I have been baking fervently from last Wednesday to Saturday, despite a rather hectic work schedule. My close friends and I are celebrating an early Christmas this year as many of us have other commitments during the Christmas period.
My contribution would naturally be Christmas cookies and cupcakes :) It has been intense but I can only blame myself for being overly "ambitious", wanting to bake cookies, cupcakes and cream puffs in just 3 nights and 1 day. In the end I managed to pull it off with rather satisfactory results considering it was a first time effort.
Presenting my luscious Lemon Cookies and Classic Gingerbread Cookies and Spiced Chocolate and Sour Cream Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting, learnt at Joycelyn's Christmas Decorated Cookies Class and Christmas Cupcakes Class.
Didn't have much time to decorate the cookies which require intensive meticulous "worksmanship". Some simple icing outlining did the trick equally nice.
Had wanted to make the cute fondant snowman and penguin. But the fondant was a nightmare to handle. After a while, it became sticky and I couldn't shape it at all! Could be due to the hot and humid kitchen so shifted to an air-con room but failed too. In the end, I just made do with dusting of chocolate powder in the shape of a snowflake.My 4-tier Christmas goodies - cupcakes, custard cream puff and rolled cookies.
Realised I still left a lot of cream cheese frosting after the party. Not wanting to waste, so back to more baking. This time round, mini Spiced Chocolate cupcakes.
I think I have enough of baking for now... looking forward to my vacation in Kansai soon!