My Big Fat Valentine’s Day

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Valentine's Day roses

Valentine's day roses

It’s Valentine’s Day! I love Valentine’s Day. It’s a special day for lovers to express their love for each other by giving stuff like flowers, chocolates, cards etc. For me, I extend my Valentine’s Day to my wonderful children, too. Beside my husband, they are also the joy of my heart.

This year I called my Valentine’s Day as ‘My Big Fat Valentine’s Day!’ Why? There’s no good reason except that the name makes me SMILE! It sounds quite like the show ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’. It’s one of my favourite show….so funny….haha. Oh wait, there’s actually some good meaning to the title of my post.

Firstly, Valentine’s Day is always a BIG event for me and my husband. As our children grow up, our love for each other grow deeper and stronger and we just love to surprise each other with nice, cute gifts. It’s a big day because it renews our love for each other, reminding us that love is a COMMITMENT and not how we feel. We may even annoy each other sometimes but true love covers it all and move on stronger. More importantly, we leave behind a legacy for our children to follow, giving them the courage to live out a strong marriage when it is their turn.

Secondly, it’s a FAT Valentine’s Day because of what I made specially for my husband and children….luxury desserts! The past week has been very busy for me because of marathon baking on top of all the Chinese New Year parties at my friends’ houses. Ever heard of marathon baking? It just means long hours in the kitchen. It takes iron will for me to stay so long in the kitchen. My cooking are usually simple, easy and quick but I was trying my luck in baking 2 of the most difficult and expensive desserts for Valentine’s Day……Indonesian Layer Cake and Macarons. I had never tried both of them so you can imagine the challenges and nightmare that I put myself through.

Lastly, Hotel Chocolate had made my Valentine’s Day even greater this year by sending me a fabulous box of Valentine’s chocolate for my winning giveaway challenge at Ann at Pig Pig’s Corner. You can read more about it at Valentine’s Day Gift From Hotel Chocolate.

Indonesian Layered Cake for Valentine's Day

Indonesian Layered Cake for Valentine's Day

To start off, I told myself I wanted to make my husband his favourite cake, the Indonesian Layer Cake. We used to buy it when we were back home in Malaysia. It’s a very expensive cake. When I saw it at Ann’s blog, I told myself I have to make it. It is very time consuming grilling it layer by layer. This is one cake that is going to put my patience to great test. But I reminded myself that LOVE is PATIENT and LONG SUFFERING.

25 eggs for valentine's Day cake

25 eggs for Valentine's Day cake

This must be one of the most fattening cake I have made so far. It uses 25 egg yolks!! Well, I am very proud of myself that it came out very successful, delicious and pretty. It was success at the first attempt. Will share the recipe and steps to do it in another post.

Then came the macaron. It was macaron craze on the food blogosphere last year. While many were not aware, especially non bloggers, I’m sure many were like me….watched in awe and wonder at the many failed attempts of many bloggers who tried to make this little delicate macaron but celebrated with those who eventually succeeded. I told myself I must take up the challenge to try this year. If there’s anyone who had inspired me is Deeba at Passionate About Baking. Deeba has always been very friendly and helpful. She bakes very well and I love her blog.

I knew I am in for some fun macaron baking but I had to keep reminding myself to smile at any failed attempts. So, here comes my macaron making journey. My macarons are not perfect yet in terms of look but they taste awesome….mmmm. I’ve just managed to get a fairly successful one JUST before Valentine’s Day….pink macarons with ‘feet’ and lovely white chocolate filling. My family likes these pink ones very much. I’m so happy!!….*BIG smiles*

1st Macaron Attempt

1st attempt at making macaron

1st attempt at making macaron

I used the chocolate macarons by Pook at Daily Delicious. My macarons failed…so sad! They had no ‘feet’ and cracked all over. I know it’s not the fault of the recipe but my way of doing it.  I just have to try again.

2nd Macaron Attempt

Almond meringues

Macarons turned to almond meringues

I tried to used a different recipe. This time I used the chocolate macaron recipe by Deeba at Passionate about Baking and the filling of the first recipe. But they turned out to be perfect almond meringues. How interesting! I was actually so thrilled and thought it hilarious. So I turned them into meringues kisses, perfect for Valentine’s Day. Don’t they look pretty? It’s totally interesting how a mistake can turn into something beautiful in baking. I’m sure it’s not the recipe but my way of doing it again.

3rd Macaron Attempt

Chocolate macarons)

Chocolate macarons

I used back the first macaroon recipe, careful to follow the instructions more closely. Yeah, at least they had tiny, little ‘feet’……very happy.

4th Macaron Attempt

Pink macarons

Pink macarons

I tried to adjust the second recipe to make pink macarons. They failed…NO ‘feet’…so sad. They looked like whoopie pies.

5th Macaron Attempt

Chocolate macarons

Chocolate macarons

I tried the first recipe again. Yeah….higher ‘feet’! But the outer shells look rough. At least most successful of all. Really happy.

6th Macaron Attempts

Pink macarons

Pink macarons

Phew…what a relief that I managed to get a fairly successful pink macarons with white chocolate filling at last, just in time for Valentine’s Day. My family likes them very much. I find them SO good. Mind you, they can be very addictive. Will share more how I make them in a later post.

For your info, I was in London with my daughter, Sharon, recently. We went to Harrods. My girl told me that the macarons there are very popular. She wanted 3, all different flavour. Know how much they cost? It was £6 for 3 tiny ones, about 3cm in diameter!!! I was shocked. But like all mothers, you lose most of the time when your children like something so badly especially food. Well, now she can eat all she wants. You can read more about our macaron adventure at Sharon’s blog post Laduree Macarons.

It’s a true lovely start to Valentine’s Day! What a lot of things I learned the past week. Keep Learning Keep Smiling! :D

Oh…… daughter, Sharon at Fun and Life, has just posted Young Love Old Love on her blog. It is an interesting read to hear what my daughter shared for Valentine’s Day, how she sees love and be inspired by true love.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Quote of the day……

“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and a richness to life that nothing else can bring.”

- Oscar Wilde

Keep Learning Keep Smiling

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love2cook  on February 13th, 2011

WOW…you seem to be mastering macarons! Looking better and better every trial!

Happy Valentines to you and yours. ;)

Belinda @zomppa  on February 13th, 2011

That’s a whole lotta eggs! I’m happy to take your “mistakes.” Happy BIG Valentine’s Day!

Jess @ Bakericious  on February 13th, 2011

Mary, happy Valentine! the kuih lapis looks yummy and you seem to get nice macarons now, well done!

j3ss kitch3n  on February 13th, 2011

Happy Valentine’ Day Mary!! hope you have a smashing vday!

your macaroons attempt is simply admirable! you got such patience! and i love them all!

Ivy  on February 13th, 2011

Happy Valentine’s Day. What a coincidence! I made my first attempt on macarons yesterday and I am disappointed how they turned out but as you say they tasted wonderful. I don’t think I will have the patience to make them five more times :) Congratulations on making them perfect.

penny aka jeroxie  on February 13th, 2011

You are one hell of a mother and wife! Happy V day to you and family

Ginny Hartzler  on February 13th, 2011

None of these look like failures, they all look so good!! Oh, I have heard that Herrods has a whole lot of food on one floor, such fancy things!

lequan  on February 14th, 2011

Oh my dear Mary and fellow mom. It’s so true that us moms always lose when our children want something. Now that’s true love. Lol. Your are an amazing wife, mother, and daughter, my friend. Through reading your blog every week for the past couple of months, I’ve come to realize how much love the beautiful person behind this blog has for her family. I’m so proud that such a beautiful person as you calls me friend and am so happy that I can call you my friend as well. I truly hope we will get to meet some day.

Kudos to you on your persistency! 6 attempts?! Now that’s love! In fact, you’ve displayed in this post how much you really love your family through these baking attempts. I think I would’ve given up at attempt #2 and handed my daughter $50 to buy all the macarons she wants. Teehee. Seriously though, love is not measured by money, but by how far you’re willing to go for the ones you love. Let’s just say you circled the heavens many times and back. You truly are a very inspirational woman, Mary! Have a beautiful valentine’s day with your much loved family. Btw, love the heart shaped eggs. Haha.

Sanjeeta kk  on February 14th, 2011

Hats off to your patince Mary! I tried and left it after my second attempt. Happy V day to you.

DG  on February 14th, 2011

Really salute you, Mary! Your lapis looks yummy & congrats that you finally mastering the macaroons.
Lastly, Happy Valentine’s day to you, Mary!

claire  on February 14th, 2011

Whether they are first or second or third.. they all look so lovely to me, Mary!!

suituapui  on February 14th, 2011

Happy V Day to you. Oooo…so sweet, sweet macaroons.

kristy  on February 14th, 2011

Wow Congratulations, Mary! Now, I can see what you mean by marathon baking! hahaha…. Gosh, that layer cake takes hours to work on it. Have to sit there patiently to wait for spreading layer by layer. Not even dare to go to the toilet. haha…. And those macaroons turned out looking so good. I made once successfully but find that it’s too sweet. I want to make my second batch soon and the cake too. haha…. Hope you’re having a flavourful sweetheart day!
Blessings, Kristy

Kathy Gori  on February 14th, 2011

Mary, I always love it when you bake!! Those stacked layer cakes you make are amazing. Hope this is the best V day for you and your husband ever.

The Kitchen Masochist  on February 14th, 2011

OH my, kek lapis! I first tried this cake in Singapore 10 years ago. I was so fascinated with those eye-catching stripes. And yes, I thought it was pretty expensive for a spiced butter cake. But with all the labor involved that goes into making this, I can see why it would be expensive. I wished I had my mom with me when I first saw kek lapis so she could buy it with her money instead buying it for myself with my own money. Because as you said, moms lose when their [grown up] children want something! Haha…I learned that pretty early when I was a child and know what you mean only too well even though I’m not a parent. ;)

I’ve been wanting to attempt to bake kek lapis but the large amount of eggs and butter scare me, not so much about taking 3-5 hours to bake the layers.

Kudos to you for all your 6 attempts! I’ve been wanting to attempt macarons as well but as you know, this is quite to attempt here in the humid tropics.

Happy Vday!

anncoo  on February 14th, 2011

Happy Valentine’s Day Mary :) Love the kueh lapis, looks so perfect and delicious.
And you tried 6th attempts to make macarons! Kudos to you Mary! Your macarons looks great, I love it!!

somewhere in singapore  on February 14th, 2011

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

Jeannie  on February 14th, 2011

You are one very patient lady Mary, six attempts at making macarons! That’s record breaking to me…I am so impressed! And that kueh lapis looks great, another cake that needs lots of patience, which I have none, unfortunately:P Happy Valentine’s Day to you!

Priya  on February 14th, 2011

Happy V day Mary,woow six attempts of making macarons,hats off dear..

Mary  on February 14th, 2011

@love2cook - Haha..I was having much fun trying them…different all the time! :D

@Belinda @zomppa - Yes, the number of eggs shocked me. I think we need some shocks in life sometimes…haha. But it was a really lovely cake. So glad I tried :D

@Jess @ Bakericious - Thanks very much. I need to try my macarons again. Going to have more fun :D

@j3ss kitch3n - Thanks very much! I think I have learned a lot of patience through cooking and baking…haha :D

@Ivy - Wow…we are thinking at the same wavelength :D Do try again. I’m going to try again soon. Mine is not perfect yet. Hope to get it 100% right. It’s actually fun making :D

@penny aka jeroxie - Thanks very much, Penny! Hope you have a great day :D

@Ginny Hartzler - Awww…you are such an encouragement, Ginny!I would love to see my macaroons with a smooth outer coat. Will try again. Oh yes, Harrods is just amazing…so much stuff there. The whole floor of food was just very captivating. It’s fun visiting it :D

@lequan - Awwww…LeQuan, you are always so sweet and encouraging…makes me smile and blush at the same time by your compliments. I always love how you write and comment…the kindness and sincerity that comes through your writing that always brings smiles and laughters. Just so privileged to know you through blogging. I really hope to meet you and your family one day. I think we will talk non stop…haha.

Oh…the macarons. I think Sharon will not have enough even if I buy her 20 pieces of the macarons. That would be £40 for a tiny packet of tiny macaroons!!! Worth every bit of my time trying them out. I’m sure I will get there one day…perfect macarons. When we meet one day, you will have macarons as dessert! :D

@Sanjeeta kk - Keep trying, Sanjeeta! I’m sure we can succeed one day :D

@DG - Thanks very much. I’m truly happy for my kueh lapis but will try again for my macarons until they are perfect :D

@claire - Awww…thanks very much, Claire. You just make me feel better when I look at all the failed macarons :D

@suituapui - Thanks very much, Arthur! :D

@kristy - Haha….must always remember not to drink water before making this cake! Kristy, you are just too funny :D You are very right, the macarons are very sweet. I would love to try some lemony filling to cut down on the sweetness. You are very creative. I think you can think of some way. But please don’t go for bitter gourd filling…haha :D Hope you have a fun day.

@Kathy Gori - Awww…thanks very much, Kathy! I’m trying to bake more. The food blogosphere is a place of great inspiration. I have never baked so much for Valentine’s Day so this year is really special :D

@The Kitchen Masochist - Yes, I think you pay for the labour… intensive! You are literally stuck to the kitchen if you make this cake, like @Kristy said can’t even go to the toilet…haha :D Now I think all kids know the trick…..pretend to look very hungry, very pitiful, persistent begging….and their moms will give in. I wonder whether modern moms fall easily into this type of trap. I know my mom would not give in :( Ya, I know, the number of eggs in the cake. Must not eat too much too often. But I think I would rather eat and head for the gym…hehe. Hope you try the macaron soon. I hope it works there. Have fun baking :D

@anncoo - Thanks very much, Ann! Yes, I was so desperate to get it right for Valentine’s Day. I’m so glad the 6th attempt looks quite good…phew :D

@somewhere in singapore - Thanks very much, Sharon! Same to you, too :D

@Jeannie - Now, I think I’m in the same boat as you…not very patient. Looks like I performed quite well under pressure…haha. I was so desperate to get my macarons right for Valentine’s Day. Maybe that helps. If it is other times, I think I would have given up after the 2nd attempt :P The same goes with the layered cake. I need to build up lots of patience again first before another attempt at the cake..haha.

@Priya - Thanks very much, Priya! Now I think I have to give myself a pat on my back for the 6 attempts at making macaron! :D

Cheah  on February 14th, 2011

Gosh, Mary, you are amazing, so many attempts at making macarons! Thumbs up! We tried macarons at Harrods too, my, my sooooooooo expensive! Happy Valentine’s Day.

wen's delight  on February 14th, 2011

Happy Valentine’s DaY! Love how determined you are to make the macarons right! Great jobs!

Shirley  on February 14th, 2011

You are sure having a blast! A happy Valentine’s day to you and yours.

kitchen flavours  on February 14th, 2011

Happy Valentine’s Day! You are one extremely patient baker! If only I have half the patience! Even though the macaroons are not what you expect them to be, they all look truly wonderful to me! The pink ones looks absolutely delightful. I have yet to try at making them, and it has been on my to-do-list since forever!

lena  on February 14th, 2011

hi mary, happy valentine’s day to you!! is this your first time making indonesian kuih lapis? that looks perfect, very impressive! People said that it’s one of the most fattening cake around, so after eating this, no marathon baking but must really go for marathon run, haha! 6th attempt on macarons? i really admire your determination. To me, both the kuih lapis and macarons are no easy task so i must say you really did a wonderful job here!

Sharon @ Fun and Life  on February 14th, 2011

First of all, I CANNOT believe I’m not there to eat that layered cake! It’s my favourite! Ok, almost everything is my favourite when you make it. But I still love it.

Dad is too sweet to buy you those flowers. He never forgets to!

Can’t believe you tried making macarons soooo many times! The colour of the first still seems the best. Though the sixth attempt looked really good! The feet came out! Hope I’ll get to eat some when I get back :D haha. Love you! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Joy  on February 14th, 2011

The macaroons looks lovely.

Faith  on February 14th, 2011

Great post, Mary, and a huge congrats on your mac success! They look so pretty in pink and are perfect for Valentine’s. Happy Valentine’s Day to you and yours!

Erica  on February 14th, 2011

Wow!Great job!!! Happy Valentine’s day!

Swathi  on February 14th, 2011

Happy valentine’s day, love all your attempts to get macrons right, you did it.

Juliana  on February 14th, 2011

Wow, your really worked on making macaroons…I still did not gather the courage to try…good job, they all look yummie :-)

tigerfish  on February 14th, 2011

Valentine’s Day is not a big event for us though. We don’t do anything at all! :O

I can see the significance of this day to your family. There are so many inspired bakes from this day ;)

Happy Valentine’s Day!

aipi  on February 14th, 2011

you have done a really nice job here..they are really tricky to make..hats off to your patience n kudos!!
Happy V day to you n your loved ones :)

US Masala

Mary  on February 14th, 2011

@Cheah - Actually it was fun to make but of course quite disappointing when they didn’t turn out that well. Yes, too expensive at Harrods. Heard it’s expensive everywhere. That’s why have to learn to make :D

@wen’s delight - Thanks very much, Wen! I guess I need more attempts to get it right. I’m going to have fun :D

@Shirley - Thanks very much, Shirley! Yes, it was a blast especially in the kitchen making cake and macarons :D

@kitchen flavours - Haha…my patience was being put to extreme test. If not for the occasion I think would have given up :P Give a try. It’s actually fun making them.

@lena - Yes, my first time making the cake. My gosh I didn’t know I had to be stuck up in the kitchen for hours making this cake! I think sometimes innocence is a bliss…haha :D Running a marathon? I surrender instantly, even if you pay me :P I will play more badminton. Thanks very much for your compliment. I will make more macarons :D

@Sharon @ Fun and Life - See, you should always stay close to me. You just never know when I am going to make nice food…hehe. Trying to leave you some but I may eat all :P Yes, love the roses, still right in front of me as I type away. No more macarons…sorry. But will make again when you come back. So happy the ‘feet’ finally grew…haha. Love you lots.

@Joy - Thanks very much, Joy! :D

@Faith - Thanks very much, Faith! I love the pink ones, too :D

@Erica - Thanks very much, Erica! :D

@Swathi - Yes, I did it…SO happy! Hope to make some more…and better ones :D

@Juliana - It took me a year to have the courage to try! Really glad I did it. Give a try. It’s fun :D

@tigerfish - I see. I just find it fun to celebrate :D Hope you have a wonderful day.

@aipi - Yes, it’s really tricky to make these macarons…6 attempts and still not perfect. Hope to try again :D

Christine@Christine's Recipes  on February 14th, 2011

Haha, you’re going to make your family fatter and fatter with these heavenly tasty desserts, Mary. Big smile for you. ^0^
Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your whole family!

tasteofbeirut  on February 14th, 2011

The cake looks amazing but 25 eggs! wow! I loved the macs and all the attempts I am sure they always tasted great.Happy V-day!

redkathy  on February 14th, 2011

Oh my gosh Mary you never give up, 6 attempts and success, how great! You have more patience than I would have. Did I tell you my son studied in London last summer. He was amazed with the culture there. Hope you have a wonderful Valentines Day!

thatssoron  on February 15th, 2011

happy valentines day!

Blackswan  on February 15th, 2011

Wow, what an inspirational love story! But I totally agree with you. That’s the way to make a marriage last :)

Mary, my New Year resolution is to learn how to bake but after seeing this post, I’m scared. Maybe I should stay off macaroons first. Hahaha!

Happy Valentine’s Day to u too & do check out what I’d prepared for my V-day Dinner @
Flirting With Food On Valentine’s Day

Sushma Mallya  on February 15th, 2011

looks delicious,hope you had a great valentines day

Catherine  on February 15th, 2011

What a wonderful post, Mary! I like the part “love is a COMMITMENT and not how we feel”, never a truer statement!! Those macarons look divine!

noobcook  on February 15th, 2011

wow 6 attempts! can see your improvement with each attempt, can’t wait to read more about it. The layered cake looks great too.

Mary  on February 15th, 2011

@Christine@Christine’s Recipes - Haha…you are very right. I’m chasing all of them out for a good exercise after eating :D

@tasteofbeirut - Yes, 25 eggs! Totally unbelievable huh :D The macarons tasted great but need further improvement.

@redkathy - I think cooking and baking teaches me patience :D I better cook and bake more…haha. I hope your son is well adjusted to the London culture. I think it’s too busy a place for me. I still prefer Aberdeen here except for the extreme cold.

@thatssoron - Happy Valentine’s Day to you, too! :D

@Blackswan - Haha…we are speaking the same language…the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach! :D Your Valentine’s meal looks awesome. Next is to try the macarons. Join in the fun :D Mine needs further improvement. I will try again.

@Sushma Mallya - Thanks very much, Sushma! :D

@Catherine - Thanks very much, Catherine! :D

@noobcook - Thanks very much! I will try the macaroons again. Hope to get to its perfect look and taste :D

Angie's Recipes  on February 15th, 2011

mmmm…macarons :-)) I haven’t baked them for a long while. Yours looks perfect, just like those from the bakeries.

Shikibu  on February 15th, 2011

Very beautifull macaron ! especially the 6th and the 5th attempts ^^

You could work at Ladurée (promise, they are as great as Ladurée’macaron :) ).

The indonesian cake is amazing O_o 25 eggs … omg …

Ananda Rajashekar  on February 15th, 2011

oh wow you are getting better for every attempt, good luck wit it you are just right there perfect! :)

PlumLeaf  on February 15th, 2011

Amazing! How you had will and stamina to make SIX batches of macarons! I know you had a lot of egg whites but still! I would’ve stopped after fail#2. Funny coincidence I tried making macarons the other day as I had egg whites left from making buttercream. I made one batch of mix but scooped half out to add green tea powder. They looked like your first mac. Cracked and cookie looking.
Remaining half I coloured lilac and these got the frilly feet but are flat and were gooey and sticky. I think not cooked enough. I put them in oven again today and dried them to a crisp brown!?!?!? Back to class for me! Ha Ha!

Anna Johnston  on February 15th, 2011

I’m very impressed with your never say die attitude Mary with the Macarons, they are tricky things & I couldn’t agree more with you about Deeba’s site & her awesome baking skills. So glad you had a wonderful V Day :)

muppy  on February 15th, 2011

I love all your maccaron attempts! Thanks for showing them :)

Drick  on February 15th, 2011

feet or no feet, I think your macaroons are the best… what matters is the effort and after 6 attempts, I would say you perfected it really well… can’t wait for the Indonesian cake, it looks like a real treat

5 Star Foodie  on February 15th, 2011

Wow, you are very patient, making all those macaroon batches and your pink ones definitely look terrific! Hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s day celebration!

sidneytoh  on February 15th, 2011

Lovely Valentine’s moment you have…

shaz  on February 16th, 2011

Whoa!! 25 egg yolks!! True love :) Well done on your macaron baking adventure. And success in the end. You sure made good use of the egg whites then. I love macarons too, it’s the one baked good I find very hard to give away, ha ha ha.

Dongxing  on February 16th, 2011

Happy Belated Valentine’s Day, Mary! The kueh lapis looks so gorgeous - I am trying to persuade my husband to bring one back from Indonesia, still working on it… I love kueh lapis and personally, I wouln’t even attempt to make it as my baking skill is severely limited. It would most likely end up being kuih panggang (burnt cake)instead, ha ha ha. Well done on your many attempts on the macaroons, bet the tasting at each attempt is more fun, eh?

crustabakes  on February 16th, 2011

Thats a very wonderful advise on love being a commitment, and i am very impressed of your perserverance to perfect that macarons! I hope u had a wonderful V day!

Jennifer@A Busy Nest  on February 16th, 2011

The chocolate macaroon filled cookies look delicious.

Pachecopatty  on February 16th, 2011

The 6 attempts at making macarons with an Indonesian layer cake thrown into the mix for good measure makes for one very enjoyable blog post for me to read, thanks;-) I’m getting tired thinking about all those macaron attempts, maybe the Indonesian layer cake is enough for me to try;-)to eat that is, ha ha!

lequan  on February 17th, 2011

Oh my, shall I book my plane ticket now? Lol. I agree, $50 doesn’t get you many macarons. I once ate a box of 12 macarons all to myself in one sitting (blush). I just couldnt stop, they were sooo good. Lots of tea was followed afterwards needless to say. Good luck with your future attempts. I won’t be trying to make these for a long time yet. Happy Birthday love! Big hugs from Canada!

Kristi Rimkus  on February 17th, 2011

Oh my gosh - 25 egg yolks. I’ll bet that took some time! It’s a beautiful cake, worth the effort I’m sure.

Great job on the macaroons too!


pigpigscorner  on February 17th, 2011

Wow I’m so jealous Mary! My V-day was just like any other day =( oh well, if you are with your loved one, everyday is a V-day isn’t it? Your kek lapis looks AMAZING!

mycookinghut  on February 18th, 2011

WoW! I need to have patience like you to attempt macarons! ;)

Mary  on February 25th, 2011

@Angie’s Recipes - Thanks very much for your encouragement, Angie. I have to make again :D

@Shikibu - Whah…I am SO flattered now! I would love to work there. Many would end up in my tummy :P

@Ananda Rajashekar - I think I need more attempts to get it perfect :D

@PlumLeaf - Frustrations pushed me on…hehe. Still frustrated not there yet. Need to build up stamina for another round :D So glad I am not alone. Hope you have success in your next attempt.

@Anna Johnston - Haha…..I wish I had the emotional stamina to push through until my macaron come out perfect! Need to try again soon :D

@muppy - Thanks very much, Muppy! :D

@Drick - Thanks very much, Drick! You are always very encouraging. That’s why I improve in my cooking :D

@5 Star Foodie - Thanks very much Natasha! :D

@sidneytoh - Thanks very much, Sidney!

@shaz - Thanks very much, Shaz! I ended up so much macarons after all the 6 attempts I have to give away :D My friends all liked them very much.

@Dongxing - Thanks very much, Stella! I’m sure the ones from Indonesia is way more delicious. Hope your hubby brings back one, or even more. You can freeze it I’m sure. As for my macarons, I need more attempts I’m afraid. I’ll hv more fun soon trying :D

@crustabakes - Thanks very much! I’ll give a pat on my own back for all the attempts at macarons…haha :D

@Jennifer@A Busy Nest - Thanks very much! :D

@Pachecopatty - Thanks very much! I think both are equally challenging. Ya, maybe the Indonesian Layer Cake has a higher success rate.

@lequan - Whah…12 macarons in one go! You must go for Eating Macaron Challenge if ever there’s any…..haha Hope I can get them right so that if we meet I can make for you. Or maybe I should perfect them to sell and save to buy air tickets to fly to see you :D

@Kristi Rimkus - Thanks very much, Kristi! :D

@pigpigscorner - Yes we should be celebrating Valentine’s Day everyday :D I will become a professional baker then…haha

@mycookinghut - It only happens once in a long while for me :D

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