Red velvet cake
The journal starts here....
Approximately a month before Faheem's birthday + aqiqah celebration. For the past 1 week, i have been planning for the celebration.
For the past 1 week, I have been designing faheem's birthday cakes . I drew various designs, searched for the best theme in youtube, and even coloured the drawings to get a good idea of how the cake will be.... and yes I've finalized my drawing on 23rd Dec. I tried baking various cakes, find the best recipe for layer cakes, try making buttercream, royal icing and fondant. Last night, abang's friend ordered his birthday cake, and I actually tried my fondant on his cake. That was my first experience with fondant haha. It was ugly but I guess boys don't mind... I did remember to ask abang to apologize to him for making his birthday cake my guinea pig ;p
2 days ago I met kak ikin (the owner of warung usom) to discuss with her about the best price and place to buy daging aqiqah, and to order the main meal. We plan on having mansaf.
Next would be... planning for the side dishes. So far I plan on making cookies as it can be done early, days before the actual event. I also plan on making colourful macaroons. It's a birthday party after all!. That is of course important as I will have my hands full to finish the cake on the great day. Maybe I would have to call for help from the sisters to make some side dishes... but I'll think about that later.
We plan to invite 150 guests..
Some of the shopping list that I can think of
1. balloons (lots of them!)
2. Banner "Ameer Faheem turns 1!"
3. paper plates, paper cups, forks and spoons
I've been busy since I last updated this post.. baking of course! (uhh it's getting a lil bit harder to type with the letter A missing..) I've been trying to bake a perfect buttercake. To assemble a pecan butterscotch cake. Guess what? I use the same recipe for 4 times, each time I bake it at different temperature!! Haihh duit semakin habis :( Well I try to use my own money (out of selling cakes) to bake Faheem's birthday cake. if possible I don't want to ask from abang.. bercita2 tinggi tak?? haha. So finally 3 cakes are considered edible while the first try goes down the bin. I keep them in my friend's freezer ;p. Here's the recipe:
4 cups, flour + baking powder + soda bicarbonate
300g butter + 1 1/4 cup milk, heat on low fire (till all the butter has melted)
6 eggs + 2 cup sugar + vanilla essence, beat till fluffy
Finally add the flour mix and the liquid (milk + melted butter) into the beaten eggs, alternating between the two.
I baked at 175 degree for 1.5 hours.
I've also baked a strawberry butter cake to make a teddy bear. Here's the recipe
2 cups flour + baking powder + soda bicarb
1 cup sugar + 1 egg + 1 egg yolk, beat till fluffy
170g butter + 3/4 cup milk, put on low fire.
Finally add the flour mix and the liquid into the beaten eggs, alternating between the two
I added strawberry flavour and red colouring (optional)
I baked at 175 degree for 1 hour
Btw I made banana cake today. Money has got to be recycled ahaha!
Alhmdulillah 1/6 of the birthday cake is done! Now I'm planning on doing the red velvet cake! I'm wishing me luck!
I've baked 5 (FIVE) 6" red velvet cakes so far! Abang simpan dalam freezer kawan dia. Alhamdulillah. And I've sold 3 chocolate cakes today, Alhamdulillah.
Next will either be
1. carrot cake (with cream cheese filling to be done last)
2. a white butter cake (Plan to make a white cake with strawberry mousse)
3. Moist chocolate cake (with peppermint stabilized whipped cream)
Oh I need to borrow a big square cake tin from Kak Aizah!
31st December (it's actually 12am of 1st Jan 2012! I can hear the firecrackers :))
A hectic day. It's saturday! We went out to balad this morning. We braved the rain and went to a baking shop Abu Sobbah in Syari' Rashid. I was so overwhelmed with the things sold there... anything for baking! Bought some gelatine. We were actually searching for cake boxes and cake plates for my cake business ahaha. Aku taklah semangat sangat, abang yang semangat ;p Managed to grab an icing set, a packet of balloons and a serrated knife. Then we went to the wet market, I bought a box of fresh strawberry for my strawberry mousse. Tried the recipe for classic white butter cake, and it turned out superb! The strawberry mousse was too delicious for words!! And I had to lick my fingers and the glass bowl clean before washing them. Not a drop should be wasted ;p Plan to sell the white cake tomorrow... and bake it for Faheem's birthday in 1 week time probably.
1st January 2012
I bake another white cake ;p just to familarize myself with the recipe. And today I plan to try out the frosting recipe. Again me wishing myself luck ^_^
8th January 2012
Uihh lama tak update journal ni. So what's the update? I bought a 'Happy Birthday' banner/ lettering for Faheem, Lightning McQueen theme. I've baked 4 rectangle white cakes, plus and additional 2 rectangle chiffon butter cakes- green (pandan flavour) and yellow (orange flavour). The orange and green cakes will be used to make rainbow cake for the letter blocks. FAHEEM TURNS 1. 12 blocks in total. I've also baked orange chiffon cake which will be rolled (like a swiss roll) and used to make a small birthday cake. I guess that's all for now. Next will be carrot cakes!
12th January 2012
I've baked 4 carrot cakes 2 days ago. I'm left with the last cake which is chocolate cake. plan to bake 3 of them. Will probably do it on sunday.
The party is 6 days away and pheww I'm getting anxious. So her's the plan for the next one week..
make a video of faheem's 1st year (to be shown on the day)
1. Order mansaf for 150 people. Ask the cook the ingredients that she need.
2. Shop for the ingredients. + vege shortening (need it for my fondant. I've made 3 batches but they are quite crumbly)
3. Send agar-agar strip to k. Abidah (I requested that she make caramel pudding for the party hehe)
4. Buy papers to make a banner + decorations
5. ooopps I almost forgot, shop for pizza ingredients
6. Pinjam meja tinggi kak ikin for cake
7. Pinjam bekas nasi and bekas air from Permai
1. go to balad to buy balloons, paper plates, paper cups, strawberry, search for dowel
2. Invite people
Make 3 chocolate cakes
Siapkan guest book
Bake macaroons. Lots and lots of them!
1. Collect the cakes
2. make pizza dough. lots and lots of them
1. buttercream frosting
2. Cream cheese filling (enough for red velvet cake and carrot cake)
3. Butterscotch walnut filling (for yellow butter cake)
4. green mint stabilized whipped cream (for chocolate cake)
5. Strawberry mousse (for white butter cake)
Buy cute mashmallows for the kids. Buy fruits
Ask abang to inflate balloons, clean the house and decorate.
Remind people of the event
Assemble and decorate cakes
So far, the menu list includes:
1. Chicken mansaf
3. Caramel pudding
5. Birthday cake
7. Mango juice
17th January 2012
Plan berubah banyak... because Ameer Faheem is not well. and i don't have much time to cook. I've omitted pizza and macaroons from the list, they consume too much time. I'm left with the chicken mansaf, caramel pudding, birthday cake, fruits, mango juice and marshmallow.
We went to balad today. Bought ingredients for the mansaf and balloons. Guess what?? I found Crisco in Arabella mall!!! Will go there tomorrow, to buy the rest of the ingredients. The plan as for now:
1. Finish Faheem's video (tonight)- almost done!
2. Hang up the banner. Abang will hang up the balloons on friday while i learn how to cook mansaf ;p
3. We have Faheem's birthday celebration tomorrow. Kwn2 arab abang belanja kat kfc. Lepastu kutip cake dr fridge2 kawan abang haha. Ambil meja dari kak ikin. Beli mounting board
4. Finish making the fillings and frostings tomorrow night
5. Assemble the cakes on thursday. Playing with fondant. Abang kena carikan dowel on this day
6. beli papercups, paper plates, more chicken today.
21st Jan 2012
A day post birthday party huu. Mcm2 tak ikut plan heh. mansaf was ok. but i didn't get to make a tiered cake sebab tak sempat g cari dowel so hidang la sebiji2, but it's ok.. puding caramel kak abidah sedap! We didn't find any suitable fruits except for appple. Abang bought basbuseh (a halawiyat). Faheem was grumpy all day long as he was not feeling so well. Pics are available on facebook :)
Thanks to the guest and those who gave faheem presents!!!