With so much stress going on, I finally managed to pull through my very first birthday cake. Call me ambitious but I didn't expect that it would be so much work, really.
The cake that I was assigned looked pretty easy at first, until I got down into the details. It was a Mickey Mouse cake for little Aiden's first birthday.
I tried looking for the cake pan (I was wishing very hard that it'd make my life so much easier if I find the pan) but luck was definitely not on my side. So what I had to do was to bake a 10" cake for the face & two 6" cake for the ears.
My only favourite part was to cut out the greeting & the features = /. Putting on the fondant icing was very challenging indeed.
So I finally used the Mickey Mouse cookie cutter I got from Hong Kong years ago, to cut out the mini Mickey fondant & 'paste' at the sides.
You have no idea how relieved I was to be able to complete this Devil's Food Cake with nutella buttercream on time for the delivery, after not getting enough sleep for so many days.
Not only was I assigned to make the main cake, there were 100pcs of vanilla cupcakes to be completed as well.
So after the birthday party, I'm sure you know what I did..... Sleep of course!
P.S: Thanks to Nancy for giving me the opportunity to do these for her son Aiden's first birthday party.
While I'm busy planning & taking in requests for cookies this Eid, I'm also preparing for a very big order for next weekend.
From this week on, these are my companions...
Just today, I finally get to draft out the image that I'm supposed to work on for next week's party...
Can you guess what I'm working on? ; )
By the way, I still remember that I'm supposed to launch the new cupcake flavours in July. I've them ready. But now I'm just not too sure is the right time to launch them. Afterall, it's Ramadhan (fasting month) soon. People are focusing more on cookies & cakes for Eid.
Here's an update of what I've been up to for the past week.
Ros had requested for a Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake on 5th Jul '11, to be decorated with chocolates and strawberries. This was for her brother's birthday, who is also a father-to-be very very soon! Guess what? Ros will be giving birth in a couple of months' time as well. Grandma must be very busy then : )
Ann, had requested for Blueberry CheeseCups on 9th Jul '11.
Syarifah had put in her request about a month ago for a heart-shaped Brownie, decorated with chocolates and strawberries. It's for a double birthday celebration for herself and dearest hubby (10th & 11th Jul '11 respectively).
Thanks dearies for these requests.
P.S: Loading these pics, I noticed they were all taken at the same angle. Is it me or because the light is better that way? Hhhmmmmm *ponders*
As I've mentioned in my earlier post, there would be some new cookies for Eid this year. Not as much as I'd wanted to do but I could only afford (the time) to make these four types:
Chewy & Crunchy Chocolate Crinkles
Chocolate Chip Cookies & Gingersnaps
I don't think I'd be taking in many requests, considering that only yours truly will be baking them. So I'd only notified the regulars ; ).
Plus, I could be expecting a call for a job interview any time. Yes, I'll be going back to work. I think I've 'enjoyed' myself being a WAHM (work-at-home-mum) for nearly a year. Not that I don't enjoy it anymore. But inflation is making me go back into the workforce. I'm just not sure how I'm going to put my mind to it.
Anyways, back to the cookies (enjoy the moment while I still can). One of my favourite cookies had gone for a 'facelift'. It's the Chocolate Cranberry Cookies. Managed to modify the recipe & I've to admit, it tasted so much better now.
And of course the 'usual suspects', besides the Chocolate Cranberry, would be offered too.
Fruits & Nuts Biscotti and Cornflakes Crunchies
Just one that I won't offer. You'd have to come over to eat these...... = D
I've been MIA (missing in action) again. Not that I intended to, but there were just so many things to do & complete that I felt a tad guilty sitting down tapping away on my lappy.
Anyway after the Father's Day experiment, I received a request from Manissah for 100pcs of Custard Fruit Tartlets.
I think this was my first attempt at doing these much all by myself. I underestimated the time taken to complete these & started panicking. A huge relief though when I'd completed them just 10-15 minutes before Manissah came to collect. Phew!
After that, I focused all my time on dear daughter's school fund raising event. This year I didn't manage to prepare any Brownie or Cupcakes because we had to leave for the weekend. So I decided to bake some cookies this year.
It was also in conjunction with the introduction of some new cookies for Eid 2011. So if anyone of you went to the fund raising event on 2nd July '11, I'm pretty sure you get to taste the new cookies at a very good price & at the same time contribute to the school. *winks*