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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Wednesday Special 10



Thanks so much to you all for good wishes on my bazaar. I definitely have to do my best in showcasing what I baked for that event: Yellow and Green Kiwi Cheese Cake, Sacher Torte, Oreo Banana Cheese Cake, Butterscotch Almond, and Chocolate Mocha Cupcakes. Hope you enjoy the photos...





As I said in my last post that in the middle of a long-hour hectic baking, I wanted to quit. I couldn’t resist the urge because it was true and present, but as usual, once the work was done I always managed to sleep it off. I mean really slept it off and never took it seriously, although I seemed to realize that if I do pick up this baking thing as a major profession such as opening up a bakery, I do need to give it a second thought, a serious one!



The other fact is that at the end of the day when I got the passing-by customers in the bazaar to drop by my booth intuitively and see what were on the display, ask about the cakes and buy them, that just paid off everything – every drop of sweat, and every ache in my muscle. I was standing by my booth introducing my cakes with every bit of enthusiasm, with a wide smile on my face and of course deep in my heart. That showed the customer action meant so much to a baker :-)



It was a hot Saturday and despite the fact that T was supposed to work on that day, he decided to ask for half-day leave to be with me at the booth. For that I appreciated it so much. And this is another fact that I would not be quitting a commercial baking in another bazaar, if any. Thanks T, you are the best!



Recently I have watched “Julie and Julia” and got very inspired. I also got busy reading food styling books and taking a short trip with T and his colleagues. Yesterday I had lunch with them since T’s supervisor was leaving the company in the next couple of days and it was pretty much a farewell lunch. Despite my reluctance to be in the middle of such company gathering, T insisted that everyone would be glad to have me around. On little conversations with his colleagues, a few revealed a couple of things they had read from my blog. One of them asked me what I had been doing for my Wednesday break! Wow… they have been following silently!



And I loved a bit of free time to go around and try cakes. I got to say this was like a must exercise in order to catch up with the latest trend, preference, and pricing. And I was looking for an opportunity to set up a booth somewhere on each Wednesday. Still searching for the right location.



An interesting observation is that I have found a local Thai restaurant selling chocolate macarons, packed in a transparent cupcake size container – 5 medium sized pieces priced much lower than one Starbuck’s muffin. Couldn’t believe it or pretty much felt a bit annoyed by it! It was unpleasant to see macaron was brought into such low undignified level especially when the taste was not up to the standard.



T encouraged me to buy and taste them and it was just true enough they were entirely dry and crispy, no moisted softness in the middle as what they should be. And the filling was aweful and little. An obvious consequence for bringing down the price and ruining macaron’s reputation once and for all. For those customers who never tried macarons, this would create a bad perception about macarons. And that was just frustrating.



19 comments:

  1. What splendid cakes! They are absolutely fabulous!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  2. What a FEAST for the eyes! With these beauties you must have sold out! I LOVE the cupcakes in the pink polka dot liners:) So cute! It all looks so delicious, Kris!

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  3. Your Photographs and cake decorating are so beautiful! I'm so inspired :)

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  4. Good luck with the bazaar! And you know, how matter how tired we feel during the course of baking, we'll never give up and always go back to our kitchen for more baking. :) It's in our genes. Haha. Jiayou! (it means keep up your effort in Mandarin) :)

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  5. there is such a thing as yellow kiwis?? i am swept away by the beauty of this cake.

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  6. ahhhhhhhhh...sweet treat tot he eyes...i m in heaven after looking this gorgeous beauties...so creative and intricate work on cakes..love the lovely color of yellow/green kiwi cheesecakes nd choclate leaf on sides of the cake catches the eye...bful...

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  7. I love your attention to detail. Everything is gorgeous!

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  8. Wow, all your cakes are gorgeous! Everything looks so drool-worthy! Excellent work, I'm so happy for you :) Thank you for the Sweet Friends award, you are an inspiration to me :)

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  9. This is incredible!!!! your photos and these cakes look so amazing and delicious. Well done, i am impressed!!

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  10. Love, love, love all the food here. Your customers were lucky! :)
    I think those chocolate leaves on the side of your cheesecake are just gorgeous and I'm going to "borrow" that idea soon. Hope you don't mind.
    As for catering desserts professionally, I think you should give it serious thought (at least from home, initially).

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  11. The kiwi cheesecake has SUMMER written all over it! Never thought to use kiwi...I love the yellow ones too.

    Really lovely photos of your gorgeous treats, Kris!
    What food styling books do you recommend?

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  12. Kris, I am stunned at every single cake. It just got better and better. And if you do open a bakery, I will certainly order my cakes from you, that's for sure.

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  13. Wow! gorgeous, gorgeous! Loving every bit of it. I can imagine how tiring it was and how sore your body must be (I experience that all the time :) ), but it does look that it's paid off by the wonderful display of cakes and your customer's reaction. Congrats!

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  14. Wow! What a great showcase! :)

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  15. My goodness, what a beautiful array of cakes! You customers are so very lucky! Yes, it is all worth it when you can proudly look at that display.

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  16. These cakes looks amazing, Kirs! Ahhh, the kiwis are so amazingly placed and the colors are irresistable. I love how you took the oreo cheesecake to the next level by adding bananas, kudos! And i'm so happy for you that even T's collegues follow your blog :) I wont be surprised to see you on the newspaper or another magazine soon :)

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  17. Wow, I am awed as usual by your masterpieces! The butterscotch cheesecake with those pretty chocolate decorations is especially lovely.

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  18. Spectacular dessert so much talent here!

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  19. I have never seen a yellow kiwi. Your cakes are absolutely stunning. I'd buy them all. I bet they taste just as good as they look and that's saying a lot.

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