I have been MIA for such a long time. In February I started working full time as a junior designer for a branding agency in Hanoi so most of my time was spent at work. My parents were kind enough to let me stay in one of their apartments so that I can focus better on my life (thanks, dad and mom!).
Since moving back to Vietnam from America, I have been trying to recreate the lifestyle I used to have in Raleigh: living by myself, gardening, cooking and baking, designing. There are so much to do but I have decided to take things slowly. One at a time. Each weekend, I am determined to assign myself a project (either design, home DIY or just cleaning) and finish by the end of every Sunday.
This weekend was my little sister’s birthday. She requested me a Hello Kitty cake so that she could share with her friends. For my whole entire life, despite hundreds of baking products I have made, I never did any decorative cake. Two weeks prior, I made a lot of research on how to make icing, fondant and collected all the ingredients. It took me a good weekend to finish buying things as in Vietnam, you have to go to little shops to buy different things as opposed to going to Target/Trader Joes for everything.
I also test drove different variation of cakes such as Japanese cheesecake
It didn’t turn out well….
After the cheesecake failure, I played it safe by making a basic yellow cake (following Martha Stewart recipes) with creamcheese frosting.
One of the challenges I face was how to measure the right amount of ingredients. The sugar, the eggs, the flour, the measuring tools are so different here back home. Sometimes I feel like I can easily turn into a math genius just by converting from grams to cups/oz (just kidding, I am not good at math at all!).
I spent Friday night making the cake. The end result was alright but I am pretty happy with the way it turned out. I used beet for coloring hence this cake is a tiny bit healthier than any cake from the bakeries in Hanoi. The eyes, nose and hair of the cat was drawn with a chopstick and my fingers using nutella. According to my family who ate this cake, next time I will have to reduce the amount of sugar for icing. It was way too sweet.
So that was it for the assignment this week. Next week, I will be writing about my process of renewing a small drawer chest that I got from my grandma. This chest is probably about the same age as me…rusty as ever.
See ya next week!