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Jul 10, 2011
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Hula Girl Cakepops!!

So, when I first brought up the hula girl cake pop idea to Janet, we both had a minute of laughing out hysterically at the wacky idea.  How the heck were we going to pull this one off when all the cake pops we’ve made so far have been circular in shape?!  Next thing you know…the two of us were at Sugar n’ Spice buying the essentials to give these hula girls a try!  What do you think?  Pretty cute if we can say so ourselves!
Oct 10, 2010
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Hello Kitty Tea Party

We’re so excited about this post!  Just got back from a friend’s Hello Kitty party and it was amazing!  To pay tribute to her favorite childhood Sanrio character, she decided to be a little silly and creative this year and have us all celebrate with her in our decked out Hello Kitty gear.  What a great idea indeed!  A fun afternoon spent with the girls just hanging out and catching up.  

From the decors to the table arrangements to our goodie bags, it was all Hello Kitty galore.  Everything was well thought out and a huge hit, especially the yummy finger sandwiches.  To surprise the birthday girl, we wanted to pitch in and therefore, volunteered ourselves to make her her very own Hello Kitty cake!  :)

Hello Kitty is definitely a character girls and boys of all ages are familiar with.  Before we start blogging about our baking adventure, here’s some fun facts about Ms. Kitty.  Did you know that Hello Kitty is actually a twin?  Her fully name is Kitty White and her twin sister’s name is Mimmy.  Everyone probably thinks they were born in Japan, given that they are Sanrio characters, but Hello Kitty is actually from London, England.

Now onto the baking…we haven’t gotten a chance to use our giant cupcake mold much so we took it out and made her a giant Hello Kitty cupcake.  We wanted to stick to the pink theme and unfortunately strawberries are no longer in season to make her a fresh strawberry cake.  Instead, we opted for a double chocolate fudge cake with chocolate chips, topped with a fresh raspberry frosting.  

           

  It was a bit tricky getting the top and bottom layers to bake evenly so we’ve decided to take the top spiral out of the oven about 5 minutes earlier than the bottom part since it was more dense.

  

Since we had some batter left, we’ve decided to make some extra regular size cupcakes for the guests.  It was the perfect combination to blend Hello Kitty and our love for cupcakes together!  

             

 

 

Aug 18, 2010
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It’s All Coming Together!

When I hit my 3 months before the wedding mark, one thing that I couldn’t check off my to-do list was finding a card box for my sign-in table.  I know I can wrap a few boxes together, dress it up with a bow, and decorate them with my own personal touches.  However, I was hoping for something more, something different and unique to tie into our cherry blossom theme.  I gave up on the search and decided to add that onto my DIY list instead!  :)  

I first thought about a hanging tree with a slot for cards towards the base and little note cards for people to write add’l messages onto the branches of the tree, but then I figured transporting something with so many branches will be rather hard, especially since we will need to move it to 2 different sites.  Being a person that loves pictures, I was inspired to incorporate photos into my box, why not make something with multiple usage, a card box for our guests to drop in their gifts + a chance for us to display our engagement photos!

Lucky for me, I immediately thought of the fiance to help me with this new found “project”.  :P  I figured this could be his DIY contribution to the wedding and he was definitely a great sport about it.  We went to buy the supplies together, stopped by Michael’s for the frames and stuffing, Home Deport for the wood, lazy Susan and hinges, and Chinatown for the fabric to match with my Chinese dress. 

Sounds simple enough….right?  At least my part was, I just created the “vision” and he had to help me execute it.  He spent weeks on trying to perfect the box – cutting the wood, hinging the frames together to form the box, and making sure everything functioned properly with the lazy Susan.  When it was all finished, I was speechless!  It was exactly how I wanted the box to be, the details and all the time he spent making this silly box for me, it was the BEST wedding present I could have ever asked for!  Mommy and auntie stopped by tonight and the moment they saw the box, they were fixated on how it was made.  No offense to Yosh, but they actually first thought he was trying to take credit for a store-bought product.  Kudos to Yosh for a good well done and excellent craftsmanship!

Jul 11, 2010
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Ice Cream + Cupcake Combo?

Yes, indeed!  

With the start of summer and a crazy few months up ahead, we’ve decided to take a break from planning Janet’s wedding to host an ice cream party for the kiddies.  No particular reason, the cousins are back in town after a year away at school, family BBQs are randomly popping up due to unpredictable SF weather, and we just wanted to find a reason to test our baking skills.

Cupcakes are without a doubt something we both enjoy.  Why not combine it with a childhood favorite and make ice cream cupcakes?  Instead of filling each cone with ice cream, we’ve decided to whip up a Neapolitan trio of strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate cake batter and filled up each cone with them instead.   

  

 

You would think the baking was the hard part, but this time around, it was actually the frosting!!  We wanted to recreate a chocolate dipped cone, giving it a high-top/frosty affect so we came up with the idea to substitute an ice cream swirl with white, fluffy meringue.  That was the tricky part, although meringue mainly only consist of egg whites and sugar, it took forever to whip it!  Both our arms were sore from the “workout” but it was well worth it!  We were able to pipe the meringue out, fill each cupcake, and replicate the ice cream cone we were looking for.