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December 31, 2015

Trifle With Butterscotch Topping

The resort's kitchen was understaffed the entire holiday season. The craziness has died down yet thinking back,  I still  could not believe how I was able to undertake a seemingly impossible task of creating all the Christmas brunch treats for more than two hundred guests without any help, not to mention the bread and pastries for breakfast and desserts for a la carte dining. A lot of planning and organizing were involved from beginning to end. I wasted no time and effort. I knew I had nobody to rely on but myself.

This trifle was a product of a well thought-out  plan. I normally avoid using ready made mixes when whipping up desserts but this was an exception. Unlike the past two Christmasses, I baked the sponge biscuit and cooked vanilla custard from scratch. This time,  I opted to use store bought biscuit sponge and  a custard powder to make my vanilla custard as  I did not have the extra hour to spare.  The result was surprisingly good.

December 30, 2015

Raspberry Pavlova

These mini pavlovas were the latest addition to this year's Christmas brunch dessert menu. The simple but delicious confection was the crowd's favorite. The guests loved them so much that I had to replenish the tray frequently. What made them so good was the crisp crust, topped with a rich and creamy whipped cream and the tangy raspberry coulis. Such a perfect combo of color and taste.

December 27, 2015

Red Velvet Christmas Cupcakes

These festive red velvet cupcakes  were absolutely beautiful. They brought out the holiday mood with their strikingly bright red color and decorative toppings.  Perfect for the holiday celebration.

December 26, 2015

Carrot Cake At Christmas

We looked beyond the traditional Christmas cake this year as we got tired of the same Christmas treats we have had for the last two years. My manager wanted something simple but delicious, a cake that is moist and flavorful. She asked for a carrot cake as a replacement. Her decision did not disappoint. It was a crowd-pleasing dessert everyone loved at the event.

December 24, 2015

Gingerbread House

It's Christmas once again. My preparations for the much awaited Christmas brunch are in full swing. I am in-charge of all the sweet treats there is. I spent weeks stocking up on my supplies, making sure I got everything needed before the big event. I planned and organized the tasks assigned to me and focused on their completion on time. I do not want a repeat of the past two Christmasses where my work was behind schedule. (That's what happens when someone works alone).  Besides, with my family and  friend visiting, I want to be ahead of the game so I can at least spend time with them.

December 22, 2015

A Little Treat For A Birthday Girl

 Here's another  white chocolate and raspberry cake  made for a little ten year old girl. Each layer was filled and frosted with classic vanilla butter cream.

I didn't come up with the design. The parents requested I follow the design  in the picture they sent. Basically it's a princess cake. The original has a tiara on top. Instead of putting the headpiece, they asked if I could write the message "Happy 10th Birthday Elena".