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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Birthday present to myself! ~ 送給自己的生日蛋糕^^

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Having been asked to make cake for many friends’ birthday, I realized that I have not made my own birthday cake before! Some said that I should have others bake me a cake and someone did (thanks Mei & family!). Nevertheless, I still want to make one and not just for me but also for my brother and Linda, my evil twin. Our birthdays are within days from each other, one stone three birds =)

This dome shaped cake is a 1st for me and composed of 8 components!! It has a beautiful name - Cité Jardin - city garden, giving hints of all the beautiful red, green, brown hues. It is the work of Yoshiya Inoue of Puissance located in Japan. His original composition was of pistachio dacquoise/pistachio crème brûlée/confiture de fruits rouges/white chocolate mousse/white chocolate glaze but since the pistachio paste I ordered was on back order, I opted for a different composition.

When one look at the components, it may look busy with all the different ingredients but they were actually quite subtle. The exotic taste of saffron-infused crème brûlée, the subtle bitterness of matcha génoise, chewy macarons gives it a very contrasting texture and all these flavors work wonderfully together. Though the mousse and baravois was surprising light to me but it may taste rich and creamy to some so serve more raspberries on the side to cut the creaminess.

Decoration-wise, to bring out the garden theme, I stick to Inoue’s use of wood grain chocolate decoration, colorful fresh fruits, sprig of mints and added a personal touch of Isomalt sugar decoration, and a dust of matcha. Overall I was happy with the result except that next time I won’t do a macaron insert. It got lumpy from the moisture and didn’t give me the crumbly texture I hoped for. There is always room for improvement ^u^

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Cité Jardin – makes one 19cm/7 ½ dome
Composition is as follow:

1) matcha génoise
2) mascarpone mousse
3) saffron-infused crème brûlée insert
4) matcha macaron crumbs insert
5) white chocolate bavarois filling
6) white chocolate glaze

#1 ~ Matcha Génoise (recipe here)
The cake can be baked a day in advance. Once cooled, cut out a 13mm/½in thick and 16 ½cm/6 ½in diameter round. Wrap with food wrap and store at room temperature.

#2 ~ Saffron-infused Crème Brulée Insert -1 8in/18cm round pan

220g heavy cream
60g whole milk
20g boiled water
12 saffron threads
40g egg yolks
40g granulated sugar

Place the saffron threads in a small bowl, add the boiled water and let steep for 5 minutes. Pour the saffron-infused water and saffron into a small saucepan, add in the milk and heavy cream, heat over medium heat to just boiling. Remove from the heat, put the lid on and let infuse for 10 – 15 minutes then strain the mixture.

Preheat the oven to 240°F/120°C. Whisk together the sugar and egg yolks till pale in color, then pour the saffron-infused milk over the sugar/yolk mixture, whisking constantly as you pour, and mix until combined. Place a napkin over the mixture to soak up the bubbles that formed from whisking. Pour into the pan, place it into a large roasting pan then pour hot water into the roasting pan all the way up half way of the pan and bake for about 40 minutes or until firm on the edges and slightly wobbly in the center.

Let cool then chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour or overnight until firm up.

#3 ~ White Chocolate Bavarois Filling
260g heavy cream
110g whole milk
56g quality white chocolate, finely chopped
45g egg yolks
20g granulated sugar
6g gelatine leaf
18g egg white
9 g caster sugar

Prep:
- Line a 19cm/7 ½in half sphere mold with food wrap, press firmly onto the mold to push out air bubbles, leave a 2in/6cm tail outside the mold.

Place the gelatine in icy water, soak until soften, squeeze out the water, set aside. Place the chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl then place it over a pot of simmering water, stirring constantly until completely melted. Place in a warm water bath to keep warm.

Bring the milk to just boiling then remove from heat. Using a hand mixer, whisk the egg yolks and sugar together in a large mixing bowl, slowly pour in the hot milk mixture, whisking constantly until combined.

Return the mixture to the saucepan and cook over low heat until thicken and the temperature reaches 170°F /85°C, about 2 minutes. Add the pre-soaked gelatine, mix well then using a rubber spatula, fold 1/3 of it to the melted chocolate mixture and mix well. Fold in the remaining egg mixture until incorporated. Set the bowl in an icy water bath to cool.

Whip the cream until soft peaks form. Fold 1/3 of it into the chocolate mixture, mix well then fold in the remainder of the whipped cream until incorporated. Using a hand mixer, whisk the egg white until foamy then gradually add in the caster sugar, whisk until stiff peaks form. Fold 1/3 of it to the chocolate mixture, mix well then fold in the remainder of the meringue until incorporated. Pour into the prepared mold and slightly tap it on the counter to release air bubbles. Chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours or overnight.

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#4 ~ Mascarpone Mousse (recipe here)
Pour the mousse into a piping bag without a tip, set aside.

#5 ~ White Chocolate Glaze
The glaze jellifies quickly, you should make it at the last minute.

240g quality white chocolate, finely chopped
200g whole milk
80g corn syrup
7g gelatine leaf

Prep:
- Pre-soak the gelatine, set aside.

Place the chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl then place it over a pot of simmering water, stirring constantly until completely melt.

Bring the milk and corn syrup to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly to avoid burning the mixture. Pour the hot mixture into the melted chocolate, using the rubber spatula, stir until completely incorporated, add in the pre-soaked gelatine and mix well. Let cool while checking the texture regularly. As soon as the mixture is smooth and coats a spoon well, use immediately.

#6 ~ Matcha Macarons – 30 sandwiches

Italian meringue method
55g egg white
150g caster sugar
40 g water

Tant pour tant
150g almond flour
150g powdered sugar
15g matcha
55g egg white
1 drop green food coloring

Chocolate ganache filling
Raspberry Buttercream


Prep:
- On the back side of 2 parchment papers, trace 3cm/1 ¼in circles about 3cm/1 ¼in apart. Flip them over and line the baking sheets.
- Prepare 2 sheets of foil the size of the baking sheets.

I thought you should know:
- Must let the piped cookies sit out until dry to touch before baking to prevent them from cracking during baking.
- Press the piping tip on the baking sheet when piping for uniformly shaped macarons. Do not suspend the tip in the air!

Sift together almond flour, matcha, and powdered sugar twice then place the mixture in a large mixing bowl. Add 55g egg white to the flour mixture and stir until it forms into a sticky ball, set aside.

Heat water and caster sugar over medium heat until it thickens and reaches 230°F/116°C. While the syrup is heating, begin whisking the egg white at high speed in the bowl of a mixer using the whisk attachment; whisk until pale and foamy. Reduce the mixer speed to low speed and begin slowly (very slowly) pouring the syrup down the side of the bowl being very careful not to splatter the syrup into the path of the whisk attachment. Some of the syrup will spin onto the sides of the bowl but don’t worry about this and don’t try to stir it into the mixture as it will harden! Raise the speed to medium-high and continue beating until it becomes thick and satiny and the mixture is cool to the touch, about 5 minutes. Add in a drop of green food coloring, fold until incorporated.

With a rubber spatula, fold 1/3 of the meringue into the almond/sugar/matcha flour mix, fold until incorporated then fold in the remaining meringue and fold until completely incorporated. With the rubber spatula, scoop and spread the batter, in a full circle, on the inside wall of the mixing bowl. Repeat this scoop & spread process also known as macaronnage, for a total of 15 times. Lift some batter with the spatula, it should falls into the bowl in a ribbon fashion, and has a glossy look.

Pour the batter into a piping bag with a round tip and pipe the batter from the center of the drawn circle onto the baking sheets. Pipe about 60 circles. Let dry at room temperature for 30 minutes before baking to allow skins to form. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400°F/220°C, with racks in upper and lower thirds.

When the batter is dry to the touch, place into the preheated oven and bake for 2 minutes, then quickly turn it down to 300°F/150°C, bake for 5 minutes, then rotate the baking sheets (upper and lower racks), cover the sheets with foil, and continue to bake for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and transfer to cool on the cooling rack. Once cooled, slide a knife (fragile, must be careful) underneath the macarons to remove from the parchment paper.

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Wood Grain Pattern Chocolate Decoration
80g bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
120g white chocolate, finely chopped

Chop the bittersweet chocolate into tiny pieces and place into a dry heatproof mixing bowl. Temper the chocolate by melting it in the microwave. Need to do it on medium for 4~5 times and at 30 second interval. Stir the chocolate each time the microwave stops until becomes completely melted and smooth. Cool for 2 minute.

Spread out a few 2.5x14in/6x40cm acrylic strips on the back of a jelly roll pan. Dip the pattern side of the wood grain comb into the chocolate, and draw the pattern on the acrylic strips. Chill in the fridge to set.

Melt and temper the white chocolate using the same method as above. Let cool to touch then spread the melted chocolate evenly with a spread knife on top of the chilled chocolate pattern. Place in refrigerator to chill and set. Carefully peel off the chocolate and break/cut into desired size.

Sugar Decoration
Some Isomalt sugar

Preheat oven to 360°F/180°C。Sprinkle the Isomalt sugar evenly on a jelly roll pan lined with silpat silicone sheet, place another silpat sheet on top, and press it down lightly. Bake for 5 minutes, remove from oven, press it lightly using a rolling pin then return it to the oven and bake for 5 minutes until sugar completely melted. Let cool completely then break/cut into desired size.

Assemble your dome:

Prep:
- Line your mold with food wrap, press firmly onto the mold to push out air bubbles, leave a 2in/6cm tail outside the mold.
- Cut the saffron crème brûlée into 16 ½cm/6 ½in round.
- Cut the matcha génoise into 16 ½cm/6 ½in round.

THIS IS FOR UNMOLDING FROM UPSIDE DOWN TO RIGHT SIDE UP. You will want to tap your mold gently on the countertop after each time you pipe mousse in to get rid of any air bubbles.

Snip off a little corner of the piping bag with the mascarpone mousse, pipe to about 1/3 height of the mold, spread evenly. Push the bavarois filling into the mousse; it will fill to 2/3 full. Pipe another layer of the mascarpone mousse, place macaron halves on top, then the saffron crème brûlée insert, another layer of mascarpone mousse and then top with the matcha génoise (syrup side down) round, press lightly. Chill in the fridge to set for at least 3 hours or overnight.

Unmold the cake by grabbing the food wrap and carefully pull upward. Once loosen, turn it out on a wire rack. Make the glaze now. Place the cake along with the rack over a large baking pan, pour the glaze on top and let flow down to cover the entire cake. The glaze jellifies quickly so work fast; let set for 30 minutes in the fridge.

Cover the entire side of the cake base with a pattern of 1 macaron half & 2 raspberries. Place the chocolate and sugar decorations at the top of the dome then arrange some fresh fruits like strawberries, raspberries, kiwi berries and mints on top then a dust of matcha powder.

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給不少的朋友做過生日蛋糕﹐但卻從沒給自己做過一個。有人說讓他人做一個給我就好了﹐為什麼需要自己動手呢? 因為這個蛋糕是要和另外兩個人- 我弟跟好姐妹Linda分享的。我們的生日很近﹐想說一石三鳥嘛﹗還有﹐今年第一次收到一個朋友做給我的生日蛋糕﹐好感動哦~~~~~~謝謝Mei跟她的姐姐們還有她可愛的侄女 ~~

這款用半圓形模具做的蛋糕是首次嘗試﹐更別說是用上8種不同風味口感的甜點素材組合而成。這個充滿田園氣息的蛋糕有個很美很符合它的名字 : Cité Jardin就法文的[田園都市]的意思﹐是日本Puissance 甜點店的井上佳哉師傅的作品。蛋糕本來是由開心果風味的杏仁蛋白蛋糕﹑開心果烤布蕾﹑白巧克力慕斯﹑果醬﹑和白巧克力奶油淋醬組合而成﹐可因我沒能買到開心果膏等材料﹐我將蛋糕的組合改了。

咋看到材料的組合可能會讓人感到構成的材料很多很忙﹐甚至繁複鋪陳的程度,足以令人咋舌﹐但味道﹑口感、氣味出乎意料的融合﹐口感鋪陳和我想像一樣的極端精緻、豐富、多樣化﹐使甘美的香氣合而為一。質地細緻綿密柔軟的馬斯卡朋慕斯包裹著帶有濃郁乳香口感綿密的白巧克力芭芭羅瓦餡心﹑富茶香的抹茶馬卡龍﹑充滿異國香氣的番紅花風味烤布蕾﹑再以襲人的淡雅茶香的抹茶海綿蛋糕托底﹑最後以富濃郁奶香的白巧克力鏡面包過著。為配合田園的主題﹐跟著井上師傅用鮮艷覆盆子﹑迷你奇異果﹑薄荷香草﹑木紋巧克力裝飾跟糖片裝飾蛋糕的頂端﹐然後在蛋糕週圍用1塊抹茶馬卡龍2顆覆盆子的花樣整個包圍﹐最後撒些抹茶點綴組合成這個鮮艷亮眼的蛋糕。

蛋糕最後只跟弟及家人分享﹐因為Linda旅行去了。如往常﹐甜點一上桌就給一掃而空。品嚐過程裡,從視覺到味蕾到整個心靈的滿足,久久難以忘懷。

田園都市

1) 抹茶海綿蛋糕
2) 馬斯卡朋慕斯
3) 番紅花風味烤布蕾
4) 抹茶風味馬卡龍
5) 白巧克力芭芭羅瓦餡心
6) 白巧克力鏡面

#1 ~ 抹茶海綿蛋糕 (點這裡)
蛋糕可以前一天烤好﹐包好室溫存放。

#2 ~ 番紅花風味烤布蕾 - 直徑8in或18cm圓形烤模1個

220g 鮮奶油
60g 全脂奶
20g 熱水
12根 番紅花
40g(3個M尺寸) 蛋黃
40g 砂糖

用小碗盛著番紅花﹐加熱水泡5分鐘後﹐倒進小鍋中。跟著將奶﹑鮮奶油也倒進小鍋﹐用中火慢慢加熱﹐ 煮至沸騰時立刻熄火﹐蓋上鍋蓋泡10 – 15分鐘。

預熱烤箱至240°F/120°C。將蛋黃和砂糖混合充份攪拌勻至淡白﹐慢慢注入過濾後的番紅花熱奶漿﹐邊倒邊攪拌﹐攪拌均勻後在奶漿上方鋪上一片餐巾紙﹐輕輕地吸取掉泡沫後倒進模具中。將模具放進有深度的烤盤裡﹐然後注入熱開水達模具一半的高度﹐再放進預熱過的烤箱裡烘烤40分鐘。當搖晃模具時布蕾中央會抖動但週邊不動即烤好了。取出﹐待室溫放涼﹐蓋上保鮮膜﹐放冰箱冷卻一個小時或一個晚上。

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#3 ~ 白巧克力芭芭羅瓦餡心

260g 鮮奶油
110g 全脂奶
56g 白巧克力﹐切碎
45g 蛋黃
20g 砂糖
6g 魚膠片
18g 蛋白
9 g 細砂糖

事前準備:
- 在一個19cm/7 ½ in的半圓形模具裡鋪上一層保鮮膜(四邊留約2in/6cm的尾巴)﹐按壓出氣泡讓保鮮膜貼服﹐備用。

明膠片用冰水泡軟之後擠掉水分﹐備用。將切碎的白巧克力倒進一個耐熱容器中﹐隔熱水加熱融化後﹐放溫水浴中保溫。

將牛奶倒進鍋子裡用中火加熱﹐煮沸後離火。將蛋黃和糖混合倒進一個大的拌碗中﹐用電動攪拌器以中速打發至顏色變淡白﹐然後邊打發邊細絲般的慢慢地注入滾燙的牛奶﹐拌勻後﹐倒回小鍋中以小火加熱﹐用打蛋器持續不斷的攪拌至變稠至溫度為170°F /85°C後離火﹐約2分鐘。加進泡軟的魚膠片攪拌融化後﹐邊攪拌邊慢慢地拌進融化的的白巧克力中﹐用橡皮刀攪拌至順滑﹐使其乳化。過濾後﹐放冰水浴中降溫。

用電動打蛋器打發鮮奶油至變富含空氣出現軟角的程度﹐然後將3分1拌進微溫的巧克力漿中﹐用橡皮刀輕輕的源邊往下刮翻切拌勻。拌入剩下打發好的鮮奶油﹐輕輕的拌勻。

用電動攪拌器以低速打發蛋白至起泡﹐然後分數次的加入細砂糖打發﹐打至富含空氣出現結實尖角的程度為止。將3分1拌進巧克力乳漿中﹐用橡皮刀輕輕的源邊往下刮翻切拌勻﹐再拌入剩下的蛋白霜拌勻。倒進鋪了保鮮膜的模具中﹐輕輕敲一下釋放氣泡後﹐放進冰箱冷藏凝固最少2個小時或一個晚上。

#4 ~ 馬斯卡朋慕斯(點這裡)
將慕斯倒進擠袋裡備用。

#5 ~ 白巧克力鏡面
鏡面很容易凝固﹐所以最好在裝飾前製作。

240g 白巧克力﹐切碎
200g 全脂奶
80g 玉米糖漿
7g 魚膠片

事前準備:
- 明膠片用冰水泡軟之後擠掉水分,備用。

先將切碎的白巧克力隔熱水加熱融化備用。將牛奶和玉米糖漿混合倒入小鍋裡﹐用中火加熱﹐不時攪拌讓液體不會煮焦﹐煮沸後離火。將奶漿倒入白巧克力中﹐用橡皮刀攪拌均勻至順滑﹐加入泡軟的明膠片﹐拌勻至融合﹐放涼備用。

#6 ~ 抹茶風味馬卡龍 - 30個

義式蛋白霜
55g 蛋白
150g 細砂糖
40 g 水

Tant pour tant
150g杏仁粉
150g 糖粉
15g 抹茶
55g蛋白
1滴綠色食用色素

苦甜巧克力甘那許夾心餡
覆盆子風味奶油餡心

事前準備:
- 準備兩張烤纸﹐然後在每一張的反面畫上直徑3cm間隔3cm的小圓圈。鋪在烤盤上。
- 準備兩張相等於烤盤大小的包裝鋁箔紙﹐備用。

要注意什麼呢?
- 擠出麵糊後要放置到表面乾燥為止才可進烤箱。
- 擠麵糊時先固定一個點再擠出是要訣。

混合抹茶、杏仁粉、糖粉﹐過篩2次後倒進一個大的拌碗中。將55g的蛋白倒進粉中﹐用橡皮刀確實攪拌勻成膏狀後靜置備用。

把水和細砂糖混合倒進小鍋中﹐以中火熬煮至出現黏稠狀﹐用手指沾黏(非常燙喔﹗)會牽出糖絲的程度(約230°F/116°C) 即可。在煮糖漿的同時﹐將55的蛋白用電動打蛋器以高速打發至起泡但還沒出現尖角的程度。轉低速繼續仔細打發﹐然後邊打發邊細絲般的慢慢地注入滾燙的糖漿(千萬不要攪拌糖漿不然會結晶),完全注入糖漿後轉中速繼續打發﹐直到冷卻出現結實尖角的程度至光滑立體狀態為止﹐約5分鐘。最後倒入1滴綠色食用色素﹐拌勻。

將3分1的蛋白霜拌入的抹茶杏仁粉糰中﹐用橡皮刀從底部往上翻起的方式拌勻。分兩次加入剩餘的蛋白霜 ﹐拌勻後進行macaronnage*程序。將麵糊從底部往上翻起再往拌碗的內壁壓推勻15次至表面紋理細緻且有光澤的麵糊為止。

將麵糊裝入擠花袋中﹐在先前畫了圓圈的烤盤紙上擠出圓形的麵糊。先固定一個點﹐再從上方擠出比直徑2cm稍小的圓形。總共擠出60個﹐放置30分鐘讓表面乾燥﹐用手摸不沾黏即可。放置的同時預熱烤箱至400°F/200°C。

待表面形成薄膜後用400°F/200°C烘烤2分鐘﹐然後迅速降溫到300°F/150°C繼續烘烤5分鐘。迅速取出烤盤各自覆上包裝鋁箔紙﹐放回烤箱時將烤盤調換 (上下烤架) 好 讓馬卡龍烤的均勻﹐再烘烤5分鐘﹐取出﹐放網架上靜置放涼後用抹刀取下﹐備用。

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木紋圖案巧克力裝飾
80g 苦甜巧克力﹐切碎
120 g 白巧克力﹐切碎

苦甜巧克力切碎後﹐放進一個耐熱的碗裡。碗一定要確實擦乾﹐不可有任何水份。放進微波爐裡加熱。分4~5次﹐每一次間隔為30秒的加熱及調溫巧克力。每一次都要確實攪拌勻至完全融化的狀態﹐放涼約2分鐘。

將蛋糕卷專用模具或方形模具倒轉﹐鋪上矽膠條(2.5x14in/6x40cm)。用木紋梳子沾取少量的調溫後的巧克力﹐塗抹在矽膠片上劃出圖案﹐放進冰箱凝固定形。

將白巧克力調溫融化後﹐用抹刀的前端沾取少量薄薄地填平在凝固定形後的苦甜巧克力上﹐在常溫下凝固後﹐再放進冰箱定形。

烤糖片裝飾
適量 Isomalt糖

預熱烤箱至360°F/180°C。將Isomalt糖均勻的灑在烘烤膠蓆上﹐蓋上另一片烘烤膠蓆﹐輕壓﹐然後放進烤箱烤5分鐘。取出﹐用桿麵棍輕壓一下﹐再烘烤5分鐘至完全融化後取出。放涼後將糖片切成你需要的大小。

組合及裝飾蛋糕:

事前準備:
- 在一個19cm/7 ½ in的半圓形模具裡鋪上一層保鮮膜(四邊留約2in/6cm的尾巴)﹐按壓出氣泡讓保鮮膜貼服﹐備用。
- 將烤布蕾切割成16 ½ cm/6 ½ in的圓形片﹐備用。
- 將蛋糕體切割出16 ½ cm/6 ½ in 的圓形片﹐備用。

將裝著馬斯卡朋慕斯的擠袋剪去一角﹐先擠些慕斯填滿模具至3分滿﹐推勻並薄薄地鋪平至模具邊緣﹐輕輕敲一下模具釋放氣泡。將白巧克力芭芭羅瓦餡心填入馬斯卡朋慕斯中﹐然後再擠入一層馬斯卡朋慕斯至模具7分滿。鋪上馬卡龍片﹐將烤布蕾填入慕斯中﹐再一層薄薄的馬斯卡朋慕斯﹐推平﹐最後鋪上塗了糖水的蛋糕片﹐往下輕按﹐將蛋糕放入冰箱冷卻定形3小時或一個晚上。

取出蛋糕﹐兩手拉著保鮮膜往上提﹐待蛋糕體可以拉離模具時翻轉倒扣脫模。製作巧克力鏡面。

將蛋糕連網架擺放在深的烤盤上。將微溫的鏡面淋在蛋糕上﹐任鏡面溢滿源周邊流下包覆整個蛋糕(連烤盤一起提起輕敲一下會幫助甘那許源邊流下)。記住這時動作要迅速,因為溫度容易下降﹐鏡面很快就會凝固。將蛋糕放冰箱凝固定形30分鐘才可以裝飾蛋糕。

以1個馬卡龍片2個覆盆子的比例貼在蛋糕的側面。將烤糖片﹑木紋圖案巧克力裝飾隨意的插在蛋糕的頂﹐然後擺放一些新鮮的覆盆子﹑草莓﹑迷你奇異果﹐及薄荷等等。最後在表面撒一些抹茶粉即可。

Isn't it gorgeous? This gorgeous arrangement is the topper on a cake that Mei made for my birthday. Mei is the owner of this lovely flower shop.
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我不是說過Mei送我一個手工蛋糕嗎? 這些花是她用作裝飾蛋糕用的。是不是很漂亮?﹗當然啦﹐她可是花店老闆娘耶﹗

Dreamy "Pink Lady" arrangement  - a gift from a friend

42 comments:

  1. J'ai envie de dire que le nôtre peut aller se rhabiller !
    C'est de toute beauté ce birthday cake !
    Waouw, impressionnant, la classe international !
    C'est du boulot de pro !
    Je suis bouchée B tellement c'est somptueux !

    Ce site est une vraie merveille !
    Bravo et des photos digne de grands photographe !
    Avant d'aller dormir, recevoir le flux rss est un pure bonheur !

    WAOUW

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  2. Beautiful!
    My geekling and I love your blogs

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  3. Happy birthday~!

    the cake is really pretty~~

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  4. Happy birthday~!Happy birthday~!Happy birthday~!

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  5. Happy Happy Happy Birthday!!! Vi~
    又紅又綠...不過夾得很醒神,很漂亮啊~(又忍不住要讚一下!哈哈)
    近期都有想過要試做macarons,未做過呢...見你的又令我心癢癢了~哈~

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  6. Happy Birthday ! ~
    你整的 birthday cake 真是太美了 ~~~ 簡直是藝術品 ~~~

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  7. 生日快樂!漂亮的壽星 =^.^=

    這個美麗的蛋糕讓我屏息
    天吶..太美太美了

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  8. Happy birthday!

    Wonderful cake.

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  9. How beautiful!!!! I badly want to make something like that but have always been too lazy. Really, 8 components could literally take me a week to complete! What a wonderful birthday cake! And happy birthday too, of course!! I love!!

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  10. Oh my goodness, that is soooo gorgeous! I love the colors and the shapes. It sounds like it tastes incredible, too.

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  11. Beautiful! Happy birthday to YOU!!!

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  12. Sweet Temptation3/25/2009 4:26 PM

    is gorgeous!!! Happy Birthday to u!!

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  13. Happy Birthday...the cake looks great. I love the photos.

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  14. 來遲了!! Happy Birthday to you !!!

    Wish all ur dreams come true! :) Your cake is so beautiful!

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  15. 阿vi,生日快樂哦~~ ^^

    小璇

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  16. Happy Birthday! Mad skills you have! I have to say, with regards to the macarons, I'm quite impressed with your methods and would like to try it out. I mean... covering with foil? That's the first i've heard of it. must try. I've been quite frustrated with this sucre cuit method so far because I keep on getting tiny feet. And the shell is also a bit too domed if i must say. Any advice? Would appreciate it :)

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  17. happy birthday.. u really have a master skill

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  18. Happy Birthday Vi, I wish u a healty and wonderful year ;) Your cake is... Excellent, and sooo Beautiful!
    Have a nice weekend ;)

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  19. Happy birthday (from a total stranger XD) but wow, if I got a cake like this, I would've been too impressed/grateful to eat it...

    Beautiful work!!

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  20. Happy Birthday!!! I enjoy your blog immensely and all the wonderful things you have been sharing to all of us here, over the cyberspace!
    I sincerely wish you a beautiful birthday with friends and family.

    You're truly an artist, one-of-a-kind!

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  21. This is just such a stunning cake! I love it!

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  22. happy belated birthday...first of all...i baked my own bday cake as well,lol.....this cake represent u!!! what u like ...how u prefer ur cake to be...its a meaning full cake if u ask me..i have this original recipe also on my book i think..!btw...u remind me of saffaron...a very very elegant taste ingrdient..;-)

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  23. 遲來的生日快樂...;))
    抱抱 !!

    ps : 嘩, 食/睇過妳嘅蛋糕♥♥, 會否對其他蛋糕有厭食的傾向呢 ??

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  24. happy bday! beautiful entremet!

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  25. 很有自己的风格

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  26. 生日快樂呀!!!
    做給自己,總是興奮,這是我最愛的綠色呀!!!
    有時間都要跟你做先得.....
    e.....看來我的小禮物,可作為你的生日快樂喎!!!
    收到嗎????

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  27. 实在太吸引啦,我都系三月份生日架,好想食啊。你几号生日架?真系好想做你邻居啊。哈哈。

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  28. hope it's not too late.... HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! :)

    saffron 做 cake, 真係未試過...

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  29. Hi all~

    Thank you for all your well wishes! I had a wonderful time spent with friends and family! As always, thank you for all your kind notes. This cake was well received; however, I only got to have a very small piece ;( I need to watch my figure as I’m going to be the maid of honor for a good friend^^

    ♥Vi

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  30. 小婦人 – 我係春天的寶寶﹐所以想整個有春天氣息既蛋糕啦~

    Christy – It took me 2 days to complete! It was easy to assemble once I get most of the components completed. I won’t do this anytime soon though….

    Nikki – I have been experimenting with different methods of making macaron. I have tried the rest over night method and the non-rest method and both turned out with similar results. I do notice that it is harder to get that feet during winter time as I read somewhere that weather plays a role. As for the foil, it is used to prevent burning the top. I really can’t give much advice as my results are not always rosy. However, practice do make perfect =)

    Zeitgeist – Thank you so much for your kind notes! It is so wonderful to meet you and a lot of wonderful others over this space. Internet is a great agent that connects people from all over the globe =)

    breadpitt – Thanks, saffron…I remember that ;p

    過客 - 抱抱~~~~~~~~~~~~~對其他蛋糕有厭食? 應該就唔會囉﹗However, 朋友好似對其他蛋糕挑剔左~

    yy – 前日收到啦﹗哈哈﹐我真係當呢份大禮係生日禮物﹗謝謝你呀~~~~~~~~~~

    乜系你啊 – 我係3/24日生日。見者有份﹐蛋糕你大有份﹗生日快樂﹗﹗

    lioil – saffron味道幾特別﹐比較適合大人既口味~

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  31. Happy birthday to you.

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  32. this is so pretty and full of pleasure!

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  33. Belated Happy Birthday! Hope you don't mind it's a bit late!

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  34. 前排好忙所以依家先見到你哩個post...遲來的生日快樂!
    你哩個做俾自己既蛋糕真係好靚呀,色彩又豐富,味道一定好好!

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  35. 下面個個無名氏係我黎架!!

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  36. 係上面個個無名氏先啱...嘻嘻!!

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  37. 貓姐 & 查查 ~

    謝謝你們的祝福呀♥

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  38. Wow, it looks very elegant. I like it.. The color and the style was good. Keep it up. Thanks for sharing.

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