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.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Birthday Cake





An order came in and I was told to make a birthday cake for a school teacher. Group of students from Ave Maria wanted to surprise their teacher on her birthday. This cake has butter cake on bottom and delicious chocolate cake on top, iced with vanilla buttercream. Happy Birthday Ms Tan!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Happy Diwali





Happy Diwali to those who are celebrating:)

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Royal Icing Recipe

Royal Icing

Ingredients:
2 pounds confectioners' sugar
10-12 Tbs, plus more if needed
6 tablespoons meringue powder
Gel-paste food coloring (optional)

Directions:
Beat sugar, water, and meringue powder with a mixer on low speed until smooth. (If icing is too thick, slowly add more water, beating to desired consistency. If icing is too thin, continue beating for 2 to 3 minutes more.) Add food coloring if desired, a drop at a time, until desired color is reached; if making more than 1 color, divide icing and work in batches. Cover the batches with clean towel before you are using them.

Good Luck!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Wedding Cake








I just made a 3 tier wedding cake today. Kneading a 5.5 lbs fondant for the first time was challenging esp when I planned to use dark brown fondant to go with my rises. After mixing the colors and kneaded for a while...it turned out grey! Plan B! Added some voilet and make it purple, why not! The color matches with my pink gum paste roses to emulate the romance. It was such a good arm workout kneading the fondant. Very therapeutic as well! Its a simple wedding cake this time and I am glad I did it all by myself.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Organic Bread Demo


Chef Steven who's an experienced chef representing Pastry Pro demonstrated the organic breads(without oil and sugar), cakes & cookies this afternoon. His recipes are really easy to follow and all the cake mix and bread mix can be found at Wah Seng store in Ipoh. He prefer to use corn oil instead of butter for his baking and everything tasted so wonderful! At the end of the demo, it was an insightful moment when he shared his knowledge of chocolate with us. We get to bring home lots of goodies at the end of the day.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Birthday Cake

 


It was such an honor to make this birthday cake and I started doing some research on my own since its a special cake. It has to be a special cake for the person since she is a special person whom I have worked with and still keeping in touch with. Finally I have decided on fondant instead of butter cream due to the delivery distant. I delivered the cake myself and it was such nice feeling to meet with some old friends that day.


Saturday, October 3, 2009

Baby Shower Cake




One of my girl friends suggested me to try baby shower cakes. Lots of ideas running through my head and you can really be as creative as you go along. Kids prefer butter cream cake and their parents prefer it with fondant in some cases. I'll try to pose more pic for you to decide one you prefer.