Saturday, May 29, 2010

Ribbons & Bows: Mini cake

It’s always a coincident that my cousin’s birthday falls on the same day as when I was busy baking the two-tier cake for my MIL. Last year was the same, her birthday happened to be the day I was trying out on fondant recipe. Looking back, it has been more than a year now that I have been working on cakes and fondants!

I had to confess that I did not bake a proper cake for her this year. It was with the left over cakes that I cut out from the two-tier cake for my MIL and stacked up into a mini cake enough for one.

Packed and ready for delivery

I do hope she liked this last minute surprise gift! Happy Birthday Zhi Lynn.

Ribbons & Bows: Two-Tier Cake for MIL

I am on a mission again…

This time, I try to challenge myself to the next level! To bake a two-tier cake for my mother-in-law’s upcoming 60th birthday. It will be a surprise birthday celebration for her. Same goes to this cake, a surprise to all!

This will be the first time I am baking such a big cake, so Google up for some tricks and tips to equipped myself with knowledge from preserving moist in a cake to staking tier cake and even decorating ideas.

Now common issue I always encountered….Colors and designs! Well, I wanted the cake to be simple yet elegant. Thus, cute figures are out from my list. Since I had not had the chance to try out ribbons and bows design during the last baking, so I figured this is just the perfect timing to test this out. I have the rough design in mind now, but what would be the perfect color? My MIL is bold yet is a loving wife and a devoted mother so I suppose dark brown and pink with white would perfectly match her character.

Then the final decision is the flavor of the cake. I found a great recipe on Moist Yellow Cake. Sounds like a great recipe and I believe it goes well with whipped cream and blueberry filling.

Finally, here is the outcome of my one and a half day hard work. I hope she will love this cake though I had to admit my skills is not perfect, still long way for me to reach up to those professional level *grin* 

To my MIL…Happy Sweet Birthday. May you be in good health and continue to stay pretty.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Happy Mother's Day

Tomorrow is Mother's Day...and I wanted to bake something special for my mom-in-law. I figured that a simple bow/ribbon from fondant paste would perfectly decorate the cake I had in mind. 

But to my I went into the store I normally go for my cakes ingredients, I was dumbfounded for a moment as the main ingredient to fondant paste was sold out. Knowing that I would be in short of time to look elsewhere, I had to think quick or I need to trash my thoughts of baking a cake for Mother's Day. Then, it suddenly struck me that I had always wanted to bake a carrot cake. I took out my PDA phone for the recipe which I had been saving for quite some time now and quickly grab for the ingredients that I am still lacking of at home.

So, it's Carrot Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting...(again, I failed awfully on the frosting and decorations...hehehe).

A slice of the cake, anyone? *grin*

To all mothers and mothers-to-be out there, HAPPY MOTHER'S those are not mother's enjoy celebrating the day with your mother.

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