Tuesday, 18 October 2016

New arrivals for October including new Halloween treats, mini Jelly cups, rainbow bagels and more!

Good evening Littlest Sweet Shoppers!

Halloween is just around the corner and don't forget to visit Littlest Sweet Shop because we have tons of awesome treats and sweets.
Halloween at Littlest Sweet Shop
Our Halloween new arrivals are now listed in the Seasonal menu. This newest and biggest item for Halloween is made entirely out of chocolate(polymer clay) and candy(polymer clay) on thick gingerbread. The Haunted Gingerbread House did take me forever to make but I'm quite happy with how it turned out, especially when it was like freestyle modelling. It is completely hallow so you can actually insert a light source into it and make the windows illuminate creepily. 

The windows are supposed to be candy 'stained glass' and it does look like a very clear and transparent candy melt. I'm planning to do this with upcoming Christmas gingerbread houses as well.  
Haunted Gingerbread House. You can illuminate the house by inserting a light source into the house. Candy 'stained glass' windows will let the light through giving it a spooky feel. The perfect centrepiece in your Halloween party. The house itself is made out of gingerbread.
Orange and chocolate button roof, wafer windows, candy detailing everywhere.
Complete the spooky look with our ghost figures and chocolate trees
Porch made out of candy corn, candy and icing.
Cute Halloween greeting on the back
Buy candy from our Sweets Boutique to complete your Halloween party. We have a wide variety of chocolate and sweets in the shop.
To complete the spooky house, you can also buy chocolate trees and ghost figures from us. The chocolate trees come in dark or milk chocolate.
Chocolate trees
Mini Ghost figures
We already have dozens of items for Halloween just like this pound cake (but with a different style frosting) so make sure you order everything you need for Halloween from Littlest Sweet Shop.
Halloween pound cake with chocolate frosting and Halloween sprinkles.
May we also suggest new toffee from our Sweets Boutique menu for Trick or Treaters? Grab some toffee with some other sweets from the wide Pick'n mix selection
Toffee, our new Pick'n Mix selection from the Sweets Boutique menu.
New arrivals for October
Handmade and hand-crafted miniature food
The next new arrival is an update to our New York bagel in the Bakery menu. We shaped it slightly differently now and we hope you like it! You can serve bagels for breakfast, brunch, or even supper. It is highly versatile since you can put sweet or savoury fillings into a bagel sandwich. There are 3 varieties to choose from.
Bagels from Littlest Sweet Shop
Poppy seed bagel
Sesame seed bagel
Plain bagel
Our next update is the pie. We now use a more shallow and larger diameter pie dish so we can fit in more juicy details into each item! Available now in the Bakery menu. 
Cherry pie with a piece taken out
New pie - Maple Pecan pie
Our last new Bakery item is the rainbow bagel. This bagel is served with cake frosting and rainbow sprinkle filling so it is like having dessert for breakfast. The rainbow colours are so bright and psychedelic, isn't it?
Rainbow bagels. Can be ordered whole (uncut) or with filling
Rainbow bagel sandwich with cake frosting
Another update is to create a new Belgian Waffle. They are now smaller and crispier on the outside. Buy it now from the Breakfast menu. You can also have it dipped whole in chocolate.
Plain and chocolate covered Belgian waffles.
The Brunch menu has been renamed to 'Brunch and Snacks' because we are adding more new items like this into the menu.
These are just plain tortilla chips for now but we will add some nacho cheese in upcoming releases. We even made the take-out container using a vacuum forming machine. The plastic is thin, bendy and transparent just like real ones to give it a very real look and feel. Container is sold separately.
(plain) Tortilla chips in Littlest Sweet Shop takeaway container
Littlest Sweet Shop's handmade take-out container
This rainbow cake is from our Victoria Cake selection in the Cakes menu. A 6 layer nude cake with hand-made sprinkles on top.
Rainbow Victoria sponge cake with hand-made rainbow sprinkles
We continued to make more new containers using the vacuum machine and made these 2 new mini dessert containers. They were perfect for jelly(Jell-O) and pudding so we made 2 new items for the Jelly / Gelatine menu.

Purin is a popular Japanese dessert which is basically Crème caramel. The caramel sits at the bottom of the pudding. There is also a Strawberry edition. The Purin comes uncovered so you can serve it immediately. You can also order a lid if you wish to keep it in the fridge or take it to a picnic. They also make great bento / lunch box items.  
Strawberry Purin ready to eat. 
Purin with transparent plastic lids.
These mini Jelly / Jell-O cups is made from realistic and clear looking gelatine. It is also wobbly like the real thing! 
They all come with a tiny icing and each flavour comes with different fruit and nata de coco filling inside. The tiny fruits include cubed mango, lychees, cherries, blueberries, strawberry slices and more! 
Littlest Sweet Shop Mini Jelly cups
Each jelly flavour comes with different fruits inside.
Our last new arrivals comes in a set of 3 cupcakes. You can now order these Rainbow Icing cupcakes from the Cupcakes menu. Each cupcake has 2 icing colours.
Rainbow Icing cupcakes
I'm glad that's all stocked up in our shop. I will be on vacation in Paris for a whole week and coming back to teach a class for Anglian Miniaturists on 1st of November so I hope I am able to create some new Christmas items in between this busy period!
Please come back again next month to see what we are up to at Littlest Sweet Shop.


Friday, 7 October 2016

Commission update: Traditional Christmas dinner and all-new products!

Hello Littlest Shoppers!

Here is a big order that was commissioned for a museum in America! The theme was "Christmas at home" and I made some new items for them that you can also order from the 'Seasonal' menu.

I thought some of these items were also relevant for Thanksgiving so I decided to post it today so you can order them in time for the holidays.

They basically wanted me to create a menu that goes with the theme and I thought about my own Christmas dinners (which I have to cook every year) and basically created similar miniatures. I also made our signature Christmas sweets and treats and made sure they all looked 'home-made'.
Christmas dinner at home with Littlest Sweet Shop miniatures
Dining room in the dolls house
The main item on the Christmas dinner menu is the Christmas Roast Turkey with stuffing. This huge bird is enough to feed 8 dolls! You can also order chicken instead if you are feeding only 4-6 dolls.
Realistic roast turkey
There are some sides to serve and eat with the delicious turkey. We made roasted carrots, roasted parsnips, roast potatoes with herbs, dinner rolls, and even a jug of gravy!
Roast carrots
Roast potatoes with herbs
Dinner rolls and roast parsnips
On the dessert table, we made Christmas pudding, Pumpkin pie (individual slices) with whipped cream, Gingerbread men, candy canes, and mini minced pies.
Christmas dessert table
Pumpkin pie slice with whipped cream
Christmas pudding, candy cane and Christmas cracker
Maya serving up the turkey
That's all for today. I have to do a short trip to London this weekend and I'm off to Paris for a whole week on the last week of October. Hopefully I can list more new things before I go on vacation. Stay around for that!


Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Kracie Popin' Cookin' Donuts-Making Kit ドーナツ(edible!) Review

Hey Hey Littlest Sweet Shoppers!

Here is another review of a Japanese DIY cooking kit from Kracie. This time we are making edible doughnuts by just adding water.

You can purchase these kits from any Japan speciality store but I got this directly from a supermarket in Asia.
On the back of the box is all of the instructions with pictures and diagrams simple enough to understand. If you can't read Japanese, please follow this link to read the English version http://www.nerune.jp/product/pdf/doughnut_eng.pdf

You get 2 doughnut batter mix (cocoa and custard flavour), 3 decoration sauces (vanilla, strawberry and chocolate), a packet of crunchy biscuit/wafer crumbs, some topping sprinkles, and all the tools you will need including spatula, molds and piping bag.  
You get a Cruller and Doughnut mold and can make 4 1/3 scale sized doughnut sweets so I made 2 of each designs. The instructions also include some illustrations on how you can decorate your doughnuts. Bear in mind, you can do anything you want with them so be creative and just go crazy!

Custard doughnut with strawberry sauce and cookie crumbs

Chocolate and custard doughnuts coated in vanilla and strawberry sauces with chocolate drizzle. Topped with more pastel sprinkles.
Each doughnut has such a thick caking of candy icing OMG
I tried to use up most of the ingredients it came with. They really give you a generous portion of sauces and toppings! Each piece is practically caked in thick candy icing and I still had plenty of leftovers. Leftovers went straight into my mouth, lol.

It would have been better if they gave us more doughnut batter mix to make 6 doughnuts. There was easily enough decoration sauces and toppings for 6 designs.

So how does it taste? When my husband saw them he thought it was another Littlest Sweet Shop miniature and commented that it looked real.

I told him it WAS real and he could eat it too. So he tried a custard one and said that he actually liked it.
Real edible candy doughnuts
It tasted oddly stodgy like a real deep fried doughnut even though it's just another clever way of engineering candy. However it was still quite yummy and not too sweet for my taste. The toppings gave it an extra crunch but the sauces are on the sweet side so use less if you do not want to make your doughnuts too sweet.

Hope you enjoyed that review! I've made similar reviews here on the blog so just search for it. I'm currently in the middle of a big commission and constructing a Halloween gingerbread house. I will also be taking a 2 week holiday in October but will try to debut more new items by next week.

See you again next time!


Saturday, 10 September 2016

September New Arrivals - Swiss Roll slices, Rainbow cake and Ice Cream, Mango Pudding, Iced Teas, Cherry Bakewells and more!

Hey hey Littlest Sweet Shoppers!
Our new arrivals for September is very colourful and sweet! We even made some new drinks and English style treats for tea time so I hope you like them all.
September new arrivals
Our first new arrivals can be found in the Beverages menu. These Iced Teas are topped with fluffy and realistic looking whipped cream and can be decorated any way you like it. 

The cup and lid has also been handmade by us to give you miniature take-away cups made from the same materials as the original sized ones. The cups have great clarity and you can even remove the lids if you wish.
Green Tea and Iced Teas with whipped cream
Our drinks come with removable lids
Our next few items are quintessentially English. Littlest Sweet Shop is based in England so I think we need to stock up the shop with more local items! 
English tea party
Each butter jam cookies are hand-piped like the real thing so they are all unique. We made the jammy middle using resin which is very clear and shiny in contrast to the delicate buttery biscuit it sits on. At Littlest Sweet Shop we make jams in all colours so you can sample every spectrum of the rainbow. Available now in the Cookie Shop
Butter Jam Biscuits
Next new item in our Cookie Shop is a favourite of the Queen of Hearts. These Heart Jam Tarts are perfect for your Alice in Wonderland theme party or any English style tea party. The jam in the middle looks very sticky and sweet. 
Heart Jam Tarts
Our last new item in the Cookie Shop is called Viennese Swirls. They are made up of 2 biscuits with jam and butter-cream sandwiched between them. The biscuits are also hand-piped, just like the real thing! 
Viennese Swirls
Cherry Bakewell tarts was created in England so we had to create some for our Bakery menu. Ours is the miniature version of the ones made popular by Mr Kipling. Each tart is filled with white icing with a cherry in the middle.
Cherry Bakewells
Let's debut something inspired by Japan again! Our Deco-roll cakes were so popular when we launched it last month so we made some new designs. They are now listed together with all of our Deco-rolls in the Cakes menu
Fruit Deco-rolls and rainbow Deco-rolls.
Our fruit Swiss-Rolls cakes have fruit bits throughout the entire roll. We have made Matcha Swiss-roll cake with mango and cream and Chocolate Swiss-roll with strawberry slices and cream. They are both a very cool and refreshing dessert - perfect for summer. 

Some clients don't want a whole Deco-roll cake, so we made individual slices for them! Any rainbow Deco-roll cakes now come in individual slices.
Individual slices of Pastel rainbow Deco-roll cake. 
You can even order the slices in plain Swiss-roll flavours. They have also been listed in the Cakes menu. Each piece looks so fluffy and light with a delicious whipped cream middle.
Matcha and Chocolate Swiss-roll slices
Strawberry Swiss-roll slices
Plain Swiss-roll slices
We made a new Rainbow Cake and decorated it with lots of rainbow candy buttons all around. We used a new recipe for the frosting as well which looks like a very thick but light whipped cream. This cake is now available in the Cakes menu and can be ordered as a whole or as an individual slice. 
Rainbow cake with rainbow candy buttons.
Order a whole cake or just a slice - up to you!
After making that colourful rainbow cake, naturally we wanted to make more rainbow items. So we made a tall 7 scoops rainbow colour ice-cream! 
7 Scoops Rainbow ice cream
It's been ages since we've had new items in our Jelly / Gelatine menu so here are some new Mango Puddings! We actually made more new jelly products but let's debut these first.

Each mango pudding is layered with a light and fluffy cream and topped with a mango jelly with some mango pieces. Each pudding is garnished with mint.
3 layer Mango pudding layered with cream, topped with Mango Jelly, mango cubes and mint leaf
Our last new arrival of the day is the Cinnamon Roll. These freshly baked sweet rolls are now available in the Bakery menu.
Each sweet roll has a layer of cinnamon throughout and topped with flaked almonds. The top is glazed with icing.
Littlest Sweet Shop Cinnamon Roll
Order a bunch of Cinammon Rolls for breakfast with coffee
We are so busy at Littlest Sweet Shop these past few weeks. We have been commissioned to do a Christmas Dinner for a museum in America so that is pretty exciting! Everything is going smoothly so far so you can expect some new items for Christmas very soon.

I would also like to thank and congratulate everyone who has participated in our Facebook and Instagram giveaway and our winners are:

Vanessa Zougagh from France - Facebook winner
PJ Belton from New Zealand - Instagram winner

Congratulations to both of them and I do hope they enjoy their prizes. We now have over 2k followers on Instagram so we promise to do another big giveaway once we reach the 5k milestone! Keep following us to make sure you don't miss out.