Mickey Mouse Cupcakes with oreos

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

I have been super duper lazy lately, mainly due to my summer break.. I been lazing around at home all day, catching up with friends, shopping and so on…
This is in stark comparison to what happened last week. I was so pumped after finishing my exams, and I managed to bake 2 cupcakes and 1 brownies in a matter of 5 days. lol… 

Anyhow, last Wednesday I baked chocolate cupcakes for my friends. It was supposed to be for her birthday last October. I didn't have time to bake her cakes that time because I was extremely busy with my assignments and final exams. So, let's get started.

I got an idea to make mickey mouse cupcakes from Erica. It looks really cute and easy to make. 

They are just made from regular chocolate cupcakes (I used boxed mix) baked in red liners, frosted, and then dipped in oreo crumbs. For the ears, I used 2 oreos. The yellow buttons are just from yellow sticky notes that I cut round shaped, attached after the cupcakes were baked. 

Mickey Mouse Cupcakes with Oreos

What you'll need : 
  • 1 cupcakes boxed mix or any cupcakes recipe you like (I used Betty Crocker Chocolate fudge cake mix, it yields 12-16 cupcakes)
  • frosting (I got mine from the boxed mix) 
  • 1 package regular oreos
  • Toothpicks
  • Red cupcake liners 
  • Yellow sticky notes 


  • Bake cupcakes according to package's instructions. Allow to cool completely.
  • Crush oreos ( I only made few of mickey mouse cupcakes, so I'm not sure of the actual number of Oreos needed for a whole batch)

  • Frost cupcakes, trying to create a rounded shape. Dip each cupcake in the Oreo crumbs, making sure to cover all of the frosting.

  • There are two methods to attach the ears. First, I stuck a tooth pick in the cream centre of the cookie and snuggly attached them to the cupcake. Second method, I slit the cupcakes and insert the Oreo cookies in between. 

left : using toothpick, right : slit method

  • Stick 2 yellow round shaped on the front of each cupcake liner. 

 and VOILA!!

Pursuing your dreams! Don't let others tell you otherwise.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Don’t ever regret your decision to follow your dreams
After all, your regrets aren’t what you did, but what you didn’t do.

Be bold and courageous. When you look back on your life, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than the ones you did. – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

From my experience, I never really regret things I did in the past. Of course sometimes I wish that I didn’t do the stupid mistakes I did. But hey, life is all about learning. And as they say, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. That’s really true, I learn from my mistakes.

There are times when I made the same mistakes twice, or when I didn’t choose wisely which created so much trouble and heartache. But I learned from it and still am.

It’s still fresh in my memory, it was in September 2011, I was 21, recently graduated from university. And honestly, it was not the most glorious time of my life. My two years relationship was just ended and I had few other personal issues during that time. But at the same time, I have learned so much from it. And I learned the most important lesson, everything happens for reasons! If I didn’t break up with my ex, I would never have the kind of life I have right now.  

Flashback, few months before we broke up, we bought a ticket to Singapore as we planned to travel together the two of us. As it turned out that we broke up, he decided not to go. So then I went on my first solo trip to Singapore and then Philippines. And I can honestly say that I had one of the best moments of my life. I fell in love with travelling. I love the excitement from seeing new place, meeting new people, living in different part of the world, having new routines, learning how to sleep in the dorms. There were ups and downs but mostly ups and I didn’t regret it one bit.

Back then, I was determined to save money to see other parts of the world. But then, reality hits me hard when I went back to Sydney. I had no other goals in life apart from my travelling goals. People started to tell me what to do, or what I am supposed to do. They tell me that I should not waste any more time, how I should start thinking about my life, find the meaning of my life and get a proper job. Basically there were a lot of pressures on me.

And guess what, I did what they told me to and its one of the mistake I made in life. 

There I was, got a job in a small construction firm. I started to forget my real passion . Soon enough, I found myself miserable, not happy, grumpy all the time. I like neither my daily routines nor the job itself. In July 2012 the firm was going through some financial issues and they couldn’t keep me any longer. I lost my job and I was miserable didn’t know what to do. It was also hard for me to find a new job during that time.

So then my mom suggested me to continue with my study. And here I am, half way through my post-grad study in commerce. I am still figuring out how I am going to plan my life after this. I am still pursuing my dreams, my goals and I wont stop until I get to where I want to be. Right now, I am saving up money from my part time jobs so that I can go on a trip after my graduation next year.

And over time I have discovered there is no absolute terms how you should live your life. My advice, live life to the fullest, the way you want to, not the way people want you too. And don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Why? Because they are not the same like you! You are created to be different and unique, no one can do you like you do!

And ultimately, start dreaming again. Start believing again. Keep on pursuing your dreams or goals. Start pushing what God put in your heart. Because it’s not over until God says its over. And He wouldn’t have put that dream in your heart, if He didn’t already have a plan to bring it to pass.
You may be tired, discouraged and frustrated but don’t give up on your dreams.

Chirstmasy Fudgy Brownies

Monday, November 18, 2013

I always love Christmas and it has always been my favourite holiday. One of my childhood memories is when me and my brother would leave carrot in our shoes for Santa's reindeer. The next morning the carrot would be gone and we found present that my parents left us. 

I also still remember how I used to help my mom with her Christmas tree. She would have giant tree with lots of sparkling balls and lights with the golden star on the top. 

Over the years my parents got divorced and I knew my Christmas would never be the same. Having said that, Christmas time brings back wonderful childhood memories that will always stay with me. 

Now, with only 4 weeks till Christmas (can you believe it), there is no better way to celebrate than a homemade treat! 
I baked this festive looking brownies this morning, thanks to Erica

The beauty of this brownie is that it is made using just one bowl! But, remember the flavour of this brownie will depends on the semi-sweet chocolate and cocoa powder you use. I used Cadbury to make mine. And look how decadent my brownie batter looks like! 

Fudgy Brownies Recipe
adapted from here 
  • 140 gr unsalted butter
  • 198 gr semisweet chocolate
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup flour

Instructions : 
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liner. 
  2. Melt the chocolate and butter over a saucepan of simmering water or you can use microwave (10 seconds burst).
  3. Remove from the hear and stir in the cocoa powder and sugar.
  4. Whisk in the vanilla extract and eggs, one at a time. 
  5. Finally, stir in the flour and salt.
  6. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for about 25-30 minutes or until when a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out with moist crumbs but not wet batter. 
  7. Cool completely before decorate them. 

Christmas Decorations : 

All you need is 12 strawberries and a bath of pipeable frosting. (I just used regular buttercream frosting recipe
Split the frosting in half. 

First, cut the top of strawberries flat using regular knife.
Secure the strawberries to the brownies with a dab of frosting. 

Christmas Tree

Dye half of the frosting green.
Put it in a piping bag fit with a small star tip.
Cover the entire strawberry with it. 

Santa Hat

Use the other half of the frosting. 
Pipe a ring around the base of strawberry and dot on top. 

Easy peasy!! :) 
Now time for me to enjoy my brownie..