÿ™‚

Cheers,

jamilamimi

Home baked Cheesecake Challenge : Flavour #41 Dates and walnut Cheesecake

The end is near for the last 10 flavours of ย Cheesecake Challenge! Countdown begins now…

Flavour #41 Dates and walnut Cheesecake (food for the gods)

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Huh! What a way to start the countdown.. cheesecake for the gods ๐Ÿ™‚ this recipe is a combination of dates, walnut and cheese for which it is commonly called ” food for the gods”. I am not sure why and how the cake got its name but let me guess. Dates and walnuts are not common in the Philippines, hence, it’s quite expensive to make it.Gods, may denote rich and famous people. Back then, It was only for the rich and famous who can afford to have this kind of cake, middle class people tried to have it at least during special occasion like Christmas. Well, this is my theory of how this cake got the name” food for the Gods”. Am I making sense?

Alright let’s add cheese to the lavish and rich ingredients of this cake, tailored for the King and Queen as well hahaha, kidding aside, this cheesecake is deliciously rich! Try it and maybe you might say, its heaven! ๐Ÿ™‚

Flavour # 41 Dates and walnut Cheesecake
Flavour # 41 Dates and walnut Cheesecake

Saudi Arabia is the homeland of Date palm trees.It is a must to break their fast during Ramadan with dates and water. There are about 300 types of dates in Saudi Arabia. Oh! let’s not get into detail, let’s bake cheesecake!

dates
dates

For a more beautiful presentation of cheesecake for the gods, I choose a different baking pan, so my cheesecake will look like a “chess” board.

date paste
dates paste

Ingredients:

Cake base

1 1/4 cups cake flour

1 cup date paste

1 cup walnuts, chopped

1 cup unsalted butter

1 cup dark brown sugar

3 pcs eggs

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

Cheese filling:

2 pks (300 g each) Philadelphia cream cheese

3/4 cup white sugar

2 eggs

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 cup whipping cream

Directions:

Pre heat oven Gas mark # 3

Cream butter until fluffy, add sugar slowly while mixing at medium speed. Add eggs one at a time, continue until thoroughly mix. In a separate bowl, combine all dry ingredients, add it to the butter mixture. Add dates and walnuts, continue beating until well combined.

In a separate bowl, combine cheese and sugar,(i used rubber spatula) add egg one at a time. Continue mixing,add sour cream and whipping cream. Mix well until smooth.

spray the pan with butter.

Place the cake batter at the outer part and the cheese batter at the inner side. Repeat the other way on the second set.

Bake for 40 minutes. Let it cool for another hour before decorating.

Serving suggestions:

top with dates and nuts
top with dates and nuts
gorgeous combination
gorgeous combination
heavenly  good
heavenly good
deliciously insane
deliciously insane

Ladies, this cheesecake is for the King and Queen! ย Please try and enjoy the lavish treat! ๐Ÿ™‚

Cheers,

jamilamimi

Home baked Cheesecake Challenge: Flavour # 40 Fig(s) Cheesecake

Yay! it’s the 40th cheesecake, I’m down to only ten cheesecake!

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I like to bake something that is not popular at the market, indeed,it was hard to find fresh fig at the supermarket here! I know there’s dry figs everywhere but I like to use the fresh one with my 40th cheesecake. I was airing my problem to my consultant and he’s kind of …

you’re crazy! why doing all of these cheesecakes! ( nope, there was no eyes movement but I saw some faint smile on his lips)

aha! I think you know where I can find fresh fig? don’t you?

he chuckled !

Oh! please only few pieces will do!

Crazy!

end of conversation…I’m smiling..he is smiling and you’re smiling..I know!

“Fig Cheesecake” the 40th flavour of my cheesecake challenge!

Flavour #40 - Fig Cheesecake
Flavour #40 –
Fig Cheesecake

Ingredients:

Crust:

6 pcs digestive biscuits (crushed)

1/2 cup almond meal

3 tbsp sugar

3 tbsp butter

Filling:

1 (300g) Light Philadelphia cream cheese

1/2 cup sugar

1/3 cup sour yogurt

1/3 cup whipping cream

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

pink violet food colour (optional)

1 tbsp flour

3 pcs figs

Toppings:

Fig puree (3 pcs figs,1/3 cup water and 1tsp cornstarch)

fresh fig fruit cut according to your style

fresh fig on top
fresh fig on top

Directions:

Pre heat oven Mark Gas #3

Mix biscuits, almond meal and sugar, add butter and mix thoroughly. Press into the pan (any size will do). Set aside.

Mix cream cheese and sugar, add yogurt, vanilla,whipping cream and eggs. Beat at medium speed, add food colour and small pieces of cut fig fruit and flour. Mix thoroughly until smooth. Pour into the prepared crust and baked for 45 minutes if using mini pan. Let it cool before chilling. Chill for 4 hours or overnight. Top with fig puree and cut fresh fruit.

mini fig cheesecake for individual serving
mini fig cheesecake for individual serving

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Ladies, this cheesecake is very light and not too sweet, good for an afternoon tea with friends. Just for the record, I gave my consultant a small slice of this mini cheesecake, like a teaspoon in size (just for a taste) and he still uttered the word “crazy” ๐Ÿ™‚ hahaha I know he likes it! Maybe I should just name this as “crazy cheesecake” ๐Ÿ˜‰

Cheers,

jamilamimi

 

 

 

Home baked Cheesecake Challenge : Flavour # 39 Cinnamon roll Cheesecake

Seriously, I am running out of ideas what to include in this challenge but knowing myself.. I don’t accept excuses, I like to challenge myself to learn something new , soon I will be fifty-five.., life is getting shorter ( is it?) but more meaningful, getting more beautiful and interesting. I thought life at fifty and beyond will be boring but not for me! at least not to my interest ๐Ÿ™‚

Searching for more recipes to twist, I came across “cookedbyjulie.com” her cinnamon roll cheesecake looks so appetising …

I got interested and tried. The direction was tedious for me, because I didn’t have enough time to do it as a I still have to go back to work. Nevertheless, it turned out ok, not so bad my best friend like it hahaha why I called her best friend for nothing? just kidding!

If you like to watch the video and find out the recipe here’s the add:

http://www.cookedbyjulie.com/index.php/categories/dessert/48-cinnamon-roll-cheesecake

Flavour no. 39 Cinnamon roll Cheesecake
Flavour no. 39
Cinnamon roll Cheesecake

 

mini version
mini version
mini cinnamon roll cheesecake
mini cinnamon roll cheesecake

Ladies, wondering how many kilo did Iย put on my weight? ย Well…. 2 kilo!, I’m sure when I’m done with this challenge, I can’tย fit in into my jeans but it’s alright we’re beautybeyondfifty , everything goes! ย Enjoy while we can ๐Ÿ˜‰

Cheers,

jamilamimi

Home baked Cheesecake Challenge: Flavour no. 38 Chestnut Cheesecake

What cheesecake will you try this time? My friend started to mention..cherry,raspberry,mango, chocolate etc. ..done!

I already tried 37 flavours and did some Filipino and Arabic twist also like kanafah,baklava,Ube,bibingka,sweet potato…then suddenly she said ..”Chestnut “…hmmm, it taste like sweet potato, isn’t it?

Well, try.. and let us know!

Alright,why not? Where will I get Chestnut?

Suddenly , I remember my trip to Luzern, Switzerland, at the end of the Chapel bridge there’s a small stall called ..Heissi Marroni, I was new to the place and it was raining and cold,I wonder about the name, agh… I can’t resist the urge ๐Ÿ™‚ this little stall are great to sidle up in cold days,like a blast of warmth,to reinvigorate frozen bone and what could be a big bonus? having heissi maronni, yes! ..roasted chestnut …nice!

As expected I didn’t find any chestnut at the supermarket here in Jeddah, so I went to sweet shop and bingo!

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Honey chestnut

Flavour no. 38 – Chestnut Cheesecake

 

Flavour no. 39 Chestnut Cheesecake
Flavour no. 38 Chestnut Cheesecake

Ingredients:

Crust:

12 pcs. Digestive biscuits (crushed)

1/3 cup roasted coconut flakes

3 tbsp. butter

1 tbsp sugar

Filing:

2 (300g) Philadelphia Cream Cheese

1/2 cup sugar

2 eggs plus 1 egg yolk

1/2 cup plain yoghurt

1/2 cup whipping cream

1 tsp vanilla

3/4 cup chopped honey walnuts

Topping:

orange marmalade

honey walnuts

marshmallow

Directions:

Pre heat oven Gas mark # 3

Combine biscuits,coconut flakes,sugar and butter. Mix it together and press onto the springform pan (any size will do).

Set aside.

Cream the cheese, add sugar, eggs (one at a time ) beat at medium speed, combine yoghurt .whipping cream and vanilla. Add to the cheese mixture, mix thoroughly until smooth. Divide the batter into two part. Pour first part onto the prepared crust. Add the walnuts and top it with the remaining batter.

Bake for 1 hr (water bath), turn off the heat and open slightly the oven door, leave it for another 30 minutes, remove and let it cool for another 2 hours . Chill for 4 hours, preferably overnight.

Serving Suggestions:

with honey walnut and marshmallow
with honey walnut and marshmallow
i tried to roast the marshmallow with flame torch
i tried to roast the marshmallow with flame torch and this is what i got ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy birthday to me! hahaha free candle on top!

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Ladies, this is so sweet! ย If your watching your weight , you can reduce the sugar to 3 tablespoon.

good luck!

cheers,

jamilamimi