If you asked me about cake fails, the first one that comes to mind would be the first chocolate cake I ever made where everything that could have gone wrong pretty much did. We all have to start from somewhere don’t we?.
The second, more recent, one that comes to mind would be my first attempt at the pistachio mousse cake. Sure I’ve burnt a fair amount of cakes and cookies, curdled more custards than I should, made some very odd shaped cakes here and there and regularly bake things that go straight into the bin. But nothing is quite as memorable as the impressive looking, perfectly moulded pistachio mousse cake that five minutes after removing the mould, slowly drooped into a puddle of pudding. It was my first time using sheet gelatin you see- and I’d heated it too much so that it no longer set the mousse like it was supposed to.
Woo-hoo! Last exam for uni ever done and dusted!
And with warm (literally) welcome to the summer holidays, I’m ready to party, chill out and enjoy the last 3-month summer break I’ll ever have. As much as I looked forward to finishing my degree in the past 4 years, I know I will definitely miss these long holidays!
I was originally going to post something cold and summery today because the weather lately has NOT been the type for anything other than icy cold drinks and salad, but then I realised that I had some unfinished uni-related business that I still needed to post. If anyone remembers from these posts before, I’d cooked up a four-course meal for a uni assignment that I’d thought would give me the content to blog more regularly during that particular month. Well obviously that didn’t happen, but you really don’t want to listen to me blabber on about how fail I am at managing this blog and other life related matters at the same time……
I’ve had my fair share of cake failures in the past. None more so than the first chocolate cake I ever made, but my first mango mousse failure also falls into close competition and is one I’m unlikely to forget anytime soon- afterall, it was the failure which inspired me to start this blog!
I’d decided to make a mango mirror mousse cake, not unlike the one in this post (although in my head, I’d imagined the finished product to be a little fancier)- this was back in the days before I started this blog, when my baking experience was limited to a handful of simple cakes and cookies. It was yet another one of my perhaps too ambitious baking projects especially considering the amount of interest, knowledge and experience I’d had with cakes, but hey, what’s the fun if it’s too easy right?
In Year 7, I took my friend out to yum cha. Not being accustomed to the yum cha culture, I sneakily managed to get her to try (and enjoy) beef tendons and tripe before letting her know what she had actually eaten. And laughing my head off, of course.
As I was making these chocolate mousse tarts, I could help but to think how I could pull of the same trick again with these tarts- presenting innocent looking chocolate mousse tarts to an unsuspecting tofu hater and waiting til they’ve devoured half of it to let them know what the mousse is made out of! But of course, I’m much too mature to be pulling silly tricks like that now.
Nahhh…..I just couldn’t find a tofu-hater in time!
It’s finally Christmas!
I’d like to wish everyone a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS! Stuff yourselves silly with food, wrap your selves in tinsel, belt out as many Christmas carols as you can possibly think of…… and have a great time 😉
Can you sense my excitement??
To celebrate, I finally made a Christmas-themed gingerbread house cake!! The design was intended to be a little more elaborate, but I’ve been extremely busy over the past week and have only managed to just finish the cake so this’ll have to do….