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It’s a zoo out there!

In a week or so, the little imps in the family turn another year older. It seemed like only months ago that I’d baked them a Power Rangers’ cake for their combined 3rd and 5th birthdays last year. No big party this year, phew. It was a zoo out there at the last party with dozens of preschoolers on a sugar high. The screaming is still ringing distantly in my ears. 


Anyway, I baked these zoo animal macarons as party favours.

The tigers were my favourite. They don’t look fierce at all, so I upped the ‘fierce’ in them with bitter notes of cacao nibs in dark chocolate ganache.


Next in line are the lime buttercream frogs, with their googly eyes and cheeky grins.


Pandas filled with a blend of dark and milk chocolate ganache. I find dark couverture a tad too bitter for children’s palates (you see, I have the palatte of a child, or, in grownup language, a very sweet tooth), so I used 1 part milk chocolate and 2 parts dark. Perfect!


The noses of the bears are chocolate-covered sunflower seeds covered in a crisp candy shell. With Chinese New Year around the corner, these are appearing on supermarket shelves again. 



This picture of the yuzu chickens didn’t come out quite right, and no amount of editing would fix it. The colour of these is a bright sunny yellow, not the sad washed-out greyish shade of green here.


To set the record straight, I’m not insinuating the class is a zoo, but having experienced first-hand the decibel range of the twenty-odd highly excitably tots at the last  party, I can safely tell the parents, the schoolteachers really deserve every cent you pay them. 


7 comments on “It’s a zoo out there!

  1. Janine
    January 12, 2014

    Oh my goodness, cuteness overload! They are all so gorgeous, especially those cute pandas! I can’t believe all the detail in each one – Great work!

    • danayong
      January 12, 2014

      Thank you for your kind words, Janine! 🙂

  2. Ada ~ More Food, Please
    January 12, 2014

    Wow, these are so cute and look so professional! I love all the details you put into each macaron 😀

    • danayong
      January 12, 2014

      Hee, edible food markers makes these a breeze, Ada!

  3. aearthr
    January 12, 2014

    The macarons are so cute! I actually like the yuzu chickens the best despite its greenish colour.

    • danayong
      January 12, 2014

      The last picture does not do them justice at all! See the far left corner in the frog picture for the actual colour. 🙂

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