Sunday, December 27, 2009

Decorated Cookies


Thursday, December 24, 2009

Santa & Snowman






Its the time of the year Christmas is another special occasion for me. I decided to bake something but procrastination was holding me back...until there was this order from a friend of mine came in. I told her that I'll give her Santa and Snowman and this is what I came up with. Merry Christmas 2009!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Chocolate fantasies


Sunday, December 13, 2009

Sugar Cookies


Saturday, December 12, 2009

Chocolates with Exotic Fillings






Yes, we used exotic fruits and that's 'King' of fruit - Durian as chocolate fillings. You'll appreciate these chocolates if you love durian. I tried tasting it for the first time and I liked it. We attended the class with Jay and get to play with some chocolate-making gadgets he gave out. Boy, those silicon moulds are fun and its worth to invest in. You can only learn so much during the class and only practise will make further! Now let me enjoy my chocolates...

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies



Tuesday, December 8, 2009

My Best Peanut Butter Cookies Ever!



Saturday, December 5, 2009

Merry Christmas to me!





Its a beautiful Sat and I went to Mid Valley with my sister, just to indulge in the festive season of this month. We happened to find out that there's a cupcake decoration contest with a purchase at Metrojaya. Yes, a purchase took place and I got my name on the contestant list. Each person had to decorate 5 cupcakes in an hour and I thought 'Errrr...ok'. When I saw the prizes, I told myself that I just have to do and give my best. First prize includes a 8-lessons International Certification of Patisserie At Taylor's. It also comes with a 2D/1N stay at Corus Paradise Resort at P.D plus a $100 voucher for you to shop at Metrojaya. I did win the first prize and went home happily....man, that felt great! I love my Christmas gift. At last but not least, credits go to my sister who helped to take the pic throughout the contest. She obviously liked her gift given on same day *GRIN*

Friday, November 20, 2009

Safari Themed Cake








Ever wonder what its like at the Safari Adventure? I can only imagine while making the figurines for this special cake. Here is a birthday cake dedicated to 1-year-old Ashvani and I was told that she loves animals. Hence, her loving mom wanted get a Safari themed cake for her on this special day. Its also my first time sculpting the figure one cake and I made it. Happy Birthday to Ashvani.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Petit Four



Petit Four is a small cake generally eaten at the end of a meal or served as part of dessert. My family usually prefer smaller size of desserts and this is a great choice I'd consider. Here's the easy version of Petit Four I made with butter cake with blueberry fillings, covered with fondant and top with royal icing flower. Bon appetit!

Steamed Chocolate Cake


I finally get to try the steamed chocolate cake recipe for the first time and its moist and goes extremely well with the chocolate ganache. The recipe taken from Cuisine Asia shared by Anita Khaw. You could use some really nice chocolates for a better result. I used the Van Houten cocoa powder(you can find it at most grocery stores) for the cake.

Ingredients: (Makes one 9" round cake)

185g butter
180g fine sugar
200ml evaporated milk
2 eggs, lightly beaten
125g all-purpose flour
70g cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp vanilla essence



Method:

1. Combine sugar, evaporated milk, vanilla essence and butter in a saucepan.
Stir over low heat until sugar is dissolved and butter has melted. Remove from heat.
2. Add the beaten eggs into the slightly cooled mixture and stir till well mixed.
3. Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and baking soda into a large mixing bowl. Add the eggs mixture over the flour and stir till well mixed. (Batter should be runny).
4. Heat up the steamer.
5. Lined and grease a 9-inch baking pan
6. Pour the batter into prepared pan and place into the steamer. Cover the top of the pan loosely with a piece of aluminum foil.
7. Steam over medium heat for 45 minutes. Check for doneness by inserting a skewer into the cake. If it comes out clean, it’s done.
8. Cool the cake in pan before turning out for further decoration.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Cupcakes for Tea Break



Care to have some cupcakes? Some lemon flavored cupcakes I prepared for this Sat. Right after the cupcakes were done, suddenly I thought of making another desserts. I know I know. My cupcakes are still waiting to be finished but I can't help myself. Stay tuned for more updates!

Cherry Blossom Cakes








It just reminds me of the sakura trees I saw when I was in Nagoya visiting. There's no word to describe the scenery and you just have to experience it yourself someday. Imagine walking into a park in Spring and you are surrounded by hundreds of cherry blossom trees. 'WOW' is the respond I had. I guess I am missing it and decided to make a mini version of cherry blossom:)

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Chocolates Indulgence











More chocolates? You bet. I recalled all the chocolate stores I passed by when I was in Brussels. There wasn't a street without the trace of chocolate so its a great place for chocoholics. It was an unfortunate that the chocolate muzium at Grand Place was closed or else that will be fun to visit. The local people speak French mostly and they are such a nice & friendly group. I ended up bringing back at least 20 boxes of chocolates truffles/pralines as souvenirs(sorry for those I missed). My favorite is always the dark chocolate for some reason. Perhaps its due to the bitterness that lingers in my mouth does the trick.

White/Dark Chocolate Plastique




Hola, I tried making my own chocolate plastique today and just to show you how white chocolate plastqiue rose looks like. Its perfectly yummy compare to fondant, that's for sure. You just need the round mould to cut out the chocolate plastique and place them on a rose bud one by one. Its really not that hard to achieve, all you need just a little patience and practise.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Chocolate Plastique Roses






As we all know that chocolate and cocoa powder are derived from beans that contain hefty quantities of natural antioxidants. And these antioxidant are thought to be effective in helping to prevent cancer, heart disease and stroke.

The day has come...a special day for more roses(other than gum paste) but this time, it will be done with dark chocolate plastique. It can be a simple flower but its not that easy to make. You'll see my first two roses(similar to hybrid tea rose) on the chocolate cake iced with chocolate ganache covered with chocolate fondant. This is definitely a cake designed for chocoholics. If health is your excuse of eating chocolate, be 'moderate' as your nibble.

The recipe of Chocolate Plastique:

Ingredients

200g Chocolate
120g liquid glucose

Method:

1. Melt chocolate in microwave or double boiler.
2. Pour liquid glucose into melted chocolate and stir to mix.
3. Place between 2 sheets of baking paper and flatten. Leave to set overnight. Mixture will set to a hard block.