What do you do when you feel like your whole life is collapsing and there’s nothing you can do about it? I don’t really know what you would do, but what I did was bake many little cupcakes and pipe pretty icing on them. It didn’t solve my problems, but it sure did make me high (on sugar!) and feel somewhat accomplished. Yes, I am embarrassed to admit to feeling a bit chuffed for what is a very tiny accomplishment, but sometimes when you’re that much down in the dump, the little things can lift your spirits somewhat. And I’m thankful enough that it did.
If you’ve seen my previous food posts, you probably realised that I don’t do a lot of piping for my desserts. This is because I don’t own any piping nozzles to do any elaborate designs with. Piping nozzle sets have been in my wish list for the longest time, which is why I am really excited to finally own one! Who would’ve thought that I would be able to find a decent set for less than £6 in my tiny country! I was anticipating frustration when trying to find ingredients and baking utensils back home, and am pleasantly surprised to see that you can get most things in the local supermarket nowadays. Things have most certainly changed for the last 6 years I was away.
Piping nozzle set, piping bags and coupler – all bought from local stores!
Of course, I tried them out the second I got them!
Some lovely piping experiments.
Once I’m comfortable with the few piping techniques I know, I decided to spend Chinese New Year baking cupcakes with my nephews and nieces and teach them how to decorate with icing. Although, they decided to ice their cakes their own creative way 🙂
By niece, age 15.
By nephew, age 14.
By nephew, age 12.
By niece, age 10.
By niece, age 7.
It was such a fun project that we all thoroughly enjoyed. I’m possibly being biased right now, but I love how the kids mix different colours and piping techniques – certainly very cute! I’m a proud aunt 🙂
That’s not the end of the cupcake madness though, as I’ve also made cupcakes in celebration of ‘Chap Goh Meh’. For those of you not familiar with this cultural event, it is the 15th day of the lunar year when, according to tradition, single girls will toss oranges into the river and wish to soon meet their future husbands. Nowadays, people just have dinner, eat oranges and watch fireworks with their family though.
Instead of tossing my oranges, I added them to my cupcakes! Yum…
As much as I enjoyed making these cupcakes, what made the process special was that I get to drive around the village sending cupcakes to my family. Nothing beats sadness like the smiles of little children at the sight of sweeties!