Thursday, October 16, 2014

Opera Cake & Chic & Gorgeous Treats is back!

After a long dissertation, which seemed forever; I do have a valid reason. This year 2014 had been a tough but fruitful year. Long story short, I was going through changes at work, like role changes, new team, new processes etc. So I made a really tough decision, where I decided to place my blogging on hold for a moment, while I figure out what do I do with my work-life balance. It may not necessary be a wise decision, however, throughout the months, I found what I would love to focus in the coming year 2015. I am excited that I don't think I can contain it any longer in myself.

It is quite nerve wrecking, and as I am exploring something out of my comfort zone. Through a lot of close friends support and encouragement over the months and a year ago, I have decided to work on expanding my own Chic & Gorgeous Treats as a brand. It's time that I share my home baked, packed with good flavour sweet treats with the local community. While I continue to explore the endless possibilities on what is involved, any support given is much appreciated. This would be a year 2015 goal to myself.

Moving along, we are approximately 9 weeks away to Christmas. Can you believe that? Then it's the year end again. What do you have in mind to serve this Christmas? For this Christmas, I have come up with a couple sweet treats that you could order from me to share with your family and friends.
Make sure to stay tune over this next couple of weeks.

First stop is my OPERA CAKE. This cake was baked for last year's Christmas party, and I am bringing it back for this Christmas, due to popular demand from friends. Please note that the design of the cake will change, to something chic & sleek according to this year's Christmas theme where I am currently working on the design.

What is in the cake?

Imagine..layers of joconde (an ultra light sponge cake comprise mostly of almond meal & eggs), glazed with rich coffee syrup, which has a blend of coffee liquor and dark espresso, then layered with coffee infused pastry cream, followed with another layer of rich dark chocolate ganache and then finish off the overall cake with dark chocolate glaze? The aroma of the cake is enough to make you melt, and check out those layers. This cake is simply pièce de résistance.

Note: Unfortunately, I am unable to cater at the moment to those who have allergy to nuts. Perhaps in the near future.

Is this cake halal?

YES, all ingredients used are certified HALAL, except for the coffee liquor which can be omitted.
Therefore, kindly let me know if you like for it to be omitted.

How do I order and how much?
Please drop me an e-mail at chicgorgeoustreats [at] gmail [dot] com for a quote where I will provide you further details.

Have a wonderful week!


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Holiday Gift Guide | Organic Love

Over the next few days and next week, I will be posting a few gift guides for the love of in the kitchen. Be it a treat for yourself, a friend, love one or even your very own family, here's a fantastic way to add some sparkle to your cheese platter, or some floral earthy love to your baked cookies. And who says apron has to be drab? Oh and check out those cute mini planters. Aren't they a gem? Since I love curating over at Etsy and Anthropologie, I would love to share them with you. Here are my five picks & more to come!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Chewy Peppermint Bark Chocolate Cookie

Happy Sunday y'all!! It has been a while since I last posted on a Sunday. Today must be your lucky day.. or is it mine? Gasps!! Just the other day, I decided to try to make an effort to leave the office sharp straight after work and I did. My colleagues were speechless as I am usually the one who would be the last to leave for the day. I suggested to them to buy a lottery ticket ;).. LOL..

I have a couple of posts lined up, and would like to try to post them all up before Christmas. At the same time, I would like to share with you some classic ideas for this Holiday Season. Here's a really simple recipe and does not take up a lot of time in the kitchen too. Not to mention it's filled with all the gooey dark chocolate goodness. As you munch into the CHEWY PEPPERMINT BARK CHOCOLATE COOKIE, there's that hint of tingling minty sensation too from Ghirardelli's Peppermint Bark.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Pecan Pie with Salted Caramel

After some dissertation, I am once again back and will soon be able to get back to my regular posting schedule. Lots has been happening the past few months where I was mainly focusing a lot towards my growth in my work. Now that it has finally slowed down a little, I could breathe with ease and I feel like floating in the air too...dancing to every single upbeat Christmas song I hear and my personal favourite has to be the Jazz-Blues, Traditional Pop genre. I grew up listening to wonderful singers like Frank Sinatra, Barry Manilow, just to name a few. However, I do have a current personal favourite too. I have been hooked to this wonderful singer ever since his first album. Perhaps it comes as no surprise to my friends, that at this time of the year, I will be caught humming and tapping to the tune of Winter Wonderland, listening to the smooth-silky voice of Michael Bublé.

Since I'm in the mood for the holidays, let me present to you my all time favourite nutty PECAN PIE with SALTED CARAMEL is a classic. There may not be a lot of people around me know, that I have a soft spot for them. Just a slice of this luxuriously crunchy, caramelized aroma and taste pie is enough to make your knees wobble. Pronounced either as "pee-CAN" or by some as pee-KAHN", this is one Classic Pie that is perfect for the holidays. So start cranking up the oven peeps!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Vanilla Custard Crepe Cake

After several attempts over the week, I am finally back up posting. This post had me excited and I desperately wanted to share it with you so badly. Have you ever been excited about something that you wish you could share it in an instant? I suppose luck isn't at my side as I kept having network issue. Oh! the agony.

Moving along, this is somewhat out of my comfort zone, and certainly well worth the effort. French Crepes are pancakes too, and in a much thinner and lighter form. Lately, there has been a craze here in Asia and possibly this originate either from the French or the Japanese or maybe a fusion of both. Anyhow, where it came from now has certainly driven me to further dig up the roots as they have come up with something so brilliant, transforming these light crepes into cakes. Layers and layers of french crepe, slathered with custard cream and topped with jam, glaze, or as simple as powdered sugar makes this my new found love for cakes. To start, and to many more to come, I am starting off with the basic classic love for VANILLA CUSTARD CREPE CAKE.

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