I made a few Christmas treats for my friends' orders and also for my children's classmates and teachers at ISB.
1) Mini Christmas tree cupcakes with a shiny gold star on the top. These cupcakes were ordered by Rose, whose daughter attends the Shrewsbury International School Bangkok was a having a Christmas party in school to mark the end of the school term. She wanted these Christmas trees as what represents the joy of Christmas more than these cute little trees with its colourful ornaments. I made the ornaments on the mini tress in gold and silver sugar beads with one thousand and one colourful pieces. The cupcakes are French vanilla flavoured with vanilla buttercream.
2) There was also another order of Christmas themed cupcakes in December. This time its by Meg, whose son also attends the same school as Rose's daughter but in different year levels. Meg's son, Rayyan also had a Christmas party in school. The cupcake design was inspired by snowflakes and snow. I made these really nice snowflake cut outs in two sizes and airbrushed them in pearl white to achieve the shimmery effect. I then airbrushed the icing on the cupcakes in icy blue to create a bluish tint to the icing base. I also enhanced the cupcake by adding silver and pearl sugar beads and a dusting of silver edible dust. The cupcakes are chocolate flavoured with vanilla buttercream.
3) For my finale Christmas goodies, I made French vanilla butter cookies for my children's teachers and friends in celebration of Christmas and the last day of Term 1. I decided to make the Christmas tree, star and snowflake themed cookies as they were the easiest to make! I was running short of time as it was a very busy week for me as I was running back and forth to school for events. I am glad I still managed to complete 32 cookies in time for my children to bring to school. I had individually packed them and completed each pack with a Christmas theme ribbon.
With these treats, I was done for year 2014. It was a difficult year for me. For one thing, I have slowed down a lot on my baking and cake making. I also had my carpel tunnel surgery in February 2014, my husband had a major neck operation in July due to his upper spine slip disc and after that in August, we all had to pack up and move to Bangkok. Uprooting my kids and enrolling them in a new school went quite smoothly but I had trouble occupying my days in a new country especially with the language barrier. However, I am still very thankful with all that have been bestowed upon me and my family. My new home now feels like home but no matter what my heart will still be in Malaysia. I do miss my house in KL and wish that I could bring my house here to Bangkok.
I hope that in 2015, the carpel tunnel on my right hand will improve and am able to create more beautiful cakes. I do have some difficulties with getting my baking supplies here in Bangkok as I am very used to dealing with my suppliers in KL. I guess I still am adjusting here plus I don't have a client base yet, Hopefully, Pink Ellies Novelty Cakes will continue to flourish in year 2015. Wish me luck, peeps...