Barbie Makeover by a 4 Year Old

She’s at it again.  Putting on make up but this time she’s into the barbie look.  I can’t even put on a fake eyelash on myself but here she is at only 4 years old and already quite good at putting on fake eyelashes.

We bought the Barbie makeup from Toys R Us and the others are just department store brands.  The Barbie eyeshadows are a little too light for me but then again it’s a kids brand and the best part is you can easily wash them off with just water so its great for pretend play.

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Gluten-Free Pancakes

I don’t know what my sister have been eating or reading because she gave me some organic gluten free stuff last Christmas which I hate.  I hate it because

#1 I I don’t know how to use them.

#2 I had to use them because its too darn expensive to waste.

I’m very new to gluten-free baking and I’m not even sure if I’m gluten sensitive or whatever that means.   But anyways, I recently just found time to actually make pancakes out of them.

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Gluten-free flour. Organic Flax Seeds, Maple syrup (picture below ) and Xanthan Gum

To make a long story short, I have been making pancakes for already four mornings before I actually got it right.

I might have overestimated my ability to make pancakes and I realized that gluten free baking is not as simple as substituting regular flour to gluten free flour.

Here’s a picture of my 1st attempt — Looks a bit like regular pancakes but it’s crumbly and not fluffy. The moment I tasted this I just had to check the expiration date and the ingredients in the packet.   The subtle bean-like taste that I hate is obviously due to the garbanzo bean flour in the gluten-free flour mix. Gluten free pancakes But I still ate them… with lots of syrup.  Eating weird tasting food is a skill I have developed after years of becoming a self-taught baker.  After researching I learned that adding some ground flax seeds helps with the texture. I also planned to add some mashed banana to hopefully mask the bean-y taste.   Further research also made me realise that eliminating gluten in my diet could probably help me with my headaches so I guess this is worth it.  Ergo, below are some pictures of my 2nd attempt Gluten free cooking Staring at my pancakes that has been cooking for already 4.5 minutes on one side yet still no bubbles forming on top only indicates one thing: A failure.  The result was tough and gummy. But the taste is a big improvement. Go Bananas!

For my 3rd attempt I decided to follow the Bob’s Red Mill recipe online and it came out flat and the taste was like the worst pancake ever made…but I still ate them.  (forgot to take pictures)

My 4th attempt was finally a success Screen shot 2015-02-24 at 3.09.04 PM After its been cooking for 1.5 minutes, these beautiful bubbles started forming.  I knew that this is it! Screen shot 2015-02-24 at 3.09.36 PM The result looks like a normal pancake and it tasted delicious even without the banana and maple syrup!  I think I’ll try this gluten free diet thing just to see if it works on my headache attacks.  It does not exactly taste like normal pancakes but its definitely a tasty substitute 🙂  See recipe below.

Gluten Free Pancakes

Combine all these Dry ingredients together in a bowl :
1 cup Gluten Free All purpose flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon Xanthan Gum
1/4 teaspoon Salt
3 Tablespoon white sugar

Combine all these Wet ingredients together in another bowl :
1 large egg
1 cup almond milk or soy milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 Tablespoon melted butter

Procedure: Pour the wet ingredients onto the dry ingredients and mix until well combined. Heat a nonstick pan on low to medium heat then spoon in 2 Tablespoon of the batter at a time. Heat for 1.5 minute on one side or until bubbles started forming (see photo above ) then turn the pancakes and cook for 1 more minute on the other side. Lower the heat if its browning too fast. Increase the heat if its looking too pale. Serve with maple syrup. YUM!

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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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!

Cooper Grey’s Boxing Birthday Party__ “Fight of the Century” Cake

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A vintage style boxing cake for a little champ name Cooper who celebrated his first birthday on the same day as the biggest fight of the century, May 3, 2015.  Yeah Pacquiao got the speed, Mayweather got the strength, but this little champ name Cooper Grey got the killer smile! I’m in love with this little boy’s killer smile that I just had to put his face on the cake, it made the whole thing look so much more delish don’t you think? !

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I think the figure of knocked out champion Cooper (top left ) I made as the cake topper looks so darn cute and funny!  I love the photo of Cooper so much ( top middle ) because he looks like his ready to fight for Philippines!   He’s such a little tiger,

Cooper Grey's birthday

 Proud parents of Cooper who made his special day perfect!

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Look at him.  He knocked out every single opponent his the only one left in the ring.  Sorry Manny  but you lost the fight.

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the Battle for Greatness!

As always thank you guys for reading !!!

3 Year Old Cooks Breakfast __ by Playful Chef

My daughter Bug got a Cooking Kit from my mom a few months ago and ever since then she’s been dreaming about cooking and baking everything.  Besides the cooking/baking tools, the set also includes a really cute apron and five fun recipe cards that’s easy enough for 3+ year olds.  So far we’ve tried 2 recipes from this set during her Summer break.  The Perfect Pita Pizza and the Chocolate Mountain Lava cake.  She loves the Pizza but she’s not too fond of the Lava Cake.

Other recipes which we have yet to try are Peanut Butter Fun, Fruit Yogurt Parfait and French Toast Sticks.

Other than that she also cooks her own cheesy scrambled eggs and pancakes.  I taught her an easy and delicious way to cook banana pancakes and she learned it so quickly.  I took a video of her one Sunday morning making her own banana pancakes. Check it out below.

You might also want to try this recipe because it’s soooo goooood and it’s soooo easy !

1 large banana, mashed
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon oil
1/3 Cup of Water
125 grams of pancake mix
Mix the the first 5 ingredients in a bowl then add the pancake mix.  Heat butter in a non stick pan, then cook 1.5 to 2 minutes on both sides.  Enjoy!

I think this is one of the best gift that Bug got because she’s learning how to measure at a very young age and more conscious of how things are made.  Plus I notice that she tries to act more mature when she’s independently making her own food.

Thanks mom for a wonderful gift ! Bug’s becoming a playful little chef !

Easter Sunday / Easter Egg Hunting Event

Although last week was a holiday/ Holy Week, I’ve been very busy decorating cakes but I wouldn’t miss having an easterrific Sunday with my family.  Here’s a picture summery of what we did.  artistic milestones

It’s always best to exercise before breakfast

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At the social hall before attending the mass.  I love the Alice in Wonderland decors.

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I don’t have any childhood memories of Easter activities maybe that’s why I am such a kid during Easter.

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Here’s my easter bunny all dressed up and ready to hunt for some golden eggs.  Doesn’t she look Easterriffic?!

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More eggs = Bigger Prize

Golden Eggs = Biggest Prize

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More than a hundred children swarming for thousands of eggs but only few will find the golden eggs.  I think most of them don’t even care about the golden eggs as long as they get more eggs.

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Since no parents and helpers are allowed inside the field, watching the younger kids was the funniest thing.  Some don’t even know what to do, while some are happy with just one egg.  Some wanted to eat the eggs, while some had no desire to do anything but open each eggs.  My daughter was panicking when she saw all the eggs that she forgot about the golden eggs that I told her to find.   Of the 25 eggs she got only 1 is a golden egg.  Not bad!

Aside from egg hunting we watched live entertainment of Hi-5 and magic show which was really cool and unexpected.  See part of the Hi-5 show on the video below.

There were also face painting and photo booth which we didn’t get to do since the line was too long.  But everything else was eggcellent!

We had such an Easterrific Sunday!  How was your Easter Weekend?