Monday, April 7, 2014

Kitchen Warehouse Easter Cupcake Competition

Kitchen warehouse ran a Easter Cupcake Competition last week and I'm one of the contestant. 
I was pretty nervous for a few days, thinking of the ideas, the flavours, and the whole look for my cupcakes. I think I have put too much pressure on myself and made a little wrong judgement on the cupcake hehe ops!

Anyway, here are the contestants cupcake entries! They all look amazing!

Here are some of the cute cupcakes..

This is my creation for this competition. 
A little girl wearing bunny ears and holding a bunny toy, along with a basket of easter eggs, hot cross buns and chicks on cupcakes.

I've made smore's cupcakes! Smores is an American thing which is Graham Crackers sandwiched chocolate and marshmellow. So what i did was grinding up the graham crackers and baked it into cupcakes, put the ganache in the middle and made marshmellow cream to put on top then torched it. 

The wrong choice that I made was adding a small piece of the graham cracker before topping the marshmellow cream. I didn't think that the cracker would become soft.. hence no more crunch and made the cupcake a bit dry too. :(

Yep after saying all these, that means I didn't win.. hahahaha.. but i was really close! Missing by 0.5 points to the winner. 

Here is the winner! 
Sugar spun on top! I love sugar spun.. it just add the classiness to it. 
Congrats Clarrisa!

The popular Sandy from Sandy's Cake and her daughter was the judges and they were there to demonstrates cupcakes basket. This encourages everyone to bake something and be creative! 

My cupcakes were all gone in 20 minutes and I have no refills. ops!! 

It was good fun joining this competition. Giving myself pressure to think of something different and be creative. The most important thing is "Be yourself and have your own style".  ;)


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Easy Steam Bun Recipe

Craving for buns suddenly and have no buns at home!!! What should I do???
Make them!!!

Sweet Potato Bun(Make 4)

80g      Sweet Potato
1 tbsp   Sugar

100g     Cake Flour
1 tbsp   Sugar
1/2 tsp  Baking powder
1/4 tsp  Vanilla essence/extract
100ml   Water ( don't think you are going to use all)

Peel the skin and cut the sweet potato into pieces (smaller for easy boiling) until it's cooked. Drained.
Add sugar and you can either mash it or blitz it using blender. I mash it :)
Divide into 4, roll them into balls and set a side.

For the buns, put all ingredients except water into a big bowl, add water a little at a time and mix it well by hand until it forms a dough. Test by feeling it, should be like earlobe.

Divide into 4.
Lightly floured the bench and roll 1 piece of dough make it to round and flat. Put the filling in and pinch the ends around together so it forms a round ball. Cut baking paper into squares and place the buns on top.
Repeat for the rest.

Place them on a plate and steam it for 10 minutes.
Then Voila! You can eat them now!

hehe.. Easy?

Why do I make sweet potato as fillings... well because I made sweet potato truffle mash for dinner so I thought I would use some for bun fillings too hahaha so I don't have to get other ingredients :P
You can totally use Red Bean paste, I think it will taste much better :P
Joe's mom gonna make this into pork buns.. hahaha which I think it will work :P Let's see... hehe

Good luck!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Japanese Theme Birthday Party

I celebrated my awesome birthday few weeks ago with full of Japanese food, Japanese cocktails, Dance, gifts and laughters! It was really awesome!

Joe organized this party for me along with our friends. I can't imagine how much effort they have put in! The search for Japanese cocktail, the decorations, food preparations!

Now let me show you my drinks table!

See the Sakura balloon on the wall? I got the tutorial from here!
Really easy! just need 5 pink balloons and 1 white balloon and some black MT tapes :)

 Alan has done tremendous research on Japanese cocktail and go around Japanese grocery store around Perth to find this YUZU juice!

 I have to say.. I am totally in love with this Yuzu thingy in ALCOHOL!
Alan and Angel even made a cocktail menu for me all using Yuzu! How cool is that!! 
I think I have tried 6 different kinds of yuzu cocktail that night and I really like it! Thanks guys!!

This is the food table! LOTS of food!!!

We have cold noodles, sushi, 4-5 types skewers, pork belly, sashimi, edamame, wakame cucumber and.. Takoyaki! Will show you later. hehe

Our friends brought all their japanese bowls, cups, plates and sake!

This is our skewers! Cooking outdoor :D

This my friend.. is something really special that I asked my friend Vicky to get it for me all the way from Kyoto while she is on holiday. It is called Kikuya Agehana 揚げ花 from 京都珍味 喜久屋. They don't do international delivery, that means you have to get it there from their shop in Kyoto.
Anyway, they come in packs and this is how they looked before frying.

After frying, they will bloom and become like this!

 Totally edible! I put it on the Sashimi plate :P Look so beautiful!

All decorations from my friends to prettified the place.

We have the Akihabara Corner with all our toys from Japan!

and I made the Birthday Celebration thingy to hang on the wall for extra Japaneseee feel.. 
I don't know what is it called hahaha

This is my Takoyaki stand!! 
I made the Takoyaki Stall myself hahaha I love it! My friends thought I bought it until I told them I made it using paper haha. 

The Takoyaki machine was given by my friend Alice years ago! hahaha Love my takoyaki machine!

I'm so busy taking orders for Takoyaki on that night! LOL 

I think I did a good job! hehe

 Jenny did the Green Tea Mochi and Sesame Mochi! They are great!


and this is my Birthday Green Tea cake!

This is what Yuzu Cocktail did to us! All gone hyper!

 and made the girls dance....

and made the boys played fuzzball all night!!!

Thanks so much Naruto for organizing such amazing birthday party for me!!!
and thanks to all my friends that surprised me and all the fun drunk and laughters!!

Arigatou neeeeee!!!! :D