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Friday, November 30, 2007

To Mum With Love

This week's orders required the use of bright and striking colours. It's nice to shift from pastels to deep colours, as it gives me the practice to mix, match and complement the entire deco. Creating and decorating cakes for me have never been easy, I struggle every time. The more I struggle the more I learn and the more I learn, the more I accomplish. If this little struggle of mine could brighten other people's day and plant a smile on their faces, then it's worth the tussle, the wrangle and all the struggle in this world!

I would like to thank Siti Aishah for this order. She ordered these special muffette cupcakes to be presented to her mum as her Birthday and anniversary presents. They are leaving for Sungai Siput tonight to surprise her mum with these. Hope the whole family enjoys eating them.

All That Glitters Is Not Gold



I have quite a few customers who requested to have a golden cake or at least golden flowers to adorn their cream coloured cake. Gold is a difficult colour to concoct. It would normally just turn yellowish, brownish or orangish, even if I sprinkled some glitter dust on, it would still fail to look like gold. The only solution is to use the (?) carot gold powder, diluted with alcohol or lemon extract and paint on the said object. The great solution comes with a hefty price of course. A 5gm of powder costs around Rm60. I do understand my customers' predicament of not wanting to indulge in the gold dust but sometimes it leaves me with not many choices in creating the desired masterpiece.

The above cake carries maroon and gold theme. I tried substituting the golden dust with ribbons and paper of gold colour as embelishments around the cake. Hope the cake fits in with the rest of the hantaran and deco.

Thanks Kak Zie for this order.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Cake of The Day

Engagement cupcakes made up of Selamat Bertunang letterings dispersed on 20 cupcakes. This is as bright as you requested them Ina!


Thanks for the order Ina!

Best Wishes
Kak wiz

Monday, November 26, 2007

Put Your Records On

My days are now filled with flowers, sweet blooming flowers of roses, cherry blossoms, daisies and lilies. The sweetness of them all doesn't only stick to the fingers of my hands but also at the working area on my kitchen counter. I have been appeasing colonies of different types of ants now for leaving trails of sugar crystals behind. They have been behaving thus far, and I intend to just leave them alone in their quest of pleasing their queen, as long as they do not come in my way. I do keep my flowers on an island surrounded with water and later when they are totally dried up, in the airtight container they go.

We are almost in December people! The month of long school holidays, Christmas and New Year celebrations. More significantly, it's the month of endless weddings to attend and wedding cakes to construct. So, if you don't see me much around here, ask the ants, they will lead you right to me.

Till I see you again, enjoy the song!

Put Your Records On
Corrine Bailey Ray


Three little birds, sat on my window.
And they told me I don't need to worry.
Summer came like cinnamon
So sweet,
Little girls double-dutch on the concrete.

Maybe sometimes, we've got it wrong, but it's alright
The more things seem to change, the more they stay the same
Oh, don't you hesitate.

Girl, put your records on, tell me your favourite song
You go ahead, let your hair down
Sapphire and faded jeans, I hope you get your dreams,
Just go ahead, let your hair down.

You're gonna find yourself somewhere, somehow.

Blue as the sky, sunburnt and lonely,
Sipping tea in the bar by the roadside,
(just relax, just relax)
Don't you let those other boys fool you,
Got to love that afro hair do.

Maybe sometimes, we feel afraid, but it's alright
The more you stay the same, the more they seem to change.
Don't you think it's strange?

Girl, put your records on, tell me your favourite song
You go ahead, let your hair down
Sapphire and faded jeans, I hope you get your dreams,
Just go ahead, let your hair down.

You're gonna find yourself somewhere, somehow.

'Twas more than I could take, pity for pity's sake
Some nights kept me awake, I thought that I was stronger
When you gonna realise, that you don't even have to try any longer?
Do what you want to.

Girl, put your records on, tell me your favourite song
You go ahead, let your hair down
Sapphire and faded jeans, I hope you get your dreams,
Just go ahead, let your hair down.

Girl, put your records on, tell me your favourite song
You go ahead, let your hair down
Sapphire and faded jeans, I hope you get your dreams,
Just go ahead, let your hair down.

Oh, you're gonna find yourself somewhere, somehow


Saturday, November 24, 2007

A Special Cake For Mum

Specially for Madam Lu Jun Nan on her 70th Birthday!


Mum

For a mum who loves gardening,
Making sure the garden in full bloom,
She is someone to talk to when she's sewing,
whenever we are in clouds of gloom.

unfinished Poem by wiz


Now let's leave the poems to the professionals. Here's one from Joanna Fuchs

Super Mom

Mom, you're a wonderful mother,
So gentle, yet so strong.
The many ways you show you care
Always make me feel I belong.

You're patient when I'm foolish;
You give guidance when I ask;
It seems you can do most anything;
You're the master of every task.

You're a dependable source of comfort;
You're my cushion when I fall.
You help in times of trouble;
You support me whenever I call.

I love you more than I can express;
You have my total respect.
If I had my choice of mothers,
You'd be the one I'd select!

By Joanna Fuchs


Thanks so much Stephanie!!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Five Heavenly Years

It's my son's fifth birthday today, finally! I can actually tell him "yes, it's your birthday today A'dnin". My son has been asking us everyday whether "today" was his birthday ever since we attended a friend's birthday party three months back. And for three months he has been pestering us to have his birthday much earlier. His birthday wishes too changed from day to day. He initially requested for a Superman cake, then it was the Fantastic four cake, a few days after it was the Batman cake. The only thing that has been consistent in his wish was his birthday present. He has been asking for the Star wars light saber for years now. We never got one for him probably because we knew he liked to experiment with his toys by throwing them from the second floor of our house..weee gedebush! "Hey, ma, look it didn't break!" He'd proudly squeal. Well not all his toys survived the fall, most only lasted for a few days. Since the Light Saber was way out of our budget range, we didn't want to take the risk. But now, he has grown to be a more understanding little boy. He is learning to appreciate his belongings and also trying not to throw them around, that's what he promised us. And for that we got him the Light Saber! There was also this one time when we were visiting a relative at this very expensive apartment (Armani something) when my son spotted a light saber lying unattended on the playground. I was seated not far from where he was standing. He picked it up and was admiring it with awe when suddenly a bigger boy just popped out from nowhere and yanked the sword from him with that scowl look followed by a few other boys accusing him of stealing. He was petrified, shocked, dismayed by the boys' sudden outburst. He didn't cry, all he could muster "I was just looking at it!" and walked back towards me. Honestly, I was the one who felt like crying. I couldn't bear seeing him in that situation. I hugged him and promised that I would save some money to get the exact one for his birthday.

Well, today he received his birthday gift with so much joy. He finally decided to have a spider man cake, the similar one I made for a customer days ago. There were no fancy parties, no balloons, no friends, no party hats. It was just a quite celebration with mama, baba, kakak and a small spiderman cake with spider man stickers, lots of hugs and kisses and of course his long overdue new Light Saber.
My Luke Skywalker is fast asleep now, and I bet he is sleeping soundly with the Force near him beaming with pride.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Cake of The Day


For an accountant who adores everything pink. This one's for you!
Best Wishes from everyone at Asian Trails

Thanks Farin for the order!
For further information on the unique packages offered by Asian Trails please contact Farin at 0322749488.

Monday, November 19, 2007

I Spy with My Eye...



Fridays to Sundays are the busiest time for me. All cakes are due on these three days and you can see me accomplishing simple tasks in such haste. I would feed my kids much faster,(yes they are all still being fed, suap till the last grain of rice) walk in a scurried pace, and talk incomprehensibly, only could be understood by myself. It's a time when I see but I don't look, I hear but I don't listen, I wonder but I don't think. This is also the opportune time for my kids to take advantage of doing things they are not supposed to and asking for things they normally will not get. When they see their mama in a zombie like state, they start trying their luck with questions like "...Ma can I play with Baba's torchlight?, Ma can I take the powder? Ma, I am taking this cloth ok? And to all those questions I answered with Yes, Ok, Be careful. I could hardly hear what they were asking in that murmuring mode, and honestly I just wanted them to be away from the kitchen leaving me alone with my work. When later after all the cakes were done, I would end up with a bad sore throat as result of screaming and shouting at the discoveries of talcum powder cum shampoo mess on the toilet floor, my husband's torchlight conked out with pieces here and there and the cloth? it was used to cover the scene of the crime. No, it wasn't funny then, I was furious coz that's the only torchlight we have for emergencies and I almost slipped when I went into the toilet, definitely not funny. But later after the children have all gone up to bed leaving me with the living hall to tidy up, I broke into a laughing frenzy...when I saw my son's spider man all dressed up in my daughter's barbie doll gown, a pink one. Only then, I laughed...still laughing.

On a spydee note, I made this cake for my good customer Anne. Hope the birthday boy Amar likes it. As you can see I am just terrible with drawings. I think I will stick to fondant.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Cake Of The Day



Thanks Rafidah for the order!

Cake Of The Day




These jewel cakes were extra special. They were ordered by a fellow blogger whom I have utmost respect for. Pak Idrus requested these muffette sized cupcakes for his grand daughter's sweet 16th birthday. It was a hectic day for me with orders ranging from the normal chocolate cakes to hantaran and novelty cakes, waiting to be completed and delivered. Alhamdullilah, with the Almighty's help I managed to pull through and proceeded to Pak Idrus's house last night. Upon arrival we were quite enthralled by the quaint layout of his entire place. I love how he put his personal touch to every single corner of the house. There was a small fish pond and lots of green all around. As you step inside, the cozy ambiance welcomes visitors with paraphernalia hung and displayed beautifully. I didn't really get to capture every single detail of the house since our visit was just a brief one, but I could sense Pak Idrus's pride when he talked about his home. Pak Idrus, Thank you so much for the order, it was a pleasure meeting the both of you.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

...put in our thumbs and pulled out a plum

"Wedding bells are soon to ring" and there's still a lot of work to be done. I made a trip back to Ipoh to help around the house and the hantarans. Accompanied my parents to source out for the bunga telurs and helped my sis and brother in law to paint the worn out gate and chairs. The biggest challenge was to help my mum decide on things. She is indecisive to the point of endangering herself from my father's temperament and I do so admire her valor. We went from one shop to another and in the end she still didn't place her order. The price was one of the many issues considered, and with the price of everything rocketting, I don't blame her for not making up her mind. She still hopes to find something in her budget frame. A penny saved is a penny earned.

Anyway, as a reward for every one's hard work, I made them German Plum Streusel. Plums are my father's favourite fruit. Phoned my brother to bring vanilla ice cream over and the streusel experience was complete! even though the rest of the work was not.*laughs* We were all Little Jack Horners that day.

Little Jack Horner

Little jack horner sat in a corner,
eating his christmas pie:
he put in his thumb, and pulled out a plum
and said, “what a good boy am I!”


German Apple-Plum Streusel
Source : Katie
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
6-7 medium unpeeled plums, thinly sliced
5-6 medium unpeeled golden delicious apples, thinly sliced
STREUSEL TOPPING
1/3 cup flour
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup cold butter
1/4 cup pecans, chopped
GLAZE
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1-2 tablespoon milk

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter, shortening and sugar. Beat in eggs and extracts until blended. Beat mixture on high speed for 3 minutes. Combine the flour and baking powder; gradually add to creamed mixture. Spread the batter into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Arrange plum and apple slices over batter.
For streusel, combine the flour and brown sugar. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs; stir in pecans. Sprinkle over fruit. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack. For glaze, whisk confectioners’ sugar and milk until smooth. Drizzle over streusel.

Cake Of The Day




Thanks Naiza for the order!

*whooooshing off to drape another cake*

Catcha later guys!

Friday, November 9, 2007

The Day It Rained Presents


I seldom receive gifts from anyone, not even from my husband as he is a staunch believer of "I give myself to you" every time special occasions come. Thank god he doesn't take fancy to wrapping himself up, coz I would just leave him stay wrapped and let him sweat a bit before he unwrap himself *chuckles*. I do receive sweet gifts from my kids made from dried leaves glued onto some last year's raya cards. I love handmade presents especially if they come from my two bright sparks. The latest gift came from my daughter, a second hand vase that was sold by the teachers who wanted to get rid of their junk at school. I had given her my junk to be brought to school and she came back with other people's. Of course the junk, I mean the present she gave me was the most special one and now resides beautifully on my mantel piece. The other and only person who gives me presents every year on my birthday is my sis. And I do so ever appreciate her gestures. But now I have come to terms and have made peace with myself that I won't be receiving presents on birthdays or anniversaries or on any occasions, hence the zero expectations.

When my best friend Salina from Manchester called to say that she had something for me and the parcel has already arrived at a friend's house in Putrajaya, I was simply elated. Little did I know how big the parcel was. She did mention of some cookbooks and stuff and when I went to this friend's house I was astonished to see a big box waiting to be collected. Brought it home and this is the treasure I discovered inside...

Books aplenty!

from children's books to a football book for my husband


And best of all tucked inside this beautiful box is...


pretty white and blue China, which shine, just lit up my face and the entire room as I untied the satin ribbon.


I was overwhelmed with all the gifts and didn't know which one to look at first. But when I saw the green nursery rhyme book I knew I had to take delight in it before others. My son who was still awake and as excited as I was made me read out lout each and every verse. I guess it explains why I tend to write in rhymes, I simply enjoy the beauty of similar sounding words.


There are also picture frames and educational German English CD in the brown box. Salina, thanks so so much for all the thoughtful gifts you have sent me and I shall take my time to savour each and every gift, read every single word and try to test as many recipes as I possibly have time for. As for now I could only leave you with this poem as a token for your kindness, hope you like it. Thanks again.

Alright people, now I am off to Ipoh!

Thank You, Friend

Thank you, friend, for all the things
That mean so much to me--
For concern and understanding
You give abundantly.

Thanks for listening with your heart;
For cheering me when I'm blue;
For bringing out the best in me;
And just for being you.

Thanks for in-depth conversation
That stimulates my brain;
For silly times we laugh out loud;
For things I can't explain.

For looking past my flaws and faults;
For all the time you spend;
For all the kind things that you do,
Thank you; thank you, friend.

By Joanna Fuchs

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Introducing...

Finally, I have officially put up the prices of my cakes in a new blogphlet as I call it *laughs*.Hopefully it would put to rest all the queries I have been receiving ever since I started this venture. I am still improving the layout of the blogphlet, everything is still under construction but it's a start to help you have a better picture of what my cakes are all about.

I will be away for a week or so, taking that long over due break. A few wedding and novelty cakes await me when I get back. So till then, have a great week ahead and I'll see you when I see you...


Mak, Ayah, Nyah, Ayish, Filza, Fiqah, Kak Fiza, I am bringing that German Plum streusel home!... and that cheesecake!... and that chocolate cake! and that..

Monday, November 5, 2007

Cake of The Day




I love reading feedbacks from friends and regular customers on what they think of my creations, taste wise and presentation wise. Each comment whether good or bad, will have a heavy bearing on the next cake I bake. The wonderful comments generally would become a great boost in my self esteem and push me to do even better. The unfavourable comments on the other hand, would help me improve in all ways possible, be it in design, taste, and most importantly in service. Speaking of service, I do belief in the power of a smile. If you ever caught me in a foul mood while delivering your cakes, by the power of Grayskull(famed by the cartoon Super Hero "He Man")You have the power to turn me away.

So people, please be generous with your thoughts, it's more that I could ever ask and at the same time be patient with my flaws, I'm not that very fast!

Thanks Kakyong for the order.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

This Is Your Song

Feeling a little bit tired now. Need to take a rest. Hope you like the song I've put up for you. This is your song so enjoy!

So take it away Ronan.

"This Is Your Song"
Ronan Keating

Live your life to the full
With a lifetime of smiles
Made us know right from wrong
Always knowing a lie
You made us to be tough
But never too rough
Rise above what you said
Never easily lead.

And one day we'll all sing along
'Cause this is your song
I wrote it for you
It won't take all day
Just a minute or two

You were a friend
Walk with you to the end
And one day we'll all sing along
'Cause this is your song

So I'll try and go on
Loving all that we know
Through the hardest of times
you put on a show

You made us stand tall
When all around us would fall
Even when you were alone
You believed you could fly

And one day we'll all sing along
'Cause this is your song
I wrote it for you
It won't take all day
Just a minute or two

You were a friend
Walk with you to the end
And one day we'll all sing along
'Cause this is your song

And one day we'll all sing along
'Cause this is your song
We wrote it for you
It'll take all our lives
Just to help us get through
You were a friend
Walk with you to the end
And one day we'll all sing along
'Cause this is your song

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Cake of The Day

Happy 1st Birthday Little Areanna!



My ancient brain sometimes deceives me into believing that working with fondant is a simple undertaking regardless of the many difficult lessons I had learnt working with the previous cakes. When I accept orders, my brain automatically processes the ideas, the how tos, the ingredients and the amount of time it takes to finish one design. Everything falls nicely in this crammed head without any glitches foreseen. However, *I learnt this the hard way* ideas don't actually match with the actual work involved. It's always harder than it looks, consumes more time than I could ever have predicted and the glitches? too many to mention! But the end result is definitely a sight for sore eyes, to me at least.

Thank you so much Dr. Rohaizan for the order.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Cake of The Day


I missed dressing up one cupcake! Only realized it after the shoot.

These jewel cakes had quite a distance to travel. First they were handed over to a good customer of mine Rafidah and then she had to carry them via the LRT before the owner could finally feast on them. Thanks Rafidah for agreeing to transport these jewels. It must have been very troublesome for you. Appreciate your help.

Jatuh! Jatuh!



The striking difference between us and the omputehs is evidently in our ways of cheering. As I see it, the mat sallehs lend positive support accompanied with encouraging words which naturally lead to the participants, in any form of competitions or demonstrations like the above video, giving their best shot. The omputehs are very easy with "feel good" words which they magnanimously shower not only to their teammates but to other participants from the other competing teams. Tak kira la if they are sincere or not in their words but they are gracious enough to offer their support in the true spirit of sportsmanship. I have seen on TV and experienced it first hand when the mat sallehs cheered other peoples' kids apart from their own. I hardly see any booing or the uttering of negative words to bring down the other teams' spirit but only clapping and cheering. Now the question is, do we take example of that here? I figured we have a different way of cheering, the reverse psychology kinda way of saying the opposite to what we actually mean. The video says it all.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

The More We Get Together...

Our family get together this year was beautifully held at one of my cousin's house in Kuang Selangor. Everyone in the family I believed, was quite excited upon receiving this invitation, not just to meet and to catch up with the rest of the Esa clan, but we were also enthusiastic to visit and ogle at Kak Lin's and Azlia's newly built bungalows. I love the contemporary style of the houses with minimal furniture but generous with space. Every corner of the house is lavished with light which enters from the large simple dressed windows. The built in cabinets are simple yet eye catching as well as practical. It's one of those houses which would have you asking questions like "why can't we have a house like this?" and " I want to stay here forever!" And trust me, not only the adults who subconsciously had that questions playing in their minds, the kids too expressed the same thoughts out loud when it was time to go home. They didn't want to leave! My son was so adamant in his request of staying and murmured "...I like this house better! But after giving him the "eye" he unwillingly took my hand. The power of a mother's "eye" *laughs*

There are no pictures of the house here but I'd like to leave you with some pictures of the great food we had.




That's Kak Lin seated far left with some family members. ( Wan Yong and Wangah, nanti Anin datang lagi!)