Burn in hell, fashion designers. Burn in hell.
Today I’ll give you guys a treat… But first you have to endure some boring re-telling of my mundane life which I pretend to be oh-so-super-exciting like every other self-proclaimed ‘blogger’.
I stayed over at Izyan’s house/mini-mansion/rustic resort last weekend. Three gazebos, a fishing pond, vast space, eight Persian cats and much, much more. I should take pictures next time.
Saturday, we shopped at Berjaya Times Square, Sungei Wang, Lowyat and Pavillion. The purpose?
TO BUY GIRLZ CLOTHES. YOU HEARD ME, SISTAH *SNAPS FINGERS*. (Of course, we didn’t shop for clothes in Lowyat… my feet just started moving by itself to that safe-haven cursed building).
As a favour to Nurisya, I’ll probably take pictures of myself in them but that’s probably after I learn lock-picking to steal from your nearby Sony electronics/gadgets store.
Oh, and meet Balqis:
…I don’t know why she’s making that face either. It’s quite embarras… On second thought, who is that stranger to the far right?!
To be completely honest, I didn’t enjoy clothes shopping. It felt forced. I didn’t have much of an opinion about any of the clothes, nor did it compel me to have a preference. The purpose of these two was to stop me from buying clothes for guys. Apparently, I can’t tell the difference in gender clothings.
Additionally, it was not until the 2nd hour when my mind started conjuring images of piled female clothes, a tank of gasoline and a lighter.
An improvement, I say. :D
Now for the treat. Guess what Izyan normally does on weekends?
She bakes. (OH WOW, REALLY AZIEMAH? FROM ALL THOSE PICTURES, I COULD HARDLY TELL OMGZORZ!)
In fact, she’s even running a business. What’s impressive is, the whole thing was her idea and it’s quite profitable and is currently amassing popularity.
Her niche is in baking cupcakes. Accordingly, she uses a vanilla/chocolate cake recipe. Even her icing has a vanilla essence to it, with a zesty aftertaste. It’s not sweet and very light, and that’s why I actually ate whole spoonfuls of it before she caught me doing so. The designs are absolutely charming, too:
But what I think is ingenious is the part where she commercialises it as the perfect birthday surprise, where the customers select the design:
And it’s cheap! She told me that she went around surveying the prices of others, and was appalled and how steeply priced they were.
Here’s the pricing extract from her website (Her sister runs the website, but Izyan actually has the skillz):
Vanilla – RM0.70/piece or RM29/box
Chocolate – RM0.80/piece or RM33/box
small sized cupcakes – minimum order 42 pieces or 1 box
Vanilla – RM1.20/piece or RM36/box
Chocolate – RM1.30/piece or RM39/box
Cookies and Cream – RM1.30/piece or RM39/box
Chocolate Mud – RM1.50/piece or RM45/box (no change in pricing)
Egg Free Chocolate – RM1.50/piece or RM45/box (no change in pricing)
I’m blogging about this not to help her advertise or anything (I don’t think it’s possible under the amount of traffic I get anyway) since as things are now, she doesn’t seem to need any help. It’s because I’m very impressed at the affordable price she sets. I’m definitely ordering some for my Mak Long for her birthday.
Another thing, it’s a pity that most of these designs were from the earlier batch, when she was not as skilled. Her recent ones are much more impressive, neater and more creative. She has yet to upload these so maybe I’ll show them to you when she does.
Oh, and I saved the best for last:
Blueberry Cheese Tarts <3.
Yesterday, I actually helped her bake 140 of these in a night! I didn’t mind though, because I was paid for in cheese tarts. What’s amazing is the crust is deliciously edible by itself. The base is very thin, so she call fill in generous amount of cheese fillings, and the sides are very thick, so they’re not crumbly and eating it doesn’t result in a mess. She even uses expensive cheese as the main ingredient, so I was wondering if she was making a profit when she set the price at RM1.20 per piece (Standard price I’ve seen is around RM2 – RM3 and you don’t even know the quality of the ingredients)
Now I can’t decide which to get for my Mak Long.
To tell you the truth, we didn’t help Izyan much during our stay. Like little kids, she gave us rejected cupcakes and we played with the multi-coloured icings and designed our own god awful monstrosities amateur designed cupcakes. On Sunday, before we left for UiTM, we made a friends-forever cupcake.
Lame as hell.
(But awfully pretty!)