Monday, August 31, 2009

Cupcakes, anyone?

Friday, August 28, 2009

New Task, New Challenge



Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Simplicity


Warm weather today and room temperature was muggy for the icing to work. I wanted to decorate my cupcakes with flowers initially but had to change my plan. Yes, I could use fondant as plan B but time didn't permit that. I promise I will do that next.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Orange Butter Cake






Incase you are curious about the cake, this is an orange butter cake I tried(with swirl flowers on). I wish there was a cup of coffee/tea when I had it. It took me a while to ice the entire cake. Simply because I prefer less icing on my cake. It will be much easier to add more icing and trim/decorate it, honestly. Lesson learned: Sometimes you just have to stick with certain baking rules! You can see some uneven parts on the side of my cake. Such a far cry from perfect. One of our classmates, Janice was so kind that she ordered a famous butter cake from Nancy Chong and shared with entire class. The cake was yummy, not too sweet and just the way I like it:)

Friday, August 21, 2009

My Private Class







You can't imgaine the thrilled look on me the moment I found out there's an upcoming Wilton class close to where I stay. Without hesitation, I contacted them and next thing I know is 'I'm in , baby!'. Since I missed the first half of the course, the instructor was so kind enough to allocate her personal time to show me what I missed privately, 'Nurainie, I can't thank you enough'. She is such a wonderful lady who is fun and easy going, guilding me through the entire part step by step. I had a wonderful time decorating my first 8" cake according to her instructions. She offered me a piece of her butter cake with orange flavored filling and it was so good! At the end of the day, I spent more money buying more ingredients at the retail store again:)

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Chocolate Cupcakes





I could do better than this next time!




We baked some chocolate moist cake(I finally found the secret!) today and it was so yummy! Everyone was given 10 cupcakes for decoration and this time I get to play with fondant & jelly, nice! Again, I graduated and went home happily with 10 cupcakes plus one certificate. And yes, I made the pink rose by myself, not bad eh? If I remember, My dad said "beautiful" *smug*

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Vanilla Cupcakes







ts fun decorating the cupcakes using different piping tips. One of the key things I learned: Do not skimp when you bake! At the end of the day,you want to be proud of the end result and you can always charge back to your customers if you are selling it.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Chocolate Cupcake Recipe (16 Cupcakes)







Chocolate Cupcakes (16 Cupcakes)
1/2 cup (50 grams) Dutch-processed cocoa powder
1 cup (240 ml) boiling hot water
1 1/3 cups (175 grams) all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup (200 grams) granulated white sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Chocolate Cupcakes:
•Preheat oven to 375˚F (190˚C). Lightly butter 16 muffin cups with paper liners.
•In a small bowl stir until smooth the boiling hot water and the cocoa powder. Let cool to room temperature.
•In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
•Then in the bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until smooth. Beat in the vanilla extract. Add the flour mixture and beat only until incorporated. Then add the cooled cocoa mixture and stir until smooth.
•Bake for about 16-20 minutes

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Homemade Pineapple Tarts




I tried out different recipes for pineapple tart and the one that contains cream cheese is my favorite! However, the lines on crust looked sort of melted when it got out from the oven. Perhaps the cream cheese should be reduced next round. For some reason most people like the type that has the pineapple paste wrapped with the dough. And normally this type has a slightly different recipe that the one that has pineapple paste right on top of the crust. You do need the right tools and some patience to make that. Tips: Make everything from scratch including the pineapple paste because its tastes so much better.

My Cupcakes






Doodling can be fun!
I made some cupcakes at home last weekend (8/1) and we had lots of fun decorating them by using icing sugar & fondant. There wasn't any particular theme for the cupcake but Vickee and I were having the same thought, I guess - Ladybird & Bumble Bee. Johann made some dinasaurs(my dad thought one of it looked like lizard, oops!), Vickee made a bee and I tried a ladybird). Patience is virtue! Well, just be creative and have some fun as you go along.