Singapore Bake-A-Star Championship

It has been two months since I last updated my blog. During this period of time, I was busy training for the cake competition of Singapore Bake-A-Star Championship, organised by the Singapore Bakery & Confectionery Trade Association (SBCTA). This is the first cake competition that I participated, as an alumnus of the Professional Bakery Course from the Creative Culinaire The School.

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It was a competition requirement to complete 10 pieces of fruit base petite gateau, 10 pieces of chocolate base mousse cake, 2 cheesecakes, as well as a showpiece within 6 hours. We decided to choose cocktail 🍸as the theme. In other words, our cakes are inspired by cocktails, such as the classic piña colada and mojito. My partner and I even invented a new chocolate base cocktail using the Japanese plum wine (known as umeshu in Japanese).

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Pina Colada: Coconut mousse with pineapple cremeaux and coconut crumble
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Chocolate mousse with Japanese plum wine jelly
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Apple Mojito: Lime and mint cheesecake with Granny Smith apple gelee

The judges had varied comments on our cakes. Some like our creations and described the flavor as “adventurous and courageous” 🤔 while others said that the tastes of alcohol and mint were overpowering. In the end, we got divergent opinions: some adore the cakes very much, while some said the flavor was too strong. Honestly, these criticisms were kind of expected, because we refused to be ordinary. BOLD is how I would describe the character of my cakes. The journey of creating the cake is like a cocktail of ideas, dreams, imagination, failure, defeat and eventually victory.

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No words could express my appreciation to my teacher Chef Judy Koh (centre) for guiding me on making the petite gateau and cheesecake; as well as my competition partner Stephanie (first from right), for the stunning chocolate showpiece.
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Despite our busy and hectic daily schedules with limited time to practice, we came in third in the Singapore Bake-A-Star championship for cakes. Indeed, to God be the glory!

After going through the competition, I realized that competition is not merely about skills and physical strength, but more importantly mental skills, such as positive self-talk, maintain a high level of self-motivation and set high but realistic goals. During the practices and trials, I had never managed to complete everything within the time limit. I spent almost 18 hours, spread across 3 days, to bake and decorate the cakes during my first practice. Needless to say, I felt defeated and started to doubt my ability. Sometimes, there was a little whisper in my mind which tempted me to just give up and avoid all the strenuous practices and tremendous pressure. But thank God, I got a good teammate and a dedicated teacher, who constantly encouraged me.

We did it, and to God be the glory!

Life is like a cocktail
A mixture of
Happiness, sadness, feeling defeated but also victory
It is the most complex cocktail that God has created
Enjoy it
Because you only live once

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