23 December 2011

Old Fashioned Me

I'm pretty open when it comes to cake decorating ideas but decorating wedding anniversary cakes can certainly bring out the 'pettiness' in me :-P 

Knowing & understanding details about wedding anniversary colours is a big thing for me and being the type A 'meticulous-over-petty-little-things' freak, I always make sure that I incorporate such details when I'm doing & making my goodies...Oh yea, I'm very 'traditional & old fashioned' when it comes to love & romance  ♥♡♥♡♥♡ *blush*

So when one of my dear customer, Ms. Salwa, called me up and requested a 30th wedding anniversary cake for her parents, I immediately did my homework & much to my chagrin, found out that the colour associated with 30th wedding anniversary is green!...Hhmmm, not a colour that I would associate with romance :-P

I was at first put in a dilemma of either sticking to my 'petty self' & go ahead with making a green themed traditional anniversary cake or just go ahead with another colour theme, something with bright or sweet colours. After much debating with myself, I decided to stick to the traditional colour - green :-) Yeah, as usual, my 'petty self' won ( what else is new, right?!! ha..ha...) :-P

I wanted it to be a fun cake & decided to add in some cute teddy bear figurines...A big feat I would say, after my so-called failed attempt the first time I tried my hands at making sugar paste teddies :-P Check out the photo at my previous entry. Oh yeah! My honey bunny called it 'alien/zombie' looking teddy bear! *super blush*

Here's my twist on Salwa's cake ;-)

A Red Velvet Wedding Anniversary Cake

Papa Bear...What Do You Think Of My Bear? :-P

Mama Bear

To my dear Salwa, I am indeed honoured to be given the chance to create your parent's wedding anniversary cake. Thank you so much for choosing Ritz Passion to celebrate your parent's special day :-) Your trust & support is greatly appreciated! Much love to you dear ✗o✗o...

11 December 2011

Cutie Pie Syaima

I honestly can't stop smiling ( over & over again! ) each time I thought of this cake :-) Yes, so many sweet memories was made by just this one birthday cake...Truth be told, this cake was one of the fun & exciting cake I've made so far...Not only because of the cake, but because of whom I'm making it for :-) 

This cake was requested by none other than my dear, dear friend and my #1 fan, Ms. Suraya :-) Suraya wanted to make a special cake for one of her nieces, Syaima, who's celebrating her 2nd birthday. If I remember well, Suraya actually put in her cake request a month before Syaima's birthday and all she said to me was, "Syaima loves pink colour, the cartoon character Barney, Cinderella, Snow White and Upin & Ipin ( a Malaysian made animated cartoon characters )...The rest, I'll leave it up to you"....I remembered thinking 'uh-ohhhhhhh' :-P Yup! I was so worried about coming up with the best looking cake for cutie pie Syaima *pressured!*

After much to & fro excited phone calls & mobile messages from Suraya ( Oh yes! Syaima's aunt was super excited about the cake as well...he..he...), both of us finally settled for a Rainbow Vanilla Cake with Vanilla Buttercream with edible & fondant decorations :-)

Rainbow Vanilla Cake With Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

My Very 1st Try At Making Fondant Teddy Bear...My Honey Bunny Said
It Looked More Like A Zombie/Alien Looking Bear...
*Sigh!* Guess I Need To Practice More :-P

Isn't That The Cutest Face To See On A Cake? :-P

It was super fun making this cake as not only did I enjoy every moment chatting away on my mobile with Suraya, I was also introduced to Suraya's other family members :-) I especially loved it when I get to share & see Syaima's baby photo. She's one cute baby & still is :-)

Here are some of the fun fact about the cake that I'll forever cherished, thanks to Suraya's feedback & excited smses she has sent to me :-)
  • Guess who never left the cake from the moment the cake was collected & even became a 'guard', guarding the cake ever so tightly that others are denied access to come near the cake?...Cutie pie Syaima! :-P
  • Guess who was sooooooo in love with the cake that the person can't stand being away from the cake?...Yes, cutie pie Syaima again! :-P
  • Bet you can guess who cried at the thought of cutting the cake when others were happily singing 'Happy Birthday' to her...Yes, cutie pie Syaima! I was so touched when I heard this from Suraya...Can't imagine the look on Syaima's face, crying infront of her cake :'(
  • Guess who had to be cajoled by her mum & aunts for nearly 20 minutes to cut the birthday cake?...Yes, cutie pie Syaima! Isn't that the cutest thing you've read? :-P

Heck! I'm still smiling right this minute remembering Suraya & cutie pie Syaima :-) Both of you gave me such happiness sweeties!

To Suraya & her lovely family, my sincere thanks for choosing my goodies to grace Syaima's special day. I am indeed honoured to be a part of it :-) Suraya, many..many...many thanks to you & Maini for the continuous support both of you had showered me with. Big hugssssssssss to you dear!

To the cutest birthday girl, Syaima, you'll forever have a special place in my memory :-) I still can't get over the fact of how cute you are :-) Sending you a big wet kiss! Muahhhhhhhhhh!

Cutie Pie Syaima With Her Cake...Photo Courtesy Of Suraya :-)
Thanks So Much For Sharing Dear!

It's All In The Wrist

Hurmmm...Ever had a bad day? You know, when everything just don't go the way you wanted it? When even the simplest of tasks turns out to be a pain-in-the-*toot* ( minding my language here ) ;-)

Honestly, giving my best when making my goodies is what I live by...It has always been a belief of mine that my goodies is an extension of myself, thus with each order, I'll definitely strive for the best :-) Yet at times, as much as I hate to admit it, I do have my 'off moments' :-P You know when sometimes things just won't go your way, no matter how hard you tried...I hate it when that happens ( really hate it! ) :-( 

One such moment is when I'm icing this cake, which was ordered by dear Ms. Haireen from Puchong...I could say that I usually make a pretty decent job in producing a smooth looking cake but somehow this time, my wrist sort of have a mind of it's own & choose to show a 'tantrum' instead :-( No matter how I tried and after so many attempts to make it right with the icing, I just can't get it done smoothly. You should really see the frustration look on my face! I actually cried! :'(

True, any cake baker/decorator would say that it's quite normal to have an 'off moment'...Hhmmm, a fact that I'm still not okay with :-P Yes, I was totally having a major 'off moment' that day, even snapping decent photos was a huge struggle :-( I had trouble looking for a good photo to post here as most of the photos I snapped didn't turn out well ( it was THAT bad! )...Here are some of the decent photos I managed to salvage :-P

Red Velvet Cake With Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

Truthfully, even after all these time, I'm still a bit sore over the outcome of the icing of this cake...Yup! I can really be hard on myself :-P

To dear Haireen, many thanks for your order...My sincere apology for the 'not-so-perfect-looking' cake *guilty* I do hope that the taste made up for it's look ;-) *blush* I'll definitely do a better job the next time around...And yes, you'll get a further discount for your next order as well ;-) My way of saying "I'm soooooooooooo very sorry"....

I'm praying for a much better moments & good days ahead - for myself & for the rest of you out there...Amin :-)

04 December 2011

Much L♥ve To Those Who Shared...

As a novice baker who know zilch about cake baking & decorating, having others acknowledge my goodies is the best feeling ever...What more when it's being shared around the world by other bloggers & goodies lovers :-) 

To those of you who shared & highlighted my goodies, you have no idea what a huge deal this is for me *mushy moment* Not only does it strengthen my desire to excel in this new found passion of mine, it also encourages me to be a better baker, one who'll find ways to produce & create much better goodies in the future :-) 

'Mickey & Minnie Mouse' Cupcakes As Highlighted In

Lollipop Cupcakes As Highlighted In

A Surprise 'You Tube' Video Made By A High-School Friend...A Nice
Surprise Indeed!

From the bottom of my heart, my utmost thanks to each & every one of you...I am truly humbled by your kindness. Much love & hugs! 

02 December 2011

♥ Grateful ♥

Having the support & love from my customers/clients is something I'm so grateful for...It is indeed a nice feeling when others enjoy my goodies :-)

This order was made especially for one of my loyal customer, Ms. Hasnita, all the way from Puchong. She's such an ardent fan of my Red Velvet & baking for her is something I always look forward to :-)

Red Velvet Cupcakes With Lemon Cream Cheese Frostings

Hasnita dearie, thank you so much for your order. I am indeed grateful for all the support & love you've given me all these while. Hopefully I'll be blessed with more love from you :-) Hugs!

To my other customers/clients, if not for all your support & love, I won't be here doing what I love most - baking all sort of goodies...You are my inspiration & there are just no words that I can express to show/tell you how much those support & love means to me. To each & every one of you, I'm sending you my love & my sincerest 'thank you'...*mushy moment*

Photo Taken From The Wide World Of Web

01 December 2011

Came Full Circle

It was during my teen years when I first got hit by the 'baking bug' :-P Not understanding any of the baking terms like folding, kneading etc, I simply dump all my ingredients in a bowl & did my very first donut balls...Which of course, as you can imagine, turned out a disaster! *blush* Ha! Ha! Till this day, I still remember that day like it was only yesterday *lol*

Let me just share with you what happened...Being a daddy's girl, I wanted to show my baking skill ( so I thought! ) & presented those goodies for my dad's teatime. You know, cheering him up after he got back from a hard day's work...I remember how excited I was when I brought a tray full of those donut balls to my dad. I didn't even try it as I really want to have the first bite with him...In my mind, I was already imagining his proud smile & telling me what a delicious donut it was :-) The moment of truth finally came & with a beaming face, I had my first bite...CRUNCH!!!!

Oh dear! One could just break a tooth eating those donut balls of mine! I was really mortified & Daddy, being a joker himself, threw one donut ball to the wall & when nothing happened to it ( and yes, no dent on the wall! ), looked at me & told me, 'don't worry, at least it will make a good golf ball'....Huwaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!

Those memory stayed with me till now & honestly, after that incident, baking is the last thing on my mind during my teen years!  Years had passed & so many things had changed...I'm no longer a teenager & I now ( thankfully! ) understand all the baking terms :-P Yes, baking is now a passion of mine...but truth be told, I still get pretty nervous when baking  for my daddy. Phobia, I guess :-P Ha...Ha...

Imagine my nerves then when dear Daddy requested that I make a big birthday cake that he wish to present to his golf buddies...I can't help but flashing back to those donut balls incident! Erkkkkk! Really?!! My dad requesting a cake from me? :-P Can't help having all these mixed feeling inside me - happy, nervous, proud, scared...yada...yada...

Still being a daddy's girl, I wanted to make the best cake ever & yes, I still crave for one of those proud look from my dad :-P It actually took me quite some time to mentally prepare myself & come up with this golf themed cake...

Golf Themed Birthday Cake

American Carrot Cake ( Bottom ) & Red Velvet Cake ( Top )
With Lemon Cream Cheese Frostings

Seeing my daddy's face when I presented him his cake, I can't help but feel that I've finally made up for those disastrous donut balls I did years ago :-P Yes, his beaming smile & proud face tells it all & it was indeed very priceless to me...A look that I'll remember for as long as I live :-)

 Note to my dearest Daddy - Thanks Daddy for trusting me to create your special cake...Thanks for the encouragement...the support...and most of all, the love you've showered me with. Muahhhhhhhhh! I love you so much Daddy! 

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