Buttercream cuppies!!! ♥

Hewo!! Another baking post because they make me happy :D

After doing a full whipped cream cake, Sam and I were really inspired to try making buttercream cupcakes after hearing much raved about reviews on how good they taste and look!!


My sparkly new Wilton decorating tips!!!
Happpeeeeeeee ♥

We went out to get a whole shit heap of baking supplies!!! Burned a hole in my pockets but worth it… I hope lol.

I still can’t get over how expensive baking is, you’d think it’s a cheap and easily sustainable hobby that bored housewives easily do but NO!! It’s neither easy or cheap. Wtf. Why do I have to like expensive past times??

Photography, and now baking which I hoped would be more pocket-friendly but boy was I wrong haha. Not as extreme as photography but daaammnnn one stick of butter is 3 dollars, one muffin pan is 20 dollars, food colouring is 20+ dollars… just to give you an idea of how much it totals up to.

Now I know why people sell customized cakes for 100+!! I always thought it was “just eggs and flour what”. -_-

Excited to play with these tips!!!!

…ok maybe I’m just a dirty minded girl but that sounded kinda wrong.

Rose nail!

This is where you’re meant to pipe the flower on, then transfer it on the cake. Wowowow I feel so professional now

Whipping the buttercream!!!

I can’t really give you an exact recipe, we kinda just winged it as we went along… We added icing sugar, egg whites, butter, and vanilla essence. It took quite a bit of tweaking before we got the right consistency, but you could work on this basic recipe:

2 stick of salted butter (about 400-500 grams), about 400 grams of icing sugar, 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence and 2 egg whites. If your butter is unsalted, add salt to cut down on the sweetness.

Start by making sure the butter is slightly melted (not liquid, just soft!), whip it reaaaaalll good till it’s super fluffy, then gradually add sugar and egg whites in. Most people use shortening instead of butter and milk instead of egg whites, but I ran out of shortening plus milk would make the buttercream WAY too buttery, it won’t hold up in SG’s weather.

As for the cupcakes recipe, you’ll find various recipes in my archive :)

My sweet chocolate cupcakes baking in the oven!!!! I assure you I didn’t have more than 2 whole cupcakes………..

Bright colors are totally essential for pretty looking cupcakes!!!! I swear by using gel food colouring for concentrated colors.

Sam’s first attempt at making a rose!!! Pretty good for a first try eh?

HAHAHAHAAH my first try. What a bloody fail!!!!!!!! *hides face*

But as you can see, the buttercream was all gooey and melted by the time he finished doing his rose, so I got the shit end of the deal :(

I know you’re all tired of me complaining about it but I really DO HATE Singapore’s weather!!!

♥ ♥ ♥ My boyfriend proposing to me with a buttercream rose :P

Second try!!!!

Looks a lot better already! But the buttercream still doesn’t look “dense” enough, like it’s too “fluffy” – I think the recipe we used wasn’t very ideal…. but I’m not complaining, everything can be improved with practice!

The good thing about it being “fluffy” though, is that it’s actually a lot yummier this way!! Doesn’t taste as sweet or feel as dense when you bite into it. It’s just a fluffy explosion of creamy flavour :D

Piping the rose onto the cupcake directly!!!!

People always ask, “how do you get your boyfriend to do such things with you?!”

Well what can I say? Me and Sam have very similar hobbies! It’s just like how I can spend days and days playing zombie blasting online games with him which most other girlfriends don’t do either.

And Sam is very willing to please me (sounds obnoxious but it’s true), so even if he’s not super excited about doing something he’d do it anyway to make me happy. But he does enjoy baking though!!! He’s quite an artsy person and he likes decorating cakes as he finds it a challenge :)

And sorry for the lack of inbetween pics, but my hands were covered in flour sugar butter and whatnot so I didn’t wanna get my camera dirty.

Anyway this is our end product!!!!! NICE???

Can you see the flower details??? :D I love it!!!!

I think it’s fab for what we had to work with!!! I woulda added more details but we made a giant bowl of buttercream yet only 1/4 was good enough quality to work with. (unmelted, that is.)

Random design… lol don’t ask me what it’s meant to be :S

Second batch – a more “sophisticated” looking batch!!!

I can’t decide which batch I like more :D Obviously the first one suits me more (I made them!) and Sam chose the design for the blue roses..

Our cupcakes combined!!!! ^_________^

Sitting there so pretty all ready to take over the world with their yumminess. :P

Drown in its prettiness now.

I can’t wait to make these again!!!!

The only problem I see is that there’s nobody to eat them :(

My brother had 1 cupcake out of like 20, he doesn’t really like cakes, Sam had 3, I had 2, and my neighbours like more than 10 LOL. I always bake random stuff and end up knocking on their door offering to them hahaha I am gonna make their 2 year old daughter fat!!!

They’re such nice folks though, always so friendly and always super polite and appreciative when I present them with cakes / cupcakes / cookies / whatever baking spree I go on.

They told me I should start selling my cupcakes and that they’d totally buy from us!!!!!


And I’m thinking… YEAH!!!

That’s a good idea!

No one ever eats my cakes at home anyway, so I might as well bake for people who’d appreciate it! So I’ve decided to start taking orders on customized cupcakes for birthday celebrations, office parties, farewell dinners, or just a gift for someone special!

I can do customized cupcakes, cookies, cakes… with the design you want!

All you have to do is tell me what sort of cupcake flavour you want, how many you’re ordering, the design (with picture references hopefully), any text / msg etc and any other details, when you need them by etc…

You know, all the nitty gritty details, and send them to Shiberty@hotmail.com! Or if you’re not really sure, just drop me a mail with a vague idea you have and we can discuss the fine details :D

Don’t worry, I don’t bite!!!

Now, since the whole point of this is to actually bake for people who’d appreciate them instead of making money out of it, I will not be charing the normal price outside for customized cupcakes (since I’m not even professional anyway, I just do it for fun and to please people so please bear that in mind in case you’re expecting pastry quality from a top restaurant!!! Expect home made quality cupcakes!)

What I’ll do is I’ll calculate the basic production cost of your order, then let you know that figure and from there you can quote me any price – how much you’d like to pay us for our effort, or how much you think they’re worth based on your own satisfaction, as long as it meets my basic cost price requirement, so I’m not actually losing anything besides a heap of time and effort.

I’m really not fussy about the money, I just like baking for a purpose and not seeing it go to waste, so if you’re interested, drop me a mail at Shiberty@hotmail.com and help me spread the word!

Honestly I don’t even know whether anyone would order or how this would turn out like, but I hope I get at least 1 or 2 orders so I get to try doing customized special orders for experience sake n___n

I need to practice a lot more, but I always run out of ideas so share some with me if you have any!!!!! I’ll be willing to hear out any opinions!

xoxo,
Jess

xoxo,
Jess

Short hair!!!! Again.

Mum came back from her trip awhile back and we surprised her with the birthday cake we baked as she came through the door!!!

She was all like, “Wow!! This cake is very nice.”

…NICE?! Nice is a gross understatement mum!! You should be like “ZOMG WHAT A PRO CAKE!!” :P

Hahaha cuz my bro recently called my mum “a noob” and my mum immediately shot back, “YOU’RE THE NOOB ONE AH!” at dinner. So fucking hilarious we all cracked up loudly in the middle of a public restaurant!!!!

Betcha noob mums don’t use the word NUB!!!

On my way to get my hair done in mama’s car!!!!!

Here I’ve just got my brow embroidery touch up done @ Browhaus Paragon! So the next few pics I should be sporting perfect(ly fake) eyebrows. :D

Pls do a google search to look for my previous Browhaus entry before asking me unnecessary questions about how it went etc ok!!!

It was quite painful as usual :(

But super worth it!!!! I actually feel much more confident now with nice-looking well defined eyebrows. Before I had two botak batches that would make my heart sink everytime I looked at them!

I’m now thinking whether I should back off from the red lippie from now on. Some people say it looks great but others say like shit, too old, etc etc.

I dunno why Sam can never look normal in an average camwhoring shot haha!

I was having a good face day that day, so minimal PS-ing was needed. Joy! ^____^

My hair looks nice enough in this picture, but good golly me… You’ll see the real horror that it is soon enough!!!

Looks like a squirrel burrowed in my hair, had a bitch fit, flailed around endlessly before finally dying and decomposing there.

Wait, have I used that line already? I always say that to describe my hair. It seems like the only apt description there is.

Very happy with my new eyebrows ^.^

And mum got me this spiffy black lacey top!!!! Thanks momma!

I was camwhoring a lot to distract myself from the annoying traffic and puking :( I get car sick so easily. It’s almost always a guaranteed headache + nausea.

At Clover @ Far East Plaza getting my hair done!!!!!!!!! I got to know the owner of the salon through a friend a coupla years ago and they’ve always done my hair very nicely and they’re friendly too!!!!

Great service and professionalism so give it a go!

My hair was DISGUSTINGLY TANGLED omg they should star ME in “A Tangled Tale” instead of that blonde chick.

I’m surprised they had the patience to just sit there and pick at the tangles for like, 1 and half hours?!

Fail attempt at taking a picture of my stylist doing my hair at the top of my head lol.

But now you get a glorious view of my nostrils ^.^

Oh my, don’t mind my bald spot X____X

I would PS it away but I’m lazy.

What?! I’m human and flawed too despite how impossible it seems!!!

Mmmmmmhm.

Lo and behold!

My beautiful hair.

I told you a squirrel died in there!!!!!! You have no idea how hard it was to wash my hair, sleep at night, or do anything without feeling like I’m walking around with a bird’s nest on my head. :(

I am SO GLAD IT’S ALL OUT!! Thank you Clover! They didn’t charge me extra for the amount of time, trouble and extra manpower required to take out my tangles. I reckon other salons would have charged a fee or turned me away.

Because really, who would want to face that shit?

ALL OUT!!! TYTYTYTYT SO HAPPY. Yup that’s what my hair looks like wet, if you ever wanna imagine me fresh out of the shower xD

They snipped off quite a bit of hair and A LOT of clumps just… fell out of my head. Apparently they were already fallen off but got tangled so they didn’t drop just yet.

I’m pretty sure all the crazy combing broke many hair strands as well too lol…. worse than having hair extensions.

Having my head massaged and hair washed by the stylist after all my tangles were out and running a comb through my hair without a single knot was one of the most AMAZING feelings ever.

Everytime I get my hair all done nicely, I tell myself…. “Don’t worry hair, I’ll take care of you from now on!! Never again will I disgrace you and let you turn to shit” but it’s always a lie :’(

Give it a couple of months and my hair would have something drastic happening to it again. Goodbye, dreams of silky long hair.

And this is me with short hair!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! At Marina Bay Sands nomming on dinner buffet after doing hair. ^.^

I personally don’t think there’s a HUGE difference. I did chop a significant lengthy chunk off, but for some reason I’m not looking at myself going… “Omg, what happened?!”

Guess I’m too used to ever-changing hairstyles!!! I know I probably look best with normal long hair but I do enjoy change every once in awhile. I’d HATE to have the same hair constantly.

So so so do you like it?????????

If you think it’s auntie don’t tell me ok I don’t wanna hear!!!!! The hair stylist told me I look very Korean, hua hua hua so I don’t care watchu say u just jeluz I know it.

My expression is obviously… “SO, you like my new hair????”

Why am I so easy to read!!!!!!!!!

Dunno what’s so funny. I think I was just delirious with hunger.

LIKE I AM NOW. Fml so hungry but nothing to eat except amazingly gorgeous and yummy cupcakes I baked earlier today, which I will be sharing with y’all soon.

But cupcakes aren’t the same as savoury food :(

-waits till 4am so I can order Maccas breakfast… it’s 3am now-

Random pic of Jer and Jan because they waited for me to do my hair for like 2 hours so we could have diner together. TQ for your patience!!! ^.^

And LOOKIE! Jan cut her beautiful long hair short too!!!!!!! She obviously looks a lot cuter in that hairstyle than me. Plus her hair actually looks healthy, not like mine, all fried :p

I must say that having short hair is very refreshing though.

This is probably THE SHORTEST I’ve had it my whole life!!!!!

Save cost on shampoo + conditioner, absolutely NO tangles, since styling is so limited you don’t have to spend a lot of time maintaining it…. hell yeah. Plus I think I look “Fresh” in a way. LOL.

Like “fresh” out of a chemistry lab explosion – “Dude, what happened to your hair?!” is a question I can predict I’m going to be asked a lot in the near future.

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Since I’m so effing hungry, here are some random food pics we’ve cooked recently.

I told BB boy I haven’t had good mushroom soup in ages (outside sell one all Campbell or premade shit yucks) and he made me gourmet mushroom soup blended from fresh PORTOBELLO MUSHROOMS!

Also a heart puff pasty to fill me up!!! I love youuuuu ♥ Sweet or what?!!

In return, late at night I made him some roasted vegetables… Roasted onions, whole mushrooms, tomatoes (spiced + seasoned heavily of course so it’s MAJOR yums)

And potatoes!!!!!

I’m over roasting potatoes. Boiling then frying them ensures better consistency, plus it’s kinda easier too!

Bloody hell I need to stop thinking about food T____T

….Fine I shall go play Neopets now to take my mind off food. Haha what a convenient excuse.

2 self absorbed pictures to end this post with.

You are given permission to marvel at my astounding beauty k thxbye.

xoxo,
Jess

xoxo,
Jess

The side of me you don’t get to see..

So I was just going through the pics on Sam’s iphone the other day and I thought many of them were hilarious!!! It shows a side of me that you guys don’t get to see often, if ever at all.

Some are not suitable for sharing with the public online (me looking worse than death and more that your imagination can’t handle xD) but here are some funny PG-safe ones!

We used to doodle on the iphone a lot… when those drawing apps were still popular!!

Drew this while trying to nudge him awake in the morning ^.^

He drew an adorable snowman because we were all excited to spend our first Christmas together in Orlando, Florida :)

And yeah, some of these pics are pretty dated back!

Although our real Christmas didn’t end up looking anything like this, it was still amazing. I go back to December all the time :’)

…December 2009 that is.

HAHAHA Sebastian the crab!!!

I think this was when we had just visited Disney World and we were in the whole Disney mood..

My idea of the perfect beach holiday :)

Needs a whale / dolphin (preferably an orca) splashing in the background.

LOL, you can probably guess who wrote what!

I was drawing that cute little preschooler daisy and he had to go and draw that stupid complicated looking rose to outshine my daisy ~.~

AHAHAHAH wtf??????!!!!!

Don’t even ask.

Awww yeh my infamous stick figures :]


Next up…. photos of me sleeping -_-

Sam has DOZENS of these in his phone!!! He just loves taking pics of me sleeping because apparently I “look like an angel”.

Personally I think I look like a pig.

These are the better looking ones, most of them are of me sprawled ungraciously on the bed looking like a lazing hippopotamus.

LOL.

Me waking up in the middle of the night going, “hmmmm? are you taking a picture of me? x)”

As you can see I like to sleep in one particular position – with my back on the bed, I will cover myself completely (up to the neck) with a thick fluffy blanket and at the bottom I usually have 1 leg sticking out of the covers!!

2 legs covered = too hot.

2 legs uncovered = too cold.


1 leg sticking out? …. Just nice!!!

Until a ghost or a demon creature reaches out and grabs your leg in the middle of the night while you are sleeping and drags you to hell of course. :(

I always imagine that happening. Damn you horror films!!!

The only half decent photo of me napping.. Always take photos of a girl from top-down, not bottom-up!!

Random ass picture of me slurping on udon and grinning like a kid, so proud of myself for doing something stupid :P

And I just thought I’d post a picture of myself in everyday clothes, in glasses and without an inch of make up.

You know… bring myself down back to earth and reality. Can’t live in make up + photoshop fantasy land my whole life!!

Despite what you see on my blog, I actually look like this 99% of the time because in all honesty, most of the time I can’t be fucked putting on contacts and make up.

When I do though, I usually try to take heaps of pics!!!

….In my defense, that was before I got my eyebrow embroidery done so my brows don’t look as bare and non-existent now :P

Picture of our matching Scrumps rag dolls (from Lilo & Stitch) that I bought from school!!!

Sam used to drench the “female scrumps” in my Chanel perfume so that it smelt like me and he’d proceed to take it back to Melbourne and huggle it to sleep every night.

Pevert HEHEHE.

I must have 5 or 6 soft toys bought from that pushcart outside the canteen selling plushies in my school.

What can I say??? I LOVE my soft toys!!! Especially Disney related ones ♥ ♥ ♥


HHAHAHAHAAH!!!!!

Totally random pic of Sam when he bleached his hair last year!!!! Fuunnneeehhh. Makes me wanna try some crazy hair colours now! Speaking of hair, I cut my hair short. Like shorter than I’ve ever had it in my whole life! Will post pics soon.

Surprisingly enough, I don’t miss my long hair…. yet. Only a matter of time before I start crying out, “O HAIR, WHERE ART THOU?! Y U NO LONG?!”

Me sucking on an orange popsicle.

Because I’m cool like that.


EGADS!!!!!!!!!!!

TERRIBLE photo of me that Meanie Sammy took while we were on a ferry from Indonesia to Singapore with my mouth hanging wide open!!!!! I fell asleep because the ride was 1 hour and I was very pale because I was extremely seasick :(

I look like I’m dying LOL.

A mean photo but super funny, I’ll have to admit that!!! I seriously dunno why I enjoy going on social suicide sprees like this by posting such pictures up but I figured if it made people laugh, then it’s good entertainment, right?

I like lying down on Sam’s lap horizontally in the backseat of my mum’s car, cuz Volkswagen Beetles are so bloody small wtfbbq @%#&*@!%@^&^

So these are some snaps he took when he wouldn’t stop annoying me and let me go to sleep on a ride back home ;_;

Tryna act cute so maybe he’ll let me sleep…

Verryyy unhappy indeed!!!!

*super grumpy when I don’t get like 10 hours of sleep minimum a day*


Random cute pic of us ♥

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And here we have random screenshots I took from his phone!!!!

Re-reading our texts always make me smile :)

HAHAHAH omg I know I am so racially ignorant but she didn’t take offence at all at least (good friendS)… we both just stared at each other before cracking up. FMyMalayFriend’sL

x) Just a cute text of my bf telling me how much he loves me, and me feeling the need to tell the world how smart I think I am in class.

And you didn’t need to know that!!!

LOLOLOL.

BEST. effing. text. conversation. evarrrr!!! Wuv you honeybee ♥

Btw the “ice cream” walk is this lame catwalk thing I did in a video featuring “ice cream”… Kind a long story, but since it has my ex-bf in it I don’t feel like posting it on my blog. Pretty sure you could find it on Google if you looked hard enough though.

Us just being us. :P

*continued*

EHEHEH.

Abrupt end to random post!!!!
Did it make you smile or laugh???

Of course it did! ;)

xoxo,
Jess

xoxo,
Jess
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