Thursday, May 31, 2012

New cake on the block- PECAN BUTTERSCOTCH CAKE

someoone prompted me to try this cake, she said that it tasted so good, and asked me if I do this, and my answer then, about three weeks ago, was "No, i am sorry I didn't do this". But, if she asked me again, i will definitely say, "Yes, I do, how many?"
i had never tasted this cake before and had no clue how it tasted like but when i first sink myteeth into a scoop of this slice, it was an amazing feeling. OMG! No wonder she likes it, it just tasted heavenly! out of this world! the same feeling I experienced when I first had a bite of the OREO CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE! simply amazing! scrumptious!
layers of sponge cake ,generously topped with the butterscotch cream and sprinkled with caramelized pecan, covered with yet another layer of the butterscotch cream, last but not least, with a layer of the silky smooth and creamy white chocolate ganache. Need I say more!it tastes as good as it looks. It even melts the toughest cake critique, my other half, who is so fussy about cake, he even took a liking to this sinfully rich, creamy PECAN BUTTERSCOTCH CAKE.

what came out from my oven sometime last week

these represented some of the "heaven on earth creations' from Zue's Oven. We have red velvet with cream cheese frosting for th elovely nurses at the NICU unit. Thank you Hafiz
my first order for CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE, I made this for her birthday last year and I have always made this for my own indulgence, little did I knew that she and her son had been craving for this cheesecake fotr quite sometime and that day on 22nd May ( my birthday ) she ordered this for her son.Thank you balkis and Ayie.....indulge......
MCB foor her daughter's birthday
plus one MAG-D, macaroni au gratin -meat ( daging with seafood). Thank you Azlina
Sib baik ada extra MCB ni, si Ayah forgot his son's birthday., so Just wrote a simple birthday wish on th eMCB .
haa, what's this? didn't look like these came out from my oven, pulut kuning and rendang ayam.....hmmmm....ordered these from my neighbour for my friend customer.Thank you Balkis and thank you Kak Pah for accepting this not so last minute order.
bluberry cheesetarts, thank you Linda
after a long silence, mr brownies strikes again. Thank you Mr Din.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

may 22nd is here...........Alhamdulillah.

this is the mystery 'cake' , actually chocolate mousse

"dikejar bayang bayang resah, 
bila hatimu masih tak berubah"....
the ringing tone ,Relaku Pujuk, by spider, from her blackberry woke her up.
" Ya sayang",
Happy birthday Ma,or was it happy birthday dear, or was it happy birthday sayang?
thank you, is it 12 midnite?
no, it's 3 am.
no wonder she could not really recall what he was saying, it was 3 am and she was half asleep or was it half awake?
what are you doing up?
i was about to go to sleep , just thought I'd call and wish you happy birthday.
Did the girls make you a birthday cake?
erm... did they? I don't know. i had slept here on the sofa since nine o'clock and I heard nothing, no sound of the mixer or the timer, no nothing. yilek, nehi..takdak....
or, did you lock the door?
no, I was sleeping downstairs, 
okay, gud nite sayang
love ya
and so now, that she's awake, she had to wake up anyway, she had to make a chocolate cheesecake . that was her plan before she dozed off on the sofa.she had asked her eldest daughter to take out the cream cheese out of the fridge, to leave it at room temperature but  most probably , the fatigueness and the tiredness of baking and decorating cakes for the past few days had taken a toll on her, and she slept the minute her head touched the softness and the comfiness of the sofa.zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
thankfully her husband called, if not, she might have disappointed one young customer if she did not make that chocolate cheesecake.
So she went to the kitchen, and jeng jeng jeng, here's what she discovered.
what is this weight machine doing here. This is not its normal place.....hmmmm.She smelled something fishy....
something amiss, where;s her  rose fllour jar, it should be in between the cocoa powder and the self raising flour jar. could they really be making a birthday cake for her?there's her jar of rose flour, on the table, with other things, the bicarbonate soda, the big bowl and the strainer.
she was  wondering what they were making?
aha...looks like they used the hand held mixer too, with whisk still attached to it, with traces of egg white, could they be making chocolate mousse? or chocolate mousse cake?
let's see if there's anything in the chiller

found it!This, she did not make, therr's no order for oreo chooclate cheesecake that night, and she had not even started on her chocolate cheesecake yet. Could this be the cake that her husband mentioned earlier. Seeing this in her chiller, left a big smile on her face. At 4 am, she started working on her order for the cheesecake, knowing that someone had made her a birthday cake, for the first time, she did not have to make her own birthday cake, not that made one every year.........
She would have to wait till it is chilled properly because according to her daughter, it is called Rich Chocolate mousse..and needs to be cooled for several hours, .hmmm... chocolate mousse, her favourite..till then, she had to continue doing her things, preparing the ingredients for MAG-D, macaroni au gratin daging ( meat with seafood ) and MCB ( marble cheese brownies) for tomorrow.

can't wait to taste that Rich chocolate mousse......yummmmm......

Monday, May 21, 2012

pink and green, green and pink

from her to him, he loves golf
vanila and chocolate cake with buttercream and ganache filling
from him to her, flowers for the lady
red velvet with cream cheese filllilng and covered with fondant, ( bakers rose colour)
congratz Nadiah and Hakimi

Mothers day week and so is Nurses day

blueberry cheesetarts, sliced
chocolate moist cake with ganache, sliced
and what is this? kek gula hangus? no, it is kek hangus, as in burnt!the last cake to be bakked that night and as i was feeling sleepy, i decided to take a quick doze on the sofa after closing the oven door with this cheesecake inside, only to be awaken by the not so aromatic smell coming from the kitchen. OMG! is it? No! please don't, but it's been close to four hours from the last I saw the clock on the wall before taking that nap. and so it was, my cheesecake has turned into kek, the moral of the story is, don't bake when you are feeling really tired and sleepy.
1/2 kg red velvet cakes
Selamat Hari jururawat to all the nurses in the world. 
and Selamat Hari ibu to all beautiful mothers in the whole wide world especially too my Umi. i love you Umi and Mak, my MIL.
boxed and ready to be delivered, these should bring a smile to those lovely nurses at the hospital sulatnah Bahiyah, from warga Bank Rakyat.
chocolate moist cake with almond flakes on the side, from a daughter in law for her new mother in law
delivered to her doorstep to her house in Taman Mulia, Jln Sultanah
plus another one for her mum, working in one of the financial institutions here, with a simple messafe, we Love you mama, from 4 of us. Before 5th May, there was three of them and with a new member to the family, they become four.I wonder if next year, from five of us, either Adila with her new ehem ehem or Areena and her new baby, insyaAllah.
thank you Zla, mothers day cheesecake and oreo chcolate cheesecake

second week in May

let me just say a few words about each picture and when I have the pleasure of writing them down in detail, i will do so later. 
Batrisyia , also having a good time with Simran and her son in my kitchen, decorating cupcakes on one fun Tuesday.
this marks the beginning of my new vneture. this oreo chocolate cheesecake cut into 12 slices, and will be able to be enjoyed by those who feel like indulging but do not wish to buy the whole cheesecake. They can just go over to New Regent, a newly refurbished hotel in Alor Star where you can find a few selection of my cakes and cheesecakes there.
and what have we here, cooking ribs curry,yummm
pulut kuning decorated with gumpaste flowers, no, ididn't make the pulut kuning but my neighbour did. i just decorated it with some flowers as per request from my customer, thank you Arnida.
my small contribution back to the society or rather to a group of orphanage. i wish them well.
our lunch menu, how long ago was this, not very long but it seems like forever that I went in my kitchen to cook us some decent meal.

to be continued....

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Monday, May 14, 2012

purple and white on chocolate

She got my number through a friend, she called on  2nd May, wanted a cake for a special person, for a birthday do, about 80 guests, close friends only and the function would  be held at one of the hotels here. The birthday guy loves chocolate cake and she wanted purple and white deco with just a simple "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" message on it. Now, how do I  decorate a birthday cake for a grown man, very distinguised person too, he's not into golf, and she didn't give me any specific instructions besides the colour and the wordings and the choice of cake flavour. I guess stripes and round design should work and i remembered this design by one of the great cake designers, which I just loved, and  hopefully she felt the same way too.
every cake has a story and so did this one. 5th Nov, was an important date, i had blocked that date for quite sometime, couldn't and wouldn't want to miss it for whatever reason, and thus when i received this order, I wasn't sure, could I pull it ( yet again, like many other orders? )Could I just swing the magic wand and vooila1 one birthday cake ready!
I am afraid in real world, it didn't work that way.
so, what did I do? baked the chocolate moist cake  ( 12 x 12 inch ) the night before, along with other chocolate cake and chocolate cupcakes, and one brownies with walnut. it seems that all orders on 5th were chocolate based.
first thing in the morning, waited for Yati to collect her son's birthday cake, which I decorated in the same morning.followed by the two 
sets chocolate cupcakes with edible images of Hello Kitty and 
Yati's birthday cake , chocolate moist with edible image of her son and colourful 'smarties' arranged on the side and chocolate rice on the sides.Thank you Yati.Yati collected her cake around 10 am.
the other , Angry Birds, for Iza's daughter's bbirthday, to bring to her school to be shared with her friends.Thank you Iza. Iza collected her cake around 11 am.
I then continued decorating this brownies for Azalea, tick tock tick tock, the clock is ticking! I haven't even started onthe 12x12 inch chocolate cake and I have a wedding to go to in Bertam, yes, Bertam in Penang!. The purple and white cake must be ready by 5 pm for the dinner birthday bash. 
Tick tock tick tock
and my heart is pounding, dap dup dap dup.and my hand didn't stop working and my mind is working on the design as i went along.
this browines with walnut sprinkled with icing sugar and fondant cutout wordings is for azalea, a birthday wish via BWW for "Queen of my Heart" Mak. Thank you Azalea.
I started cutting the purple and white strips, some flower cutouts and did both sides of the cake, it was almost 1 pm and I had to stop there and got ready to go to Penang. Reached the hall at around 2pm, met with the bride's mum and sisters, had our
nasi kenduri, congratulating the new bride and groom, say our bye bye and headed back home. Reached home around 4pm, and still in my keabaya, i was working on the final deco for the purple and white cake, and fortunately managed to complete it by around six pm ( had called her earlier that the cake would be ready slightly later than 5 pm and she's ok with it. Thank you Kak Tam, hhope the birthday man likes his chocolate birthday cake and hopefully you'll have a jolly good time swinging and dancing the night away to the old tune.
so, that was the story behind the cake, despite the tick tock and dup dap, Alhamdulillah I was able to complete the mission.