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Strawberry Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Swiss Meringue Buttercream

It seems like eons ago when I last posted on my vanilla sugar cookies and I thank you out there for emailing me, showing me support and asking me about ordering the cookies :] Things have been a tad busy lately – the first week of August I was busy baking for a huge wedding order of 200 petit-four sized cakes, and in the second week, I was baking up

Pink Salted Caramel Macarons for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

This post has been long in the making. Like 8 months kinda long. Ever since my first post on macarons more than half a year ago, I’ve been making macarons on and off, experiencing more failures than successes. I’m experimented with technique, temperature, equipment, ingredients and a whole lot of other variables, and have come to the conclusion that macarons are indeed iffy little creatures and having a humid and

Janine’s Failed Macaron Cake aka a Flourless Chocolate Cake made with Maca-fails

I swear by the phrase “out of adversity comes creativity”, not only because I am usually pushed by circumstances to think out of the box, but also because much of my (best) work is done when I’m facing a time crunch or other adverse situations. Just take today for example, I was craving ang koo kueh, a traditional glutinous rice treat filled with peanuts or mung beans, and since it

Vacherin with seasonal fruit

This is my second recipe from Stéphane Reynaud’s 365 Good Reasons to Sit down to Eat book, as part of the 365 challenge. This was supposed to be made on the 15 July, but is rather belated (again) because I’ve been inundated with lots of work and haven’t been able to blog as much as I would have liked although I still am baking quite a bit. Anyway, I first chose this

Strawberry & Pistachio Financiers

I am working my way up the French pastry food chain, slowly and steadily. Over the span of the last year, I’ve attempted choux puffs, éclairs (which are essentially choux puffs with cream and chocolate), tuiles and macarons, and I’ve diligently noted down the recipes that work for me and other comments in my handy little spiral bound notebook. I am a girl on a mission, really. I am on

Pink Vanilla Bean Macarons, for Valentine’s

I’ve been thinking about macarons all week along, after my successful attempt with David’s macaron recipe here for my cousins on Chinese New Year. I knew I wanted something pink, for Valentine’s, and something heart-shaped, so the only thing left was to decide on the flavor of the shell and the filling! I hemmed and hawed, and finally decided on using my vanilla beans (so that I can put the pod