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I just love this time of the year. Christmas celebrations are over and all the pressures of getting ready to that point are done and over with - Christmas shopping, coordinating schedules to party invitations, cake and cookie orders, etc., etc... Don’t get me wrong, I loved going thru all that but like any self professed introvert, I like down times even better.
Yes, but party time is not over yet! The New Year is ringing up soon. I like celebrating New Year’s though. There’s no pressure of giving a gift, you can celebrate it as quietly or loudly as you wish. There is something about welcoming the New Year that signals a new beginning, a fresh start.
Around this time of the year I sit down and reflect what the passing year has been for me and I become pensive for what I want for the coming year. 2013 had been an eclectic mix of experiences for me – there were (lots of) laughter and (some) tears, personal challenges and triumphs, beginnings and endings. As a cake decorator, I believe I made the most cakes this year and I was able to learn and try a lot of new designs and techniques.
Looking forward to the coming year, though I’m not big on making resolutions, this inspirational poster pretty much sums up how I live my life by. So I’m still rolling by this but I want to add a few more for this year - laugh more, drink less (tough one...I might rethink this one), exercise more, eat junk less, smile more, and be grumpy less. But the biggest thing for me this coming year is ‘letting go’. I’m letting go of perfectionism, of sweating the small stuff, letting go of people, judgements and fear. I want to live like every day is my last and start do things in my bucket list – personal and cake wise J
As for this website, looking back to the past year, I could have posted more and shared more cakes that I had made. So this coming year, you will see more of me, hope that’s ok with you. I plan to post more cakes and tutorials and start making videos again. And oh there’s also other exciting things lined up in the horizon, but I can't talk about it just yet.
Wow, such a long post, now let’s party on! Let’s celebrate this coming New Year with this Champagne Cupcakes! Everything was flavoured with champagne here, ok I actually used sparkling wine (Asti Martini) and prosecco is fine to use too. Save the champagne for the actual toasting and just use something cheaper. But let’s use the term champagne here, because it sounds more indulgent!
The cupcake has some champagne added though there is just a hint of flavor in it. The cupcake is then filled with champagne pastry cream, and topped with champagne buttercream – my favourite part!
To fill the cupcake, cut a cone shape using a small paring knife. Cut it on an angle, take it out and trim the bottom part of the cone to make it flat. Fill the cupcake with pastry cream and put the cover back on. Now it’s ready for frosting.
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Enjoy and have a sparkling, happy New Year!
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