Let's see, as a result of all that baking last week, I've had oven burns, sugar burns, (this is the WORST, aitelyu!!! Searing hot, and immediately your skin begins to "bubble")....used up at least 4 trays of 30 eggs each. Shall I show off and put up the orders for last week? I think so lar, since it's my highest so far.
100 cupcakes, bannoffee pie, 3 chilled lemon cheese cakes, 2 mudcakes, 5 carrot cakes, 3 walnut cakes, 25 pieces of flourless choc cake, 1 sticky date pudding, 4 rum & raisin pies, 1 pumpkin pie, 2 brownies, 1 chocolate cake, 1 oreo cake. On top of that, there were the non commercial orders of 1 large 2.5kg cheese cake, and 2.5kg brownie for church. And the christmas fare, such as mince pies, savoury pies etc etc. I even had to turn down last minute orders for yule logs. Apologies to the person concerned.
Frankly, I don't mind taking a month of baking for now. I am thoroughly exhausted, and the sight of an oven is enough to make me wanna go scuba diving.
There were baking disasters as well during the course of baking. On Friday morning, the cream cheese frosting for my 4 carrot cakes absolutely refused to turn out. Wrote off 1 kg of cream cheese and started anew, but even the second attempt was fiddly. Taste wise it was fine, but aesthetically, gosh!!!!
The first batch of toffee for the sticky date pudding order was also botched. That's when I got the sugar burns. 2nd attempt was fine. And yesterday for Christmas, I completely left out a whole tub of sour cream in my Walnut Sour Cream Coffee Cake, rendering it way toooo dry. Guests were too polite to say anything....
Ready mince pies with 1st time attempt pumpkin pie. Used butternut pumpkin, which is like 4 times the cost of normal pumpkin, but every nice taste.
The Cleaning Up was like this almost every day. Thank goodness for domestic help, or I think I really wont bother doing this as a hobby.
Ah, apart from the usual baking, I'm also finishing off my Level 2 Wilton Cake Decorating Course. Quite honestly, I am not keen on these flowery things at all, and my workmanship is crude and indelicate. But if I want to do the b***** sugarpaste course, I have to go through level 2. Anyone ELSE can teach me how to make fondant easily? Operative word is EASILY.
Those flowers are supposed to be, from top, apple blossoms, roses, PANSIES, daisies and daffodils. Roll eyes.