My dad got me a waffle maker from TaoBao when he was in China!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yes of course I *kinda forced* him to do so, but the main point is I CAN MAKE WAFFLEZ NAO. I did a few experiments on my waffle iron before deciding to jump into making red velvet ones. I followed closely to a recipe I found online, but tweaked it a little of course.

1) For the waffles, I was recommended to use Red Velvet Cake Mix. I got mine from Betty Crocker. I use a lot of Betty Crocker products for my DIY experiments; they're well-known for their baking products!

Some readers asked previously where to get them? Betty Crocker items are usually available at all major supermarkets (I go to NTUC). However, I found cheaper alternatives from ABC mart and Valu$ shops.

2) Get the items listed at the back of the pre-mix box. They are water, vegetable oil and eggs.

3) Prepare the cake mix in a bowl, follow accordingly to the box's instructions and mix well!

4) I use a fork and spoon to mix as usual, due to the lack of proper cooking equipments. From fine brown powder, you should see a gorgeous bowl of red liquid!

When you're done, preheat your waffle iron. I'm supposed to spray it with non-stick cooking spray, but I went against the rules. Instead, I sweep vegetable oil (in my case, olive oil) on it. Pour some of the batter on the hot iron, but be careful not to overfill it! Cook according to manufacturer's instructions.

5) If all is well, something similar to this is what you should see!

6) You can prepare your cream cheese whilst waiting for the waffles to be done.

CREAM CHEESE INGREDIENTS (For 4-5 Waffles)

- 4 Ounces of Cream Cheese, softened
- 3/4 Cup of Powdered Sugar
- 1/2 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
- Pinch of Salt
- 1 Tablespoon Sugar
- 3/4 Cup of Warm Milk

Mix the ingredients well, adding the milk last.

Drizzle the cream cheese mixture over the waffles. You can choose to top your waffles with berries. The final product should look similar to this!

Taste wise, I say it's decent but definitely not comparable to those you find at cafes. My brother commented that it tasted more like pancake than waffles, because waffles are supposed to be crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. I suspect that the "holes" on my waffle maker are too "short" and the sides are made too "thick". It happens to all the waffles I've made - thick and cakey.

While I haven't found the exact reason, but I'm going to continue trying! I shall try making from the scratch the next time. *muscle sign*

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