Friday, January 25, 2013

Crimson splash: Rich Red Velvet Cake

There are some things in life made to go together.

Cookies and milk.
The morning paper and coffee.
Fish and chips.
Kaya and toast.
Michael Jackson and music.

Things that make sense together work because they:
a) compliment - sweet to offset salty, light to counter heavy, yin to balance yang
b) enhance - bring out hidden layers, enrich and embolden. Like how surrounding black with white, makes the black look even deeper
c) sound nice together.. what's Burt without Ernie? It just doesn't work... there's no ring to it

Red velvet and cream cheese is that sort of a match, the sort that happily ticks all the above boxes.


I decided to make a red velvet cake for a farewell party, without adornments, just good 'ol fashioned rustic. Or 'nekkid', as I like to call it. 

Fuschia red when it starts in the mixer...

... after baking, a layer of luscious cream cheese frosting goes on ...

... topping the now rust-colored baked red velvet cake. 

Gimme some of that!

The cake went well with the office crowd at the farewell, folks who wanted good-tasting cake and didn't need the adornments.

The next time you're thinking of tea, coffee, weekends, taking a breather, celebrating or just indulging a little, think of cake.

It's a natural fit, a perfect match :)

More stories with a hint of red:
> Crimson splash: Red Santa Hats
> There's never too much red with Elmo around

Red - also the color of lurve...
> Is it time for Cupid yet?
> Baked with love

Get in on the lunar new year, bring your bit of red / auspiciousness to the party!
> Year of the Snake, don't let it be a party without cake
> Dong Dong Chiang!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Is it time for Cupid yet?

TGIF everyone!

We're halfway through January - ie. February, the month of lurve will be here soon.

Valentine's is really every day, not just on that particular Feb 14 that was decreed (probably by some enterprising entrepreneur ;) across the universe. But it you're planning to put an extra smile in someone's day for Valentine's anyways, we've got some ideas for you (click above mailer for clearer pop up).

Part of the fun at Petite Pops is being able to customize the bakes. And if you want to keep your Valentine's a little different and need more ideas, always feel free to get in touch at

Have a good weekend y'all, start thinking about cupid!

Petite Pops

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Crimson splash: Red Santa Hats

Christmas is over, I know...  But there are a few good reasons why these cute little cupcakes are here.

Firstly, it's my delusional way of extending my favorite holiday, and making it last just a little longer :)

Secondly - there's always time for red velvet.

Lastly, the Lunar New Year is coming up, and red is just the color for untold wealth and prosperity ... so they say.
> Looking for something different this Lunar New Year?
> Dong Dong Chiang
> How to share a good pineapple tart
Hello world, it's 2013!

So it's really just the right time to write about these adorable little Christmas head-toppers.

I think the magic is in the simplicity.

Nothing mind-boggling, nothing earth-shattering.
Just good ol' fashioned adorable.

Blood-red strawberries.... 

... perched on crimson red velvet

Their combined robust charm, just singing out Christmas all over...

The white frosting peeking out for a tinge of festive chill and cheer.

All tied up pretty ...

... and ready to jingle some bells!
Need more red?

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Hello, 2013!

Happy 2013, world!

I'm a little late, but I'm giving myself the excuse that we're still in the single-digit calendar dates part of January, so it still counts.

A lovely way to start the new year...

... creating 2013 cake pops to add some zing to someone's new year party!

In all honesty, I was catching a breath after all the Christmas baking (wrinkled fingers and varicose veins, happy times!), and trying to clear a path around the place to make getting around less of a hope-skip-jump exercise. 

A lot faster too, when you need to get to the loo in a hurry.

Like I was saying in my Lunar New Year post, the new year aian't done with us yet. We're welcoming the Year of the Snake in just a month.

Start stocking up the Lunar cheer:
> Dong Dong Chiang
> How to share a good pineapple tart

So while you're saving up those crisp any pow dollars, and frantically penning those new year resolutions (like I am), I'd like to take the opportunity to holler all my love, blessings and peace to everyone as we get ready to take on another brand new year.

And in the good cheer of the Lunar New Year, I'll be putting up a couple of blog entries on all things red, look out for those soon! 

In the meantime, some scarlet to start off:
> There's never too much red around with Elmo
> Poppin' red cherries, even the jackpot ones
> Baked with love

Smile everyone, let's make it a good year.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Year of the Snake, don't let it be a party without cake!

Wakey... hope you've gotten the last of the new year hangover outta your system, and can now change resolution from 'aspirin' to 'i can walk straight'.

Breathe... cuz new year's aian't done with us yet - it's the lunar new year in just a month!

We've cooked up some CNY pops that give a fun twist to the traditions of orange-giving and auspicious cheer - check out the mailer above (click on mailer image for clearer reading in pop up).

More lunar new year stories:
> Dong Dong Chiang
> How to share a good pineapple tart

For something red and less traditional for the new year, perhaps Elmo's the answer...

And if you're wondering what in the world cake pops are, here's my attempt at explaining these little things that bring the happy snappy when you look at them (and even when you eat them!).

Pops can be collected between Jan 9 - 24, do pass the mailer on to friends and family looking for a little something special this new year.

To a brilliant start to the year of the Snake, don't let it be a party without cake!

Petite Pops