Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Happy Anniversary... Nads' Bakery!

Disneyland Cake
(An "audition" cake I made for one of Disneyland's hotel.  I didn't get the job..)
So.. today marks the 1 year anniversary of the start of this blog.  I can't believe it's been a year since my very first post.  Before I follow-up on my last post on Father's Day and my friend's birthday/engagement, I thought I'd take a brief moment to look on past posts that I am very fond of. 

In no particular order, here are my top 5 posts.

Mr. Marshmallow Snow Man - December 5th, 2009

 Snow man

With credit to Martha Stewart's Cupcake Book I made my own spin on this cute Christmas cupcake.  I just think the finished product was so freaking cute.

The Shake Shack - April 30th, 2010


More than the food, which was fabulous don't get me wrong, it was one of the best eating experiences during my visit to Philly.. although this was was in New York.  The weather was like a gorgeous day in California, I had a delicious mushroom burger LOADED with cheese, a scrumptious ice cream cone with a dear friend in a beautiful park.  Plus.. I really liked the photos I took.  Haha they turned out really well.

Coconut Macaroons 2

This was a recipe I learned during culinary school and one that I've perfected over the years.  It's one of my favorite recipes because of its simplicity and utter deliciousness.  This turned me from a coconut hater to a coconut LOVER.  

Jae's Decorated Cookies - May 22nd, 2010

Jae 3

It's rare that I am 100% proud of the things I make/create.  I'm a perfectionist and about 99.9% of the time it doesn't turn out the way I had originally envisioned in my head.  But with these decorated cookies I made for my very good friend's birthday, I couldn't be happier with the end result.  I was really excited to give these to her.. and she absolutely LOVED them.  Nothing feels better than someone appreciating the long, LONG hours you took to create something you made for the other person.  

Conquering... the Macaron - May 26th, 2010

Chocolate Macarons 3

I felt such a deep sense of satisfaction and joy when these beautiful confections came out of the oven with the gorgeous smooth tops and the crinkly "feet".  It was another proud moment for me.  That, as you may know, was short lived.  The photos turned out beautifully and it tasted just as good as it looked.

It's been fun documenting my baking adventures and I hope you've had fun as well.  This blogging thing has almost turned into a part-time job but I'm enjoying it very much.  My photography skills have exponentially grown with the purchase of my Nikon D90 and hopefully more so with the purchase of another lens in the future. 

Also to commemorate this one year anniversary I'll post some photos of the things I've made before this blog came to be.  

April's Birthday Cake
April and Hanna's 25th Birthday
April 26th, 2008

Elmo Cake
Lucy's 2nd Birthday
May 4th, 2008

Bra Cupcakes
Catherine's Bridal Shower
February 9th, 2009

Jeni's Cake
Jeni's 25th Birthday
September 25th, 2008

Office Decorated Cookie
Jeni's 26th Birthday
September 25th, 2008

C3PO Cookie
David's Birthday
April 9th, 2009

Becky's Baby Shower Cookies
Becky's Baby Shower
November 2nd, 2008

Sherly's Wedding Favor
Sherly and Chris's Wedding
July 19th, 2008

Thanksgiving Cookies
Thanksgiving Cookies for Jae Lee
November 20th, 2008

Ikura Cookie for Hashigo
Hashigo, Fullerton Opening
January 19th, 2009

Here are some from my culinary school days.  


Petit Fours
Petit Four Glace

Charlotte Royal
Charlotte Royal

Carrot Cake
Carrot Cake

Devil's Food Cake that dubbed me the "Rockstar" by Chef Ochi

It's fun to reminisce :)


  1. Happy Blogiversary and to many more! Your blog is great!



  2. Thanks so much for your comments Rosa! I really appreciate it. Yours as well!

  3. hey there! stumbled upon your blog from joy the baker. and the first thing i saw was that this place turned 1! so happy blogiversary! your blog looks great! haven got to checking out the past entries but love the snowman and the jae's decorated cookies. :)

  4. Thanks so much kangli! I'd love it if you took a look around. =)

  5. DUDE.
    look at how much PROGRESS YOU HAVE MADE.
    (and i will still say again and again. you deserved to win that disneyland job. just look at that mickey mouse cake. i love it. )

    but seriously haha you are amazing.
    ok now i will stop commenting on your blog haha.

  6. No, don't stop! I love comments even if they're saying the same thing over and over again! =D But yeah.. I have made progress. It's so interesting to look at all these things in retrospect...

  7. Happy very belated blogiversary (stole the term from SinoSoul)
    Your work is amazing and continues to amaze me
    You inspire me (hence tackling that darn korean cake) haha