Thursday, January 28, 2010

Seasonal Cookies and Tarts

Just started last week on the baking of this seasonal all time favourite of Peanut Cookies and Pineapple Jam Tarts, it's rather common in the market but some might still prefer home made. Nothing much to elaborate but this is always something personal for everyone because everyone have different tastebuds, but just something to share here for this special occasion for this coming Lunar New Year of 2010.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Japanese Cottoncheese Souffle Cake

This is my first time to place a Chinese wording onto a cake, because it's for my mum, I'll try anything, the funny part is my standard one Chinese school daughter came in and ask me if my hands are shaking, I have to admit yes my hand does shake a little, but I know the meaning behind the words does mean a lot that is why my brother ask me to try my I suppose this is the outcome of it. In fact, I wasn't satisfy with the final effect even on the colour itself, I suppose the tinge of the liquid gold colour woks well only on piping jelly but for consumption my daughter tasted and say not nice so I have to choose butter cream instead to write those special words.

This was really another great challenge that my brother requested for a custom made cake where I guess no one will want to take. This cake maybe normal to others but all specially custom made to my mum's taste, on her age, likings, favourite and full of meaning.

Why I say it's full of everything, it's because of the age we go for as light as possible but the fragrant of cheese which youngsters and children might like as well. I chose the best and into detail of things to make the one and only cake which I think I won't be making anymore unless there are special request for their special one like mum to us. It's a very light cheesecake, sandwiched with toasted half macadamia nuts, topped with fresh cream, surround by semi-sweet Hershey's chocolate and cover with toasted almond nibs.

The colour combination is I survey it before hand. White is clean and pure which most of old people would prefer, the yellow is my mums favourite which symbolises royal and exclusive, the eleven roses symbolizes you are the most important person in our life and your are the one that we love most. it was a surprise cake for her, I was kind of disappointed when some of the roses petals fall off due to the weather.

Last but not least...nuts is something my mum loves, that is why my brother wants me to include that. I did learn a lot during the process, from the calligraphy to the inner part of the cake, partly was disappointed with this special recipe given by my friend from Japan, maybe due to the weather or certain condensation which makes the cake a little dry, should use my original cotton cheese instead or upon using my all time favourite of macadamia cheesecake should taste better.

Please do leave some comment if anyone who is pro in this happen to browse through, for further improvement. Thank you... Glad she enjoyed it with her grandchildren.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Mini Wedding Cake

It was upon a request of my beloved auntie who wants to present it to the lovely couple that we gonna attend their wedding KL. Haven't know the bride to be but know the groom personally, just out of idea when the favour is out of no time at all, so I just call up the grooms sister to ask for any idea on what cake they like most after all if it doesn't turn out well at least the cake won't be thrown away but scrape off the rest and gulp it down instead...hehe

So they agree on Chocolate moist and I said it was a really good choice because it's eggless and it last for days even it's all done within 24hrs without reference at all out of a blank mind all I know is the theme colour is purple so I wasn't so please with the outcome because of the cracks that appear to the buds of the flowers so I just hope the bride and groom loves it.
Feedback wasn't so bad they love it and it tasted good as well, glad it's over and pleases everyone...thank you for the honour to present them with a smallest gift from my heart. With all the very best in the future undertakings, Love you all.

Christmas 2009

This two cakes was made specially for my close family and relatives back at my in-laws place.
It was a plain Sugee cake, sugar lessen to accommodate to the white milk chocolate for the dressing and the peppermint flower paste for the wreath. This Christmas Yule Log is White Chocolate, Brandy roll topped with Dark Chocolate Ganache...of course the presents and other deco is handmade with homemade peppermint paste.
Was quite a rush celebration and occasion which we make in a very small scale that is why I opt off the smaller cakes for the children...mostly meant for the adults this time around.
Will appreciate if whoever tasted this cakes leave some comment to improve further...thanks and Have a great 2010 New Year ahead. Sorry for the late post.