Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Pen & Yong Chun Birthday Cake

Recently I was invited to a small reunion of some of best friends in high school. The plan was to meet in the reunion, but who knows that reunion happened to be the exact birthday of our friend too. So, that reunion turned out to be a small birthday lunch. A couple friends asked me to do a cake for his birthday as our gift and there were two things that she specifically mentioned over and over again to be on the cake : Pen and Wooden Dummy.

Why pen? Because he works at pen-producing company. Ok, no problem. Now, i don't know if you are familiar with a type of martial art originated from China, Yong Chun or more familiar with name Wing Chun. The name was said to be originated from a girl, Yim Wing Chung, who was taught this martial art to defend herself from a force-marriage by a local warlord. (Don't you just love Wikipedia? ^^)

Anyway, long story short, my friend wanted a Wing Chun mu ren zhuang, or usually called Wooden Dummy. If you have watched IP Man movie, you'll understand more but for me, somebody need to say Kung Fu Panda first, then i can say "AAahhhh....ok, i got it" Ha..Ha..I'm sure if you're a fan of Jacky Chan, you'll see this on some of his movie, so here is my creation for her request:

Happy Birthday Dy, hope you like the cake, and for everyone, thanks for believe in me and it's so good to see you all again.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Spiderman Red Velvet Cake

Red Velvet is my passion, thus..the name of this blog. I always think red velvet cakes, no matter what form it takes, cupcakes or just regular cakes, are always fascinating and elegant. For those of you who are not familiar with Red Velvet Cake, it is said to be originated from the Southern though this cake had been the signature dessert of Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in the 1920s. The trade mark of this cake is the red color that varies from dark red, bright red, or red-brown. Oprah did her part in promoting this cake again that she said to be "the best cake in America", I couldn't agree more.When my sister was here for our other sister's wedding, I got a chance to make Red Velvet cupcakes, though the frosting didn't come out quite right, she loved the taste. So when she arrived back home in Oz, she decided she'd bake a cake for my nephew's birthday (with her version of recipe of course). Here are some of the pictures, complete with Spiderman edible image ^^
The cake turned out lovely, didn't it? and according to her, moist with of course, delicious frosting. Here's a picture of the birthday boy & his brother with the cake.
Good Job Sista. Send one home will ya? ^^

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Best Wishes Cupcake

People always say, life goes on, but I'm sure a lot of people had experience this once some time in their life, whether it's one's career, relationship, cultures, etc. It's the moment when you feel like you are walking on a treadmill. No matter how many kilometers you walk, it doesn't feel moving forward. So in that case, what should you do? Maybe it's the time to take a detour, away from the treadmill (cause we all know treadmill doesn't move forward at all) and perhaps then, we can start experiencing life outside of the box.
Enough of my rambling, so let's get down to, what else, cakes..Yum..So, A friend of my sister liked the cupcakes that i did for my sister's wedding. So when she decided to resign from her job, my sister asked me to bake her cupcakes.
Her favorite color is black, so black it is (combined with pink off course, afterall, who would want to eat black covered cupcakes?)

From what i hear, she really loved the cupcakes and would love to order more. Thank youuu and I'll sure be waiting for your order...^^

Monday, June 14, 2010

Tuna Muffin

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day they say. That is why breakfast menus can be varied differently each day from eggs (sunny sides up, hard-boiled, etc) to boiled or fried noodles, some might surprise @the idea full meal for breakfast but the truth is i think most Asian people are used to it.
So i was looking for another breakfast idea, other than bread, oatmeal, noodles which we so often have and stumbles upon a recipe book from Sedap. Getting bored with pretty little cupcakes that often taste sweets, i chose to try a tuna muffin recipe out of that book. I'm sharing the recipe here:

Prep. time : 45 mins
Yields : 10 muffins

225 gr all medium-protein flour
1 tbs baking powder
25 gr unsalted butter, room temperature
1 tbs sugar
1 egg
1/4 tsp salt
150 ml milk
1 tbs onion, finely chopped and quick stir-fry on the pan with 1 tsp of butter
75 gr tuna in water
2 tbs cheddar cheese

Sift flour and baking powder, add butter and sugar. Mix well until they forms crumbles. Set Aside.
Lightly beaten egg, salt and milk
Pour the egg mixture one at a time to the flour mixture, mix well.
Add onion, tuna, and cheddar cheese to the mixture, and mix well.
Line muffins pan with muffin or cupcakes cups, and using a spatula or ice cream scoop, put the batter in the cups. Bake for 20 minutes on 190 degree Celsius or until they are done (mine were less than that).

They looked beautiful indeed, but it was a little bit of blunt to my taste (or perhaps that was because i used a left over cheese?), so for you who loves salty food, you might want to crank-up the salt or fresh cheddar cheese a bit.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Piggy Birthday CupCakes

How does a piggy sound? "Oink! Oink!" At least that's what my nephew, jayden, answered my question when i asked him yesterday. That brings my memory back to childhood with the Muppet show and Kermit the frog and of course Miss piggy with her habits of overdressing on the show, and her rage when she felt insulted LOL :)

Anyway, she wasn't what's on my mind when i decided to do this cupcake. It was my friend's birthday and let's just say, it's kinda a-light-bulb-on-top-of-your-head thing for me. He..he..(he's so gonna be pissed off reading thiss...), but's the thought that counts, right?

Hmm...he mention about a revenge and that i shall await for it..i wonder what...^^

Monday, June 7, 2010

The Wedding bell has rung

I finally just got the chance of posting everything after being suppperr bussy helping out with the wedding. From planning, meeting, rehearsing, and final execution, who knows helping out a wedding could be so draining? All this time, i thought only the groom and bride to-be were the one who would do all the hard work =PThe idea was to give out snack boxes to guests attending the holy matrimony, and ta..daa..the result was a white & pink theme snack box with the groom and bride's name as appear on their wedding invitation.
Still using cupcake as the main attraction, accompanied by cream puffs Indonesian style and Surabaya layers cake (a.k.a Lapis Surabaya) and a glass of water made it a delicious snack after attending 2 hours of holy matrimony. And last but the least, a snack box especially for the bride & groom (too bad the picture was taken @night)

Sunday, June 6, 2010

It's A Girl

What better way of saying CONGRATULATIONS other than a cake? It's delicious and the message will get delivered (to your tummy too..^^). That was the idea behind these cupcakes. White dominated the color just so touches of pink, blue and yellow were combined to make it more attractive. It was a gift for a new born baby girl so the baby figurine was dressed in pink (Dohhh!). Congratulation again for your daughter, Egie.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

2 weeks till the wedding

Google is my best friend after all. I didn't know that the english word for "Sangjit" is "The Betrothal" or "Espousal" until Google worked it hard-working super-brain to find it for me in say..0.18 secs. Isn't it amazing?. For those who unfamiliar with the Chinese tradition, it's basically a formal engagement to be married, or should i say contract signage (He..He..).

There is usually food (lots of them) involved so for this occasion, i decided to present the groom and bride with a little pre-wedding or betrothal or espousal (or whatever you call them) gift : Bride and Groom Cupcakes.

Leo came up with the idea of the groom got down on one knee and hold the flower, and it turned out fine! So thank you babe.

The bride and groom centrepieces are surrounded with cupcakes with pink bows, just for those people who likes their cupcakes sweet but not too sweet ..and almond covered cupcakes just for those nut lovers.

Anyway, everything went smoothly, and people went home with grins on their faces, i'd like to think it's from the cupcakes but oh long as all ends well.