21st Party *~\o/~*

I’m never really one for throwing parties or holding events with the centre of attention being myself – this was actually my first birthday party that I can remember. But our exams were so close to my birthday this year that I couldn’t treat my friends for the incredible things that they got me and things that they did to celebrate this big milestone in my life with me, so what else can I offer but food I make from the heart?

I took a while to plan the menu, shopped and bought what felt like the entire supermarket and catering shop and then lived in the kitchen for a few days before the party. I’m not sure how to write this post – elaborating on every recipe would make this a novel hahaha and I didn’t even take a single photo of the food table!!! Not one!! Was too busy trying to make sure things were going well that I didn’t even take that many photos of my friends 😦 So I have no record of how the food looked like all laid out, except in my head.

Here’s what the menu looked like:

Savoury

  1. Penne Aglio Olio with bell peppers and mushrooms
  2. Salad with honey-balsamic dressing, feta, walnuts and cranberries
  3. Cold soba
  4. Egg Mayo Sandwiches (worst item on the menu, didn’t like it myself)
  5. 4 fingers chicken wings (catered; mum queued for so long for this, <3)
  6. Chicken pie ordered from my favourite shop in pasir ris, thanks dad for collecting it ❤
  7. Homemade salsa and tortilla chips (store bought)

Sweet

  1. White Chocolate Cheesecake
  2. Blueberry Apple Pie Bars
  3. Chocolate cupcakes with chocolate cream cheese frosting
  4. Cookies (Snickerdoodles and oatmeal raisin)

Drinks

  1. White wine sangria
  2. Assorted drinks which friends helped to buy (<3)

 

And I don’t really have photos of the food while baking too, so ahh this is just gonna be a garbled collection sorry :((

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Salad~

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Blueberry Apple Pie Bars

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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More Snickerdoodles 🙂

Aaaand that’s all the photos I have. Argh pulls hairs out but no choice luh. But the planning process was equal doses of fun and exhausting, I planned out an exact schedule and stuck to it, and I smelled like cooked food for 12 hours or more a day. Hahaha

Thank you all friends & family for coming and for all your love, I love each and every one of you ❤ Thanks esp to my mum for all that you’ve done, my brothers for being there even tho Clement couldn’t come cause of army (arghhhhh army), Benz for buying me balloons, Dill for being my music and transport man, Dawn and Gw for coming earlier to help me set up ^^

Time to be a big girl now, with 21 years behind me :’) Here’s to even more amazing years ahead, I’m ready to be brave

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Very Chocolate Cupcakes! (Happy birthday ting!)

It’s been a really exciting week, the exams feel like a million years ago! Thank you to all the kind souls who left comments wishing me good luck on the previous 2 posts, although I didn’t reply then I was still very happy to read them!

I’m sooo happy this sem is done with and summer is here~ It definitely started well and I’ve visited cafes, watched a movie, gone shopping, watched The Merchant of Venice performed in Fort Canning (Shakespeare in the Park! which was so amazing I was in awe and loved it so much), ice skated, exercised and most importantly, caught up with many friends :’)

And! I finally, finally got to bake again! Chocolate cupcakes! I’ve named them Very-Chocolate Cupcakes because they are really v chocolatey :> And I really love them, these are my most successful cupcakes to date. Although that’s not saying very much because somehow I haven’t really made that many cupcakes hehe

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They are really super rich and dark chocolate-y, Benz said that they require a big gulp of water after you eat one. Works for me, anything with good, rich, decadent chocolate – talking about it is already making my mouth water :’>

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I made them for ting’s birthday, happy 21st my dear ! :-* May the coming year bring even more love and laughter to you than you already have in your life 🙂

Ting ate 2 in a row hehe I was very happy :’D


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Also, if the photos look different in this post, it’s because I tried shooting with my new camera from my very lovely law sch friends, and I love it! It’s a Canon S110, great for a beginner like me. Thank you guys, so thankful for all of you :’)

I’ve also been learning how to do post-production for my photos ! Albeit I’m using Pixlr, a free photo editor online, but it really is v good, the best free substitute to Photoshop or Adobe Lightroom! I must admit it really took me one whole day to get the photos for this post edited and ready, and even then I don’t think they are the best they could be yet but I’ll work on it!

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My favourite photo is the first one in this post, and my least favourite is the one above.. Somehow I couldn’t get the lighting right however long I tried. I guess the light was really very bad to start with because there was a lot of backlight.

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For these cupcakes, I used the Ultimate Chocolate Cupcake recipe from the cupcakeproject.com, with some edits of my own! For easy reference, here is the recipe after making my edits:

I changed all the measurements to grams or cups instead of ounces cause I just cannot visualise the amount by ounces.

Ingredients

  • 60g unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup minus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 60g of dark chocolate (I used Cadbury Old Gold)
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 large egg yolks, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon vegetable or canola oil, measured in a liquid measuring cup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup full-fat sour cream
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder (natural or dutched will both work with this recipe)
  • 1/2 cup room temperature water, measured in a liquid measuring cup

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 175 C. (I followed this and found that it was much too hot, so for the second batch I baked them at 150C. I’d probably try baking them at 145C the next time as some of the tops still cracked, but that’s for my oven cause the heating is really uneven grahhh)
  2. Melt the chocolate in the microwave or double boiler (do this first so chocolate has time to cool!)
  3. In a medium-sized mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, mix butter and sugar until fully combined. The end result should look like wet sand. (too little butter for it to be creamed!)
  4. Once the melted chocolate is cool enough to touch, add it to the butter/sugar mixture and mix until just combined.
  5. Mix in eggs and egg yolks one at a time until just combined.
  6. Mix in oil, vanilla, and sour cream until just combined.
  7. Sift together flour, salt, baking soda, and cocoa powder into a separate medium-sized bowl. Use a fork or a whisk to ensure that the ingredients are mixed well after sifting.
  8. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients in three additions, mixing until just combined after each addition.
  9. Mix in water until just combined.
  10. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full and put in the oven. (I think I definitely under-filled my cupcakes this time!)
  11. Check for doneness at 18 minutes – a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake should come out clean. If they are not done, check again every three minutes until they are done. (Mine were done at about 19min)
  12. Immediately remove cupcakes from the cupcake tin and place on a cooling rack or on the counter to cool to room temperature. Although they are really good when they are hot, be sure to wait until they are room temperature to give your evaluation.

 

Alright that’s all for today, time to sleep! Going to start my internship next week so no all-day baking during the weekdays for 3 weeks grahhh 😦 But okay I guess interning is quite exciting, get ready to impress!