Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Bento No. 83 - Cut the rope

Every Apple fans out there would know the ipad / iphone game called " cut the rope". This is also an equally addictive game as the angry birds. Actually me, my hubby and my boy loves to play this game and even compete who has the highest scores. :)

The frog like creature is called "Omnom", we need to cut the rope at the right timing so that the candy will drop into Omnom's mouth.

Omnon is made from Pandan cake, i added a few quail eggs and grape fellows in th box too.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Bento No. 82 - Angry Bird

My boy has been into games during holidays.. and my ipad has been invaded too..

He loves to play angry birds. When I asked him which angry bird does he like most? He told me blue and black angry bird because the blue bird can split into 3 little birds to attack and the black bird is powerful as it could explode like a bomb. Wise choice huh..

I made a yellow bird and black bird (due to natural food colour constraint :P). I know he would love a blue angry bird. The mini pocket sammies are filled with shredded chicken and cheese.

I forgot to add the eye brow for the black bird, so it kinda make him less grumpy with an innocent look..??? :)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Bento No. 81 - Kung Fu Panda - Lord Shen

As promised earlier, I made a Lord Shen bento for my boy. I know Lord Shen is lot more elegant than my version. He is supposed to be a Peacock i think.
Hope my E will like it. :)

In case you are wondering what did I use for those red stripes at the end of the fan, its strips trimmed from strawberry gummy bears! hehe..

The Lord Shen toy are from Mac Donalds. Yeah.. i know its unhealthy, thats why i rarely bring my kids for fast food, actually E is more interested in the toys than the meals. :)

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Orange Poppy seeds cupcake with fondant icing

I tried making some cupcakes during the weekend, and made some fondant icing too. Thanks to my parents for helping to babysit my 2 little tykes. I share some pictures on my first experiment on cupcakes below. ;)

I think they are a bit overbaked, there are cracks on the surface.

Icing sugar sieved to make the fondant

Mixture of dissolved Liquid Glucose, Gelatin and a drop of red colouring for making pink fondant

Pour the liquid into the icing sugar and mix well. Knead till it gets soft and sticky.

Roll a piece of fondant

Use any cup or round cutter on fondant for the base on the cupcake.

For making piggy, cut few small round shapes for the ears and nose

Here is my first fondant piggy

and some bunnies

Bento 80 - Kung Fu Panda - Po

Hello everyone! we are back, E has back to school today! As Kung Fu Panda 2 hit the box office during the school break, every kids in town will be talking about Kung Fu Panda.

We brought Big E and little Miss E to MacDonald's, as they have Kung Fu Panda toys comes with the Happy Meal.

So to cheer him up on his first day of school after a 2 weeks break. I promised to make him a Po bento. Drop in a few alphabets PANDA for spelling lesson too.

And he loves it! My next challenge will be Lord Shen! We'll see.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Cake Pops and Choc Pops

I have been thinking for trying to make some cake pops since i saw these cute little things in Bakerella website. I finally gave it a try last weekend.

I made some cake pops and choc pops for my nephew's 5th birthday party.

Get ready my ingredients: 1 pound chocolate cake ( i only use half of the cake), 4 inch pop stick, cream cheese, Candy melts ( for Choc pops) and some sprinkles.

Cut the cake into smaller pieces before i crumble them and mix with the cream cheese. Knead until its sticky, add more cream cheese for if you feel they dont stick together.

Roll them into small cake balls about 3cm in diameter, I found the larger cake balls will drop after dipping into the melted chocolate as they are too heavy. I have learnt from this lesson. :)
Chill in the freezer for about 5-10 mins.

While waiting for the cake balls to chill. Double boil (or you can use microwave) the chocolate for dipping the cake pops later.

Take out the cake balls, insert the popstick after dipping a bit of the melted chocolate. Then put it back to the fridge to chill again. Its better not to put in the freezer for longer than 10 mins, as the cake balls will turn out to be too dry, when dip in to the hot chocolate, it tends to crack.

Lesson 2 learn here.. few of my cake pops cracked and fell off the pop stick. Blunder! :(

After taken out from fridge, rotate the cake pops in the melted chocolate gently and let the excess chocolate drip. Then add your favourite sprinkles on top.

These are the few successful ones. I know there are still rooms for improvement. I found the surface is not smooth enough.

Wrapped them up in transparent plastic bags and there you go.. perfect party snacks/gifts.

I bought some Wilton's Choc pops moulds. Just melt some Chocolate bars or Candy Melts.

Fill up the moulds and let it set. Remember to give them a little tap to get rid of the trapped air.

I found there will be small holes on the chocolate if we did not give a final tap.

Here are some strawberry Chocolate filled Easter Choc mould.

However I think the cake pops are a bit on the sweet side. Maybe i will make a cake with less sugar next time. Your advice in making cake pops and choc pops are most welcome.