Monday, May 30, 2011

BakeFestDXB - Round 2

I can't even begin to explain how much I've missed blogging. I'll spare you the details and give you a glimpse of what kept me busy for most of last week and that is: BakeFestDXB - Round 2! I only attended last year's BakeFestDXB and quietly lingered around and tried a bit of everything. All I can say is that it was a proper sugar high and a really good one. But this year I decided I was going to be a part of it and excitedly started planning my menu. Looking through my recipes, researching for some new ones and thinking of ways in how to serve everything practically so that I could sell them individually was lots of fun. Can you tell I'm a control freak when it comes to my baking? If you knew me better, you'd have known how nervous I was prior to BakeFestDXB. This was my first time really showcasing my work so it's easy to start freaking out.

Briefly, BakeFestDXB is an initiative by organizer Nick (also known as the dahlink of Twitter - @theregos) to bring together Dubai's community bakers. Wild Peeta has been the main supporters of BakeFestDXB and have generously opened up their venue for us for the second time (how cool is that?!) to sell our stuff. [As a side note, if you haven't tried a shawarma at Wild Peeta yet, then I recommend you get your butt there soon. Follow them on Twitter, too.]

Surprisingly, I was the first one to arrive at Wild Peeta; not that I'm generally a tardy person but I'm not usually an early bird either! So I chose my table and started setting up. I went with a yellow theme since that is one of my favorite colors. Sprinkled the table with some confetti which were little black stars called Stardust. Fancy, huh? After my set up was almost done, I eagerly waited for the rest of the bakers to get there and for us to get the show on. Around 1:00pm, people started pouring in and we could all feel the excitement (and the nerves.)

What did I choose to whip up, you ask?
  • Alfajorés (which I wrote about here)
  • Chocolate cupcakes with chocolate ganache filling and chocolate buttercream frosting (Recipe for cake and ganache here)
  • Vanilla cupcakes with dulce de leche buttercream frosting (recipe for cake here)
  • Cocoa brownies
  • Swedish summer cake trifles (recipe for whole cake here)

Photo taken by Devina Divecha
Alfajorés - displayed in my make-shift cake plate of flip-over-a-glass-bowl-and-place-it-on-a-wooden-platter. OH YEAH!
Chocolate & vanilla cupcakes
Photo taken by Devina Divecha

The mini tower of cocoa brownies
Photo taken by Devina Divecha

Swedish Summer Cake Trifles

I had a little snoop around (read: mentally noting down what I plan to devour) the other bakers' tables and was just so astonished at how incredibly talented so many of them are. Everyone has their own unique touch and style which makes us a community of very interesting people.

And now, let's allow the pictures of the goodies do all the talking...

Abigail's tower of cupcake-y goodness

Mouthwatering purple yam cupcakes by Abigail; so moist and the perfect balance of sweetness

Rajani's gorgeous cookies

Peach Me Up! - Rajani's wonderful peach cake, perfect for the summer

Toffee Princess table set up. Very pretty!
Toffee samples

Shafaq's Bake House set up. Beautiful looking cupcakes

Sidiqa's lovely pink table, very nice!

 Needless to say, I'm already very excited for the next BakeFestDXB and couldn't be more grateful for the opportunity to participate in an event like this. Hoping for many, many more!

A special thank you to Ginger and Scotch & Devina for some of the photos!

For more posts on BakeFestDXB - Round 2:

Nick's compilation: out in my head
Devina's sugar high adventure: FooDee
Arva's sweet perspective: I Live in a Frying Pan
Sidiqa talks all about pink: Spontaneous Euphoria
Anja tells us her healthy perspective: Anja's Food 4 Thought
Sharmishtha tell us about Baby Stovetop: Stovetop Dancing
Abigail shares her thoughts on her first BakeFest: Nappytales

Happy Bak(fest)ing!