Hummingbird with vanilla beans and Cream Cheese frosting, topped with roasted pecan nuts, maraschino cherries and pale pink sugar flowers
Red Velvet- with cream cheese and mascarpone frosting, topped with sugar hearts, maraschino cherries, with fresh strawberries and blue berries
I have baked these two cakes in a marathon baking since Ms Zetty, a friend of my friend has requested these two cakes. In an actual fact, she wanted the cakes for the upcoming holidays back in her hometown. Ms Zetty had sampled my Red Velvet before and this time, she wanted a taste of my Hummingbird ever since she spotted a picture of the former in her friend's FB. So, my ever humble oven was working hard since Thursday evening up to Friday morning. I have baked the Red Velvet first since it took longer time for the baking process and then, proceed to the Hummingbird. Phew, with a few hours to prepare and frost the cake, I did a mental picture on how to organize the baking process. I needed to plan my baking procedures since the cakes needed to be delivered on time. For these two cakes, I have used unsalted butter, simply because I like the taste of it. Even though, the original recipe of Hummingbird required the use of vegetable oil- I still think that butter gives a different kind of pleasure to the Hummingbird. Whenever, I bake cakes, I have always imagined that these cakes are mine, and I would like the touch of home-baking designs. Sometimes, it is hard to give away cakes which are nicely decorated- it is like separating from your loved ones. The feelings are not to be described here...(he he he). My long-time friend recently asked me, how did I get involved in this baking vocation? I told her baking unstress my mind. Well, at times, when ever I feel that the world moves in another direction, or my world turns upside down- only baking seemed to save my day. Back to these cakes, after seeing the final designs- I couldn't help but felt happy. Really happy. Probably, I should have ventured into baking seriously one day.... Yes, one fine day.