So I made a Red Velvet cake with a Nutella-Cream Cheese frosting for my sister's birthday. It was so good, I had almost finished half of it, before remembering to take a photograph.
Friday, November 25, 2011
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Inspired by Kristy Lynn's micro cupcakes, I made these:
Placed beside a 20cents coin for scale
The one from Lilliput beside the normal sized one
While these are cute for a themed party, say an Alice In Wonderland or Gulliver's Travels theme, these took triple the time and if you are hard-pressed for time, these whimsicals, while adorable, can be a tiny bit (no pun intended here) irritating to do. So here it is, putting the word "bite" into "bite-sized".
Monday, July 18, 2011
Carved Car Cake
Final Cake on #4 cake with toppers provided by the client.
Three sleepless nights, amidst the frenzied happenings of work during the weekends, and this came into fruition. The final cake comprised of the carved car from cake (above) placed on top a number 4 made of strawberry shortcake with strawberry compote and puree I made and Madagascan Vanilla frosting, for the lovely child's age, with added Disney Cars toppers provided by the client. I can't say that this is an exact replica, more like a simulation of Lighting Mcqueen. Hehe.
I think I should have just left the car separate from the number 4. Putting it together made it too complicated and busy
I wanted to carve this out of baked honey rice crispies treats, but the honey sank to the bottom of the cake tin, (making it extremely difficult to dislodge) and while the resultant caramel was lovely, it made the rice crispies soggy and too saccharine, so I eventually carved this out of cake with fingers tightly crossed. As you know I've always been afraid of Disney Cars as the last time I did this, the fondant, made wet and heavy from all the red colouring and the humidity, melted into a gloop just an hour before the delivery. Thankfully, this one survived intact with a few superficial cracks.
The weather was lovely and the humidity low which made it the perfect day to work with fondant in the morning. However, the humidity rose steeply around 2:30pm and this resulted is some crackage, although I had enforced the fondant with gum trac! Grr!
Friday, July 1, 2011
Saturday, June 4, 2011
In line with the chosen theme colours of red and white for the wedding, this series of red and white Madagascan Vanilla cupcake blooms was made. Congratulations L. and A. on your blessed day!
The Red Blooms
The White Blooms
A Close-up of the Piped Red Roses
The Cupcake Tower - for some strange reason the wonky camera created this lomo-saturated effect, which is quite nice, so I'm keeping it.
Last but not least, the view of the cupcake tower from the top.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
To circumvent Singapore's humidity, this sugarpaste Ben from Ben10 Alien Force was made with a pinch of gum tragancath, a natural very rather expensive gum and it held! (Thank You Adrienna for bringing the gum trac all the way from Oz!!!) Here you can see Ben drying with a dehumidifier blasting at it as an added measure.
*Tada*! The final cake - Ben about to hit the omnitrix, on the Omnitix. Valrhona Chocolate Cake and made-from-scratch fondant. The fondant alone took hours to make as the lumps had to be removed by hand. It took days for this cake to finally to come to frution and I am tired out, but well satisfied. Thank you advanced orders (three months no less!), dehumidifiers and Gum Trac!!!
Friday, May 20, 2011
After a baking hiatus, this was the cake that got delivered today. Working on the given theme of "pink" and after hearing that the client wanted to put a macaron tower on a cake base, this Valrhona chocolate cake was shaped in the guise of a giant pink macaron with macarons made out of sugarpaste (these were a blast to do!) put on the top.
Monday, April 4, 2011
These Madagascan Vanilla Buttercream cupcakes were made as part of a tie-up with online lifestyle portal 8flo.com to celebrate Valentine's Day.
[Many thanks to Chris from 8flo.com for the photographs and the publishing work!]
Dr. K.K. Seet autographing the books and the cake beside
On the 11th of December 2010, Dr. K. K. Seet, theatre doyen, NUS senior lecturer and often dubbed as “Singapore’s most glamorous academic” launched his fairytale for all ages - A Single Tear and Baker Brian is proud to have been part of the festivities with a handpainted (using edible food gels) Jaffa Orange cake.
Congratulations Dr. Seet on another page!
When Bio-Essence launched its Radient Youth Essence skincare line in July 2010, Baker Brian was the official baker with a Madagascan Vanilla cupcake tie-up package that included the dyeing of red eggs to commemorate a "baby shower" press conference celebrating the arrival of the product.
Made these Nutella Macarons after an accident dislocated my shoulder and I did not yet have strength to chop chocolate couverture.
Below 42 Vodka Jello Shots with a Cheesecake base
The Cosmopolitan Cupcake with a Cosmopolitan Buttercream and Limes Marinated in Fleur de Sel
Korean Strawberries Dipped in Valrhona Chocolate
"Eat Me" cakes inspired by Alice in Wonderland
I was digging through my files and I found these - a documentation of a series of cupcakes, piped and fondant covered I made:
The experiment with the almond dragees from Harrods
Piped Madagascan Vanilla Buttercream
Simple Fondant Poppies
one of the first piped experiments - this one had candied strawberries in the buttercream
A sweet friend who was at that time still studying in Warwick, wanted to surprise her parents for their wedding anniversary, so she ordered this cake. Double Valrhona Chocolate Cake in a Luscious Valrhona Ganache. The Heart is made-from-scratch fondant and the flowers, commercially bought marshmallow flowers.
These were the forrays into whimsicality and very much inspired by the esteemed Bakerella. Candy melts for some strange reason do not seem to work very well in Singapore. The ones on the top were covered in buttercream and non pareils for children and the ones below in Valrhona Equatorial for the adults.
The notion of pine forests covered in acres of galciers and snow was romantic and too alluring not to make a cake out of. This is my take on a timeless classic, a tribute to the Snow Queen - Valrhona Ivorie Cake sandwiching an Ivorie ganache slathered over cherries marcerated in Grand Marnier.
Valrhona Chocolate Cupakes with a Valrhona Ganache and topped with Nutella
After a long and stressful day, this was the "I need a cupcake, with generous lashings of chocolate and I need it now" cupcake. Something luscious, rich, smooth, velvety... so it was made and it was gone in two bites.