Bebang's Chocolate Cake

After about 10 tries, I have finally perfected my chocolate cake recipe! This is a combination of this recipe from and my friend Yryne's.  I just added the Hershey's chocolate chips and made it so simple you don't even need a mixer.  Try it, it's really delicious and super moist! :)


1 1/2 cups flour

1 cup sugar
1/3 cup cocoa
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons vinegar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup Hersheys chocolate chips (optional) 

  1. Mix dry items ingredients in a bowl using a fork.
  2. Combine wet ingredients in a separate bowl/container.
  3. Combine dry and wet ingredients in a bowl mixing together with a fork.
  4. Transfer mixture to greased cake pan or cupcake tins.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F for approximately 30 minutes. (Bake for approximately 15 minutes if making cupcakes).
  6. Set aside to cool before frosting.

Choco icing

1 alpine tall
3 tbsp butter
½ cup cocoa unsifted powder
1 can condensed milk
2 tsp vanilla
Mix then cook in slow fire until thick and sticky

Butter Filling

½ cup white sugar
3 tbsp all purpose flour
3 eggyolks
½ cup butter
1 cup evap milk

Enjoy! :) 

8 Things You Don't Know About Kuya

Kuya's 8 years old! So I will be sharing with you 8 things about him. 

  1. He loves food. Like Kinder eggs. It's the only thing he would ask for when we go grocery shopping. He also loves pizza and spaghetti and chocolates and doughnuts. 
  2. Kuya knows how to read. He loves to read. He learned to read when he was two. Although we communicate with him verbally most of the time, it is best to write or type it out and let him read. At bedtime, Daddy and Mommy take turns to read stories for him and Migs and sometimes they read for us. In this video he reads about some simple details of his birthday. 
  3. He is toilet trained. Since he was two.
  4. He loves to sing. He has a beautiful voice. Check out this karaoke moment as proof :)
  5. He met all of his milestones as a growing baby, except that of talking and playing with other children. 
  6. When he was two, he never spoke using 2 to 3 words like a typical two year old would.  He never "pointed" to direct us to something. Never responded when we call his name. Never said Mommy and Daddy to get our attention, just grabs our hands. He never played with other children. He just loved playing alone. He played with the same toy over and over and over, day and night. These were the things that told us something was not so right. These were the early signs of AUTISM. And when he was two, our world seemed so dark. We were so afraid of the unknown. I always cried. I felt that the world was not for us anymore. But then... 
  7. He proved us all wrong. He grew up. Still very much autistic, but he is an extremely sweet and loving boy. He loves to hug and kiss me, Daddy, Miguel and Tita Mae. When he's in a good mood, that is. The miracles he brings to us everyday, big and small are sometimes too much for me it makes me cry! He constantly brings us joy. He is a foretaste of heaven for us. He keeps us grounded. He lets us see the beauty of things that are so simple, so little yet so pure and full. 
  8. Now he speaks in phrases with a little coaching. He points. He responds when we call his name. He says "Mommy" and "Daddy" when we are not around, to look for us (haha happiness!) He still never plays with other children but a few times I heard him say "go to Paul and Tim's house". He doesn't only play with one toy but gets very much interested with new toys! I could tell you more things that our Kuya can do but I think I only said 8! So as a birthday gift for him, How about I ask you to be more interested in him :) Don't be shy to approach and hug him. He loves it. Ask me. Ask us about him. We love it if you do. 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KUYA! WE LOVE YOU SO MUCH! I know you are in good hands. Because You are God's son. He loves you very much. He knows what's best for you. He makes you happy in ways I cannot see. 

... only want what makes him happy, and these are the simple stuff: pizza, spaghetti, chocolates and US :)

... These are his friends :) Paul, Tim and his little brother, Migs. 

... his latest fave: Kinder Bueno sweets. 


Smiling at the thought that at this point in my life, I want almost NOTHING. Yesterday, hubby brought me to a Pandora shop to get me a bracelet. I refused. We went around. Swatch. Cath Kidston. Because he wanted me to get something.  I looked around. Tried some stuff. Nothing. 

I don't know if it's because my subconscious might be telling me "don't get anything! He might get something more expensive!" lol! 

Or I'm just getting old :) 

Nah. I am just happy. At peace with my life right now. It feels so great to realize this. That my happiness is not in the things I can see and touch. But on the things so simple most people might not even think of it as a big deal. 

Like Kuya's going to catechism class in church. Today is his first day. I am grinning now in the train as I type this. My long time prayer is for Kuya to receive Holy Communion. Be a confirmed Catholic. Be active in Church. Know and love God who loves him unconditionally. This used to be just a dream. Now it's becoming a reality. Little by little. Special thanks to our friend Joe and her daughter Marilyn for helping us. 

This and a lot other little details of my life make me thankful and happy. The kind of happiness that hundreds of pandora bracelets cannot ever give. 

reasons to smile :)

Happy new year! I hope that this year, we all have a long list of reasons to smile ... be at peace with anything God assigns to us.  I could feel it the very first day of this brand new 2014. Events affirming that my God is a living God. He takes care of me. And this week, again, He intervened.  I can't wait to tell you the rest of my good news... but that can wait. 

Here's my very first post for Made With Love this year. A layout and a card using papers from Webster's Pages - Recorded and a flower die from Sizzix. 

This photo of me, Amanda and Mita was taken during MWL's reopening. Is it obvious that I was very sick that time? I guess not much. Thanks to the librarian eyeglasses :)

... to match the layout, I made this 2 minute card using the same collection. I will give this card to the guy who is so very much into his bicycle nowadays. To show that I support his hobby 98% lol :)

Check out more awesome projects created for Made With Love this month by my fellow designers: