Celestine’s Baking Party! Little Chef Party

I planned this party two months ahead since I really wanted to DIY everything (decorations, activities and food).  Here are some things you can do to have a simple little chef party for your little one.

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To set the mood for the entire event we need decorations.  This was really easy to pull off because all you really need were lots of colorful papers, a few balloons on the ceiling and the cupcakes on the wall was a fun weekend project for Celeste.

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Nothing will make some plain cupcakes look elegant and delicious than a cake stand.  Each kid will get to decorate their very own cupcakes on a cake stand.  How wonderful is that!

The materials used for the stands are round styrofoams ( 6 inch diameter and 2 inch high), yellow and green art paper or cartolina and 8 inch gold cake board.

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DIY play doh recipe

DIY Play Doughs / Play Doh — I used 9 Cups of flour since I was expecting around 9 to 10 kids.  1 Cup of of flour per color which yield around 8 ounces of play dough.  Made these 3 weeks ahead. Don’t forget to provide cookie cutters and rolling pins!

DIY APRON

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I bought the felt mustaches at the bookstore / scrapbook area.

DIY Paper Chef Hat — So easy you can do this in less than 10 minutes!  Don’t forget the felt mustaches!

DIY Butter cupcakes — Here’s my little secret, I used the recipe of Martha stewart many times without fail.  I divided the batter into three equal parts then added a bit of food coloring, spoon them in the muffin cups then bake it for about 20minutes.  Presto! Pretty colorful cupcakes!

DIY Perfect Chocolate Cupcakes — Here’s my go to chocolate cupcake recipe. I made a total of 48 cupcakes.  4 cupcakes per child plus extra for those kid at heart 🙂

DIY Yummy Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Kids are crazy for frosting so you need lots of it and of course candies, cookies and sprinkles to decorate.

buttercream frosting recipe 1 Cup Salted Butter
4 Cups Powdered Sugar, sifted
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
about 4 Tablespoon of milk
Food coloring (optional)

Beat butter with a mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add 3 cups of powdered sugar and turn your mixer on low to incorporate sugar with the butter. Increase the speed to medium and add vanilla extract.  Add in water to make it smooth.  Add in the remaining sugar. Mix on high speed until light and smooth. Add in food coloring.

The best part is of course the blowing of the CAKE!

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My little chef with her pet tigers!

Don’t forget to check out the video for more ideas!  For questions, comments and suggestions please write it down below

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!

Umizoomi Cake __ part 1

Vacation over, just arrived from my yearly medical check up in Singapore yesterday.  I’m now starting to feel the excitement of the new year!

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A couple of days before I left for Singapore I had an Umizoomi and Ninja Turtles cake orders due after my vacation break (Jan 9 ).  I was planning to turn down one order but decided to trust my trusty minions to help me.   After a thorough research and planning of the cake designs I had to make 15 or more pounds of fondant.  Before leaving I gave my minions five specific instructions for the Umizoomi cake.

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1. Bake and then shape two 8″ round butter cakes into number 3.

2.  The Height = 16″  and width 8″

3. Buttercream the cake and cover it entirely with orange fondant with pantone 130U.

4. Cover it entirely with cling wrap twice and freeze it till I get back.

5.  Send me a picture of the finished project thru viber or email.

I was so happy when I received this picture.

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Well done minions! Now all I had to do when I got back is the fun stuff.  Decorating!

A Royal Celebration / Disney Princess Party

Little girls have dreams of becoming one of her storybook princesses, but not everyone have the opportunity to be them even for just a day.  Lucky for Alessa, she got to experience her “Once upon a time” on her 7th birthday.

Since this post will be all about Princesses I though it’ll be best to start of with a fairy tale story of Princess Alessa.

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If anyone can beat the song of all the disney princesses in one day, it’s Alessa.  Her voice is beautiful, full of energy and definitely princess-like.  That gift of song really worked! She sang the song of Queen Elsa, Ariel and Rapunzel flawlessly.  Check out her video below.

For someone who loves all things princess, absolutely nothing can be more precious than a multiple tiers of magical cake of all her favorite disney princesses.

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Cake : Seven layers for a seven years old Princess, each layer represents a disney princess:  The top layer is Rapunzel, then Princess and the frog, then Mulan, followed by the Frozen princesses, Princess Merida, Princess Jasmine, and mermaid Ariel.

And to make it even more magical we added gold curtains, warm lighting and lots of royal treats like crowned cake pops, colorful meringue cookies, strawberry marshmallow with jam, and of course, chocolates and cupcakes.  Quickly check out the video above for a closer look at the extravagant details on the cake, dessert table, and hear the voice of all the disney princesses you can imagine.

Immerse yourself in the world of Disney Princesses

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What really made this party unique for me besides the Princess performance was the animals performance.  It was an unexpected surprise.  There were birds, baby rabbits, baby hamster etc.   I was busy taking photos but when the large lizards and snakes started coming the kids went wild which made it impossible for me to take good photos.

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Snake !

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This bird sang the Happy Birthday !

MIRROR MIRROR ON THE WALL, WHO IS THE PURRR-TIEST OF THEM ALL ?

Most if not all the girls came in their favorite princess costume with their little tiaras.  Below are only the few once I have spotted.  My personal favorite of all was the costume of Princess Merida from the Disney Brave.  She came in a silky medieval blue dress holding a bow and some arrows.  It’s so perfect.

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I did a little prenup photoshoot with Alessa before her main event.  She was dressed up as the Ice Queen of course and I was Snow White.

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Even a grown up like me can be a princess, all I need is a little faith, trust and pixie dust

Top ten of my favorite Princess sayings :

1. Queen Elsa – “You can’t marry someone you just met”

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2. Princess Anna – ” I’d like to meet these love experts”

3. Cinderella – “They can’t order me to stop dreaming ”

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PRINCESS AND THE FROG, MULAN

4. Princess Tiana – “There’s magic in the air tonight, anything can happen.”

5. Princess Jasmine – ” I am not a price to be won! ”

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PRINCESS JASMINE AND ARIEL

6. Snow White- “Remember you’re the one who can fill the world with sunshine”

7. Merida – ” I’ll be shooting for my own hand! ”

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Seven bullseye from PRINCESS MERIDA

8. Pocahontas -“But if you walk the footsteps of a stranger, you’ll learn thing you never knew”

9. Rapunzel – “Look at the world so close and I’m halfway to it ”

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RAPUNZEL

10. Sleeping Beauty- “They say if you dream a thing more than once, it’s sure to come true.”

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Cupcakes, crowned cake pops, and meringue cookies

My favorite princess quote is from the movie The Little Princess

“I am a princess. All girls are. Even if they live in tiny old attics. Even if they dress in rags. Even if they aren’t pretty, or smart, or young. They’re still princesses. All of us.”

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And they all lived happily ever after. The End.

Repeat the past: Great Gatsby Party

I attended a Great Gatsby event yesterday and got to party like a 1920s millionaire, thanks to my grandma in law who just turned 86 and my cousin who just turned 20.

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My 86 year old grandma in law can really dance is beyond AH-MAZING !!!

You know I don’t normally get stressed out worried while making a cake but these cakes have given me a nightmare.

It all started in a fabric store where I was purchasing some feathers for the Gatsby cakes I was planning. I met a very funny gay guy who’s very helpful in giving me tips on how to dress up my cakes and myself. She said and I quote “missy you need to wear something vintage and glamorous, you’re bringing gold cakes for gods sake. Do you want to look like from “Back to the Future” movie”

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She was not the only one who told me to dress the occasion, my two sisters urged me as well. And in my book, when you get the same warning from at least 3 person that means you gotta do something.  So when I got home I googled looking for fashion inspiration. I got worried because the party is a week from then and I do not have the time to shop.

That night I had a nightmare exactly about what that Gay said. At the party I was from the “Back to the future”. It was in short an embarrassing nightmare, one that I shan’t risk making in real life.

So the following day instead of shopping I went to visit my fashionista sister and as always she has a solution to my fashion problem.

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Here I was all clean and pampered, with pearly clip on my short curls, some accessories, a sophisticated beaded art deco dress and a 3 inch heels, ready to step back in time and dance the night away! (photo above ) Thanx to my sister M.

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The roaring 20s is a very dramatic era. And it was especially true for the ladies because ladies fashion back then were sophisticated, flirty, glamorous and with a sense of rebelliousness. Men wear Ralph Lauren inspired neutral colored suits, but the ladies fashion was a different story. I think that the best way to describe it is “Extreme.” They wear an angry mix of laces, feathers, pearls, diamonds and fringes all at the same time yet surprisingly complementing one another. Aside from that, they wear thick make up, dangling earrings, sparkly hair accessories and short hair was apparently very stylish. And if you personally know me you can just imagine how much stressful it is for me trying to get The Look but I have to admit I love it. I mean what girl wouldn’t want to be draped in jewelries? Hello!?

Baking Big IdeasTook me longer than usual to plan this cake. I like to incorporate most of the elements I saw in the Great Gatsby movie with a color scheme of black, white and gold. To make the cake roar like the 20s era, I added plenty of feathers, real ones and painted ones, some diamonds, fish net, pearls, and bold geometric patterns.

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Now to the fun part. No Gatsby party will be complete without fresh and live entertainment from the celebrant and the audience!

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This family loves to dance so its no wonder why they chose to recreate the 1920s party.  That year was also known as the Jazz era, when new and upbeat jazz music coupled with exuberant and energetic dance moves became very popular.   You know perhaps the whole purpose of the fringy flapper dresses were to show of those legs!  Click on the video at the top page to see plus more photos from the roaring 20s.

After one party in the house of Gatsby I can truly say that 1920s is truly an exciting era that will never be forgotten. But I was exhausted. Ready to ride our little time machine and travel back to year 2014.

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Till then see you later old sport! and P.S. if you’re planning a Great Gatsby Party don’t forget to bling it on with a Gold Cake!

Celestine’s Tangled Birthday / Rapunzel Cake

Frozen is an amazing movie, no doubt, but honestly I am getting tired of it, especially the ‘Let It Go’ song, GOSH! it has been on repeat since forever!  Let it go people!  I can’t wait for Disney to come up with a new movie soon that would replace it because its seriously hurting my eardrum.  I’m sure my daughter feels the same way too because she stopped singing it completely like a couple of weeks ago. 

When Celeste was 2 years old attending her friends and families birthday parties I realized that birthdays are actually becoming a big deal for her.  She is always excited to blow candles on cake and people always tell her “no, it’s not your birthday” and she enjoys dancing with other kids, balloons and fun games.   So on her 3rd birthday I made sure she’s having a simple little party.   

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But not the cake.  I don’t think she will ever get a simple cake from me plus I think that a long haired girl in a tower is the best way to get the point across.

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Before planning my little lady’s birthday party I first asked her what her favorite princess was and she said it was Cinderella, later it was Princess Elsa, later it was Ariel, later it was Rapunzel, later it was Belle, later it was princess whatchamacallit.  No sooner did I realize that little kids can’t make choices, they change their mind like on hourly basis.  So as a neurotic cake mom and also a big fan of Rapunzel I settled on a Tangled Party for her .  Tangled btw, is the animated Disney Rapunzel movie – She’s the only princess with super long and magical blonde hair kidnapped by an old woman who can’t afford botox and cosmetic surgery and rescued by a wanted thief. 

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I like to keep her party simple because i don’t believe in spending loads on a toddler who will already be extremely happy with a cake, balloons and friends to share their special day.  For a Rapunzel Centerpiece, I turned the Frozen centerpiece into a Play dough holder then I put a picture of Celeste in the middle, glued some Tangled images, then I took some of my yellow thread to make the long hair.  TaDaaa! 

baking big ideas Like my husband, Celeste is a social animal, parties with lots of people makes her hyper happy so its no doubt that her 3rd birthday will be be celebrated at home and also in school with all her playmates.

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Everyone needs a cake on their birthday.  It is the highlight of the party, it is the time you get to be on the spotlight and the time to make all your very important wishes.  Celeste said she wished for ” a very long hair.”  Oookay, that is very important.

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Here are the cupcakes swirled with butter-cream cheese frosting.  So delish.  How cute is Pascal? the floating lanterns, the mini Tower, the frying pan and everything else! The kids absolutely adored them. Celestine’s favorite is Pascal, she ate a cupcake of him and the pascal on the cake tower.

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Some more pictures: Very simple decors at home, Poster of Flynn Rider on the cake, and the crown her classmates made for her at school.  Each kid made her initial which is the letter “C” plus the small flowers and pasted them on the crown.

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The monday we celebrated her birthday it was extremely traffic because of the heavy rain as a result Celestine’s party time was cut in half,  I was very grateful to her teacher because she allotted time to continue her birthday party the following day.

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Since this is a school I thought it would be a fun idea to teach kids how to make Pascal (Rapunzel’s camellion).  I just bought the party blowers and paper products at the bookstore.  Super easy, super cute and super fun for preschoolers.  You can google the tutorial for this.

 

While baking in the kitchen my twin was becoming quite adamant as to why I should be making Frozen cakes instead of Tangled so we had a little useless argument as usual, because nothing is better than spending your leisure time having useless argument with your twin.

Twin : Everyone’s into Frozen right now

Me : Hello! Most are tired of it

Twin : Hello! Kids love Queen Elsa because she can make ice castles.

Me : Big deal.  Rapunzel can heal people.

Twin : Everyone loves Olaf too

Me : No.  Besides Rapunzel has a Camelion that turns into a flower ha!

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Twin : Elsa’s prettier and

Me: – Hello! she has an old woman’s hair.  Whereas Rapunzel has super fighting hair.

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Of course I knew Frozen won over Tangled but then I’m just so tired of it.   Plus I’ve been to three Frozen themed parties and no Tangled yet.

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Have a slice

What do you guys think, should I have made Frozen? and are you tired of their songs as much as I do?  Don’t forget to check out the video on top of the page.  The song was by Mandy Moore.  I love her angelic voice and all her songs so you better check it out.   ( I had to upload the video one more time since youtube told me I  can’t use the song, oops! )

 

Anyways, Thank you so much for reading!