Tuesday, September 27, 2011


I've been on a macaron trend the past month, almost baking macarons every weekend for some occasion or another. These were requested by my coffee loving cousin when we had a barbeque session the other day.

Espresso macarons with espresso buttercream and salted caramel

I had some leftover salted caramel buttercream from the recent batch of macarons I made the previous week. Salted caramel. You know just why I couldn't bear to throw them out rights? It's perfectly understandable. These coffee macarons were lethal. It's akin to a cuppa pure coffee. I added plenty of espresso powder to both the shells and the buttercream, and it resulted in an intense coffee aroma when I placed all the filled macarons together in a box. Americano Amacarono anyone? (:

I was experimenting with painting on the macaron shells as I've seen pretty ones as on Tartelette and Evan  macarons. Hmmm, it wasn't a actual failure but it came close. I couldn't achieve the pretty brush strokes and the colour of the coffee "paint" turned out really faint on the macaron shells. I was a bit bummed after the first few shells, but decided to just continue painting the rest and treat it like abstract art. You know, the sort of art that's always indecipherable and beautiful in the eyes of the beholder. ;)

And anyway, who cares about the looks when I got my other cousin, Jos, who's not a very big fan of sweet treats, to actually tell me a few days ago that she had one for breakfast every day after the barbeque session as we didn't get around to eating them as we were to stuffed to the brim with our dinner. It's comments like these that make me happy to be able to bake. And the cousins and family have lately been encouraging me to start selling some of the baked goodies I make. While I agree that I should get off my lazy butt and do something (anything, really) to bring me a step closer to my ultimate dream (of being a quaint lil' cafe owner eventually), I'm just too much of a procrastinator to start anything.

I've been thinking a lot recently actually. I think from now till the end of the year, I should do something to make my life just a little bit more interesting, and my goal is to start selling my goodies by the end of 2011! Here's to hoping that I set things in place successfully...*fingers crossed*.


  1. I love the subtle toned brush strokes. The macs look great!! And very pro. Good job!

  2. I tried painting my macarons like this but mine turned out soggy and I wasn't impressed with the result. I see you've achieved results far better than mine. Maybe I have to try again.
    Good luck with your dream! You can do it!

  3. I'm sure u'll do well if u start selling some of your bakes and macarons... :)

  4. I bet you won't have any problems selling any of your baked products - they look amazing!

  5. THIS IS THEM! i have been dying to try making macarons ever since my trip to Paris this year. I admit I'm intimidated. This flavor combo makes me feel like i can't wait one minute!!!

  6. do you have the recipe? just realized I didn't see one! thx!!!

  7. nt yet decided on what to sell yet hee. :)

  8. Hello Michelle! I´ve recently discovered your blog and I´ve become a huge fan! I´m trying to bake macarons and highly inspired by your flavor combinations. Could you give us a link with the basic Italian method recipe? I´ve realized that you don´t have here in the blog any macaron recipe... 

    thank you so much, and greetings from Spain!

  9. Hello Michelle!

    I´ve become a huge fan of you and your macaron flavor combinations!!!! could you give us a link for the basic Italian method macaron recipe??? I´ve realized that you don´t have any in the blog...

    Please! :)

    Thank you and greetings from Spain!

  10. ello there ana! u can check out http://kitchenmusings.com/ for more on macarons made using the italian method. :)

  11. thank you so much! ;)


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