Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A memorable birthday

As the title tells it all, this post is about my birthday celebration this year. :) I managed to sneak out some free time to go up KL over the weekend with my family. Although my birthday has already past, I was really delighted that my girlfriends back in KL planned a nice birthday celebration with me. :) To clarify, its not one group but 2 groups of good friends celebrated with me on 2 separate occasions...lucky me!! So you can imagine my short stay was still packed full of fun and laughter, one trip that I truly truly enjoyed for the longest time. :) All the credit goes to my dear friends whom I have not seen for months and yet the time has not changed our friendship a single bit. :)
After our swift drive up to KL, I immediately went to meet my first group of dear friends. They were warm and welcoming, just as I remembered them to be. Exchanging hugs and concerns, we were back in our happy group again. Seeing their smiles, hearing their voices and laughter, really strikes me how much I miss being with them.....very much. They then surprise me and J (another birthday girl) with some lovely homemade cupcakes. Upon seeing them, I was close to speechless....
All these fondant cupcake toppers symbolizes some of the things I love in baking! Starting from the top left, it's flour, sugar, chocolate bar and eggs; middle top is a chocolate cake; top right is 2 loves of bread; bottom left is a rolled out cookie dough with a rolling pin on a pastry board; bottom middle is a pretty cherry topped iced cupcake; and lastly the sweet oven mittens and floral apron. :)))
Aren't these the cutest?! Besides looking so good, it taste great too, my dear friend EP made peanut butter cupcakes with dark chocolate ganache....another of my favorite combination, yummy!This has got to be my favorite. All the essentials to make something These toppers were so well made, such details really showed how much effort my friend has put into them.
Another one that I especially love is this apron and mittens topper too! Just too sweet, lol! It is a little "painful" to remove the toppers and eat the cupcakes, lol! But my girls and I loved the peanut butter cupcakes....thanks so so much EP!!

We then went to Dave's Cafe and had a nice dinner there. Lot's of catching up and walks on memory lane. ;) The ladies then presented us the birthday cake they prepared for me and J for the night: A strawberry cheesecake!! Sorry, forgotten to take a picture before I dive into it, lol!

This cheesecake was delicious! It's creamy, just the right sweetness, salty buttery crust base and an intense strawberry flavor, super yum! ;) It's a no bake cheesecake, so hopefully I would be able to make this myself next time. ;) Even though some of us did spend extra time chatting till pass 1am that night, it was still really sad to part with them. Thanks to my dear friends for such a lovely night out, I couldn't have asked for more....well perhaps more time together, lol!

The next evening, I managed to meet up with another group of good friends. They are like ex-neighbor cum kids same school cum baking buddy good friends, lol! I literally see these mummies everyday when I was there, but we were never sick of each other. ;)) It was so good to catch up with them again, even just casual chatting really smooths my mind. :) And it sure feels like we were only apart for a month or so only even though it's already almost half a year. Because we were "in tune" once we see each other and "click" immediately when we were together again. I hope you know what I mean, lol!

We had a great dinner with the whole gang plus family at this new restaurant @ Giza Mall call The Italiannies Kitchen. The food was contemporary Italian food, with lots of pasta and pizza choices to choose from. Great food and wonderful company sure makes the whole experience a memorable one. We ended the dinner with a little surprise for me from my dear friend Reese (I am sure you all know who she is by now, lol!) She made me a Triple Chocolate Cream Chocolate Birthday cake...quite a mouthful isn't it, hahaha!
Love the chocolate fondant roses. :) This is indeed a very chocolaty cake, with 3 kinds of chocolate cream, dark, milk and white. :) Everyone enjoyed it very much, all thanks to Reese!
Looks really decadent isn't it? Interested bakers will have to wait for Reese to put up the recipe in her blog. :) Also I do have to apologies for the poor quality of some of the photos...really did not do the lovely cakes justice. :P

I truly appreciate my dear friends for taking their precious time out to meet up and celebrate my birthday with me and even to make such lovely cakes for me. My gratitude for them is really beyond words. And their love and friendships have in many ways make me a much better and happier person. I am truly lucky to have these ladies as my good friends and I would do my best to keep this friendship going strong. :)


Last but not least, thank you for staying on and reading my post. Hope you have a wonderful week ahead! Cheerio!



22 comments:

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

The fondant cup cakes look awesome! Kudos to your friend who made this!

ReeseKitchen said...

You are most welcome and I hope I can bake for you more often..:) But baking for a dear fren who is an expert really feel abit tense and stress..heehee..;p I'm so glad that you like the cake and enjoy it so much. Hope we can gather again soon..:D

DG said...

Wouw!! You are so lucky to have few good group friends who still remember & celebrate your birthday. All the cakes looks special & delicious.

j3ss kitch3n said...

the fondant cuppies are a beauty lucky you!! and happy belated birthday Bee!

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more said...

I love the roses as well.
Happy Belated Birthday Bee.

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

Bee Bee, Happy Belated Birthday to you. So nice, you have a group of good friend celebate Birthday with you..a bit envy you, hehehe..

neyeeloh said...

The fondant cupcakes are so cute.... love all the cakes your friends prepared for you... yum yum.. ^_^

Swee San said...

Happy Belated Birthday Bee, so nice to have many friends celebrate alongside :) very pretty cupcakes too

ICook4Fun said...

What can be better than celebrating your birthday with a group of friends. You are a lucky girl!! Love all the cakes they gave you.

lena said...

wow, all your friends can really bake and from your post, i can feel that you were so excited talking about them. happy belated birthday to you too!

Pei-Lin@Dodol and Mochi said...

Bee Bee, glad that your trip back to KL turned out to be a memorable one! What a blast you had! Very sweet lar you friends. =)

I'm sure Reese's gateau and everyone else's bakes were a hit that evening!

HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY, Bee Bee! Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!

Small Small Baker said...

Happy belated birthday! The fondant cupcakes are so pretty! Of course the one made by Reese is awesome too. Lucky you to have so many good friends around. :)

Bakertan said...

hey bee bee,

happy belated birthday! wah envy envy.. I also want homemade cakes for my next birthday, lol. These cakes look very pro and I am sure they taste real good too, since they are made with TLC.

cheers and stay happy always =]

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Thanks Shirely on behalf of my friend, lol! Unfortunately My family and I have already devoured the cupcakes but salvage the toppers. :))

Reese, please don't say that, I am no expert lah! I am learning just like anyone. You know I love all and everything you make for me, so no pressure okay. :)) thanks so so much for taking the time to make the cake for me, I looovvveee it!

Thanks DG! Hahaha, you can say that again, I am indeed lucky to have these good friends....will treasure them always.

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Thanks j3ss! Yeah, love the cupcakes too, and all the bakes my friends made for me. :))

Thanks Wendy...yeah Reese is such an expert in making this fondant roses now! Have to ask her to teach me how to make it!

Thanks Sonia! I am sure you have someone dear to celebrate your Birthday with you too, so no envy lah, lol!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Thanks neyeeloh! I am really lucky to have my friends making these lovely cakes for me.


Thanks Swee San! Yeah, Am counting my blessings everyday. :))

Thanks Gert! I love everything they give me, lol!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Thanks Lena. :) Yes, these friend are really close to my heart, so it's always so great to be able to see them again. Oh yes, they all love to bake! You should see their work....btw, some of them have their own bakery business. ;)

Thanks Pei-Lin! I really really had suchba wonderful time...felt lost after having to leave my dear friends again. :(( why is it always so hard to say goodbyes? Oh well, can only look forward to our next gathering then.Oh yes, happy thanksgiving too!,

Thanks Small small baker! Yeah, aren't the cakes awesome? I am one lucky gal indeed, lol!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Hey Zhou yuan, you mean you want birthday cake baked by someone else right? Heehee, you're such a good guy, i am so sure you are gonna get this wish granted! Thanks for dropping by with the well wishes. :)) btw, I am still taking that rain check for what you wanted to do, hahaha...hope it is still valid next time. :)))

My Little Space said...

Happy Belated Birthdsy to you, Bee! Wow, sounds like you had so much fun. Those cupcakes fit you perfectly. Lucky you! I'm so envy. haha...
Blessings, Kristy

How To Be Perfect said...

These cupcakes are incredible, totally professional, I'm loving your brilliant blog it's utterly scrumptious. x

Angie's Recipes said...

Cute cup cakes! Happy belated birthday to you!

Jess @ Bakericious said...

Bee Bee, Happy Belated Birthday to you! So envy you have received so many nice, pretty and delicious bakes.