Recent bakes

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Over the weekend, I had the privilege of baking two cakes for a friend whose son turns two. Edible images are called for and buttercream is preferred. I enjoyed making the cakes because they are definitely not as demanding as the fondant ones and I can practise my piping skills!

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Then I had leftover chocolate ganache from recent bakes and decided to use them for chocolate tartlets. I always have pate sucree shells in the freezer and they come to good use this time round. Awesome tartlets I tell you because it’s good chocolate we are using here!

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I can’t help but post Faith’s picture here. The mama finds her real cute here!

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Hello Kitty Cupcakes

I had another order – 20 Hello Kitty cupcakes – over the weekend and I thought I should just post the process of making them.

I made the toppers a few days in advance so that they can be dried and stored before the actual day of assembling.  They are rather easy to make as long as you have the mould which you can purchased from baking stores like Phoon Huat, Sunlik and Bake King. However, it can be time consuming too. 😉

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After the faces have been cut out and dried, I applied yellow fondant as the nose.

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The next step is to do the ribbons. I had made them using the mould but it was way too time-consuming to do that. This time round, I just mould them using freehand. Stick to the ears and dry them.

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Then, ‘paste’ the face to the pink background – circles – which were made beforehand. Dry them.

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Apply black icing as whiskers. I only applied light strokes as I don’t like them too dark. Dry them again.

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Assembling time! The cupcakes are baked and buttercream applied so that the toppers can stick to them.

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My place is rather warm and you can see that sweating happens very soon!

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Since the customer is going to place these cupcakes in the fridge, I cling-wrapped them to minimise sudden change in temperature after they are taken out of the fridge. This is to prevent sweating. Not a very pretty and inviting sight to behold, ya know? ;p

Mocha cake

After a few sessions of the Parenting with Confidence workshop, I have decided (in my heart) that our family should celebrate the little things in life. They could be achievements (big or small), certain important dates in the calendar and well, birthdays. You see, the hubs and I are not huge about such things. Both of us (or rather I) would talk about them without really doing anything special for that particular occasion. Say, for example, the hubs’ birthday. I asked him how he wanted to celebrate it and he shrugged his shoulders. So, I spent that day doing up my hair. No celebration, no cake. It’s just a normal day. And the trip down to the hairdresser was a desperate call to the ‘shedding’ of my hair rather than making myself look presentable to the hubs (*think I’m a present to the hubs! hah!). Blame it on the hormonal change.

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Then there was the recent Mother’s Day. In jest, I asked the husband what he would give me as my present and he would give me all sorts of answers like ‘all I have is yours‘. So, I didn’t really get anything for that important day, perhaps just a prayer by the church leaders for all mothers. Nah, I’m not sore about it but a {belated} present would be nice. *hint*.

So, May has ended and June is marching in in all its excitement. School holidays! Hurray! And then the hubs told me he wouldn’t be applying for leave. Oh well. See, we are really not excited about anything. But like I have mentioned, I have decided that we should make it a point to celebrate little things in life and I did what I have set my heart to do – I baked a cake to celebrate the birthdays of our May babies in our cell group. Since both of them are male, a manly sorta cake, like a Mocha cake, would be fitting? However, that would mean that the kids could not have a bite. Oh well, can’t please everyone all the time.

I encountered problems with this recipe. The cake needs more time, double the time in fact, to bake in the oven. The best test, definitely, is to insert the satay stick or toothpick into the centre of the cake and when it comes out clean, it is done. My decorating skill, as usual, sucks big time and I didn’t do a crumb coat before covering the cake with the frosting. Not enough time. Boo!

Nonetheless, I did produce the cake, and we did sing birthday songs for the brothers. Yes, the hubs is one of them and hey, he has a cake after all! So, where’s my Mother’s Day present? Hur hur?

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Mocha cake (Adapted from Cakes: Delicious recipes for a happy life by Marina Neri)
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