What’s your idea for the best ‘congrats’ gift?

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What would you buy/give to your best friend’s grand opening of her new restaurant/business?

The typical gift for Thai, or probably in other parts of the world as well, would be a lovely, big bouquet.  But won’t that be a little bit unoriginal?  No offense here, but I just wanted to give her something that was actually ‘from me’.  Something that she could just see and identify it with me.

Since I’m a cake decorator, I decided to go for the floral-themed cupcakes.  And, since I should give her some flowers anyway, so why not giving her the edible ones!  The only thing that makes it not such a good idea was that she was opening a dessert bar, and it might look a bit funny to get some dessert for a dessert bar.  Well, I’d been debating with myself for a long while and, as I really couldn’t come up with a better idea, I decided to go for it…with the excuse for myself that it’s not just a dessert, it’s well-decorated box of cupcakes!  Hmm..

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I was not sure how she felt about it, but she would be kind enough not to tell me how ridiculous the idea was if she really felt so.  Anyway, I did enjoy making these cupcakes a lot.  At least one of us were happy, right?

I would love to hear from you what would be your gift of choice in this kind of situation?  Perhaps I need to borrow your ideas for my next event!  😉

 

 

 

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I’ve opened up a whole new side of my sweet world!

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I know it’s time to upgrade my sugar craft skills!

I’ve been practicing moulding and sculpting my fondant and gum paste from scratch and so far been happy satisfactory with my development, considering no formal lessons have been taken at all.  Yet, I know I should not stop here.  Lately, the skills have plateaued out a little bit.  I’ve been doing quite the same things, either cartoon characters or figurines, over and over and it has become less challenging and a bit less fun.

 

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One of my first gum paste figurines back in July 2013

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A work early this year

I know I can get by with these skills for my Cupcake Carousel shop.  Yet, I’m sure there must be some ways to get better at this.  To be more professional-like.  To be able to say, not only, “I can do it,” but instead, “I’m good at it.”  To bring back the feeling of excitement and pride again.

So, I began searching for ideas to take it to another level and found that delicate sugar flowers may be the answer!!  I saw exquisite work by professional cake decorators around the world and was soooo in awe of their skills, creativity, and sense of style.  Well, honestly, I don’t aim to be at that level, but I would certainly want to explore the path.

I then searched for available classes in my area (i.e. Bangkok, Thailand) and found one lovely teacher whose work looks as exquisite as what I found on those websites.  I contacted her and took a 2-day class to make (what she claimed to be) three of the most complicated gum paste flowers.  This may not sound like the right step to take going right at the top of the difficulty index but she assured me that her first time students made it before.  So, I psyched myself up for the class thinking, “I’ve been doing some children-friendly stuff before, right?  Why wouldn’t I be able to do it?

I know I’m not good at it yet but the only thing I’m sure of is I enjoyed every minute of the class.  It’s definitely what I love to do.  It definitely brings back the excitement and the pride again!  I’ve never known this terrain existed in my world.  But now that I’ve discovered it, I will spend much more time exploring this fun side of the world!

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Fringe Peony before colouring

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Persian Buttercups and an Orchid

 

If any of you are kind enough to share with me on what you think about my new found territory?  (I know it may be an old terrain for some of you!)  Is it worth continuing, judging from these pictures?