I feel like it’s been forever since I last posted. I’m sorry..But please (partially) it’s blame it on the weather that keeps changing its mind like a PMS-ing lady that gave me a nasty cold! However, fear not, I think I have some rather brilliant pictures to share with you all! Last week for my boyfriend’s birthday. For those of you who know me probably know how much i love throwing parties, organizing dinner get-togethers etc. So I embraced my runny nose and put on my party planner hat/ a sneaky spy beret (Do spies wear berets? What do you call that Sherlock Holmes hat?) It takes a lot of time and effort to plan something behind my boyfriend’s back without looking suspicious. But luckily everything went extremely well and according to plan. Yay!
I decided to make a cake for him myself but I had such a hard time coming up with an idea because it’s almost impossible to top the cake i gave him last year. Since I was abroad, I had to photoshop a design that I wanted and send it to Boat Bakery. They completely wowed me with this ginormous Blackberry cake, just how I requested (minus the gay flowers that they decided to add themselves.)
So you see, how does one top that? So I decided to pull my “mamegoma” card. My boyfriend and I collect this precious little seal creature, so anything with him on it should be a winner. But that, again, would be too simple. So I decided to supersize the cake. Luckily I own this Wilton’s giant cupcake pan, which I never got to use – making this birthday the perfect occasion! At least people would be distracted by the sheer size of this cupcake.
For the recipe of the cupcake, please refer to this post I did earlier HERE. I double the recipe and had just enough batter for both sides. Since the volume that the top mold holds is a little less than the base. I bake the base 10 minutes before filling the top half and bake again, which caused them to be done at the same time. For the filling I used white chocolate whipped cream (just whipped cream mixed with melted white chocolate – simple but so delicious!) and some fresh strawberries.
The cake itself was very simple to bake. The tricky part is the mamegoma fondant figure. Normally rolled fondants are used to cover wedding cakes. However, I like working with them better than marzipans for little figurines since i think they take in food coloring better since the fondant is white unlike the yellow marzipan. The fondant itself is extremely easy to make, you just need to microwave some mini marshmallows and add icing sugar and shortening. You can find the recipe HERE. The tricky and messy part is molding the shapes. But I had so much fun playing around with the fondant so I didn’t mind how time consuming it was. (I adored Playdough as a kid, you see..)
After spending around 8 hours on the cake, I really liked the result. Although nothing about the cake screams perfection but it’s seriously my best effort, considering I have no prior training in making little decorative figures. And luckily my boyfriend really loved the cake, and that’s all that matters anyways.
The second part of the surprise was also supersized. Those of you who follow my blog would know how much I love Hyde and Seek! Every time my boyfriend and I eat there, we’ve always wanted to order the “monster.” (H&S has 3 cocktail sizes -normal, jumbo (2x), and monster(15x)) But we never had enough people there to share with us. So as a surprise, I wanted to order a monster for him at his birthday dinner. However, I wanted to take it a step further by asking H&S to customize the perfect cocktail for him. And I owe Hyde & Seek, especially Dannie Sorum and P’Tor, a big thank you for making it happen.
I contacted Dannie, asking if it was possible to get a personalized monster that contains mango, passion fruit, and no mint. He was extremely nice and helpful and told me that he’d come up with something and to drop by the next day to sample the cocktail. The next day I went to H&S to meet P’Tor, the bartender; again, he was very nice and not only made a very delicious cocktail just how I requested, he also carefully noted down all the details of how I wanted the drink to be serve (with balloon and a little mask inside.) They ensured me that everything would be just as I requested on the day of the dinner and surely it was! Everything went perfectly. They also added a small candle inside the monster, which i thought was very sweet. So thank you again, Hyde & Seek!
And just in case you’re wondering, we DID finish this monstrous cocktail!
Also, below are some more pictures from H&S: