Friday, 15 February 2008

Gong Xi Fa Cai !! Happy Birthday !!!

15 February 2008 - time really flies... it's already the 9th day of the Chinese New Year. Didn't do much baking and was also really too lazy to bake anything for the Chinese New Year. The weather is just so hot and besides I've already cleaned my kitchen (what an excuse!)

Well, I did bake 3 cakes though.

01 February 2008 - Reunion Dinner & My Aunt's Birthday !

As usual we have our reunion dinner with my aunt before the Chinese New Year and since her birthday was on the following day, I decided to bake her a cake and we celebrated her birthday then ! Went shopping on that day and saw some cute marshmallows and also one in the shape of a cow's head ! Decided to use those for my cake decoration. The outcome ... a cute little cake with marshmallow flowers & a marshmallow cow !

02 February 2008 - it was my sister's really good friend's birthday and I owed her a 'smiley' cake so I decided to bake one for her surprise birthday party. Nope I didn't get to attend this party but I heard that the Bak Kut Teh was good! Well, my sister wanted a chocolate cake (maybe because she still thinks my butter cake is not good enough) so I made a chocolate cake and iced it. Then piped the little stars to form a 'smiley' face. I used the red sugar hearts to shape the eyes and the mouth. Tried to sprinkle some chocolate rice at the sides and when I tilted the tray my whole cake slid ! Luckily I managed to catch hold of it. But the sides were already slightly damaged ..... now you know why the sides are decorated with the savoiardi biscuits. Luckily I had a packet that was unopened so I could use those! Oh well... at least the birthday girl liked the cake ! I still haven't told her the story though.

03 February 2008 - today we celebrate my friend's birthday. With the chinese new year coming up we decided not to have chinese food but instead opted for thai ! Good choice ! I had some more marshmallows and a few pieces of the savoiardi biscuits and rather than waste them, I decided to use those for decoration ... again ! My friend's son loved the little sprinkly stars !!

16 February 2008 - It's now the 10th day of the chinese new year and since the 3rd February I have not been baking ! Tomorrow is my sister's birthday and I have told her that I would not be baking her a cake (we have been overeating this chinese new year !) she agreed that it would be a good idea. After all, we would be having Italian and with all the pasta & pizza it would be really filling ! What she doesn't know is that I have prepared something else ! Not food though. I bought party packs for everyone and also a 'smiley' badge for each person to wear. Got her an extra big soft smiley and tied it to a necklace and I'll make her wear that tomorrow !! Hope she'll like it. Yes, my sister is a great fan of the 'smiley'.

Happy Birthday to my favourite sister!!