Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Engagement Cake

A 2-tier cake done for E for her engagement on the 26th.

X'mas Cookies

I know I'm late in this post when it's almost end of the year. Well, it's better late than never.

I've been so busy & there's no internet at my new place yet so I got to post whatever I have on my computer today before the year ends.

Cakes - December 2009

Some of the cakes done in December.

I would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas

It's the best time of the year, once again !!

The time when my ovens have to work extra hard, when I'm only getting 5 hours of sleep a night (a week before Christmas) !

This year, I've got a new oven, new mixer & new kitchen. Thank God for all his wonderful blessings !

I'd like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Hawaiian Doll Cake

I love the colour combination of this cake.

This was a request from R's cousin, doll cake Hawaiian style, with green & yellow colour on the skirt.

I almost forgot to take picture of the cake. It was until R was waiting outside the gate that I quickly snap a picture of it in the box.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thomas The Train Figurine

I got a call from Mrs K a week ago for her grandson's birthday cake.
She wanted a 3D Thomas The Train figurine on the cake. Frankly, we've never done a 3D one but decided to give it a try.

It took us three days to complete. From making sugar paste, to kneading in the colours, to cutting & drying the pieces, to assembling.

I was really thrilled when the train was beginning to take shape & even happier when it was done.

Well done, D !!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Cakes (16/11 - 22/11)

The idea of this cake was originally from Chicky, who ordered it for her mum on Mothers's Day. I did another one last week, with slightly different fruit topping.

Chilled lychee cheesecake

'1' shape chocolate cake frosted with butter cream.

Mango Cheesecake

I've added another new cake to my list, upon request by one of my regulars.

This is a chilled mango cheesecake, sponge cake at the bottom, cream cheese, top with mango cubes & jelly layer.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Fried Hokkien Prawn Noodles

Besides the fish ball noodle, this is another must have noodle dish for me each time I head home.

This Singapore version of fried Hokkien prawn noodle is different from KL's version of Hokkien Mee , which is thick yellow noodle braised in dark soya sauce. We have the dark version as well, I'm not sure where the noodle originates from. But I know how my family members differentiate this two noodle dishes, accordingly to my brother-in-law, this version is Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee whereas the dark version is simply Hokkien Mee.

Since this is not available in KK, I've got to find a way to curb my craving. I've tried the ready-to-cook paste from Prima Taste but the taste just don't seem to be the one I'm looking for !

I tried the version from Local Delights, under the series of Joy Of Cooking books & everyone likes it !

I have the habit of freezing the shells after peeling prawns, so I'll have enough shells to yield extra flavour each time I need to make prawn stock. I always double the quantity called for in a recipe.

Ingredients :
Serves 4

200g Belly pork
250g Medium-sized prawns
300g Squid (skin, eye & ink sac removed)
850ml Water
2 Tbsp Fish sauce
1/2 Tbsp Sugar
4 Eggs (beaten)
400g Fresh yellow noodle (scalded)
200g Rice vermicelli (scalded)
300g Bean sprouts
2 Tsp Chopped garlic
100g Chives (cut into 5cm lengths)

Condiments :
2 Limes (halved)
Chilli sauce to taste (smabal chilli, not Maggi)

Cook belly pork, prawns & squid in boiling water. Cut belly pork into strips. Remove prawn heads & shells. Slice quid into rings.

Combine fish sauce & sugar with the water from boiling the pork, prawns & squid. Mix well to make stock.

Heat wok till hot, add 4 tbsp of oil, pour in beaten eggs. When the eggs are cooked, cut into smaller pieces using spatula.

Add noodles, rice vermicelli & bean sprouts. Pour in 1/3 of the stock then cover & cook over moderate heat till noodles are almost dry.

Add another 1/3 of the stock & cover. Continue to cook till noodles are almost dry.

Push noodles to one side of wok. Add 2 Tbsp of oil & chopped garlic. Saute garlic till fragrant, add remaining stock, chives, belly pork, prawns & squid. Stir-fry ingredients till stock has almost dried up.
Serve with condiments.

* I've ommitted the belly pork in this recipe.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Cakes (9/11 - 15/11)

Rainbow doll cake for Natalie's pre-birthday party in school. Her birthday falls on Christmas but school term ended last Friday so she had to have an early celebration.

This one's for Natalie's grandma. 3 different flavours, images of her 3 grandchildren. I was given the picture of the kids to draw, tried our best.....

A gift from D to her friend. I guess it was for a little girl !

Faces Cupcakes

A had these cupcakes baked for her sister, to say a big 'Thank You' !

The cupcakes are actually of a family of 6, daddy, mummy, 3 boys & a girl.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Maple Bread

I've always like pure maple syrup, for it's pure flavour & aroma. The syrup we get in KK is usually artificially flavoured & too sweet. Even if there's pure maple syrup, it'll be over-priced.

My brother-in-law was holidaying in Canada two months ago, so finally I got hold of my supply of maple syrup.

I've got this recipe of maple bread from a Taiwanese website quite some time ago. I've tried it before with my limited supply of maple syrup in the past. Now that I've got more, I baked it again last week.

It's sugar free, so flavourful ........

Ingredients :

325g High protein flour
12g Milk powder (I've used Fernleaf)
149g Milk
32g Egg
71g Maple syrup
39g Unsalted butter
3g Instant yeast
5g Salt

In a mixer bowl fitted with a dough hook & on low speed, blend all ingredients, except butter, till well combined. Add butter, turn speed to medium, continue mixing till the dough is smooth & elastic. Round up dough, let rise in a warm place for an hour or until it doubles in size.

After it has risen, punch the dough down. Roll it into rectangle with a rollling pin, roll up tightly & place it into a greased loaf pan. Let rise again for about 45 mins.

Bake in a preheated oven of 190C for 35-40 mins or until top is brown & cooked.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Tristan's Full Month Party

Last Sunday was baby Tristan's full month party.

Mummy wanted a 2-tier fondant cake, with blue theme. So we kept it a very pastel blue, with a darker blue shade for decoration.

The cupcakes were individually packed for mummy's colleague, with a note attached to it.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Little Pony

Chloe loves My Little Pony. So her mum wanted me to bake a cake with the pony image on it.

This is a 3kg chocolate cake, the pony image was hand-crafted, edible of course.

Halloween Cupcakes

Min sent me a sms for an order of cupcakes a day before Halloween. She only mentioned she wanted pumpkins. I was really excited as this was my first batch of Halloween cupcakes.

We only got to work on them the night before. It was really fun, the girls made their own too, playing with my leftover sugar paste

Julia's Baby Shower

Our dear Korean friend Julia is expecting a baby boy.

We had a baby shower for her last week at a friend's house. It was really nice when it was time for presents opening, all the baby stuff were really cute !

I told her, next time I want to bake her some ' It's A Girl' cupcakes.

Liverpool Cake

3kg chocolate cake, with Liverpool image on it.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Cupcakes For Heidi

These cupcakes were baked for Heidi's 13th birthday.

Chocolate cupcakes with buttercream. She loves flowers, so I made some with sugar paste as decorations for these cupcakes.

2 Tier Ice-cream Cake

Once again, Sophia had an ice-cream cake for her birthday party last Saturday.

Last year, she also had one, a chocolate flavour.

This year, I made her a strawberry ice-cream cake, sandwiched between 2 layers of chocolate sponge, a whopping 7 kg. My freezer couldn't fit, so I made it into 2 tiers. She likes dinosaur a lot, so a cute T-Rex was placed on top of the cake, with some cupcakes placed on the cake board.

Octavia's 1st Birthday

This 2-tier cake was baked for Octavia's 1st birthday last week.

Both tiers were rich chocolate cake, covered with sugar paste.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Treasure Hunt Cake

Justin is such a lucky boy.

Last year, he had a MM clubhouse theme party & cake.

This year, Y decided to do a treasure hunt theme party. Once again, I had the pleasure to bake his cake. This is a ice-cream cake. There's even little treasure hidden in it, wonder who was the lucky kid to get it.

Besides the cake, there's also cupcakes for the party. No. 6 for Justin's age & the 'X' marked the treasure. It was a pity we couldn't be there as on the same day we flew off to attend another party. I heard the kids had lots of fun !

October Random Cakes

What a happy family ! This is baked for S who just had a baby boy. She wanted a cake with an image of daddy, mummy, little girl & baby boy.

A train cake for baby Jedidiah. This is slightly different from my usual train cake as this has an extra boxcar, with logs on it.

When a dog loves a cat. Darryl already has a dog at home & he just got a new puppy. So he wanted both cat & dog to be on his birthday cake ! He had this at his school party.

Another cake for Darryl, with his family members over dinner on the same day.

Fondant Birthday Cupcakes

These cupcakes were baked for J's dad, over a month ago.

October Celebration

Oh Gosh, I can't believe I've been missing my blog for over a month.

Time not just flies, it 'rockets' past me. I wish I could have more time, more extra time, so I could organise my schedule to do things that I really want to do : facial, massage....

I always look forward to October, which many birthdays fall in & I could share the joy with others.
I had a rather 'fun' birthday this year. For the past few years, it was always hubby, myself & the girls. This year, my Korean friends found out about my birthday & took me out for lunch. I really appreciated their thoughtfulness.
On another day, a week after my birthday, we had a gathering at a friend's house. A called me a day before the gathering to order a cake to bring over to the friend's house. I baked & brought the cake over, without realising anything. Half-way through the gathering, the cake was brought out by the host with the singing of birthday song. Everyone was looking around, not knowing who's birthday was it, including me. As they walked closer to me, I realised that it was for me !!! I was really caught by surprise & that made me feel like a little school girl. I was so touched by them, A, F & P. Thank you, my dear friends.

JF made me a card, with mummy sitting on our dining chair (am looking forward to it, very very soon ), with a 5-tier cake. I especially liked the chandelier hanging overhead !

Friday, September 18, 2009

Pirate Flag Cake

P wanted a cake with a pirate flag on it for Ivan's birthday, yesterday. A buttery cake was just what she mentioned, the rest was up to me.

Last year, Ivan had a castle cake, our very first fondant cake. I'm really glad that this year we had the chance to make another one for him.

This time round, we had a great time making this, in a cool & bigger space. The girls were happily kneading & shaping the leftovers 'dough'....

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Austin's Birthday Cupcakes

These cupcakes were baked for Austin's 5th birthday yesterday.
He had these cuppies in school for his classmates during snack time.

Prior to these, he had a birthday party last Saturday & had a cake with his favourite T-Rex image on it.


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