Cardboard Box Disney Princess Train 2017 with Moana, Frozen Fever, etc.

For someone who just loves cardboard box projects, building a train is at the second of my to-do list.  This “little” pull-along train took weeks to plan and prepare but it was worth it because it looks super cool and very fun to ride on and play.  The whole train is made of cardboard boxes and styrofoam except for the base of the main train which has a thin piece of wood to carry Bug.

I included the newest magical Princess Moana and made the base of her train with styrofoam so that it can sail in the sea.  Check it out guys!

 

Thanks for watching!

 

Cakes! Glorious Cakes! _ Despicable Me 2, A Pot of Flower, Engagement Cake, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

I have probably made hundreds of cakes in my lifetime but I still get a little nervous whenever someone orders a cake because my goal has always been to exceed my own and my customer’s expectations. And that’s tough. It’s tough to meet customers expectations, let alone exceed them thats why my brain usually end up overused and overtired and my computer overused and overheating after every cake project.

Nightly before I retire I usually sit with my daughter in front of the telly pretending to watch Disney Junior.   Just pretending because all I can actually see are cakes after cakes and never ending cakes.  Anyways just last week I realized that I forgot to tell you about (or actually brag about ) some of the cakes I have made since a few months back.  My lazy self kept procrastinating on writing a post until I forgot all about it.  Heck this just doesn’t do justice to my overused brain.

Hence this is a post exclusively for the forgotten cakes. So without further ado here are some of the cakes I have made that I believe I haven’t had the time to post when they were made.

Despicable Me 2 

This cake is for my husband.  I rarely make cakes for him because he’s not much of a cake or pastry eater.

I mean if he had a choice between pigging out on a delicious cake or dimsums he will definitely choose the dimsums.  But recently he’s on a diet and you know what dieters crave for the most? SUGAR!  (so I had an evil plan to make him a cake for his birthday. Wahaha! ) So I made him a low fat and low sugar banana cake for his birthday.  I decided on a Despicable Me theme because he loves the humor of that movie.

Chocolate Flower Pot

baking big ideas

The truth is I hate making flowers because I find it super boring to make the petals.   That’s mostly the reason why I don’t like making wedding cakes but last month was my truly amazing mother-in-law’s birthday who truly loves flowers so I have to say I really don’t have any choice but to make flowers.

Baking Big Ideas

I had to make 10 flowers and that’s equivalent to 220 petals for this small chocolate cake pot.  And believe me if I were to explain how each petals were made it will take a whole post, so lets just skip that part.  I’m glad everyone loves this cake and I was actually surprised on how beautiful this turned out, it definitely exceeded my own expectation.

A Romantic Engagement Cake

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I have nothing to say about this cake except that it’s perfectly romantic especially the first picture.  I love it to the max!  The soon to be bride, Cherry, allowed me to post their photo here to show you guys.  Thank you so much Cherry! It’s picture perfect!

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

baking big ideas

I was a baker at age 12 but I was a painter since I was 7.   I have to say I enjoyed making this cake the most because it involves both form of art, painting and cake decorating.

baking big ideas

The painted and fondant-ed background really adds up nicely to the entire look of the cake.  The mom who ordered this wanted the cake to be mostly marshmallow buttercream frosted so instead of covering the entire cake with 100% fondant I only covered it 30%. The Mickey Mouse figure is entirely edible.

Current Project

Baking Big ideas

Ayayayayay! More flowers! I can’t tell you anything else.  You’ll have to see it when it’s done 🙂

Well thats that.  Thank you so much for reading!

Despicable Me : Minion Fondant Cake & Cupcakes

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about how much I hate Birthdays and of course I did not want to celebrate mine.  Well my family decided to throw a party for my twin and I and for some reason I volunteered to make our birthday cake.  What!? Yeah.  So this is the first time in my life to make our own Birthday cake.  Please check out the 2 minute video I compiled about our Minion Cake.

My twin challenged me to make a Despicable Me Minion cake for us. She wanted 2 mischievous minions to remind us of our younger days.

Minion Cake, despicable Me fondant

It was a big challenge because I’m still quite new to fondant making and on top of that I know I had to find at least 10-15 hours free time to make a fondant cake.  Yes that is how long I take to mix & bake 2 butter cakes and make & decorate with fondant and make & decorate cupcakes.

ARTISTIC MILESTONE DESPICABLE ME CAKE

But I’m very happy how our cake turned out.  The above left photo was my graphic drawing of the original plan.  I think it turned out 80% successful.

Abby & Auds Minion cakes

I wasn’t able to make my minion on top hold up a candle because I realized that the candle was too heavy for it to carry and I’m afraid my minion will fall since if you notice it’s already a bit slanted to the right.  Same reason goes for the party hat.

Abby Lu despicable me minion cupcakes

I used leftover fondant from the cake to make these 3D cupcakes. How cute are they ?! 🙂

I’m a Versatile Blogger!

The Versatile Blogger Award

I was nominated by three kind bloggers for this award and I’m very grateful.  First by Natalie Beech, she’s a “writer, editor, and a professional language whore.”  Thank you so much Natalie for the nomination, all your thoughtful comments on my blog, and for inspiring me to continue blogging 🙂

Second was by Pondering Spawned who’s kind enough to host the WTOE (World Through Our Eyes) for all artist out there.  Several artist including me have already participated and it was fun!  Thanx so much Pondering Spawned for the nomination, for featuring my gingerbread art and for your kind comments on my posts. 🙂

And third most recent was by Ajaytao whose blog is just so full of fascinating and inspiring arts and photographs.  Ajaytao, thanx for nominating me, reading thru my posts, and encouraging me to keep blogging.

Rules : 

  •  Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
  •  Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers who you think deserves this award.  Include a link to their blog.
  •  Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

Seven Things About Me

1.)   I make my own ice cream (without using ice cream machine). Recipe right HERE!

artistic milestone

2.) I only go to parlor to trim my hair every 6 months.

3.)    I’m curious about almost anything when it comes to baking and cooking.   Last week, I successfully made organic cream cheese.  I simply got a pint of Organic Greek Style yoghurt, pour it on a cheese cloth and let the whey drip overnight like the photo on the right.  The end result is all natural cream cheese 🙂

4.) I made a rabbit costume for my daughter on her birthday, which goes pretty well with her cake 🙂

Charles & Abigail Lu

         So many food to eat but she only ate chips that day.  < a mouth full of chips >

5.) I found my prey camouflaging in my sister’s marionberry tree. Click on the photo to enlarge.

Camouflaging insect

Can you spot it ???  His not exactly cute but it’s right in the middle, it’s got red head and dark blue body, similar to the color of the marionberries.  How awesome is nature!  I let him go since he made it to my blog post.

6.) My height is 5’5.  Quite short, yet I don’t wear heels more than an inch high.

7.) I dedicate 4-7 hours a week to blog —  writing new posts and reading other blogs.  Usually during my lunch hour or when my daughter is already asleep at night.  I then schedule my post to be published the next day.  That too much? Too little? Too late?

My Nominees :

1. Kikay Mommy Sha

2. Razca Origami

3. Intrinsic

4. Avani

5. My Life After Glow

6. Pravin Aswale

7. Petit 4 Chocolatier

8. Musing & Rants

9. Rarasour

10. Everyday in a Dress

11. Third Culture Children

12. Sufey

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14.

15.

To receive the award you must :

  •  Thank the person who gave you this award.
  •  Select 15 blogs/bloggers who you think deserves this award.  Include a link to their blog.
  •  Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

Here are my other awards:

Tree Trunk

I’m pleased to say that I’ve recently finished a pencil drawing of a tree, quite similar to the tree I’ve painted looooong time ago.  I wrote a short post about it right HERE.  I don’t even know what kind of tree is this but I just love it so much because of the intricate twist and turns of its trunk.

Abigail Chuahiock Lu

It’s actually been eons ago since I last sat down with a blank piece of paper to sketch something. All my drawing had been on adobe programs these days. So just last weekend, for the first time in a long time, I sat down and held the old #1 pencil to draw again, my first medium, my first love, it was like visiting my childhood memories. I had so many sketchbooks, crayons, watercolors…(art stuff) back then. I use to sit down in my drawing table for hours and just sketch, let my mind wander to neverland and time just disappear. I’ve been scribbling away since the age of 9, I mostly drew animals, nature, cartoons and fairies back then. I’ll have to remember to look for it…
Hope you guys enjoy this.