The ‘just because’ cake

I’ve found a new love for piping and all the different tips and icing mixtures that I can use to create cakes and cupcakes. I made this cake so that I could practice my piping (yes, i do stuff like that). I also wanted to give butter cream another go after my first attempt here and see how different it is from other forms of icing mixtures. I had a few piping tips of my own so i made a batch of butter cream icing, coloured them purlpe and green and starting having some fun.

I used a large star tip to create the ‘ruffle’ look with the green and a smaller start tip for for the purple ‘wave’ look. You don’t necessarily have to make a cake just to practice piping. You can start practicing on baking paper and that way you can keep re-using the icing mixture again and again.

I am working on a tutorial on different icing tips and how you can use them to create different look. Watch this space.

Butter cream is a great mixture for piping because it holds its shape very well and hardens a little later. It’s also easy to colour and stores for ages! Give it a try  🙂

Happy Baking!

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Eid favours

Every year for Eid, Jaaved and I invest in little gifts for our colleagues at work so that we can share our Eid celebrations with them. Little treats like chocolates and cupcakes individually wrapped for each person always goes down well and its a nice way to educate people about Ramadhan and Eid. It always surprises me how little people actually know about the month of Ramadhan and I spent most of the month trying to educate my team on the why/when/how/who questions. The fact that we also have celebrations was a surprise to some too! So I explained about the two times a year that we celebrate and of course, the more we talked about it, the more they were interested.

This year I had an even better reason to treat my team, simply because they are awesome! I love my job at 99bikes and the team that I work with have been absolutely fantastic to me during the month of fasting. Whether it was allowing me more flexible hours during the month so I could get home in time to break fast, or helping me with my tasks because I was tired, encouraging me to keep strong, making sure I was comfortable and trying not to eat in front of me (not that I  mind) and of course, this year the team decided to give one day of Ramadhan a go! Even though only one person lasted the whole day, it was definitely the thought that counts.

So this year I wanted to make sure that our little treats would really shout out a big thank you to our colleagues for their continuous support and understanding during the month. Since I have exams scheduled at the end of August, I didn’t spend too much time baking goodies in my kitchen. I baked the cupcakes and the sugar cookies and the macarons were ordered from my good friend Faaiza from modest munchies, and we  packed them into gift boxes. I decided on a blue and orange theme and asked Faaiza to make the macarons in those colours too!  Heres a closer look at the cookies and cupcakes.

And of course, the teams at both of our offices loved it! 🙂 HAPPY EID EVERYONE! 🙂

    

Stencil work on cookies

About a week ago Faaiza and I put together a Eid Dessert table to give our readers some ideas for Eid day. I promised I would have a quick tutorial on how to make the cookies that were on the table. So here it is:

Using royal icing, flood the cookies (make sure icing is not too runny) until the cookie covered in royal icing. Let dry completely (about 6-8 hours)

Using a stencil (you can print out some cookie stencils online too) place it firmly over the cookie

Using another colour (same consistency as when you flooded the cookie) smooth out the icing with a spatula until the stencil is covered well. Scrape the residue and pull the stencil off in one movement.

Thats it! ta-da 🙂

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Eid Dessert Table

Eid Dessert Table

Eid is just around the corner and if I know my family well, my mum,grandmother and sisters will be busy this weekend preparing goodies and little treats for Eid. The house will be in chaos with packets of flour, cups of sugar, countless trips to the supermarket, recipes flying across the room and not to mention the oven running over time! I’m sure many of you can relate to that 😉

This year, Faaiza (from Modest Munchies) and I decided to put together a dessert table to give our readers some creative ideas on how they can display and create a dessert table for your Eid guests. Dessert tables are the latest trends amongst bloggers and party organisers and they are sure to give your Eid lunch/dinner the WOW factor.   Dessert tables are super easy to put together and doesn’t have to cost you a fortune.

barfi cupcakes

Our feature item were the cupcakes. Why do you ask? Well, see the frosting on that cupcake? See it? Its not just any ordinary  frosting. It’s BARFI frosting. Faaiza made frosting using ingredients to make barfi and ta-da! Once the photo shoot was over and it was time to break fast, I might have eaten 2 of them myself :O Faaiza will be uploading the recipe very soon so watch this space!

 cake pops     I made the cake pops with chocolate cake crumbles, dipped into chocolate and then covered in fondant.

pink macarons

The macarons were made by Faaiza and were flavoured rose and cardamom. The place cards were made by Jaaved and they are very easy to make. We printed these off on white cardboard and folded it in the middle. You can also hand make these place cards if you’re not too confident with using photoshop.

stencil biscuits

I enjoyed decorating these biscuits using the stencil technique and I will be sure to put up a tutorial soon (tutorial here)!

chocolate dipped strawberries

  Same goes for the chocolate dipped strawberries. We didnt purchase any platters or plates, we used what we had at home to present our little treats in. You can do the same! Find your everyday plates and platters and use doilies and tissue wrap to make them look pretty.

  date biscuits

The date biscuits (recipe HERE) and Punch made by Faaiza.  fruit punch

You can purchase plastic cups for drinks on your table. It’s easy, cheap and you dont have to worry about dishes. Use what you have at home for decorations. Using a white tablecloth is  a great option and doesnt make the table look  overcrowded.

party favours

And last but not least, the gift favours. You can pack anything into little bags for your guest to take home. Add some home made goodies or chocolates. Now, this table had 6-8 of each treat and if your family is as big as mine, the table will be empty in no time. To work around this, try a larger table or have two tables to put your sweets on so that everyone gets a little bit of everything.

And thats pretty much it! Faaiza and I are working on getting tutorials and recipes to you before Eid!

Give the dessert table a go and let us know how you went.

Happy Baking.

eid dessrt table