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Dough-It-All By Myself

 

I woke up at the wrong side of the bed this morning. I was supposed to fix some business requirements for my shop, transfer my BIR RDO, go to the City Hall and meet a friend but I just didn’t have the energy to do so. I am taking a medication which totally effs up my hormones (and probably my brain) – another immunosuppressant for my APAS condition and its side effects are driving me crazy.
I had a little emotional breakdown. This is not to be melodramatic or whatsoever. I think it just comes to a point when you second-guess yourself on a major decision you have made (read: corporate junkie turned housewife).

What have I done? I threw all of my career away. When is my baby going to come? What the hell am I supposed to do the whole day? 

I know all about positivity. I am an advocate for it but sometimes, it just gets you off-guard. Especially when you are all alone. It also does not help that Sachi cannot talk back to me *sigh*.
I try to keep myself busy but there is a limited variety of things to do at home. I do not like watching television the whole day. I couldn’t even concentrate on the book I was reading! Desperate situations needed desperate measures so, I went to my helpline and called a friend.
So Carla, who is back in Bacolod (this is the thing I hate most because I could not just see my closest friends or my family when I need them), told me to do something to pass the time. Do anything to divert my state of mind. She told me that maybe I should already start on my baking project, which I have been wanting to do for a while.
Of course, obedient as I always am *snicker*, and with nothing to do, I drove to this place which was introduced to me by my another friend, Sarah, who owns Pateacherie. Several months ago, I was looking for some supplies for my accessory shop and she brought me here.
So… the place which took away some of my woes today — introducing Dough-It-All (pretty punny, right?)
Dough-It-All is located at C. Palanca Street in BF Homes in Paranaque and it carries the whole thingamajig for baking – from pans to cutters to liners and ingredients. It is a one-stop shop for anyone who just wants to bake!
Photo from Dough-It-All Facebook Page.
Entrance to a baker’s heaven.

They have all kinds of these cute candy cups and cupcake liners. They are all equally nice and fun to collect.

Cupcake liners. In cute designs and colors.

They have pans and trays – plastic, aluminum, big, small, round, square – anything, you name it!

Pans and Trays.

And soon, if I am able to bake a cake — I should probably get this.

Cake bases. Or whatever that is called. Haha!

All the baking supplies you need at less the cost than the ones in malls!

 

 

Boxes for all types of pastries.

 

Lovely.

So, this is what I got for my little baking project this afternoon and I spent around  PHP1000 for all these supplies. I think it wasn’t bad although I wouldn’t really know. Any tips for me, baker friends? 🙂 

This is the itemized list of what I purchased. I had at home the other dry ingredients like the flour, baking powder and baking soda.

Item Description  Qty  Unit Cost  Total
Grease Paper 1 pack or 10 sheets of 24×36 in 1                65.00          65.00
2 oz Cupcake Liners 200 pcs per tube 3                54.00       162.00
Aluminum Tray 18″ 2                35.00          70.00
Muffin Pan 12s 1              230.00       230.00
Bensdorp Cocoa per kilo 1              238.50       238.50
Icing Set With Spatula, measuring spoons and icing tube 1                65.00          65.00
Baking Pan 7x7x2.75 1                58.00          58.00
Baking Pan 9x10x2 1                80.00          80.00
Total       968.50

So for my first baking experiment, I came across this site, Bake Happy by Aikko. She said that her recipe for a Perfect Moist Chocolate Cupcake is foolproof. Magic word there! Unfortunately, I just had to skip that part when it said that I had to fill up the pan with 1/4 cup of the batter. I missed the “cup” so I poured the batter on the pan up to 1/4 of its level. Hahaha. Geez!

Quarter-full of batter. Haha. Fail!
After getting these babies out of the oven, I re-read the recipe and yes. That “cup” word. I missed that. So I made the adjustments on the second batch and this is the result!
 I did not want to do the frosting yet as it’s just too much sweetness for me for today. So there goes my first attempt at baking.
My first ever cupcake! Yey!
So there. I was able to take off my mind off my little low today. I am just following the advice of a friend to re-focus myself first on other things such as cooking (because God knows I still suck at it, hehe) and baking.
How about you, loves? How do you distract yourself from the things you worry about? Come on! Share something with me and let me feel I am, at the very least, still normal.
And to my baker friends who got this thing all figured out, what do you think? What else do I need? Any awesome recipes you can share with me? Hit me up!
xx,
Balot
PS. This is the shop information:
Dough-It-All (Baker’s Supply Center)
C. Palanca St., BF Homes, Paranaque
Monday to Sunday 5:00 am to 7:00 pm
PPS. I heard from the shop attendant that they have already opened branches in Baguio and in SM Aura. Awesome!

Vanilla Cupcake Bakery: More Than Just Cupcakes


So… I have been wanting to bake as of late to learn something “new” while staying at home. Me and Edzel have already bought some ingredients last Sunday and I already have an electric mixer (yey!) but unfortunately, I still lacked some ingredients (I thought baking powder and chocolate bars would suffice but apparently, I need baking soda and cocoa powder, tee-hee!). I should probably grab the rest of what I need for my mid-week rendezvous tomorrow.

In the meantime, indulge me with this ubbberrr late post in celebration of my newly-discovered sweet tooth!

So this lovely little cupcake shop named Vanilla Cupcake Bakery (drool!) is all over the metro now. They now have six branches but I have only visited the one in Global City. I passed by their branch in Alabang Town Center but haven’t really had the chance to eat there (we were always so full after a heavy lunch at Yabu). 

This place is soooo pretty! I brought my balikbayan friend here last October and she loved it! Of course, anyone who loves cupcakes should have no reason not to love this place but all the more because of the ambiance that this “bakery” offers. 


I am seriously jealous of the designer of this place. It is soo hard to mix and match these pieces together and make it look this fabulous. 


I also love these framed inspirational quotes at the counter. While you are waiting for your turn to order, you can just browse through the positive “walled” statements. 


Those giant cakes in Wonderland!




And the littlest details that complete the whole scene.



And of course… yes! How can I forget? The cupcakes… *sighs*
Cupcake prices would range from PHP80 to PHP120 (around USD2-3).


Salted caramel cheesecake, yum!


And when you think there’s nothing more for your eyes to feast on, just try going to the comfort room!


 It is a fun place to have a little get-together or catch-up session with friends because the place is conducive for conversations. This was taken earlier this year with my kids 🙂

This place is sooo dreamy. Go ahead and check it out! Be sure to get your cameras ready because you would not be able to resist taking pictures of this place. 


If you want to visit, Vanilla Cupcake Bakery is located at the following areas:

Taguig City
 Two Parkade, 30th Street Corner 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City



Quezon City
Second Floor, Trinoma Mall, North Triangle, Quezon City
Ground Floor, UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City

Makati City
Ground Floor, Glorietta 3, Ayala Center, Glorietta Complex, Makati City
Third Floor, Glorietta 4, Ayala Avenue, Glorietta Complex, Makati City

Muntinlupa City
Second Floor, Alabang Town Centre, Alabang, Muntinlupa City