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Angry Birds and Plant vs. Zombies Cupcakes

19 May
I got an order for a dozen Banana Chocolate Chip cupcakes with half Angry Birds toppers and half Plants vs. Zombies toppers. I tried my new vanilla bean paste for the buttercream icing and it really does taste different! Yummy!!!
Banana Chocolate Chip Cupcakes
Vanilla Buttercream Icing
(with vanilla bean paste) 
Andres helped me make the green buttercream icing for the grass, using my new vanilla bean paste. The authentic one really does taste better than imitation vanilla extracts. The taste is really different. I remember hearing once a saying that goes, “You’ll never really know the real thing until you’ve tried it.” The buttercream icing that I used to make with the vanilla powder tasted good to me already. I actually thought it was perfect. But after tasting the buttercream icing with the vanilla bean paste, I realized the difference. And from now on, I won’t be settling for anything less. A fake can never replace the real thing. Hmmm… I should write more on this. The point is don’t settle for anything less than the real thing!
He wanted me to take his picture with the gum paste toppers.
Anyway, I also tested the new Bondi pack of the Hipstamatic Camera app in my iPhone and the pictures turned out great! Looks very professional…

Happy Birthday, Manolo!!!

Vanilla Bean Paste

15 May

I found this at the baking supplies store that I usually go to. They say that using real vanilla beans make all the difference. Vanilla bean paste is a convenient, versatile alternative to whole vanilla beans. I can’t wait to try it with my new recipes!! 🙂