A beautiful baked good of a business.
We baked Good Bad Goods: BS Biscuits, Masu Marshmallows and Bomb Bombs, COA (Centre of Attention) Cakes and LSDs (Little Sweet Diamonds of desserts).
The Maneki Neko or Beckoning Cat so well sums up THE WICKED.
All for giving into temptation from time to time, THE WICKED wanted to beckon you on to be a little Wicked with us (trust us, it will be so delicious).
Also all for working hard for what you want. That's why the paw-clasped koban coin values 'no rest' rather than a monetary value.
She holds her drink well too ;).
Last Word (my deities, now that's a good cocktail), the restlessness saw us scouring the world (and, hmm, sometimes burnt pots...) for good flavours and stories to fold into our baked goods (for who doesn't love a good story?). That's why The Japanese Tea Ceremony Masu Marshmallow was the way it was and how we arrived at The Rangwali Holi, a BS Biscuit stuffed with confetti candy and chai spice.
BS Biscuits - No Bull Shit here. Just delicious Brown Sugar Biscuits stuffed full of goodness.Two types: Basic biscuit or Bigger-Than-Ben-Hur (10 inch diameter). Yep. Gotta be done.
THE FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT
Toasted hazelnuts and dark chocolate chunks
A most delicious example of faking it till you make it.
Giandula is chocolate cut with hazelnuts (30% to be precise). Seeking to overcome a chocolate shortage, some chocolatier savant invented it in Turin, Italy during the Napoleonic era. Hazelnut tree limbing it here but I'm going to say these are better than a certain hazelnut-chocolate spread...
Golden and molten caramelly sugar rush crush w a good pinch of ginger&salt
Something really Wicked lies within this biscuit - the tempting and tempestuous affair of salt and sugar, and spiced up with a pinch of ginger.
The Japanese art form of Kintsukuroi is the repair of broken objects with gold to make that object all the more beautiful as a result of the break. As in art so too with life. And then I go and put it in a biscuit!
THE MEXICAN WAVE
Cinnamon dark chocolate and vanilla&aniseed white chocolate coated popcorn
When a member of the Mexican family down the road comes and asks you for a cup of sugar... riffing on atole, a family of warm&warming, maize&spice drinks from Mexico, of which champurrado (aka Mexican hot chocolate) is probably its most famous member. And no, I have not gone down the chilli route with this one.
THE RANGWALI HOLI
Chai and confetti candy
Rangwali Holi is the second day of the Hindu Spring festival, Holi. Simply put, it's a colour fight: people douse each other in coloured powders and waters. Chaos and mess: my kind of celebration (as well as my kind of kitchen!). Crammed into a biscuit with a chai spice hat tip to it's cultural origins.
Caramelised white chocolate and toasted almond praline
A biscuit homage to the humble scorched almond (I'm a baker, I know no other way!). But we haven't taken it too dark here. Just singed it a little.
I'm a caramelised white chocolate convert and I think these will make one of you too. Be prepared to have the scorched almond 'one for me, one for you' girl brought out in you with these. Greed, in this instance, is so very good.
COCKTAIL TO CUPCAKE: THE BAR MENU
Green Fairy Higashi: green and glittery aniseed higashi
Head-in-the-Clouds Marshmallow: a violet spiked, juniper and cherry sugar coated lemon marshmallow
Smoke and Snifter: nutmeg scented chocolate cream-filled brandy snap cigar and almond praline 'ash'
A Posh Filled Roll: lemony creme patissiere filled, white chocolate ganache dipped profiterole with popping candy and crushed juniper berries
'Minted' Millionaire Slice: mint and white chocolate caramel on shortbread topped off with creamy white chocolate ganache and a crystal mint leaf
'A Cup of Tea and a Lie Down' Truffle: tea-infused dark chocolate truffle with a raisin powder roll about and orange peel
Better-than-Mardi-Gras-Beads Beignets: New Orleans beignets doused in icing sugar with a side of l'orange passionfruit curd
A Tiki Bar Pu Pu Platter
• Orange simple syrup-soaked almond cake
• Tempura pineapple with mint sugar
• Lime 'poke' marinated in brown sugary soya sauce
The Thinking and Drinking Woman's Crumpet: Bein Mont (Burmese rice flour honeycomb pancake) with ginger and lemongrass citrus marmalade
Puerto Rican Butter and Jam on Toast: slice and toasted ponque spread (very liberally) with salted coconut buttercream and dulce de pina colada
A 'Blackened' Baby Cake: pomegranate sherbet dipped and ginger butter creamed orange baby cake with a cherry-on-the-top (good ship) lollipop
A Steamy Pour Over: coffee and cream kuih lapis
AND SO WE DON'T GET EIGHTY-SIXED...
The Bar Snack Biscuit: salted peanut, popcorn and pretzel stuffed brown sugar biscuit
Sweethearts, Swoonworthies and Sexpots
Let's just say Maneki Neko is on the prowl for an international millionaire...any takers?
THE MEXICAN MAGNATE
'Mexican Wedding Cake' walnut studded shortbread XO 'Atole' caramelised white chocolate and aniseed caramel XO cinnamon chocolate topcoat XO a 'line' of caramelised popcorn crunch
THE MUMBAI MOGUL
toasted cashew nut and coconut shortbread XO 'burfi' rosewater caramel XO chai dark chocolate topcoat XO rose petals
THE SAUDI SHEIKH
Sesame seed and orange shortbread XO cardamom, golden raisin and orange blossom caramel XO dark chocolate and coffee topcoat XO caramelised pistachios
Woop Woop Pies
These are crumbs-between-the-bedsheets good. Two soft cakey biscuits joined in holy matrimony or sordid affair with a decent dollop of creaminess.
You can never have too much cream. And it'll always be anything but vanilla with THE WICKED. Although there is something to be said for a bit of vanilla every now and then...
creamy vanilla pies XO dirty instant coffee buttercream
A bit of a wake up call.
A MOST PRIVATE FIREWORKS DISPLAY
double chocolate pies XO confetti candy buttercream
A riff-raff on the oh-so-delicious chocolate nonpareils (right up there with 100s&1000s biscuits), you might say these Woop Woop Pies are without equal.
SPICE&SALT AND THE CIGARETTE AFTER
spiced pies XO smoked&salted buttercream
Tangled bedsheets in a baked good, frankly. Lip bitingly good.
THE MATCHA MAKER
matcha pies XO matcha buttercream w dry sake crust
Ukiyo (floating world) delicious, a well-made match always goes down better with a bit of alcohol, wouldn't you say?
ONCE YOU GO BLACK...
double chocolate pies XO salted chocolate buttercream
No going back once you've tried one of these...