Skip to main content

Mother's Favourite

I can't help it; I should wait til tomorrow to post this, but I'm too excited after all that effort into making my first cake to dedicate to my mother for Mother's Day tomorrow. Still can't make out what it is? It's a Blackforest Cake, my mom's all-time fave :) What do you think? Not bad-looking for a first attempt, eh? Blah, it's 12 more hours to go before the taste-test but I am feeling impatient already! Stay tuned for an update later tonight, with the verdict and more pictures!

I'm back!

A slice for your viewing pleasure?

Okay, I know you want to know how it tasted. Personally, I found the cake (cake layer and whipped cream) not as commercially sweet (a plus from parents and me, a minus from siblings). Frankly, the cake was rather dry. Despite the original recipe did not call for brushing the cake with a liquid of some sort, I did take it upon myself to brush each layer with a bit of a mixture of cherry syrup, substitution for kirsch and touch of rum. But in my fear of making each layer too heavy and thus pushing the cream out, I was a bit cautious with the brushing and stinged. I mean, I had lots of leftover! On hindsight, I should be more generous with that to moisten and sweeten the cake further and easily double the amount of cherries as well, to bring out the lead role of the cake.

Frankly, I was rather disappointed overall; I had hoped for a wonderful cake. But perhaps I should manage my expectations and still give myself a pat on the back for the first time effort. At least my mother seemed to enjoy it :)


chronicler said…
Oh wow oh wow oh wow! 1st attempt??? You're a natural! Let me know how good it is.
fish fish said…
This is simply a beautiful 1st attempt I would say. I am sure your mum will think this is one of the best cake she has eaten. :)
Tea said…
Wow! What a fantastic looking cake! It's so professional! =) I also had the EXACT same idea to bake a black forest cake for my grandma. She's unfortunately diabetic so I made a "lighter" version of the cake.

Popular posts from this blog

Towards Weaning.

Since my last post, I have tried to implement a few changes to make things better.  For one, I have decided to stop feeling so stressed about pumping enough milk for A.  Fortunately or unfortunately depending on how you look at it, after 9 months of pumping without mastitis (blocked ducts yes, mastitis no), I suffered not 1 but 2 episodes of mastitis over 2 consecutive weeks, right boob then left. The supply tanked after the first episode and I decided to take the opportunity to slow things down and gradually wean.  Even though the mental determination was there, it was still affecting me psychologically. I mean, after going through the first few months of suffering through the 3-hourly pumping schedule and building up a decent supply, and then reaching a nice maintenance mode where pumping became easier and a way of life for me, it was hard to let go.

Nonetheless, after the second round, and the supply continued to tank, I thought enough is enough.  Final straw was when the Spectra …

The Wedding Gowns

The Man and I tied the knot on 1.3.14, a popular date because of the homonym when read in Chinese: 一生一世, which literally means, a lifetime, if I am not wrong. Anyway, just for the record, we didn't select the date because of that reason, but on hindsight, it made a very nice coincidence and we won't easily forget our wedding anniversary I suppose. When we got engaged, we went researching for the wedding banquet venue right away (more on that later), and then followed by the wedding gown.  After consulting a few recent brides,  unsolicited input from others, and research on bridal forums, I decided I would like to go ala carte. I also eliminated the Tanjong Pagar bridal studios because I admit I am biased and my mind conjures up an imagery of a typical Tanjong Pagar bride that is wearing a tiara, white gloves, a big poofy ballgown and lots of bling.  I shudder uncontrollably at that thought before and even now that the wedding is over.
Eventually, I visited the following few and…

How do you juggle it all :( ?

I just feel that I don't have enough time - for the husband and  much less for myself!

During the workday, I make sure I try to go home on time so I could spend a couple of hours with A, and put him to bed. Then it's time to have my last pump at about 9pm before I just want to  zone out and crash.  The boy wakes up at least 3 times ever since his last leap when he learnt how to stand. Additionally, he fell really ill for the first time (i.e. antibiotics).  Prior to that, he cries 1-2 times but easily soothed with pacifier or with some milk. Because of these frequent interrupted sleep, the man and I took turns to fall ill as well, and it is difficult to recover. I still have the head colds and occasionally coughing spells.

On weekends, our schedule revolves around family events, and then I try to plan so that A can try to get a nap or 2 as well as to plan our routes throughout the day so I would end up somewhere comfortable to pump when I needed to.  Often the nap part fails,…