Thursday, April 22, 2010

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When Arian comes over....

The campsite
Their ship or fort or tower or castle or horse or tank...
Arian said "Let's say a prayer before we eat" .And after that they took their cups and yelled "YUMMMMMSENGGG!" clanked their plastic cups together and downed the H2O

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Note to self. Points to remember when selling cupcakes at Rotary events

1. At Rotary District Assemblies, there will be very few children around. So reduce the number of cupcakes to 100 pieces.

2. During District Conferences, spouses and children will be around, however I feel that the number of cupcakes should be 100 pieces as it was really difficult getting people to buy the cupcakes, thus the cupcakes would be more of a showcase of Jianyi's talents. Speaking of which, Jianyi would have to do the icing and make the sugarcraft models on-site. As it was attention grabbing and pulled in a crowd.

3. Need to search for vegetarian cakes and diabetic cakes.

4. Display a dummy 3-tiered wedding cake.

5. The butter cake slices sold really well. Samples of the chocolate cake helped to boost the sales of the cake significantly. In all we made 4 10inch butter cakes and 2 10inch chocolate cakes. Next event we will double the volumes for both the types of cakes.

6.We need more posters and flyers. Perhaps a nice banner.

7. I had great fun experimenting with the carrot cake. It feels good working with a new recipe and having to rectify the cake and try to turn it into a presentable cake. I am glad it was well-received.
8. We need to issue receipts as proof of payment. The lady that ran away with someone else's cake was a bad experience for the girls.
9. Cake that are reserved should be paid for in full and bagged and tagged with the name and handphone numbers of the purchaser.
10. We will need to ensure that the vendors get to be FED! The girls were practically starving and the walk from the Sunway hotel to the shopping mall is no joke!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


Before we enrolled Jianyi in her Wilton course, she took a few cake decorating classes in Cake Connection, located in Jaya One. They were a good introduction for her but after going for the Wilton classes in ICCA she noticed that the tutors conducting the Wilton course are more informative and disclose more trade secrets.

So if you want to get into cake decorating you should consider their classes. Fees are a bit steep are their merchandise.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Cake Deco journey with Jianyi

Blogging is addicitve. I tried weaning myself of it...but the I can't resist the pull...sigh..

I have been away too long, first the laptop conked (at last!) then the boys caught the latest flu bug, then I got involved in CLI - a cooperative 'school' where homeschooling families pool resources to educate their kids.

Well, Jianyi's new laptop is a breeze to use, so here I am :)

Jianyi's cake decorating journey has intensified somewhat. She took a break from her Wilton class since last year as the 1st 3 months of 2010 was a busy time with birthdays and CNY. So we enrolled her for Wilton course 2 starting April 8. The class was full, JY said that among them were 8 women from Venezuela. Jianyi wanted to go for the Gum Paste course as well, so she now has 2 consecutive days of cake deco classes.

She is learning techniques that she could not obtain from the net. I could see the improvements in her fondant deco immediately. Her finishing is now much smoother.

She was delighted that she finished her task ahead of her much older classmates :)

Kent was late picking her up from her Friday class. When the tutor noticed her pacing up and down she asked JY why didn't she drive home! Jianyi was puzzled at first. It was the 1st time anyone had ever asked her such a question. So she remarked that she couldn't drive. So the tutor suggested that she bought a car. Jianyi got more confused. Then JY blurted out "I am only 12 years old, I can't drive yet!"

What I would give to have seen the tutor's face. hahahaha!

Anyway they thought that JY was 17 or 18 and were amazed that she was 12.

The lady-in-charge, Rosalind wants to take JY under her wing and suggested that JY take up their 5 day Diploma course in July and participate in a sugarcraft competition in UK in October. Jianyi is ecstatic.

She can't wait till October. She can already see herself on the plane. She is 12 and already has plans to be a jetsetter...oh my!