When it comes to baking, I'm not too keen. Something about making a big gooey mess on the kitchen counter and on my hands, or just the thought of cleaning up a sink full of baking tools is not very appealing to me.
So what do I do when every dinner party needs a sweet ending? I get a little help from pre-made bakery items and make them prettier than they started out to be.
Here's one I assembled over the weekend for our Christmas Party for our vendors and suppliers. Our party was themed South East Asian delights so I had Indonesian satay,chill-tamarind tiger shrimp, curries and other bbq delights going on, as well as good 'ol asian fried rice. As for dessert, the adults had the home made bourbon truffles and we also had this semi-homemade cake.
I'm sure Santa wouldn't mind me cheating just this once.
Wow your guests at home or take this along to a party. This will no doubt be the conversation piece of the evening.
* Store-bought chocolate bundt cake.
* Confectioner's sugar to dust
* Pot of hollies
* A pretty cake stand
I wanted to use cherries because the stems and dark burgundy-cherry color against the chocolate would look so rich, dark and decadent, but they weren't available that day. So I settled for raspberries.
Remove cake from store packaging and place on cake stand.
One at a time, gently press each raspberry into the icing so it would sit securely on the cake.
Space them out nicely, leaving room for the hollies.
Dust with confectioner's sugar, then decorate with a few sprigs of hollies. I love sugar dust. It's like snow!
Angel thinks so!
And here's as much of our little party menu as I could remember to catch on camera while cooking and hosting. Wish you were here.
Satay is a dish of seasoned, skewered and grilled meat, served with a peanut sauce. It may consist of sliced chicken, mutton, beef. These are going on the grill over a charcoal fire, then dipped in peanut sauce.
Some good 'old Indonesian fried rice is always good!
And these are thin sliced rib eye beef rolled with baby asparagus, carrots and mushrooms.
And they go on the grill with some Korean sweet bulgogi sauce.
From our hearts to yours... our home to yours.... we want to wish you a very merry Christmas and an outrageously fashionable new year!