Budget Black Swan & Imitation Alexis Tiramisu Cake. - Narcissism is Necessary

Budget Black Swan & Imitation Alexis Tiramisu Cake.

I hadn’t blogged properly in the past week. Call it hormones, quarter(+2) life crisis, panic attack, call it whatever…I was in a bad place. Everything irked me. Waking up late irked me. The rain irked me. Twitter irked me. Gok Wan irked me. Gok Wan’s addiction to patent leather irked me most of all.

I had absolutely no patience for anyone, not even for the BF. I didn’t cook for over 7 days, we were eating crap food outside and that too probably contributed to my bad mood. I think I gained 3 kilos – I can’t be sure cause I refused to weigh myself. I had a blackened pimple scar on my face that made me see Timothy Tiah when I looked into the mirror (sorry Tim, I couldn’t work it like you).

But I’m feeling better now. I always feel better after a phase of darkness. It’s still work-in-progress, trying to stay positive and optimistic.

It’s not all glum & gloom though, I did have moments where I completely enjoyed myself. Like the steamboat session at Cass’ beautiful home. Cass went all out in indulging us with scallops, marbled beef slices, lamb, the whole deal. Best steamboat ever! <3 # - Most awesome steamboat!

I took the opportunity to bring a cake. Had always wanted to re-create the famous Alexis tiramisu cake, so that’s exactly what I attempted. As it’s my very first time making it, I had no idea whether the soft cheese filling would set or not.

# – It was a moment of triumph when I successfully removed the cake mould without it crumbling into a sloppy mess.

# – Then I sprinkled chopped homemade hazelnut and almond pralines all over it. I think I was pouting cause everybody kept nicking the nuts!

# – End result.

The BF said it was an excellent attempt. Of course, being very self-critical I think the sponge needed to be fluffier, the chopped chocolates in the middle needed to be bigger & rougher, the cake needed more alcohol and I needed to devise a more manageable cheese filling. The only thing I was happy with were the nut pralines :P

Then there was a Halloween party which I had to attend. I thought I was going to go as Vagrant Woman (read: tattered tee, my Donald Duck shorts and the hair net that I wore to Cass’ above) until I was inspired to make a black tiara which eventually led me to dress up as Budget Black Swan.

# – Looping cable ties around a black plastic hairband.

# – Then, cut them into tiara shape!

# – Budget Black Swan, DONE! BTW, I followed this makeup tutorial.

That’s all. Bye.

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22 Responses to Budget Black Swan & Imitation Alexis Tiramisu Cake.

  1. Huai Bin November 2, 2011 at 4:14 am #

    Hey it looks really good! I like the heaps of nut pralines on top. :D

    • Kimberlycun November 2, 2011 at 2:29 pm #

      thanks man. you had that cake from alexis before? i was trying to achieve the fluffy sponge soaked with liquor/coffee and cream and the contrast with crunchy nut pralines is awesome

  2. KY November 2, 2011 at 9:13 am #

    could have won the best dress! and you didn’t rent a costume

    • Kimberlycun November 2, 2011 at 2:28 pm #

      heh no lah…but i do think prizes should always go to people who make their own costumes

      • KY November 3, 2011 at 9:06 am #

        that i agree completely.

  3. annant November 2, 2011 at 9:22 am #

    LOL. it’s creative to use just hairband and cable ties to make a tiara!

    • Kimberlycun November 2, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

      cheap and really, really quick to make too haha

  4. Anonymousmich November 2, 2011 at 10:46 am #

    WOW! That’s very creative on the headband and your makeup is awesome!!!!

    Don’t be grumpy anymore, feel better.


    • Kimberlycun November 2, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

      thank you! it was a stroke of luck haha

  5. ShaolinTiger November 2, 2011 at 3:09 pm #

    Awesome costume and fuck the people who just rent a costume and win the prizes, where is the effort in that?


    • Kimberlycun November 2, 2011 at 5:10 pm #

      i guess it’s okay if it’s very elaborate and difficult to wear.

  6. TianChad November 2, 2011 at 6:26 pm #

    Have you decided to open own restaurant sumwhere? Cos ur cooking skill has been improving a lot ;p

    • Kimberlycun November 2, 2011 at 10:59 pm #

      hehehe thanks for the kind compliment TC! but i’m just a home cook la!!

  7. Tiramisu November 2, 2011 at 6:49 pm #

    Alexis tiramisu is my all time favorite cake! Will be coming back to check if the recipe’s up. I’ll be trying out your honey mustard baby back ribs recipe this week.

    • Kimberlycun November 2, 2011 at 11:00 pm #

      will post it up when i’ve refined the cake recipe a bit more. thanks for the support :) hope the baby back ribs work out well!

  8. TehTarikDrinker November 3, 2011 at 4:27 pm #

    I wouldn’t have guessed that it was made of wire ties that night! looks awesome!

    Had great fun in the party that night! :D

    • Kimberlycun November 4, 2011 at 11:41 pm #

      heya thanks! your costume was awesome! :)

  9. Charmaine November 6, 2011 at 9:43 pm #

    Alexis’s tiramisu is superb! Waiting for your recipe! <3

    • Kimberlycun November 10, 2011 at 12:08 am #

      need to make it a few more times to perfect it :) thanks!

  10. hazel November 6, 2011 at 11:32 pm #

    waiting for your recipe too…

  11. cass November 11, 2011 at 3:59 am #

    kim, thank you so much for the share xx btw i really liked the hairnet thing, do a post on that please :)

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