What’s Bakin’? #15

I know.

How long has it been since I did one of these? I almost forgot that I actually do these What’s Bakin posts. But since I’ve been doing some different stuff lately… I got excited and wanted to share with y’all two new updates:

1) Instead of Shiberty’s Sweets, I am planning of rebranding the name to Shiberty Bakes!

One step at a time, the website and future shop will be going by the new name. I got too annoyed & frustrated with how people called it Shiberty Sweet, completely missing out the apostrophe and alphabet S. Also, Shiberty’s  Sweets sounds too much like a tongue twister…. you should see my expression when some people try to pronounce the name. Sherbertee sweats. WHAT?! Shiberty Bakes is a lot cleaner. Although, the word Shiberty in general tends to confuse people…. but…. I’ll rebrand myself another day perhaps. (in the distant future, or perhaps never).

2) We’ve started offering DESSERT TABLES!!!!!

Which is the most fun thing to do ever, I tell you. So instead of just cakes & cupcakes that we originally started out with, we thought… why not just do the whole thing? A whole table full of desserts. Anything sweet you ever dreamed of. All customizable to your party theme and preferred flavors! So much yummies on one table, you’ll go weak at the knees.

Check out our current tantalizing menu for dessert tables:

  • Macarons
  • Chocolated coated strawberries
  • Cookies
  • Brownies
  • Jello shots
  • Cake pops
  • Cupcakes
  • Cheesecakes
  • Panna Cotta
  • Various flavours of whole cakes
  • Pies / Tarts
  • Creme Brulee
  • Marshmallow Pops
  • Meringues
  • Tiramisu
  • Rice krispie treats
  • Chocolate fondue fountain
  • Layered desserts in a cup
  • Chocolates
  • Doughnuts

And we’re also willing to try and include anything your sweet tooth mind can dream up that’s not already on the extensive list above.

Here’s what I’m talking about.

A customized dessert table set up done for a little boy’s first birthday! So proud of this table!!!

Styling by MerryLove. It was great working with them once again, the last time they styled my shoot with Yina & Melissa! With every dessert table, customers will get simple table decorations that are in theme with the party and free rental of our cake display stands!

What would a party be without a glorious cake to take center stage and steal everyone’s attention?

Rice krispie treats – with melted marshmallows! I loved this treat when I was in the US. Hope it catches on in SG sooner or later!

Little cheesecake cups with personalized label stickers on them…. Not bad, huh? ;)

Marshmallow pops dipped in white chocolate (which was then colored blue) – the kids won’t stop popping these.

Deliciously fudgey brownies. I’ve featured the recipe here before. Wonderfully rich and sinfully chocolatey, it would be an even bigger sin not to try one of these babies because as Sam says, they’re the best brownies he’s ever had!

Jello cups – can be done with vodka for a more adult dessert table. Jello shots are awesome.

All dessert tables also come with free delivery to your location, set up and tear down after the event. They’re my new favorite thing to do because there’s so much more to explore with, in terms of creativity and flavors, as opposed to just working on cakes!

More dessert table pics…

Individual creme brulee ramekins. So much fun caramelizing the top crust!

Strawberry cheesecake hearts

Pretty macarons & cuppycakes for a baby shower!

Tiramisu cups that really pack a punch. Another dessert that you HAVE to try.

I never used to even like macarons…. now I think I’m positively in love with them. They’re so dainty, delicious (well some of them are, some aren’t) and the flavor possibilities are endless.

These were the Valentine’s Day macarons special we had, that was a total hit with everyone. Flavors included nutella, salted caramel, green tea, wild berries, earl grey, lemon curd, and lychee rose! And yes, I wrote on every single macaron and drew hearts with edible red ink. After a few hundred of these, my poor hands were all cramped up because you can’t use too much pressure.. or the macaron shell would break!


Aside from dessert tables, of course, we’ve been up to our usual customized cakes.

Here’s a few I actually managed a picture of because most of the time, I’m too caught up in the moment or busy that I can’t whip my camera out for a shot.

A balenciaga bag cake. 3d bag cakes are very popular these days! We’ve done Chanel, Hermes, Dior, Balenciaga to name a few.

Adventure Time, which we’ve been seeing a lot of lately too!

League of legends cupcakes. Geeky cupcakes makes the nerdy gamer girl in me secretly happy.

A grand 3 tiered birthday cake for a classy celebration. Fit to be a wedding cake! Each pearl ball was painstakingly hand rolled and then spray painted.

This was when our cake was featured in PRESTIGE‘s magazine Christmas spread. It was awesome seeing our creation get professional styling treatment, definitely an eye opening experience that changed the way I took pictures of my food after that. So much work goes into a good food photo despite it being an inanimate object… you can’t even imagine.

Look at it sitting in all its grandeur. We made those little cookies on the plate, too!

So, you guys have seen all sorts of customized cakes from Shiberty Bakes.

Girly ones, manly(ish) ones, adult cakes, children cakes… of every imaginable size, design and variation. But what you haven’t seen a lot of is actual eating cakes, created solely for the purpose of putting into your mouth and relishing the taste… Not until now. We’ve seen an increase of cakes that require zero customization, food coloring or unnecessary additives and preservatives.

Just pure food porn.

Lemon sponge cake with lemon curd, lemon whipped cream and freshly grated lemon zest. The zesty smell and taste of fresh lemons is to die for!

I’m working with a certain restaurant to provide them cakes, and this sells out the fastest every time. Cookies & cream with a vanilla sponge cake base is here to stay.

Coconut gula melaka – actual coconut cream being whipped into the frosting, with gula melaka syrup and dried coconut drizzles and sprinkled everywhere. One for the older generation.

This is something I haven’t learned how to say no to……… Strawberry shortcake!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *heart heart heart* 

You know what’s the best part about making your own strawberry shortcake? You get to pile on the strawberries. MOUNTAINS if you wish… which is exactly what I did.

A naked, rustic strawberry shortcake I did for Marie. Her family had nothing but compliments for it! Which I was all too happy to hear.


Need a customized cake, dessert table or simply craving for deliciousness?

Find us at shibertys.blogspot.sg! ☻

xoxo,
Jess

xoxo,
Jess

What’s Bakin’? #14

Long gone are the days where I felt a compelling need to take photos of every single activity I got up to.

That’s just so not me now. That would’ve been me, 3 years ago. My 21 year old self is a lot more laid back about her blog these days. I still consider myself a blogger, but not an avid one I suppose.

Sometimes I see my blogger friends furiously and ever so enthusiastically snapping pictures of every product they lay hands on, every meal they eat, every outfit they wear…. and I look on at them, feeling old, feeling passé. Even though I’m mostly younger than a lot of them, I STILL FEEL OLD. I’m old to my god damn bones! But hey, you know what’s one thing I’ll never stop taking photos of?

My cakes. My creations. *rubs hands with glee* My babies!

They are the one thing I don’t mind losing myself completely in, and losing sleep over. They are practically my life, I guess you could say. Every day it’s about the cakes.

Oh and my pretty dress is the All About Details Embroidery Dress from the popular online boutique Hollyhoque.com, which is unfortunately completely sold out by now.. but I love the cutting at the top and the chiffon skirt details! ♥

I always grew up knowing I’d have a job in the future that would involve some form of art that gave me not only freedom and creativity to explore within my job scope, but also with regards to my lifestyle. Everyday I am thankful for having a job that I enjoy doing. And in case you’re new around here, here’s some of the stuff that I do. :)

All cakes are in Instagram square format because I took them off my account (follow me @shiberty if you haven’t already because I post there almost everyday!) and please credit my pictures to http://shibertys.blogspot.com if you’d like to use them! For enquiries and orders, please visit the website. It’s going to be quite a long and big update because we’ve been going FULL FORCE with our bakes recently! If you’re already following me on IG, you might’ve seen these pictures before… but who’s going to complain about looking at awesome cakes photos twice, right?

Right.

You’re my honey bee!

What’s up little Minion guy? I almost wish I didn’t create him as a fondant cupcake topper, because that meant he was going to be eaten in a matter of hours. D:

The only thing better than a cupcake, is a giant cupcake cake.

Made this cake for Mel Mel’s birthday last week! She asked for a tiny 2 tiered cake, so this one was a 5″ base with something like a 2.5 inch top. Super cute!!!!! Smaller than the size of my palm! I won’t be selling any cakes in this size though…

Minnie mouse is always a good idea with little girls!

Every other month, I go through a flavor craze. That means I’d obsess over a certain flavor combination that we offer at Shiberty’s Sweets and make copious amounts of the order whenever we get a request for it, so that I can eat any leftovers. My current favorite is sea salt caramel drizzle over vanilla frosting with light butterscotch cake. YOU HAVE NO FLIPPIN’ IDEA HOW MUCH I LOVE THIS. The slight savory tinge from the sea salt that I cracked into the home made salted caramel mix, generously spooned over lush creamy vanilla icing, sitting atop fluffy cake.

Yes, yes and yes. Yes all the way to infinity and beyond!!!!!!

A simple daisy cake, but a beauty nevertheless.

A customer liked our previous ballerina design in What’s Bakin #13 but wanted a design she could call her own, so we came up with a a varied but unique version of the original!

Creating this 3d sphere was extremely challenging, but super fun to make! Defying the laws of physics, all in a day’s work. *wipes sweat off forehead*

Eat your heart out, ombre rosette cakes… check out our pastel rainbow rosette swirled cake!!!! Boss or what?

The girl we made this special cake for was so delighted that she took this lovely picture of the interior and tagged us with raving compliments. If you’ve ordered cakes from us, please tag #shibertybakes on Instagram so I can see your happy pictures too!

Sweet pink cupcakes commissioned for a Jill Stuart event I attended!

Love these tempting looking assorted cupcakes that I brought for my vocal instructor, Ashton Koh of Millet Music! They’re carrot cake with cream cheese & nuts, chocolate and lemon frosting with strawberry jam. Wouldn’t mind the lemon one right about now O_O

I’ve started going for vocal lessons because I know I have a lottt to improve on and I love how I can hear the difference when I sing. I plan to keep going for vocal lessons until I’m confident enough to release another cover online that I can be extremely proud of!!! What was I thinking with Justin Bieber. Oh dear god. At least my hair looked pretty in that video and I was wearing a nice dress hahaha. Got a blog post on my vocal lessons and music school coming up soon so if you’ve ever considered honing your singing skills as an amateur you should stay tuned for that entry!

The first cake Shiberty’s Sweets ever sold was a flower cupcake. Now look at everything else we can do. :)

Underwater themed stuff are always a whale of a time because there’s so many colors and elements to play with!

Made my high school girlfriend her 21st birthday cake, which I never ever fathomed I would. Imagine if 7 years ago, when we skipped school together to loiter around, I looked my best girl friend the eye and said, “Hey, one day in the future, we won’t even be talking to each other on a regular basis any more. But we’ll still somehow keep in contact every now and then, and I’d end up having purple hair and baking your 21st birthday cake. What do you think about that?” I wonder if we’d even believe it.

I haven’t seen these girls for years… it was a blast from the past reminiscing good old times! It was nice to see everyone again. We were 14 years old not too long ago, and suddenly, we’re 21 years old now. *sheds a little tear* I wish I never grew up. Now, can I just stay Forever 21? Because I swear I’m going to hit 30 and have tits that sag to the floor before I know it.

Ombre cakes seem to rival rainbow cakes in terms of popularity these days!

South Park fondant toppers that took longer to do than I expected because I was pretty particular about the details.

LOVE this set of floral brights I did for blogger buddy Beatrice Tan! These cupcakes will be featured in her upcoming kids fashion label. :)

And this set was for Tammy Tay’s friendscapade photoshoot! The pictures turned out sooo pretty, you can check them out on her blog. Credits to Ohsofickle’s Instagram for this picture, thanks Tam!

A girl’s best friend: Chanel bags. Make up.

…And cake, with more frosting than her daily calorie count allows. Never forget cake.

Because mummies are our guardian angels!

I adore these roses with gold tips painted on!!! So pretty!

I’ve been toying with the idea of buying a Celine luggage for awhile now… I really want the hot pink one ♥____♥ But they don’t sell that color in stores anymore. Sniffle.

SO glad I have rid myself of my Candy Crush addiction!!!!!!! That game was eating up way too many hours of my life.

Got to almost level 200 before I dropped it. The levels became frustrating instead of fun after some time. I have a phobia of chocolates now, thanks to this game.

Cakes weren’t meant just for girls! I like how I am seeing an increasing amount of manly cake orders – 3d car cakes, golfing, soccer, video games related… ladies, if your man ever told you he doesn’t like desserts, it’s only because he hasn’t had one with his favorite soccer team plastered all over it yet. It’s guaranteed to make him smile, even if he doesn’t normally eat cake. Be the first lady in his life to do it!

Because apparently a ribbon isn’t enough and a tiara was demanded to be added on top of it. :P Super princess!

For my friend Pearlyn’s birthday, her bf Albert came over to help make this Chihuahua cake. It was the first time we’d ever done a 3d animal topper that wasn’t made out of fondant but I loved the outcome! Pretty good for a first attempt, I do reckon! And ++++ points for Albert for coming over to do the cake with us when he could’ve simply bought it off us. Romance is still alive, people.

Lastly, I just wanna share this collage that made me grin from ear to ear…

You people are my muse, and the reason for all that I do. So thank YOU.

♥ ♥ Order your very own customized cake at Shibertys.blogspot.com! ♥ ♥

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That’s all the cake pictures I have for this post, but I’ve a random surprise in store for you awesome possums who soldiered on through my lengthy post till the end! :D

Last week, I had a fun night filled with shopping, playing games and dining at fabulous retail stores located in 313 @ Somerset
(Somerset MRT Station) with a few other bloggers, and these folks have very kindly provided us with vouchers to reward our readers for being so AWESOME!!! On a normal basis I already visit 313 @ Somerset very often because my hair salon Shunji Matsuo is on the third level, I must’ve spent at least a good coupla hundreds of accumulated shopping over all the times I’ve been there…. but today, I’m giving away stuff I’ve specially hand picked that I believe y’all would LOVE (I have the same  / very similar stuff so these are totally me!!!), as a small thank you for reading my blog.
Sorry to the few guys who are reading this in advance – everything in this post is meant for girls because I don’t think I have many male readers to begin with! These are the fabulous stuff I’m giving away to three lucky ducks, from shops like Victoria’s Secret, Lowry’s Farm and EpiCentre, all of which are located at 313 @ Somerset!

Fragrance & body lotion from Victoria’s Secret. We may not be able to look like Victoria’s Secret angels but at least we can SMELL like one!!! And then print out Alessandra’s or Miranda’s picture to paste over your face.

Just kidding.

Pretty white eyelet dress from chic apparel store Lowry’s Farm. The size states M, I’m guessing it fits UK 8-10 best!

Bling iPhone case from EpiCentre! So shiny *.*

Want to win one of these three items for yourself? (of course you do!)

Follow 313 @ Somerset on Twitter, then leave me a comment on this blog post stating your name, email address, twitter username, item you’d like to win and why you like shopping at 313 @ Somerset, OR why you like reading my blog. LOL I am including the second buay paiseh option because, what if some of you have never shopped at 313 before?! *lousy excuse for wanting to feel loved*. Remember, you have to be a follower of their Twitter account to qualify! All comments will be moderated & screened so you don’t have to worry about privacy or leaking out personal details. Winners will be contacted via email.

Till the next post… chao!

xoxo,
Jess

xoxo,
Jess

What’s Bakin’? #13

First of all, Happy Good Friday everyone!!!

I have 3 things to announce:

1) I just got my wisdom teeth pulled out yesterday, under local anesthetic. Yikes! It’s definitely not a pleasant experience, but it really wasn’t anywhere near as bad as I expected and the pain factor I am experiencing is like practically zero… discomfort and soreness along with inconvenience is another factor, however. I’ll get around to blogging about it soon! :D

2) I am feeling better about the moderately depressing thing I’ve been whining about the past two blog posts. I’m back to bubbly, happy, carefree Jessica! Ok, the carefree part has always been a front and a lie. I am not carefree. I am happy-go-lucky by character but you won’t believe the amount of stress I go through sometimes. I’m just incredibly convincing at acting like my life is all good and easy. But I find myself in lighter spirits despite having gone through a minor dental surgery yesterday. Life can’t be all that bad?!

3) Can you freakin’ believe it’s been half a year since I last did a What’s Bakin’? post? I remember when I used to do it monthly! Well, after you keep baking for awhile, you’ll realize quite a lot of designs that people request are repeated from your image gallery…. so nowadays I only take pictures of special orders / something we haven’t done before / just stuff I particularly like. So I only have a small collection of cake images below for you but I hope you enjoy looking at them anyways! And please do feel free to salivate all over your monitor and keyboard, it would make me most gratified.

In case you haven’t heard or realized..

Guess who’s back, back again?
Shiberty’s Sweets is back in business baby, so go tell a friend! 

♥ Shibertys.blogspot.com ♥

What’s gayer than a normal colorful rainbow?

A pastel rainbow cake with ruffles. Mmmhmm. Sam actually did this order all by myself as I was busy with other matters that day – I think he did a good job despite not being familiar with buttercream piping! I cover all of the cream coated stuff normally. I can’t wait till someone orders this again so I can have my own go at it! ;) Looks like a lot of fun to do!

This was actually a design from last year, but I forgot to post it up! This girl wanted wanted a nice big ribbon with a 3d fondant handmade figurine of her sitting on the cake with pink and polkadots as the theme. I love how sweet this looks, too bad it was extremely dark when we took this picture, it hardly does the real thing justice!

I haven’t seen Despicable Me yet. Can you believe it? Everyone’s talking about it and loving it, I’m almost feeling almost hipster-like refusing to watch it. LOL.

These little guys were so tedious to create…. but at least they’re naturally dopey looking so if one or two are slightly odder than the rest, you won’t be able to notice. I think. Don’t go scrutinizing my work now!

Okay, let’s see… What do girls love?

1) Pink & Purple
2) Whimsical Unicorns
3) Roses
4) Pearls
5) Heart Shapes
6) A yummy cake

Damn. Nailed it!

It gives me a lot of satisfaction looking at this photo, because this is real #cakeporn – you can totally tell how ridiculously soft, fluffy and moist our cakes are when it’s zoomed in as close up as this!!!! I take deep pride in producing high quality stuff for our awesome supporters, to make sure their cake is always as good as we can get it to be!

Sometimes some things are out of my control, anybody who has ever given baking a go can tell you that no matter how much experience you’ve had, things could potentially go wrong at any given time. It never always turn out exactly the way you want it to. Just watch cake decorating shows such as Cake Boss or Fabulous Cakes for example! But when I can help it, I do. We could easily use artificial stabilizers / preservatives, a pre-made cake mix, or shortening instead of real butter in our recipes so as to save ourselves a lot of hassle and time…. but we insist on using premium ingredients, self-taught recipes and baking only hours before the cake is actually collected, which runs the risk of us being late for our order (normally this doesn’t happen though) but it results in moister, fresher cakes and I believe it’s a calculated risk worth taking because of the wonderful feedback we’ve been getting recently!  Ah, I love my job. So damn messy but oh SO fun.

Oh, yes! The butterscotch flavored pink ombre cake you see above was turned into this Ballerina themed cake eventually. We were told to do “as much pink as possible” ;)

How about a boyish Jersey cake for a LA Clippers fan to break up the girlyness of this post?

I adore how much more clean-cut our work has become now! We’re not the best at what we do, and still have a long way to go on the learning curve… but practice makes perfect. And practice, we shall.

I LOVE THIS!!!!! I want a classic 2.55 with gold hardware.. In jumbo size!!!! Caviar.

Some day..

Bye everyone!!!! Thank you for visiting! :* 

Do remember to credit and link back to us at shibertys.blogspot.com if you would like to share our images online, please! And of course, head on over to the website if you’d like to ask about having a personalized cake for your special occasion to wow your friends!

xoxo,
Jess

xoxo,
Jess
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