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Monday, 18 February 2013

Elmo cake and mini cupcakes ordered by Eqa

Few weeks ago my relative, Eqa, ordered few cakes from me for her adorable son's birthday. I personally love the Elmo cake the most  since it was my first time decorating such cake. Initially I wanted to do the same thing for the mini cupcakes too but it was too small (bite size) that I put edible image of Elmo on them instead.

Elmo cake- red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting

Most of the Elmo cakes that I saw online use fondant for the nose, eyes and mouth. However, I wanted to make my cake fondant-free thus I used cream cheese frosting to decorate the cake (including the eyes, nose and mouth part).

It was really fun decorating the cake! Now I can't wait for someone to order other Sesame Street character cakes (especially Cookie Monster) :D

Mini cuppies- Oreo chocolate cake with Oreo cream cheese frosting with edible image of Elmo

Thanks for the order Eqa, really happy that you give your trust to me :)

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Thursday, 14 February 2013

New pie available at Muniroh's Bakery: Engadiner Nusstorte (Swiss Caramel Walnut Pie)

We received Ladlust magazine every other month from my hubby's godfather for our wedding present. Despite being in Deutsch and I know ein bisschen (a little) of it, the pretty pictures in the magazine never failed to make me flip the pages until the end. Sometimes I asked my hubby to translate the nice recipe in the magazine, even though most of the time the ingredients are not available in Malaysia.

For the winter edition, the magazine featured walnut as the main ingredient for its cooking section. What caught my eyes was the delicious torte (pie) picture - Engadiner Nusstorte (walnut pie). The pie looks so good that I know I must make one someday.

Engadiner Nusstorte is a traditional Swiss pie, but the pie is also famous in other parts of Germany. It is made with rich butter pastry with caramelised walnut. My hubby said that the pie is sweet, so I reduced the amount of sugar to suit our liking.

After the pie was done, I was hoping not to eat it until the next day but my curiosity beats my determination. From a small slice it became large slices as my hubby asking for more helping. We ate half of the pie in just one day, that shows how good the pie was. The best part was when my hubby said that it tastes similar to the traditional one. Knowing where he comes from, it was definitely a compliment ;)

This pie is definitely a must try for nuts lover :) It is as good as pecan pie, but different :D

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Tuesday, 12 February 2013

My first experience making wedding cake using cream cheese

Hey guys, I haven't updated my blog for a while. Was busy writing up my thesis and I'm pretty glad that I've finished writing. Just need to edit and submit my thesis alhamdulillah :D

A while ago a friend of mine asked if I could make wedding cake for her wedding. I've never done it but I was really eager to make one. I am a buttercream person so I don't make fondant cakes. Fondant is pretty, and I am amazed with beautifully crafted fondant cakes, but I don't like the taste of fondant. Besides, it takes a lot of time to make a really pretty and neat fondant cake, which is not suitable for a night-time baker like me.

My friend was okay with the cream cheese frosting, and I told her the design that I could make for her. We discussed over several things; the height, design, price range, color etc. I didn't sketch the design, because I always imagined it in my head (aside from the fact my drawing talent has been declining after I graduated from high school), but my friend was okay with my idea.

I have very small oven thus I have to wait long hours baking the cakes. Because of that, it took me 11 hours to finish making her cake. I was happy with the product though, and she was too after receiving the MMS of her wedding cake.

I am glad that she liked it, and I am happy that I was given an opportunity and trust to make one. Someone said that a wedding is not complete without a cake, and I agree with that even though I don't have one at my wedding :)

Thanks Ermi Lihan for your order, and you were a beautiful bride :)

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