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Confirmation Cuppies

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I only have time for a quick post today.
And cupcakes are always a good place to start. 😉

My Godsis was confirmed last Sunday, and guess who was in charge of dessert?
Me! Me! Me! 

Confirmation cuppies

Cupcakes for my Godsis’ Confirmation last Sunday. 🙂

I spent a week coming up with a design for the spread;
didn’t think that eating up lil’ Bibles and crosses was appropriate.
I’m a prude, I know. 
I had a friend suggest a picture of Jesus on a cake: apparently it’s been done before. Go figure.

Once that was done, I spent weeks scouring various baking shops and the Internet for fondant / cookie cutters in the shape of sheep & doves; but I couldn’t find anything appropriate.
That, or it wouldn’t reach fast enough.

I ended up making all the doves and sheep out of rolled fondant.
I think it turned out beautifully, considering this was my first try shaping 3D decorations out of fondant. 🙂

Love, The NyonyaCelup

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Macaron lah: (Almost) perfect…

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Macaron lah: (Almost) perfect…

So I planted a rosemary hedge over the weekend.
I already have one small bush, which is slowly getting kojak-ed by excessive use — rosemary potatoes are my fave, if you must know — and thought that a hedge might be a good long term investment.

Rosemary hedge

Note we had to fence it up because the Dog insists on burying everything in there.

I also thought that it’s high time I posted the pictures from Day 5 & 6 of Project Macaron lah.

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Macaron lah : 4th time’s (almost) the charm…

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Le macaron with la pied

Today, we have feet!

Assembled macaron

On hindsight, I should have stuff a bit more ganache in between;
but this batch (of ganache) was very runny…

Day 4

Baked 24 macaron shells.
All started rising off the baking paper with lovely feet, at around 5 minutes, at 170 °C; and my heart rose with them.
Unfortunately, after 8 minutes in the oven — at the same temperature — 21 of them started cracking, plunging said heart into a deep ravine.

Also, the shells were a lil’ chewy, even after 24 hours. Definitely a far cry from the expected crumbly texture of a macaron.

Gah!

Love, The NyonyaCelup

Macaron lah Day 3: Flying to the moon and back sans feet…

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Lunar Macarons

And it’s one small step for macarons, and one giant step for erratic temperamental French pastries.

Image taken with the new iPad, edited with Snapseed
— waaaaay easier to use than iPhoto, and it was free! 

Again, no feet.
And this time, the surface of my macaron shells is as bumpy as the moon.
sigh

My guess is that I underbeat my meringue and it was a very humid day so the skins didn’t form as they should.

No matter, David Lebovitz did make his seven times before he got them right.

Though we do have a lot of ice cream in the fridge right now…

Love, The NyonyaCelup

* Read more about Project Macaron-lah here. 😉

Macaron lah Day 2: The curious case of the cracked macarons…

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Macaron lah Day 2: The curious case of the cracked macarons…

The NyonyaCelup has started experimenting with the 5 MP camera of her new iPad as well as the iPhoto app.
Unless stated so, all pictures taken with said camera and edited with said app — except for the addition of frames & text, which iPhoto doesn’t seem to support.

The macaron project on The NyonyaCelup will henceforth be referred to as: Macaron lah.

The choice of terminology is pretty simple.

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The curious case of the exploding macarons…

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Sacré bleu.

And the macarons went *boom*

Class, this is why one should never feed your macarons before popping them in the oven.

The picture is pretty self explanatory.

This wasn’t my first time making these tricky lil’ French buggers.
And honestly, this isn’t the first disaster I’ve had with them either.
But this really is the first time I’ve had them explode, quite literally.

Perhaps the oven was a wee bit too hot.

They still tasted good all the same
— once you got past scraping them off the parchment paper.

Love, The NyonyaCelup

Since we’re on a birthday roll… (Baking awesome vanilla cupcakes!)

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Since we’re on a birthday roll… (Baking awesome vanilla cupcakes!)

So I started working with rolled fondant for the first time during my birthday.

As is evident by her posts — how ever little there may be — the NyonyaCelup is a very lazy cook.
She also has a fondness for speaking in the third person.

It would then be only natural, that I store-bought my fondant, instead of making it from scratch.
Honestly lar, show of hands: how many of you actually make your own rolled fondant, eh?
I was recommended a (relatively) big pail from Satin Ice by my friendly neighbourhood supplies shop, which really is rather big.
SIDENOTE: If you live in Malacca, you absolutely MUST swing by Baker’s Choice in Batu Berendam. Otherwise, Chang Tung in the Klang Valley area remains a traditional favourite.

If you’ve ever worked with fondant before, you will know that there really is only so much you can use to cover a cake.
Unless you go on a decoration overload.
So I was left with half a tub, or so, of white fondant; and little blobs here and there in various other colours.

What was I to do but to go on another impulsive baking-decorating spree.

Enter The Ultimate Vanilla Cupcake, courtesy of The Cupcake Project.
I’ve linked Stef in my Blogroll, but because I know none of you ever read it, I’ve linked her again above. 

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