As the year drew to an end, there was a spate of parties, and quite a lot of baking. Remember my "graduation" cake from the Wilton decorating course? I found a good use for it, as it turns out, the next day was my parents' in law's wedding anniversary. And since that floral cake, complete with 2 love birds have this 50s/60s feel to it, I thought it would be apt, although I did point out several times it was for "decoration" and not so much for eating.
Turned out to be a good idea, coz the kids attacked the sugar flowers like bees would attack real ones.
Can see that the two birds are gone. Everytime I look at that cake, I shudder at the thought of all those flowers, and basket weaving. Why oh why!!!
In a small screen on the phone, this picture looked like something from a Martha Stewart setting. But after enlarging, the resolution seems bad. Anyway, it was taken at a friend's office party, whereby I had supplied the cheese cake and the brownie. In the background is the turkey.
This rum and raisin pie, extracted from Martha Stewart's baking handbook, seems to be the cake du jour, as I think I had the most number of orders for this in the last 2 weeks. However, my "duty free" rum has run out, and it's no longer viable to sell it commercially, unless the buyer provides me with their own rum. (if I were to incorporate the price of the rum in, it would sound absurdly expensive). The raisins have been swimming in the rum for as long as possible.
For New Year eve party, my contribution was a 2kg lemon/lime cheese cake, a choc oreo cake and a rum and raisin pie. The latter two were finished, whereas the cheesecake was not laku at all. I decided to tah pau half of it home, only to have my cousin drop the whole box on the way out.....
Ah well!!!! Anyway, Happy New Year all, may your cooking pots always overflow with abundant goodies, may good smells emanate from your ovens, and may all your kitchen appliances never konk out at the most inopportune moment.