Sunday, January 27, 2008

A cupcake week

Happy Birthday Shon. I made your favourite, carrotcake with fresh strawberries on top. A slight twist to the recipe, I added chopped glaced ginger. I actually like it!

Been making a lot of these lately. I'm not complaining; it takes very little of my time. Vanilla butter cupcakes with buttercream and topped with strawberries. How simpler and yummier can that get?

And an assortment of designs to vanilla butter cupcakes to keep the young ones happy.

Monday, January 21, 2008

With ...

... and without.

I think they both look equally pretty. I actually was looking to get our local strawberries as the size is just appropriate. As luck would have it, they were out. Selfishly, I must admit, I didn't want the fruit to outshine my buttercream decoration. These are Egyptian berries and like NZ ones, huge! But what amazed me about these imported ones, not one single berry was bruised, unlike our local ones where half the pack would not be usable. Go figure!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

This is NOT good....

Both my microwave oven and hand held cake mixer has gone dead on me. Had to do this batch almost entirely the old fashioned way. Mmmmm... I think I'm building muscles already!

Saturday, January 12, 2008

It's ridiculous!

The way prices of foodstuff keep rising, it's not even funny anymore! Every time I go buy my supplies, I leave with a higher bill than before. Just when I had re-worked my new pricelist to something that's barely noticeable to the customer and not too much of a burden on me, I'd have to re-look again. I cannot promise everyone will be happy this time. It's a bummer, I know. I should go search for recipes that doesn't need butter, flour, eggs, milk..... sigh.....!

Friday, January 04, 2008

Happy 50th and Bon Voyage!

A dear, dear friend celebrates being 50 tonight. We were all there to help eat Sugee cake. But plenty left to take home to savour another day.

However, in less than a month she will leave for Vancouver. We will miss you so. Good luck, God speed and find a HOT one!

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy 2008

It's been terribly hot and humid lately. Makes it very uncomfortable working with a hot oven. Not to mention my poor buttercream... the poor thing can hardly stand up to this heat! I've resorted to do all the frosting work at nights, not that it's very much cooler. Work quickly and in the fridge it goes. Look at the buttercream roses below, it's literally wilting in this heat!

Working nights is very calming. No phones, tvs or Moms to distract you. Just an occasional cicak calling in the distance.

Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting for my neighbour, she just had a new baby. Congrats!