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Monday, November 30, 2009

Birthday cuppies

N ordered these cuppies for her bestie. She sent me some pics to reference and she wanted all 12 cuppies to be of different designs. I gathered from the references that the colour theme to be white, red and pink... flowers and butterflies. The wet weather lately is not helping much. I had some trouble getting the flowers and butterflies to dry, altho I had added a fair amt of gum tex to the fondant.

This is what I came up with.... hope Jasmine will like them...

Happy Birthday Jasmine!


Thursday, November 26, 2009

The finale cake

My last lesson for the wilton course 1 was just a day after the lesson 3. This was because E needed to leave for a work trip the following week and the day we are supposedly gonna have the last class is a public holiday, so instead of finishing the class 1 week later, we decided to push it forward.
This lesson, we have to decorate a finale cake, based on what we learnt in the past few lessons. It's basically making use of the piping tips and techniques. I have chosen the rose as the main theme for the cake... a BLUE one too! I actually wanted to place roses at the sides of the cake , but it was not possible due to the weight of the piped roses. It'll end up falling off the sides! So I decided to pipe sweet peas on the sides instead. I kept the colours used simple too. In fact, I had thot of using the only 1 colour, besides the white at the base of the cake, but in different tones for the vines, leaves and flowers, but looking at the amount of buttercream leftover from the last few lessons, I decided to just add some colour tints to them and use them for the cake instead. But I did whip up 1 recipe of the buttercream to frost the cake.
Here's what I did for the finale cake. I'm glad to say that I'm happy with the design and it looks so sweet. :P


Sunday, November 22, 2009

Piping designs

These were done during the Wilton course 1, lesson 3. We learnt how to pipe and make use of different tips. For decorating on cupcakes, I decided to do a bouquet of flowers, a clown and practise the rose.... here's what I had done.


Sunday, November 15, 2009

Looks familiar?

I'm sure those who had attended the wilton courses will be familiar with this cake design. This is usually the cake design to create by the 2nd class, during course 1 of wilton cake decorating class.

For those who are my regular blog readers, you may be puzzled why I took up this class at this time when I had started my cake decorating journey years ago.... well, I guess after frumbing in the dark for so long, it's time to have some formal education! LOLz... I remembered when I 1st started cake decorating, I did not even refer to any internet sites, eg. youtube or any baking sites, for any help. Most that I had done was by trial and error and I was glad that it still managed to "pass the test" for my family. I realised that there maybe some special techniques, tips or recipes that were revealed only when you signed up for the class, so when E asked me if I was interested for the wilton courses, I said yes immediately... well, almost immediately.

E had done a write-up on the 1st lesson of course 1, while this cake was done during the 2nd lesson of the same course.

I'm glad to have attended this course as I did pick up some tips and techniques for piping. And me being the only leftie in the class, my set of instructions varied slightly from the rest.

Techniques aside, I was quite surprised that alot of stuff are not inlcuded in the course. I was given the straight spatula, instead of the angled one (which will definately be a better choice to be included in the startup kit). They included the small brush for washing tips, which was a very considerate gesture, making washing the tips a much easier. Besides the tools, we had to prepare cakes and buttercream for the class, which I find a chore as I had to find time to get all these ready after work. And the amount of buttercream needed was terrifying to me!

Also I had some issues with the instructor. She was not organised and professional enough. Many a times I wondered if I had signed up with another school, will I be able to learn more? Or is it that my expectations were too high? All these remained to be answered.
At the meantime, I'll try to enjoy the classes. There's only 2 more lessons to go. I'll make sure that I make sure of every minute spend there and learn everything that I should. One thing is for sure tho... practise makes perfect!


Thursday, November 05, 2009

Hazelnut Chocolate Mousse Cake and muffins

I actually marked the wrong date on my calendar when C communicated the order to me last month. Only when C smsed me y'day afternoon asking when she can collect the bakes from me that I realised that I remembered the date wrongly!
Thank goodness I can get the cake ready. It's for C's wedding anniversary and birthday, I definately will not want to disappoint her.
C, I wish you a Happy wedding anniversary and Happy Birthday!

Besides the cake, she also ordered some muffins from me. I decided to use blueberries and peaches for it. Yums!


Sunday, November 01, 2009

Cut-out cookies - wedding and others...

The bride and groom cookies are made specially for Mr and Mrs C! I wish them a Happy Marriage!

Tried out some other cutters that I have. I bought these cutters a long time ago and only now did I take them out to try...After trying out the cookie cutters, I made some mango jelly. Not happy with these even tho' I followed the instructions on the packaging, the jelly turned out way too soft. I also added some nata-de-coco to it.