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! 🙂



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

Cupcake class 101 with Mio Cupcakes

I attended a cupcake class over the weekend with my fellow blogger friend Faaiza from modest munchy . We spent 2 1/2 playing with fondant and buttercream and decorating cupcakes with our instructor Sumayya from Mio cupcakes . I’ve recently taken a big liking to buttercream because of how easy it is to make, apply and store and this was a great class because we used butercream for all our cupcakes and decorated them with little fondant decos. We made little butterflies and bows, blossoms and roses and of course learnt quick and easy techniques on how to turn plain-looking cupcakes into a work of art. Here are our decos ready to place on our cupcakes:

Sumayya was a fantastic and very patient instructor the entire time and made sure that every student was happy with the end results.

I’ve done a cupcake class before with Whimsical Cakehouse (that’s where my hobby first started) and we used ganache and covered the cupcakes with fondant before decorating it. So now that I’ve done both classes and learnt how to use both types of toppings, I know I have plenty of new ideas to try out for the next few months. Watch this space for more cupcakes! 🙂

Thank you Sumayya for the enjoyable class! 🙂

Here are some more photos of our afternoon:


Red Velvet mini cupcakes

I’ve never been much of a red velvet fan, probably because they are very dense cakes and I never understood what the big deal was with red coloured cupcakes. So when I got asked to make some for a family BBQ I secretly wanted to make vanilla cupcakes and colour them deep red (shhhhhhh!!!) BUT i didnt. Why? Because I knew that someone would notice and I would then be known as the girl who makes red velvet using vanilla cake and colouring it red. eek.
Anyways, I decided to make mini cupcakes as I always find that when it comes to any functions, the mini cupcakes are far more popular than making regular sizes for the simple reason that people dont feel half as bad popping a couple of mini ones than having one regular one (it’s all in your head people!) 😛
I tried red velvet for the first time and I must admit, it took me longer than I thought. I needed a lot more ingredients and some weird ones too (apple cider vinegar?!) but I made it! After overcooking the first batch, I still had more than enough batter to make over 50 mini cupcakes. My quality control manager aka dear husband, made sure that each batch was as perfect as could be.
Then it was time to make the cream cheese frosting and this was the first time I tried it and I now have a new favourite frosting! Cream cheese is a nice creamy frosting made with cream cheese, butter and a lot of icing sugar and I have to say, when cream cheese frosting meets red velvet cupcakes, they are the best cupcakes ever.

So here they are! I decorated them with little fondant flowers to make them look extra pretty 🙂

Enjoy and Happy Baking!


Piping green

I’ve been working on my piping skills for the last few batches of cupcakes I made. As much as I love to cover cupcakes with fondant (to avoid my bad piping skills!) I realised that there are so many different piping tips that I can use to achieve different looks for cupcakes. So off I went, using different tips, then realising I didn’t have too many (looks like I’ll be doing some online purchases!) so I stuck to using different star tips to make the cupcakes look like roses. I love the way the whipped ganache is perfect for piping and it holds its shape so well.


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