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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Why isn't Wedding Cake an important factor for most weddings in Penang?



5 tier wedding cake


I'm so in love with wedding cakes.... i don't know if it's because i am making them or if it's because it's I find them as such an important piece of a wedding ceremony... but I can go on and on day in day out browsing thru wedding cakes made by all my cake idols... and i go crazy envious how genius these ppl are in being able to design such amazing cakes!

I think wedding cakes are still NOT an important part of a wedding because weddings here are usually quite big (300-400 ppl minimum?) and the biggest chunk of the budget is already allocated for the wedding banquet, which is really costly! Then, asian being asian... we are very practically... Next budget allocation will go based on practicality - wedding photography (pre and during wedding), wedding gown, decor for the ballroom and then.... no more budget left for anything else! No more budget for honeymoon (or maybe it's more like no more leave left), no budget for wedding favors and why it comes to the cake... why bother? The hotel always provide a dummy cake anyway...

My tallest cake to date :)


But there's such a sweet purpose for the cake... i've researched up the traditional reason and here's how i summed it up to be... The purpose of "cake cutting" is to symbolize a 'sweet beginning' for the couple and that is why some people wants the cake to be as tall as possible to signify the long long journey ahead :) And cakes are not meant to be cut the way you cut a birthday cake but instead... gently touched from top to bottom :) And of course it will look amazing in pictures hence u gotta know when to pause and look at the camera :)

Very often we get customers coming to us wanting the most fantabulous kind of wedding cake design but with a crazy-impossible-to-make-kinda-budget :( It saddens me all the time but at the same time I understand why. Even for my wedding... I had 'only' 740 guests of which more than half I am not familiar with and we only spent on what's necessary. The wedding costed a bomb! I truly do understand...

White giant peony


Having said all that, I still have faith... times are changing... I remembered way back when photography was not so important and people are reluctant to pay much for it but look at how it has changed overtime! I believe in time to come, wedding cake will become a 'must-have' for weddings!

One of our most popular orders for wedding are cake & cupcakes... as it is most economical & practical :) Why economical? Because the cupcake designs are simple and they make the perfect wedding favor too! So you kill 2 birds :) Why practical? Right after you cut the cake, all your guests gets a piece of cupcake looking all so pretty instead of a slice of cake (which will take a while for the hotel/restaurant) to cut it up! Easy & clean hence practical!

Shades of Pink

Forever friends theme

Maroon & white themed

Me to you teddy theme

Phalaenopsis orchid themed

Green & white themed

Vintage theme

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Classes!

Hi all...

I am really sorry for the inactiveness.... Anyway, in this post I really wanna share with you guys all the upcoming classes that we will be having at our studio. You can now stay tune to our dates and info via www.sugar.com.my/classes or the best is to follow us closely via facebook!

Classes which we will be conducting on a monthly basis both in Penang and KL are these foundation classes where you can learn the basics to covering a perfect round & square cake!

foundation 101 April foundation 102 april foundation 103april-new
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In June, Handi Mulyana from Handi's Cakes in Sydney will be back to conduct another 3 very interesting classes. There's a mystery class which we will be announcing very soon :)

handi's class june 2012
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And the grand finale will be by the amazing Debbie Brown who will be conducting a 6 days masterclass at our studio, Sugar, Penang!
debbie brown class dec 2012

We are all so pumped up with all the upcoming events happening at our studio!

Please stay tune to our classes and updates via www.sugar.com.my/classes
or follow up via our facebook (love-a-cupcake) to get all the first hand news!


Saturday, December 24, 2011

Blessed Christmas

Firstly, sorry for not updating the blog for the longest time.. I have been busy doing i'm not even sure what! Lol...

BUT this year has definitely been a very blessed one. Definitely a lot of challenges but the reward is worthy. Learning the ropes to run a retail outlet has been very interesting. I've also been blessed with amazing suppliers who will go the distance to help us, amazing customers who will share and guide us.... we have made so many friends over the one year of running Sugar.We would not have been able to grow without them. And of course not forgetting my amazing family & friends who have been supporting us like there's no tomorrow! Sometimes, I don't even have to say 'HELP'... they are all just always there :) Thank you guys... you know who you are... My life would not have been the same without you guys catching me when I fall, add sense to my very often 'brainless ideas' & helping me to be a better person!

Now... time to move forward! 2012... will it be the end of the world? 
I still have so many parts of the world i wanna visit... so many things i wanna do but if the end of the world really happens... I dont think i will leave with any regrets. I think at where i am now, i think i have done what i can... grabbed all the opportunities that has been thrown my way.. challenged myself enough... seen the major countries i need to visit (tho it's like only 20%)... met a lot of my cake idols and even had the joy of getting to know them personally (and learn from some of them personally too!!)...

It's amazing how life is when we count our blessings and not the lemons....

2012 for now holds a lot of uncertainties but lots of crazy thoughts & ideas..
I guess i'll take it as it comes after all, i am a 'spur-of-the-moment' kinda person...

Here's wishing all of you a merry merry christmas & a happy new year! May all of you be surrounded with family & friends having lots of fun and food!


 

xoxox
ween

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Crazy sale at Sugar, Straits Quay

Our shop is having it's very first sales!

sugar crazy sale

It's always so much fun planning for new stuffs! I'm all so excited about it.. so much to do!

I'm sorry i have not been efficient in sharing what I've been doing off late but I really do have so much to share... I've been pretty busy lately.. Lots to share... from cakes, to a lot more cake-y related stuffs!

I promise to find the time to tell all of you about it. 

In the mean time, for those of u interested to learn how to make easy peasy fool proof macarons, check this out http://www.groupsmore.com/cities/penang/deals/sugar!

Until then, have a great day!

xoxo
ween

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Marry me?

As I am writing this post, my mind is humming the tune 'Marry Me' by Train... :)
it's such a nice song! hehehehe...

I love proposal cakes...
It's just soooo meaningful & stressful at the same time for me...
What if my cakes causes the proposal to fail!?
Hehehehe...

will u marry me?

will u marry me?

will u marry me?

I hope this proposal cake was successful!

xoxo
ween

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Who does not love Elmo!?

I have always been a fan of Elmo & cookie monster :)

Made this for fun and when my dear cousin saw them, she wanted them!
So i packaged them up nicely, so that she can bring them back home (down under),
to be used as a piece of decoration!

Elmo & Cookie Monster

Elmo & Cookie Monster

How are they doing by the way? :P

Miss u girls

xoxo,
ween

Friday, July 1, 2011

It's back to the A-B-Cs!

This theme is so much fun and definitely perfect for a school teacher!

I had so much fun making them :)

Cakes for a teacher :)

Cakes for a teacher :)

Cakes for a teacher :)

Cakes for a teacher :)

Cakes for a teacher :)

hope it was a great party!

xoxo,
ween

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Clarice is One!

Oh no! Looking at this post, i realize how very behind i am! I am in the midst of discussion with Clarice's dad on Clarice's 2nd birthday cake already and this is still sitting here! I need to really buck up on all the cake posts...

Anyway this cake was made for Clarice's 1st birthday!

Clarice's 1st Birthday

Clarice's 1st Birthday

Clarice's 1st Birthday

Happy birthday again Clarice...

I am very sure your 2nd birthday cake will be better than your first!
At least i am very excited about the theme your parents have proposed!

xoxo,
ween

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Baby have fun with cupcakes!

This is sooooooo adorable!

See it to believe it!


This order was a special request from Danny & Hooi Chai for their nephew.

They had the perfect idea in mind what they wanted their nephew to do. They wanted their nephew to have fun playing with the cupcakes!


The rest, i will let the pictures do the story telling. Pictures are courtesy of Danny :) Thanks!


Baby Gets Dirty with Cupcakes

Baby Gets Dirty with Cupcakes

Baby Gets Dirty with Cupcakes

Baby Gets Dirty with Cupcakes



Baby Gets Dirty with Cupcakes & Rick

Baby Gets Dirty with Cupcakes



Baby Gets Dirty with Cupcakes

Baby Gets Dirty with Cupcakes

Baby Gets Dirty with Cupcakes

Baby Gets Dirty with Cupcakes

Isn't he the cutest baby ever?

Baby Gets Dirty with Cupcakes


xoxo,

ween

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Elisa's 1st Birthday

Everything about this order is soooo pretty!

From the request to the designs, to the birthday recipient, to the mummy & everything about it! These picture are taken by our dear friend Danny Chew

Elisa's 1st birthday

Elisa's 1st birthday

Elisa's 1st birthday

Elisa's 1st birthday

Elisa's 1st birthday

Elisa's 1st birthday

Elisa's 1st birthday

Elisa's 1st birthday

Elisa's 1st birthday

Happy Birthday again Elisa!

xoxo,
ween