Passionfruit Macarons

I’ve tried lots and lots and lots and lots (ok i think you get the point) of macaron recipes, and I must suck at it because every recipe I have tried, I have failed. There were a few times I got close, but I can’t say I have made the perfect batch of macarons. sigh.

So when Adriano Zumbo macaron box mixtures hit the supermarkets, I was rather excited.. so I bought a box of passion fruit flavoured macaron mix and made them that very night. I can say, this is the BEST box mix I have ever tried. The instructions are so easy, and all that is required is a bit of water! I have made these a few times since the first time, and each and every time, they were perfect!

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This is after all the ingredients have been added.

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The box mix also includes a piping bag that even indicates where to cut off before piping! smart cookies!

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And set aside for 10 minutes and into the oven.

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OMG! they have feet!!! 😀

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And the end result 🙂

My 25th Birthday Bash! Part 2 of 3

So here’s Part 2 of my birthday Bash. In Part 1, I talked about the unique invitations and for this post, I want to talk about the dessert table and the food served.

I had a vision in my head on what I wanted my dessert table to look like and I was fortunate enough to have people help me bring it all together and make my vision come to life. My colour scheme from the invitations to the party was yellow and pink and I decided to stick with it with everything that I did. It made it easier to have a colour scheme rather than a particular theme because its easier to coordinate colors! I found a lot of my supplies from Spotlight and from a party supply shop Pink Frosting.

    

The coloured plates, napkins, tablecloths, balloons, pink paper pom poms were all from Spotlight while the coloured lollipops, little cases for the fruits, striped straws, pink and yellow buckets and the pink and yellow lanterns were from Pink Frosting.

Here are some tips for making a dessert table stand out:

  1. Create an atmosphere. Use decorations to enhance the table and make it come to life. I added  “keep calm and eat a cupcake” canvas which picked up the entire table.

  1. Use different heights to place your items. I used boxes and stands and underneath the table-cloth and placed the lolly jars, vases and macarons on so that the table doesn’t look so “flat”.
  2. Balloons aren’t just for kids parties! They are for all ages! Just be careful of “over doing”  it as balloons can easily make an area look too crowded. I went for to simple floor bases with 5 balloons on each. I placed these on either side of the dessert table.
  3. Keep it simple. It’s easy to go overboard with lolly jars and lots of little treats, but keep to the basics! If you have a colour scheme, make sure that theres a balance of both colour and one colour isn’t overpowering the other.
  4. If you can, try and set up your table the night before so that you have time to re-organise things if you’re not happy with the layout. Its better to have time the night before rather than on the day! It took me almost 2 hours to get it exactly the way I wanted! :S

  

The macarons (made by Faaiza from Modest Munchies) were flavoured Lemon lime cheesecake and white chocolate and raspberry. Yummy!

The cookies were made by myself as a little take away favor for my guests.

                           

The beautiful cupcake bouquet and the cake were made by Maryam (from Maryams Kitchen) Vanilla flavoured cupcakes with vanilla buttercream and the cake was red velvet with cream cheese frosting. Yum!

         

I filled these little cute cases with rockmelon, watermelon and honeydew, scooped out with a melon ball scooper. The mini coloured forks I found at the bargain shop. The cookies were made myself and using white chocolate and a cupcake topper mould, I was able to get a beautiful design and stick it on to each cookie and colour it with luster dust.

Chocolate! Yumy! with marshmallows and strawberries!

Strawberries and cream dessert!

For lunch, I kept it light with some mini beef burgers, chicken spring rolls and the rest was catered out to nandos (chicken skewers, BBQ bites and chicken wraps.

The beverage table had tea, ice tea and bottles of water (labels courtesy of dear husband :)).

Happy Reading 🙂

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