Hello Monday : Eat All The Cake

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Hello Monday!

After a 500 3 week long school holiday the kids are back to school today and life will return to somewhat normal programming.

I have to say that although I did endeavour to take some time off and enjoy the holidays with my girls, it was a very busy period for me filled with many, many cakes, so I don’t really think that that they minded at all.

This Wednesday I will be posting Tip # 2/20 in my Macaron Files series (Know Your Almonds). If you missed the first tip you can find it here.

Then on Friday will be a healthy but delicious recipe from GI Jane in the Blogger Recipe series and somewhere in between I will be sharing my recipe for Gluhwein and my Chocolate Gluhwein Cake. So, stay tuned for an awesome week ahead!

Here are a few photos of my favourite bakes from the past few weeks.

If you’ve seen something that you like, you can always head over to our contact page and send us an enquiry or just leave a comment here to let us know which one you loved the most 🙂

xxx Viveshni

#CoveredIsCool: The Big Reveal – My Final Look

Drum roll please……

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A special thank you once again to all the sponsors involved and especially Jared and Zuki for making me feel so comfortable during the photoshoot even while dislocating hips and shoulders 🙂

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It really was a special day that I hope I  to have many more of with these phenomenal women.

If you missed the behind the scenes action you can catch up here .

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If you would like to see how the other beautiful ladies looked in the single shots of their final looks ( and trust me you do!), head over to their blog using the links below.

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Also show some love for the sponsors

XXX Viveshni

The Mother’s Day Macaron Class & High Tea 2015

Mother’s Day has come and gone and in the mayhem that preceded the Launch of my classes I forgot this post about my amazing Mother’s Day and the Mother’s Day Class and High Tea. So here it is, better late than never…

As we get older and become parents ourselves it becomes harder to allocate time on days like Mother’s Day between our mothers, our mother-in-laws and then finally ourselves with our kids. So when planning the Mother’s Day Macaron Class & High Tea I had a little bit of a selfish motive. I invited along my mother, my sisters and my mother-in-law to join in the class so that I would get a chance to treat them for Mother’s Day. We had a wonderful group of ladies as always and quite a few mums. The ladies were encouraged to dress up in their most fabulous high tea gear and there was beyond a shadow of a doubt two ladies that met the brief 100%.

The Mother’s Day class was a demo class, so the ladies got to relax while I demonstrated my macaron making technique and shared with them all my secrets. They then had 12 shells waiting for them to fill and decorate. I have to say that this is always the best part of the class for me because the ladies get to release their inner child as they play with the embellishments.

Afterward we all sat down for the high tea. The spread included savoury tarts and phyllo pastry parcels, cupcakes, cakepops, macarons, a chocolate and Bar One Cake, chocolate covered pretzels ( the best thing ever!) and a selection of pastries. I had a wonderful time getting to know a bit about all the ladies and having a laugh as we all shared stories over a cup of tea.

Each lovely lady took home their own tea pot and mug as well as some of the most amazing tea ever that was sponsored by Tea Pigs. They were also surprised with their own bottles of Willow Creek Olive Oil to take home.

The dads can also enjoy their Father’s Day with us at the “Me & My Dad Cupcake Class” on 13 June 2015, 9-12pm. The class is limited to 14 people so please book early.

This is what my Mother’s Day looked like…

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The Inaugural Macaron Class

Taking a leap of faith is always a scary business, especially when its wok related. The sweet taste of success, though, is all the more better when it all works out:)

The decision to start doing lessons was something that I deliberated over for a very very long time. I had my moments of self doubt and anxiety, but ultimately I realized that I am good at what I do and I love sharing my passion with others. So that is just what I did! I had the aprons and tote bags printed, the note books made and sent out the booking information for the classes.IMG_5360IMG_5451IMG_5404-0IMG_5355-0

My first class took place last Saturday ( 11 April 2015) at The Dirty Fork Kitchen Studio in Durban North. Let me start by saying that the kitchen is AHmazing! Although it was not 100% smooth sailing ( teething problems are inevitable), it was, in my eyes, a great success. My goal was to create the type of class that I would want to attend. So a relaxed, fun and informative environment. I was lucky to have an amazing group of enthusiastic and fun ladies who were ready to learn and not shy to ask questions.

While waiting for the macarons to rest and then come out of the oven the ladies were treated to a presentation by Kirsty-Anne from Peg&Pencil who showed us all a few great ideas on how to gift our macarons.The gift packs that she has put together are amazing and made the stationery addict in me squeal in delight! I mean, how can you not love the macaron gift tags! She is seriously talented so go check out her website.

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After some coffee, tea, cupcakes and macarons ,and of course some chatter, the ladies were ready to get their macarons out of the oven and the results were phenomenal. For many of the ladies, this was their first time making macarons, but they had beautiful feet and lovely shiny shells (yay!!). Everyone had a chance to get in touch with their inner child and decorate their macarons.(something that is a favourite activity of mine.)

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We never really know what the future holds for us, we can only keep an eye on the prize and work toward it. Teaching the class was awesome and the look on the ladies’ faces when they had their perfect macarons at the end makes me wish that I could do a class every day. All in all it was a fabulous morning. I had an amazing time imparting my knowledge to the ladies that attended and I’m looking forward to the next class on the 25th.

The next class is next Saturday, 25 April. There are 3 seats left if you would like to learn the art of macaron making and have fun while doing it. There is also a special interactive Mother’s Day demo class and High Tea on 9 May 2015 and on the drawing board are classes on macaron fillings, novelty macarons, cake baking and cupcakes.

I will be doing a follow up post on the feedback from the ladies that attended the class as well as one showcasing the amazing set up by Kirsty-Anne and the styled photo shoot that she did using my macarons.

Also use #MMacaronClass to see what else happened at the class and to checkout future classes!

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Photo credit: Featured photo – Peg&Pencil

Macarons Beyond The Kitchen

Macarons go beyond the kitchen in the most creative ways.

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Lip Balms

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Hair Clips

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Key Chains

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Feet Warmers

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USB Holders

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Pendants

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Trinket Boxes

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Coin Purses

Charm Bracelets

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Photo Credit: sugarpop.com / wanelo.com / amazon.com / huyzebladein.com/ tinyhandsonline.com/ memoryc.com/ justdaydreaming.com/ elizabethsembellishments.com

The Valentines Day That Was { 2015 }

Valentines Day is always a flurry of hearts and chocolate and this year was no different. I love delivering the Valentine orders myself, mostly because I love seeing the reaction of the recipient when they’re surprised by their loved ones.

The best delivery for me was the very last one that I did on Saturday. I was asked by a very thoughtful wife to deliver one of our Valentine Boxes to her husband, as she and her kids would be away on Valentines Day. I arrived at the business and asked for her husband, who looked so confused and evidently ( from his stern look and tone of voice) a little suspicious as well. On my way out I eavesdropped someone asking him if he knew who the gift was from and he said ” Yes, my wife, but she’s away so I don’t know”. As I turned back before exiting I saw him read the attached card and the smile across his face was priceless. It really is little moments like that, that make my day.

Valentines Day has evolved for me over the years ,and especially since having children, into a day that’s less about romantic love but into sharing in our family love. The way the we spent the day was by taking the girls to their 1st rugby match at The Shark Tank. It was a great experience for them and aside from a little fussing ( they are only 5 after all ), it was a great Valentines Day.

Here’s a glimpse of the Valentine’s Day that was for me. How did you spend your Valentines Day?

Monday Me : #BigFatIndianWedding #ShaunWedsLerina

Our New Year was kicked off with a bang!This past weekend was filled with heaps of excitement as cousin Lerina got married! I love family weddings because they bring in family from far and wide to join in the celebrations and we get the feelings of togetherness that we shared as kids before we had our own kids to run after.

It all kicked off on Friday with the nelengu at 7am! Lerina looked beautiful, even covered in tumeric. The evening nelengu was more formal and  is traditionally more of a last celebration before the wedding day. Again, Lerina looked stunning. She was dressed by Durban duo Mark and Clint and they lived up to all the hype, but then again they had a beautiful canvas to work on.

The nelengu was lots of fun and the highlight was definitely the choreographed father-daughter dance to Desi Girl. It was awesome, and I had no idea that my uncle had those moves in his repertoire! With my Uncle’s band, Global Warming, and a DJ there to entertain us, we all danced away into the night.

The heat was crazy, but with airconditioners on full blast we got ourselves ready for the wedding. It was held at The MTSS Hall in Merebank. Everything was set up to perfection and everyone looked stunning. Everything went exceptionally well and both Shaun and Lerina looked amazing up on stage performing the rituals We took a few selfies while waiting to wish the bride and groom (obviously).

From the brides house, to the groom’s and then to the hotel, it was a whirlwind of an evening that ended with some shooters at around 12:30am. While we are all in need of a good rest, it was an amazing weekend spent with family and an abundance of love.

Well done to the Naidoos and the Rungens on all the hard work and planning coming to fruition. To Shaun and Lerina I wish you both all of the love and best wishes for your many many many years together. Welcome officially to the family Shaun!

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You can see more of the photos from the celebrations if you use the #ShaunWedsLerina on Instagram

Picture This : It’ all about the Cakes..C C Cakes :)

I’ve recently had a drastic increase in the number of cakes that I’ve been asked to make. I’ve enjoyed every challenge and I definitely see my skills getting more finely tuned with each new cake that I make. Like they say, practice makes perfect. I guess you also say nothing ventured, nothing gained as well 🙂

Here are some of my favourites from the past few months.

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Cupcake cake for my nephew who is the biggest cupcake lover I know

 

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This beautiful photo was taken by Annelise. I love the rustic ombre look

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This is the first cupcake cake that I made

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Definitely at the top of my list. I made this for a Nautical Themed Bachelorette party

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Lace and Pearls

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This was a 3 tiered cake for 200 people! My biggest cake to date.

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One of the many Sofia the First cakes that I made.

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A beach /summer themed cake for my niece Ascharya 🙂 All the sea shells were made of chocolate, yum yum!

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A Shabby Chic wedding cake. I love the combination of the sugar roses and pearls

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Baby Shower Cake

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A Mickey Mouse Clubhouse cake. The base was 17″ big. If you don’t know… that’s giant amount of cake!

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This may be my favourite of all. A Mickey Mouse Cupcake Cake with Fresh Cream Icing on top.

If you would like to see more pictures you can follow me on Instagram – @MadameMacaronSA

 

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