Thursday, January 03, 2008

A Whole Lot of Flip Flops

Here is a batch of cupcakes which I made two weeks ago for my niece's betrothal day.
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The idea was to topped the cuppies with the Chinese character of Xi or Double Happiness. Initially, I had thought it would be just a simple matter of rolling out the paste and then cutting out the shapes with the Xi character vegetable cutter. How wrong was I! The paste stuck so badly to the cutter that there was no way to remove it without tearing it apart or distorting it's shape in the process. I tried dusting the cutter with cornflour and icing sugar. I even used a very fine artist brush to give the cutting edge a very thin coating of shortening. All to no avail as the sugarpaste just refused to bulge from the cutter. In the end, I had to lightly press the cutter on the sugarpaste to get an imprint and then cut out the shape manually with a penknife.

This laborious process took me from 11am till 7.30pm and I only managed 16 Xi characters in the end. Boy! Was I tried after that.
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After an hour's rest, I decided to make flipflops out of the balance sugarpaste. This is much easier and I managed quite a few pairs of flipflops within the hour.
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20 comments:

karlsfoodie said...

wow.. nice nice..
the hard work paidoff yeahhh =)
Happy New Year

Zurynee said...

Your flipflops are really pretty .. good job :-)

delia said...

Very beautiful artwork!

Anonymous said...

Hi dearie,

Nice batch of flipflops you have here. Put C&K to shame hor! Btw, can share yr cupcake recipe? I made another batch of yr gingerbread man for my Xmas party and boy!...they were all snapped up like hot cakes. Will email photos to you. They were very nicely and obscenely decorated by my nieces. / Jenny

Anonymous said...

Hi Ginny,

wah yr flipflop so cute and nice...can i have one..

rgds,
siti

Gina said...

Hey, Ginny! It's really amazing and looks like colorful artwork.

everytime I read your blog always got surprised!

Rusti said...

Hi Friends, Thanks for the compliments. There are still lots of room for improvement. Ginny

Florence said...

Ginny,
Gong Xi Fa Cai
Happy New Year

ilovepearly said...

They look cute but I don't know anyone who make flipflop on a big day.

yk said...

hi there.. is it possible to engage your cuppie-making skills for weddings? :)

Rusti said...

Hi YK
Could you email me the details. If it does not clash with my studies, it might be possible.
Ginny

♥Jamie said...

omg, i love this. this is like the in thing now which is replacing the wedding cakes to cupcakes!! hehe cool..nice work! i love it!

Anonymous said...

hello there ginny, may i know where did u get the 'xi' cutter? coz my friend who is looking i plan to make cupcakes for my cousin's ROM, could you email me at mrmrs.p@msn.com, thanks!

Rusti said...

Hi Anonymous
You can get the cutters from Lau Choy Seng along Mosque Street. Do get the bigger sized cutter otherwise you might end up like me.........struggling with the stuck paste.

jacqui said...

Hi Rusti,
Where do you get the cookie cutter for the sole of the flip flops?

Thank you. You have an inspiring blog. Keep it up!
Jacqui

Rusti said...

Hi Jacqui
I used a peanut shape cutter and after cutting out the fondant, I use a sugarpaste tool to slowly push it to shape.
Ginny

Anonymous said...

hey ginny!

can i know if the sugar paste/marshmellow fondant is homemade? if it is do you mind sharing the recipe? cupcakeroses@gmail.com

Ange said...

Hi Ginny,

May I know where did you get your XI cutter from? My bro's wedding is coming up and I'm thinking of making some cupcakes for the day. Please reply me at ange28@gmail.com. Thank you so much! :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Dear,

I am looking for the "xi" or double happiness cutter.

Can you let me know where you bought the cutter.

Thanks
Katherine

Rusti said...

Hi Katherine
If you have read the other comments, you will note that the Xi cutter can be found at Lau Choy Seng at Mosque Street. Also try Kitchencapers in Kallang Bahru