Homecooks Spotlight: Michele


Welcome to today’s Homecooks Spotlight! – Michele from Eat a Piece of Cake! We came across Michele’s blog a little while back, and have been hooked ever since! Gorgeous photos and foods made a little bit better for you – what else do you need? :) I’m so happy Michele is sharing here with us today!

micheleI started blogging so that I can share my culinary experiences cooking and baking healthier food for my family, especially my three kids. I work in a corporate communications job in the day, and when I am not working or in the kitchen, I’m likely to be picking up after the children.

What do you enjoy about cooking or baking?
I enjoy the process of seeing several ingredients, each with its own texture and flavours, come together to make a unique dish.

Where do most of your recipes come from?
I dislike books sitting on the shelf collecting dust so most of my recipes are from online sources.

What is your favourite kind of food to make?
That has to be Japanese food! I love making sushi, udon or soba for my family as they are light and healthy.

Do you plan a weekly menu? If so, what inspires your menu?
I started off doing weekly menu planning but that proved to be rather stressful! I have a 24 hour supermarket downstairs my house so I usually start planning tomorrow’s dinner while walking around the shop in the evening after work, and will buy what I need for the next day.

What is your favourite recipe posted on your blog/website?

Kueh Lapis Web 2

It’ll have to be this Kueh Lapis recipe with step by step instructions. I’m really pleased to have mastered this and can make this during Chinese New Year for relatives and here’s a step by step instruction guide: http://www.eatapieceofcake.blogspot.sg/2013/01/traditional-kueh-lapis.html

What is your favourite kitchen tool/appliance?
That has to be my bread maker. There is nothing more comforting and amazing than the smell of freshly baked bread wafting through the house.

What kind of food did you eat growing up? Do you cook the same kinds of things today?
I have fond memories of my mother and grandmother’s home cooked dishes such as steamed egg with minced pork, stir fried liver with ginger and stir fried beef and broccoli. However, I prefer western and Japanese cooking and am not so fond of Chinese dishes, so I don’t cook the food I grew up eating.

What is your favourite part about blogging?
I can’t figure out which part of the process I love best – the cooking/baking, photography or blogging – but its overall very enjoyable and therapeutic. The best part is most definitely having made many wonderful blogger friends throughout the past year of blogging.

What is your best tip to becoming a successful blogger?
I think its important to share from your heart and don’t be afraid to admit when you make mistakes. I’ve had readers point out to me when I missed out certain things in my blog posting – once I even forgot to put down the oven temperature for a cake recipe!

What was the first dish you’ve ever cooked?
Home economics lessons aside, it will have to be the stir-fried hot dog and cabbage pasta dish I cooked as a student studying overseas. That was after three full months of eating ham and cheese sandwiches and I told myself I couldn’t stomach anymore cold dinners so I picked up cooking from there out of sheer desperation!

A recipe to share with Munch Ministry’s readers:

Cinammon Donut Muffin Web 2

Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins

(more details of this recipe can be found on this link)
Muffin Ingredients
  • 3 cups All-purpose Flour
  • ¼ teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 2-½ teaspoons Baking Powder
  • ¾ teaspoons Salt
  • ¼ teaspoons Ground Nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoons Ground Cardamom Or Ground Cinnamon
  • ¾ cups Plus 2 Tablespoons Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Buttermilk (substituted with 2 tbsp yoghurt)
  • ½ cups (113 g) Butter, Room Temperature
  • ¾ cups Sugar
  • 2  Eggs

Coating Ingredients

  • ½ cups (113g) Butter, Melted
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Ground Cinnamon


For the muffins:
1. Preheat oven to 350ºF (175ºC). Lightly spray 12 large muffin cups (I made 14 muffins)
2. Mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and cardamom (or cinnamon). In a medium bowl, combine milk and buttermilk.
3. In a large bowl, using a handheld mixer on medium speed, cream the butter. Turn the speed to low and gradually add the sugar. Mix until mixture lightens in color. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until just combined. Add the dry ingredients in thirds, alternating with the milk mixture, mixing just until smooth; do not overmix.
4. With a large ice cream scoop or spoon, scoop the batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling them approximately 2/3 full. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the tops are firm to the touch and lightly golden,.
For the coating:
1. While the muffins bake, set up 2 bowls to dunk them in. In one bowl you will have the melted butter, and in the other bowl you will have the cinnamon sugar.2. Let the muffins cool completely on a wire rack. Dunk them in the melted butter, then coat them with the cinnamon sugar.


Thank you, Michele, for sharing so much with us on your culinary experiences with us here at Munch Ministry! If you want to see more of Michele, here’s where you can find her –

Blog: Eat a Piece of Cake
Facebook Page:  Eat a Piece of Cake

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