Cake Pops: The Mint Green Edition

Hello again. :) This week I had the pleasure of spending time with my good friend and fellow blogger, Dee! This fashionista lives in Vancouver but visits California every so often and we always make it a point to see each other. :) Dee saw my previous photos and asked if we could make them during her visit…

… So we did. ;)

I know I promised step-by-step photos… but as it turns out, I am really not good at taking them! I’m either too immersed in the task at hand, wearing gloves covered in cake, or I flat out forget to document what I’m doing. Guess I’m destined to be a photographer, not a baker. :P Elsie Larson does a fantastic job showing a visual for each step at her blog, A Beautiful Mess. Enjoy the pics!

We mixed together the prettiest mint green color using green and white candy melts.

I was so tempted to buy the fancy sprinkles at Michael’s but it was $7 for a tiny bottle! Now I know what will be on my future Christmas wishlist. Haha. 
This cake pop was aptly nicknamed “The Donut.” :PSo pretty, all in a row!

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Valentine’s Day Cake Pops

Happy Friday everyone! With Valentine’s Day around the corner I had to share photos of my latest project (and upcoming obsession). As you know, I have an incurable sweet tooth and can never have too many sweets on hand. :) These cake pops were made with the help of my friends Megan and Joyce. Megan was already an expert on the delicate process of making cake pops so she guided us through this recipe.

Note to those interested in trying this at home: don’t make cake pops by yourself. Maybe it wouldn’t be so bad if you were making a handful, but we decided to make 75 pops and it took us a total of FIVE hours!!


We used red, pink, and white candy melts to coat the pops. You can find these at craft stores like Michael’s or JoAnn’s. When I took the pops out of the freezer to photograph, they started to sweat! They look much smoother right after drying. These photos were taken the day after we made them.

Guess whose bite marks those are. Haha. Best part of photographing food – I get to eat them! :P We used two flavors of cake mixes: red velvet and devil’s food cake (pictured above).

To store and display cake pops upright, make sure to have a few blocks of styrofoam handy! Another option is to display them face down, with the lollipop sticks pointing upward. Both ways look nice but drying them upright preserves their perfectly round shape.

I am very sorry to report that I failed to document the steps from beginning to end. In the beginning I was too excited to take photos… and by the time we were dipping and decorating, the sun had gone down and lighting was less than ideal. Next time, I promise! These cake balls are rolled by hand and made of crumbled cake mixed with frosting. They are not actually baked into balls, so the consistency is more dense and fudge-like than normal cake. For detailed instructions, check out bakerella’s recipe. She is a very accomplished blogger (and now published author) credited for making cake pops as popular as they are today.

Coming up next… lots of weddings and engagements! To my surprise I’ve had shoots nearly every weekend this winter, despite the fact that it’s off season for the wedding industry. No complaints here. SOMEDAY I’ll catch up on all my editing… and throw a party to celebrate. Because I love decorating and need an excuse to make more cake pops. ;)

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Help Save Janet


Hi everyone! I have an urgent announcement to make. My friend Janet is currently in the hospital undergoing a round of relapse chemotherapy to treat her acute lymphoblastic leukemia. This brave 25 year old has two months to find a bone marrow donor before her condition gets worse. Her donor must be a perfect match. According to AADP (Asian American Donor Program), her odds of finding a match are close to one in a million. CHINESE AMERICANS especially are the most likely to match her HLA type.

Here’s how you can help:

1.) JOIN THE REGISTRY.
Registering to be a bone marrow donor is easy and takes less than ten minutes. All it takes is a cheek swab to determine whether or not you’re a match.

2.) HOST A BONE MARROW DRIVE.

  • Read about how to host a drive here.
  • Contact helpingjanet@gmail.com to get in touch with a bone marrow recruitment organization.

3.) DONATE.

You can mitigate some of Janet’s medical-related expenses through a small donation. Make a donation online through Paypal here.

  • $4-6: enables Janet’s caregivers to pay toll bridge fees when they travel to take care of her in the hospital.
  • $5-10: copay for one of Janet’s medications that will last for a month! Janet takes approximately 10-15 different pills per day.
  • $50: 4 days of gas coverage for caregivers to travel and take care of her in the hospital.
  • $100: cost of adding one donor to the registry. It will be tax-deductible if you donate directly to AADP (www.aadp.org) or Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches (www.asianmarrow.org) and make it under Janet’s name.

4.) SPREAD THE WORD.

On a more personal note, I have known Janet since we were in middle school and she is truly an inspiration to me. It takes a lot of courage to ask for help and start a movement like she has. Even if people register and are not a match for Janet, they have the potential to help others with leukemia.

I had a wonderful experience visiting Janet in the hospital this weekend. Our photo shoot almost didn’t happen – when I arrived at her room, Janet was barely conscious enough to say hello. She had just undergone an MRI scan and was consequently drained of energy. Being in her hospital room gave me an intimate glimpse into her daily life… frequent visits by doctors and nurses, multiple drugs, and many hours of the day spent resting in bed. After taking a nap (and drinking a cup of coffee) Janet was ready to go! Joli de Jackie dolled her up and we took a series of photos to update her website.


She is positively glowing! I’m so excited for her to come home in a week or two. :)

One last note. There are a lot of myths surrounding the actual process of donating bone marrow. 70% of bone marrow transplants are done through a non-surgical method called a peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) donation; it is similar to giving blood. The less common surgical procedure draws marrow from the hip bone while the donor is under anesthesia. Either way, donors usually go home the same day and are able to go back to school/work/normal activities within a week.

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Happy Chinese New Year!

Gong Xi Fa Cai! Since 99% of my extended family lives in Malaysia, it seemed fitting to dedicate a post to the best place in the world to spend Chinese New Year. ;) My parents were born and raised on a tiny island called Penang. I’m proud of my Chinese heritage and even more happy to share a glimpse into this beautiful country.

The courtyard of the Pinang Peranakan Mansion – a museum that recreates the home of a typical Straits Chinese family in the 19th century.

The intricately decorated dining room. The Peranakans incorporated Malaysian and British elements into their unique culture. One of the many lion dance troupes that are hired to make appearances at people’s homes. 
Fresh sugar cane juice!

Wonton Mee noodle soup.

Tropical fruits! Starfruit, mango, papaya and pineapple.


Me with my little brother at a durian plantation in Malaysia. (I like durian… do you?)

The year of the dragon is MY year! If you’re familiar with Chinese zodiac signs then you now know how old I am. :P Wishing you a happy and healthy new year! To my relatives celebrating on the other side of the world, I miss you all and promise to be back soon. :)

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Leigh Ann & Kevin: Los Angeles Engagement Photography

Before the next holiday comes and goes, I need to sneak in this Christmas themed engagement shoot! I know Leigh Ann from our college years at UC Santa Barbara, where we both got involved in AACF. This girl has so much energy (see photo below) and I’m ecstatic that she’s found her match! :)

Pershing Square in LA was the perfect place for a holiday engagement shoot:

I couldn’t get enough of the colored walls at this park! You can’t find backgrounds like these in the suburbs. The best smiles are the candid ones!

Kevin proposed with the solitaire ring on top; the other two rings belonged to his grandmother and were given to Leigh Ann as an heirloom.

The Christmas lights were so festive. :DCongratulations, you two! Looking forward to another road trip to Socal for your wedding!
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