Monday, December 31, 2007

December Roundup - An Old Post To Date

We love December. Yes, we always do. Xmas, birthdays and long holidays, tell us, who doesn't? We were happy to find out that close friends were here to support us - financially. That's what we get when cupcakes and cakes orders flows in. The money were well spent though (and all gone, ahem) ! We've added a new book into our baking bookshelf; Pierre Herme's and Dorie Greenspan's Chocolate Desserts, the book that we were dying to have since bumping into one through online. And we thought we would never ever lay our sweaty hands (and paws) on it since we've been asking about it from major bookstores. Lady luck was with us, we found the one and only piece in Border's after many trips to the other bookstores. Overjoyed. The book was great indeed. =)

1. Cupcake and cake orders. The money flowed in from orders; chocolate cupcakes and a key-shaped durian layer cake from Mandy. The cupcakes were plain Janes. Moist chocolate cupcakes filled with peppermint ganache and topped with simple buttercream flavored vanilla. The other batch were banana cupcakes filled with chunky banana fillings and topped off with the same buttercream as well. See the wordings? It was a painstaking session. Fatass piping skills were pretty - pretty bad.

On the same day itself, Mandy requested for a custom made cake; a key-shaped durian layer cake. Durians. We got to know that the week itself was not the peak season of durians, hence, ended up spending ka-chings from our latest paycheck. There were 4 vanilla sponge layers encased with 3 layers of durian cream. The durian cream were as smooth as what we have expected it to be, thanks to us, we've squash the durian pulps profusely for half an hour with our sweaty palms (or paws). Highly exaggerated...

The cake were then covered with unsweetened whipped cream and white chocolate shavings. And the number 2 and 1, made out of dark chocolate were placed on the top of the cake. The feedback of the cake were somehow better than the cupcakes, ahem. They love the durian baby. Yay!

2. Our first ice cream maker! We wanted a bread machine at first but Pa insisted to get the ice cream maker since ice cream make a better spoon-licking dessert where one can easily indulge in; compared to bread which needed loads of the ever rising cost of hi-protein flour. And a big thankyou to our fav man of the year, Pa, for the ice cream maker. =)

3. Baby Glider. On the same week itself, Pa
got Kidd a baby glider. To be precise, a sugar glider. He even has his own retro pouch as his bed. A tiny velvet cloth, as his blanket to keep him warm and fuzzy. He was real cute and macho at times. And he loves marking his own territories, like how poochies mark them. Sweetest rodent we've ever seen. Unsurprisingly, he do glide! And the maintenance were pretty costly since he hates starchy fruits like bananas, apples etc; speaking of pureed fruit as heavy meals and honey as desserts. (*Grin*)

4. Cryshelle's 20th. A big thankyou to Crystal for what she had done. The night itself were great, including the girls who made the night even better; our besties Cryssie herself, Molly, Claudia and Cath! Cryssie were stunning. (*Nose Bleeds*) It was a fun and we were all happpppppyyy. =) Cryssie were celebrating her buttday on the night too!

We got her a white chocolate cake filled with roasted macadamia nuts on the other morning. Three layers of vanilla sponge filled with two layers of velvety white chocolate mousse and roasted macadamias. It was then frosted with whipped cream by Fatass Mich. There were flaws! Fine lines and tracks can be easily identified, though the process of smoothing the lines were done. It was then topped of with molded white chocolate flowers, which was pretty fun to mould if it's compared to mini roses. Happy Buttday Cryssie! We lap you!! =)

5. Churn baby, churn! Pistachio and chocolate mint ice cream came into our mind. We followed everything from the instruction book, only a few additions were made. A hint of light green coloring, generous amount of chopped dark chocolate and pistachio nuts, followed by a scalded milk boiled with a few sprigs of mint leaves. It was then topped off with a dollop of mint ganache and roughly chopped pistachio nuts. The ice cream turned out to be real yummy though it's not as creamy as we wanted. The ice cream maker was nonetheless a good churner. =)

6. Kids Give-Out. Kidd requested some cupcakes for his fellow friends. Since there's a need for us to walloped most of the ingredients from the refrigerator, we agreed to get these kids some cuppies for free. Like they say, sharing is caring, ahem. The cupcakes were chocolate mint cupcakes. The one with white chocolate curls were filled with chocolate ganache and topped with easily spreadable chocolate ganache. The other batch were frosted with swirls made out of chocolate whipped cream and lastly topped off with a peppermint stick. And we were real glad to know that the kids love these babies. =)