Happy Easter to all of you!
For those of you with long weekend from Friday to Sunday, enjoy your long weekend! I know that in some European countries, the long weekend stretches from Friday to Monday so to these folks, enjoy your even longer weekend!
Long weekends are a bane and a boon. Of course, it is common knowledge why long weekends are a boon. As for it being a bane, it simply means a shorter work week and hence some of us might be experiencing a lot more hectic weekdays.
I do know that many in my department were feeling the stress over the week that has just passed too. There was simply too much to do, coupled with the fact that we had 2 out-of-office events in the week which meant even lesser time to work on our tasks. As for me, I had/still having roles in separate 2 "events" too and I was almost drowning in work.
Some hearts to cheer all of us up perhaps?
So some of you who were following me on Instagram saw my cupcakes photos a few days ago. For our department cohesion, my colleague decided to propose the idea of cupcake-making to our Dept Head. Our Dept Head is one who really loves sporty activities (especially taking walks as seen here and here) for cohesion. However since one of our branch babes would be transferring dept, we thought that cupcake-making would be a befitting farewell activity this time round.
We went to Little House of Dreams for the cupcake-making session and had so much fun! We made the cupcakes in teams of 4 and each of us got to bring home 2 cupcakes each.
The fondant moulding was the most fun part. However, we had only 4 colours of fondant provided -- pink, blue, orange and green. What? No red or yellow? Those are my basic colours to work with usually, other than pink and blue. When we saw the orange fondant, all we could think of was carrot and so I made one! The carrot seemed pretty out of place since we weren't even making carrot cakes and hence, I moulded a rabbit next for an Easter theme. The rest of my leftover blues were used for my sign off. I should have combined all the blue for an even bigger Easter bunny coz the bunny simply looked puny next to the gigantic carrot.
I found the orange and green a bit jarring and hence decided not to include these 2 colours on my 2nd cupcake. I wanted a pastel theme and mixed pink and blue to get the purple fondant. After my colleagues saw how pretty the purple was, they also attempted to make some purple.
I do love the pink, blue and purple colour scheme a lot. Pardon the raw edges. I'm no pro.
See, orange does look like carrot!
The chocolate spread is Nutella and the cupcake itself is plain vanilla flavour. I'm surprised they tasted good coz I usually do not like plain vanilla cupcakes. Also, I do not like the artificial sweetness of fondant but everything tasted beautifully when eaten together.
The photos are all taken using iPhone 4s at night in a dimly lit part of the house and hence the grainy quality. Silly me should have used my Canon S95 instead. The rest of the photos with humans and my colleagues' cupcakes are in the department's DSLR. I hope all of you enjoyed looking and reading about my maiden attempt at baking and making cupcakes.
BTW, did you all realise that every day this week is the same backwards?