Friday, October 23, 2009

Naughty naughty naughty cake!

I was commissioned to make a boob cake for a friend who wanted to take it with him for well- a bachelor party.

It was my very first attempt at sculpting a cake to resemble a woman’s torso. I read up and researched the design based on pictures obtained from the web and got cracking.

In total, it took me three to four hours to get it done and since my friend had said they wanted to make the said bachelor play a game with the cake, I took the liberty of placing two tiny cupcakes for the breast and covered it heavily in fondant and icing. The crotch was made using a tiny heart shaped cake pan and again it was decorated with icing.

It proved to be a challenge to make but boy did I have fun doing it! Please feast your eyes the pictures and don’t get any naughty ideas J

Have a great day all!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Selamat Hari Raya

Dear Readers,

Selamat Hari Raya, Maaf Zahir & Batin to all and a safe journey back to your 'Kampung'. Do listen in to traffic updates and plan your trips well ahead of time.

Orders are still being accepted for all cakes, cookies and desserts. We in the F&B industry work our hardest during the festivities and I for one don't plan on slowing down.

On that note, I wish you all well and look forward to your special orders.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Spice of Life

What makes for a good dessert on an oh-so-hot day?

Temperatures are definitely rising, this part of the world and a hot dessert just isn't going to cut it.
Although.. it has rained at night for the past couple of days.

Desserts are something you can whip up using your imagination but there are also those recipes which you have to follow. Not everything turns out 100% right all the time but this is due to the fact that we are only humans.

I got a review the other day about a cake of mine that my client said was too dry as opposed to it being moist. For a person who doesn't take criticism easily, it was definitely a blow to my ego. She was nice in telling me about it. No harsh comments or anything like that. Although so, I was upset.

After a while, I consoled myself with the thought that I am after all only human and while I feel awful that they had a less then perfect cake, I realized that there are 2 lessons I can learn from this experience.

Adapt it into our daily lives:

1. We can try our best and there are those who will still be unhappy with the outcome of the situation. All we really can do in the end is to be ourselves, do the best that we can do, be the best that we can be and be content with our achievements.

2. We have to learn to accept the fact that we make mistakes but we have to be bold enough to admit it and act accordingly.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Apologies with a touch of Sweetness.

It has been too long since my last post and I have to blame it on the goods and gadgets, namely the internet connection and my laptop. No worries now as I have a brand new connection coupled with a brand new laptop.

That aside, I'll be expanding the menu in the next couple of days and hope you guys start placing your orders soon enough.

In light of the festivities coming round the corner- Deepavali and Ramadhan, I'll also be adding new items of interest to suite your needs.

If there is something that you like that you can't find on my blog, do drop me an e-mail and I'll look up the recipe and bake you a storm :) (

With much love from the Velvet kitchen.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Manchester United - Premiership Winners!

As the title would suggest, I am a Manchester United fan. I was undoubtedly elated when they won the EPL title this season. On the other hand, the finals with Barcelona was nothing to shout about as I viewed their game as inappropriate and unbecoming of champions of England.

On to sugary matters, Reyhan - my sister's boyfriend, just celebrated his birthday and I was called in to make the cake. It was to be his favorite football team, Manchester United.

I got cracking at dawn and after 7 hours, the cake was ready to be transported to the venue. It was given rave reviews and most were impressed by the cake. Although I am unsure if they were more surprised that it looked divine or that a 21 year old girl managed to bake up a beauty considering most girls 'can't cook'.

I'll leave that a mystery and believe what I wish to. Hope you like it and should you like to discuss further designs, do give me a call or drop me an e-mail and we'll talk details.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Members Discount - 30% off on fudgie brownies

Hi all,

After coming back from a road trip, I am re-energized and ready to get the fire burning again.

The oven has been heated up, the chocolate is melting and most importantly I'm pumped and ready to bake up a storm.

As we approach 150 members, we would like to show our appreciation by giving you a 30% discount on our fudgie brownies.

Promotion period is from the 9th (this Tuesday) to the 16th of June (Next Tuesday).

The fudgie brownies normally retail at RM 45 per 64 bite-size (1 inch x 1 inch) pieces but now you can get them at RM 31.50 only

To find out how to place your order, kindly visit this link --->

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Herbs and How To's

Garlic. I absolutely love garlic. Eating it with every savory dish possible would be the ideal thing to do... (for me) but I HAVE to take into consideration those around me. Can't make them smell my every garlic laden word now can I?.

What is it about this pungent white pip that I love so much? Aside from the fact that it is a natural antibiotic, it has been developed into a supplement thus elimination the 'garlic breath'. However, I still believe in ingesting it fresh, organic and straight from the ground.

Other than that, it is rumored to be able to combat the common cold and the flu. It has been used extensively in herbal medicine (phytotherapy) as well.

Raw garlic is used by some to treat acne and there is also evidence that it can assist in lowering cholesterol levels . It can even be effective as a natural mosquito repellent.

It is sharp on the tongue when consumed raw, therefore cooking it would reduce this effect.
It should be kept in a dry place so that it does not begin to sprout and using it as soon as possible would of course be the best advice I could give you.

I do not use any garlic in any of my recipes ( I doubt there are any dessert recipes to begin with) so I hope this shared information helps. Please feel free to share your comments and ideas on this segment or article. Let me know if you want me to feature herbs, vegetables, spices, anything at all and I'll do the work (research) for you.

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Monday, May 25, 2009

Herbs and How To's - Ginger

I have a love hate relationship with this one particular herb. Reason being, as a child my mother used to cut these rhizomes into pieces which, to me looked like potatoes. As I sank my teeth into them only did I realize that it was a piece of ginger. By which time it was a little too late to spew back out. (I would have gotten it good from mum if I did).

It was not until recently that I discovered after reading a newspaper article that ginger is used to treat nausea related to both morning sickness and motion sickness.

warm, sweet and pungent.

Fiery and pungent

Heat Scale:
Preparation and Storage
Ginger is best used fresh and is either minced, crushed or sliced. Fresh ginger can be kept for a
few weeks in the salad drawer of the refrigerator. Dried ginger should be kept outside and ‘bruised’ by beating it to open the fibers, then infused in the cooking or making ginger beer and removed when the flavor is sufficient. Dried and powdered ginger should be stored in airtight containers.

Culinary Uses:
Fresh ginger is essential to Asian and oriental cookery. It is used in pickles, chutneys and curry pastes and the ground dried root is a constituent of many curry powders. Tender young ginger can be sliced and eaten as a salad. In the West, dried ginger is mainly used in cakes and biscuits, especially ginger snaps, gingerbread and ginger nuts.

It is also used in puddings, jams, preserves and in some drinks like ginger beer, ginger wine and tea. Pickled ginger is a delicious accompaniment to satays (skewered meat) and a colourful garnish to many Chinese dishes. Preserved ginger is eaten as a confection, chopped up for cakes and puddings, and is sometimes used as an ice cream ingredient.

Its uses in other parts of the world:

Ginger has long been ascribed aphrodisiac powers, taken either internally or externally. It is mentioned in the Karma Sutra, and in the Melanesian Islands of the South Pacific it is employed ‘to gain the affection of a woman’. Conversely, in the Philippines it is chewed to expel evil spirits.

refer to THIS link for our items that include ginger.

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Herbs and How To's - Star Anise

Dear friends,

It's been a while since my last H&HT (Herbs and How To's) segment and I apologize
for that. That is why today, I'm going to give you not 1, not 2 but yea... 3 different herbs and their how to's.

On the menu, we have Star Anise.

Star anise is the fruit of an oriental tree. As the name would have it, it is star shaped and has between five to ten pointed sections. These hard sections are seed pods. Tough skinned and rust coloured, they measure up to 3cm (1-1/4”) long. The fruit is picked before it can ripen, and dried. The stars are available whole or ground.

Bouquet: Powerful and liquorice-like, more pungent and stronger than anise.

Flavour: Evocative of a bitter aniseed, of which flavor star anise is a harsher version. Nervertheless, the use of star anise ensures an authentic touch in the preparation of certain Chinese or Indian dishes.

Spice Scale: 3

ful Information:

The whole stars can be placed directly to the cooking pot with a host of other spices and browned before the main ingredients are added. Another method would be to grind the whole stars as required and used as how you would ground cinnamon or nutmeg.

A note worth remembering is that small amounts are used, as the spice is powerful. Stored whole in an airtight container keeps for well over a year. A good time to toss it out would be when it is no longer

Culinary Uses:
Good to be added in any meaty dish, especially pork and duck dishes. As
for using it in desserts, it is used to flavor compotes and jams

Medicinal Uses:
Like anise, star anise has carminative, stomachic, stimulant and diuretic properties. In the East it is used to combat colic and rheumatism. It is a common flavoring for medicinal teas, cough mixtures and pastilles.

Recipes which use star anise:

Sujee Spice Cake - RM 45/lb (alcohol optional)

Festive Sujee Fruit Cake - RM 45/lb (alcohol optional)

Rich Fruit Cake - RM 45/lb (alcohol optional)

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Chocolate fudgie brownie!

Yes you read it right! Its a fudgie brownie.

Now the pictures have been taken but due to some delays they'll be posted up a little later.

Since these little chocolate dynamites are extremely chewy (yet they don't stick to your teeth) I've decided to cut em' up into small bite size pieces measuring 1 inch x 1 inch.

They're simply to d.i.e. for. I should warn the nutty nuts that they are loaded with walnuts and for a little adventure, each piece is topped with a little sour cream & chocolate frosting.

They come in a set of 64 pieces and sealed in an airtight container. If you are looking to take it with you as a gift for someone, we'll tie the plastic jar up with a little ribbon.

Chocolate fudgie brownie : RM 45 / 64 pieces.

Please note that it has to be kept in the fridge.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

A write-up on our Charity Bake Sale

After sweating it out in the kitchen, Sowmya and I dolled up on the last day to please the lenses and I must say the pictures in United Voice were simply divine.

Mind you I'm referring to the food and our little helpers, namely Intan, Izzuddin, Pavala and Jennifer.

They made the baking fun and we felt extremely energetic being around them.

Here is our article (from a journalist point of view). Feel free to leave your comments here or e-mail us at

Monday, May 4, 2009

Happy Birthday Astrid!!

May 1st saw Astrid turn 23. She was all dressed down and sitting in Old Town with her bff Monica. Thanks to James, a close friend of Aaron's who set up the surprise, we ( about 9 of us) went down to where she was winding down...only to wind her up!

She was indeed surprised as Aaron and I walked in with 2 boxes of Rich Chocolate Muffins (23 altogether) and laid it down on the table for her while the rest were trumpeting Surprise

The muffins were part of our personal contribution towards the Human Trafficking Workshop fund. The decoration was done patiently by Aaron and it was indeed a job well done! He definitely had fondant fun.

Thanks to the following people who chipped in for the muffins:-


You're contribution will surely go a long way guys. Kudos to all ya'll!

Central Market Charity Bazaar. Sunday May 3rd 2009

SUCCESS!! We practically sold out our 400 muffins and raised a total of RM 500++ for the Kiwanis Charity Bazaar in aid of the Kiwanis Job Training Center.

Day 2 of the muffin sales took us to Taylor's College and we also sold out there as well.

Miss MalaysiaIndian Global winners on a roll ya'll!

Now we just have to push for the sales of Cakes for Mother's Day!.

So here it is broken down for you.. we are selling the cakes at RM 25 / kg and we will DELIVER it to you're Mum's doorstep. Only one catch.... we deliver in the Klang Valley only. If you ask me that's a steal!

Do support us and our efforts in trying to curb Human Trafficking. Malaysia is THE hotspot transit point and now that the economy is down, more people tend to seek refuge in greener pastures and in the process some are unlucky enough to get duped into being sex slaves.

If you have watched Slumdog Millionaire, THAT is exactly what we are trying to prevent. Malaysia cannot be a first world nation if we keep bearing these skeletons in our closets. STOP living in denial and let us do the grassroot work... all we need is the RM25 to help kids in rural schools understand this message and prevent them from being scammed into sex slavery.

e-mail me for orders of cakes at

Thanks in advance for your support!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Central Market Charity Bazaar. Sunday May 3rd 2009

What have we accomplished in this past week? We (Sowmya and I) headed down to United Voice, to teach the mentally disabled how to bake. They were taught how to make Chocolate Muffins as well as a Chocolate Cake.

They grasped the idea of it pretty quickly but they do still need guidance while working the batter.

How I feel? Aside from the lack of funds to carry out our project and only partial news coverage, we had fun teaching Intan, Pavala, Izzuddin, and Jennifer while some of the others looked on. The best part of it all was the look on their faces when the products were finished. They loved it.

Would I do it again? Definitely! The only discouraging part of this project was a 5 minute lecture on the economic downturn I recieved by a certain vendor and how he couldn't spare me 5 bags of flour as the company had no such allocation considering the recession swinging our way. It would have come up to LESS then RM20.

I'd like to thank those who followed my every tweet relentlessly and for those who supported me by giving your donations. It had helped a great deal although a larger contribution (in kind) especially from retail outlets would have saved us RM400 on ingredients that could have been spent on providing the United Voice employees lunch.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Charity Event with Miss MalaysiaIndian Global 2008

Hey guys,

'Bake for Charity' is driven by the Co-founder of Velvet Vintage. This is part of her community service project as Miss MalaysiaIndian Global 2008.

She has partnered first runner-up Sowmya Krishnan to teach 3 women and 1 man, all of whom are mentally disabled.

They will be teaching them how to bake muffins and cakes to support themselves.

The muffins will be sold at Central Market in a bazaar on the 3rd of May and proceeds will go to the Kiwanis Job Training Center as well as the Human Trafficking Workshop fund.

The Chocolate Cake's will be sold at RM 25 per half kg and delivered to Mother's in conjunction with Mothers Day.

Orders for chocolate cakes are now welcomed.

Do help support this cause and maybe your RM25 could save someone from being duped into Human Trafficking!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Bake for Charity!!

Hi everyone,

Here are some of the items we need to make the Bake for Charity a success.

Alternatively, you could place an order for the chocolate cake which we will deliver to your mum or you could buy coupons worth RM10 a book so we can pass them along to kids from an orphanage.

Self raising flour - 13 kg
Plain flour - 1.6 kg
Cocoa Powder - 1.6 kg
Butter - 45 slabs (11.4kg)
Oil - 375 ml
Baking Chocolate - 16 kg
Castor Sugar - 10 kg
Brown Sugar - 4 kg
Instant Coffee - 250 g (nescafe)

E-mail me at if your interested in contributing. You don't have to donate the entire amount of an item, a partial contribution will do. It is better then asking for money I say! :)

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Bake for Charity!!

Dear Readers,

Sowmya, the 1st runner up of the Miss MalaysiaIndian Global Pageant together with myself have managed to secure a place to bake our muffins and cakes in as well as a kind sponsor for eggs.

However, we still need to raise some money to cover our costs which amounts to RM4400. Alternatively, we wouldn't mind being given items such as
flour, sugar, and those sort of things.

f you would like to help us out, please feel free to e-mail me at or call me at 017-3401701.

You can also help us by ordering the Chocolate Mud Cake
and banking the money into RHB acc# 11-43-89-000-41350 please scan the bank-in slip and e-mail it to me and don't forget to include the name of your Mother as well as her Address you want us to deliver it to.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Bake for Charity!!

Dear friends,

We are embarking on a Charity Bake Sale for two beneficiaries,

i) Kiwanis Job Training Center

ii) Support of school and college level workshops on human trafficking by the Miss MalaysiaIndian Global together with the Woman's Aid Organization

We need sponsors for the ingredients amounting to RM 4400 (or part thereof) AND venue's ( schools/ colleges/ offices) for selling our items.

Day : Friday

Date : 1st May 2009 - 9th May 2009

Time : 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. (negotiable)


To sell muffins from 1st - 9th of May at sponsored venues.

Take orders of Chocolate Cake for Mothers Day (10th May) which is to be delivered to individuals who purchase them.

Should you need more details, please do not hesitate to contact me via e-mail at

Your assistance will be much appreciated.

If you have no resources, but willing to assist us in anyway, do contact us and we will be more then glad to include you.

Thanks guys and hope to hear from you soon.

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Friday, April 17, 2009

Herbs and How To's - Cinnamon

Cinnamon is the inner bark of an evergreen tree. The plant grows anywhere between 10 – 15 meters tall and is native to Sri Lanka.

It is quite pungent in taste yet it gives out a cool and spicy effect. It is often used as a condiment in an assortment of foods ranging from curries to cakes, as well as tea, cocoa and liqueurs.

It has been used to treat diarrhea and problems related to the digestive system. Cinnamon is high in antioxidants and antimicrobial properties which can aid in the preservation of certain foods.

Cinnamon has been said to have pharmacological effects in the treatment of type II diabetes and insulin resistance. However, this has yet to be proven in clinical trials.

Traditionally, it has been used to treat toothaches and fight bad breath and its regular use is believed to aid digestion.

* Velvet Vintage uses cinnamon in a number of recipes which include:-

• Apple & Cinnamon Cake RM 40/kg
• Sujee Spice Cake RM 45/lb
• Festive Sujee Fruit Cake RM 45/lb
• Rich Fruit Cake RM 45/lb

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Herbs and How To's

As we become more and more aware of our surroundings and the effect it can have on our health, We at Velvet Vintage would like to share some useful information that could help enhance our daily lives.

We'll research and compile information on various herbs, veggies and fruits and post our findings as our research develops.

Indulge in our information and share it with your family and friends.

Monday, April 13, 2009


The site has been revamped and my thoughts are a little more collected, hope you all like the new layout - please e-mail any comments to us at or you can also leave a comment here.

With regards to the Chocolate Muffins, we have been screening through the suggestions and will keep you posted on the winning name! :)

Tea Break at the Malaysian Business Network Gathering

After much planning and thinking of a menu, I finally had things cooked and was on my way to the Malaysian Business Network meet up on Saturday, 11 April.

I shared my car with two trays of tuna sandwiches, a tray of cocktail sausages and three cakes. together with Sonia. She was the most helpful thing!

Apple & Cinnamon cake and Rich Chocolate Mud CakeTwo Apple & Cinnamon cakes and one Rich Chocolate Mud Cake

As food sponsor of the tea break, I was given 5 minutes to speak about my business. I told the audience about how I've loved baking since I was 14 years old and would sometimes phone up my grand-aunt for tips. I also mentioned the start of this blog and highlighted some of my special cakes and plans for future business growth.

Speaking about Velvet Vintage at the Malaysian Business Network gatheringMy 5-minute presentation

It was a great opportunity to build contacts with other small business owners and learn from them too. I'm also glad to know that my food was appreciated and packed by some to be taken home :).

After the event, Sonia and I missed three U-turns heading back to Petaling Jaya, (the event was in Cheras and I've never driven there before!) so we decided to bring the food over to my Aunt Jasmine's place. Once the food was almost polished off, we headed back to our place to prepare for Easter Mass.

It was a tiring day, but I must say it was awesome fun!

Happy Easter, all. Have a blessed year ahead.

Friday, April 3, 2009

My Chocolate Muffins & You (for free)

Hi Guys,

I have started a facebook group and the link is as below. On it I have a CONTEST giving away two sets of six muffins. :)

Hurry down to the link and check out how you can win it.

Here are some ideas:-

1. When you win it, you can get it sent to someone who you know appreciates GOOD chocolate as a surprise. (Of course I'll be sending it, so Klang Valley areas only ya)

2. Indulge in the muffins yourself and be happy.

3. Share it with your friends and tell them how you won it!

4. Share it with your family.

5. While we're in the mood for sharing, how about getting some for your other half.. ie: your girlfriend or boyfriend.

So what are you waiting for really? Best part of the contest is that you're required to be nothing but witty.

The URL is :

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Chocolate Muffins

I have decided to try out today a batch of rich chocolate muffins, topped with chocolate icing and chocolate spirals. Talk about a chocolate overload!

Now it may seem as though I have overdone it with the chocolate but I'll share a little secret with you.. I'm going to use dark bittersweet chocolate in this recipe so as to not create a sickeningly sweet after taste. I trust that this will work as this is a prized recipe I found in my home after much digging around.

Come back soon to find out how they turned out.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

I'm Back!

Dear Readers,

After a month long of baking, washing, cleaning and costing, I'm glad to announce that I'm back and about to bring to you great dessert updates. Stay tuned to find out more on polls, what kind of storm I'm cooking up and a Mother's Day Special..


Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Choco-chip Cookies

Tried out some chocolate-chip cookies yesterday.

Teatime choco chip cookiesTeatime choco chip cookies

Teatime choco chip cookies

Coffee Cake

Fiona and the VelvetVintage Coffee CakeFiona and the VelvetVintage Coffee Cake

Velvet Vintage Coffee Cake up closeCoffee Cake up close

Monday, February 16, 2009

Why Velvet Vintage

The very best velvet is made from silk, woven on a special loom that weaves two pieces of velvet at the same time.

The cakes we make are recipes passed down from our mothers, grandmothers and aunts - the grande dames of cake-making where we come from. They are vintage tastes which we remember being lovingly prepared in warm kitchens, but remain secrets carefully guarded by our families.

It's time to share their delicious desserts in the same way they prepared it. We strive to keep to the same old fashion methods of preparing cakes, using a gas oven as one example. Go on.. tell us if your taste buds are tickled.

Our Promise

We promise to create and deliver the best home-made cakes using
  • All quality ingredients
  • A tonne of effort; and
  • Lots of love!

Who's Who

WELCOME to our blog! I must say that after numerous questions from curious friends about my sudden change of jobs, I’ve decided to share my reasons.

A few months ago, I decided that it was time for me to write up a business plan and to read up on business management in order to hit my target: to run my own business by the time I’m 25 years old.

I then spoke to a few knowledgeable people about my intention of selling cakes online and they told me to go for it. My family has also been extremely supportive of my decision.

My name is Fiona Zuzartee and I hope you will enjoy my blog as much as I enjoy giving you the pleasure of a little bit of sweet!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Apple & Cinnamon Cake

Here's a tea-time cake, perfect for taking over to a friend's and accompanied by a good cuppa.
It's dusted with icing sugar and filled with sweet apples. Serve this with cream or ice-cream on the side.
RM 40/kg only.

More Cakes!

We've added more cakes to our line-up and hope you will like them. Keep coming back for more!

Sujee Spice Cake - RM 45/lb (alcohol optional)

Festive Sujee Fruit Cake - RM 45/lb (alcohol optional)

Rich Fruit Cake - RM 45/lb (alcohol optional)

Apple&Cinnamon Cake - RM 40/kg

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Valentine's Heart

As Valentines' Day is literally just around the corner, We'll be having a Valentines special just for YOU.

For RM40, you will be able to purchase our signature Rich Chocolate Heart Shaped Cake to surprise your valentine.

Call now to make an order!

How To Order

  1. Please make bookings at least 3 days in advance.
  2. Choose the type of cake you prefer
  3. Call or sms 017-3401701 OR 012-2489638 (Fiona / Aaron)
  4. Don't forget to leave your name, contact number and when you would like to have the cake.
A meeting point will be agreed upon whereby the cakes will be delivered and payment to be made. Subject to availability, we may be able to deliver to your doorstep :)
Call us for details.

Oreo cheesecake

Oreo Cheesecake - need I say more?

RM 55.00/kg

Rich chocolate Mud Cake

Rich chocolate cake with a slight crusty top, finished with quality dark bittersweet chocolate. Truly for chocolate lovers!

1 kg retails at RM 55.00