Happy 55th Birthday!

Posted October 21st, 2010 in Bagelier Bagel 10 Comments »

This week I received an order for a big birthday cake.  I like decorating a cake, but it’s always gives me a stress…  I worry too many things – the fruits may become soggy (although I dry the fruits very well before arranging on the cake), I may fell down the stairs and the cake gets ruined, etc.  Yes, I had a nightmare the day before delivery date.  A dream about a ruined cake.

I set alarm at 6 am in the morning, even though the delivery time was around 12 pm.  I just didn’t want to oversleep because this cake was for someone’s birthday.  The person who placed the order was a Japanese lady, and she said she wanted to surprise her husband with a Japanese-style fruits cake and celebrate his 55th birthday at his office in the city.

I baked a sponge cake the day before, and decorated just before delivery.  I wanted to add some fresh blueberries too, but the shop I went to didn’t have blueberries.  I only had 1 day notice for this order, so it was quite a rush…

I used lots of strawberries, kiwis, oranges, peaches and cherries. There is a layer of fruits in the centre too, and the bottom of the cake is covered with roasted almonds.

In the end cake was delivered to the lady safely.  Thank god….!

Delivering a cake is such difficult job.  I just have to hold onto the box while driving.  I wonder how people deliver the huge wedding cake…


10 Comments on “Happy 55th Birthday!”

  1. 1 Megan said at 9:36 am on October 21st, 2010:

    That cake looks fantastic!
    I would love to do the same for my husband. He is 55 next January. Don’t stress, though. We will be in Queensland, so I’m not sure how I can arrange a special cake for him. Maybe when we come back. But I know you will be very busy around that time! 🙂

  2. 2 umepontarou said at 4:04 pm on October 21st, 2010:


    I’m sure you can find a gorgeous cake for your husband in Queensland. I’m guessing there’re many nice pastry shops/bakeries there. 😀

  3. 3 Jo said at 8:35 am on October 22nd, 2010:

    Hi Ume,

    Wow, your cake looks gorgeous and very professionally made. My husband loved Japanese cakes and pastries when were in Japan. I’ll be moving to Perth in Jan 2011 and I’m wondering if you can recommend good markets where I can get fresh fruits, veges, and meats?

  4. 4 umepontarou said at 10:14 am on October 22nd, 2010:

    Hi Jo!

    Thanks 😀

    Followings are the markets I normally go to:

    Subiaco Station Market
    (Station Street Subiaco : next to Subiaco Railway Station)
    Sat & Sun only

    Fremantle Market
    (Cnr Henderson St & South Tce)
    Sat, Sun, Mon & Public Holidays

    Fremantle E-shed Market
    (Shed E, Victoria Quay, Fremantle)
    Fri, Sat, Sun & Public Holidays

    Canning Vale Market
    (Cnr Ranford and Bannister Road)
    Sunday, 7am – 2pm

    There are other markets across Perth. (You can refer this website → http://www.you.com.au/market/market-perth.htm)

    I buy vegetables and meat at Market City in Canning Vale (cnr of Bannister road and South street). The butcher can cut the meat for you if you request.

    At the Canning Vale Market, I recommend you to go there as early as possible. They don’t only sell food, but also other gadget stuff. My in-laws love the fresh popcorn there.

  5. 5 Jo said at 1:15 pm on October 22nd, 2010:

    WOW, thanks Ume. That is an impressive list of markets which you frequent!

    I love my food and even though I am not Japanese, I love cooking Japanese food. I haven’t decided on where to live yet in Perth, but would certainly be choosing to be near good fresh markets, and Japanese grocers.

    Speaking of which, could you recommend some of the best Japanese grocers in Perth?


  6. 6 umepontarou said at 4:13 pm on October 22nd, 2010:


    If you want to live near Japanese grocery shops, it will be around Perth city or Fremantle.

    Maruyu Perth
    (Shop 2-33 Barrack St, Perth)
    Mon – Fri

    Nippon Food Subiaco
    (Shop 26, 180 Rokeby Road, Subiaco)

    Nippon Food Fremantle
    (19 Collie Street, Fremantle)
    open 7 days

    Super Fuji
    (245 Albany Hwy, Victoria Park)

    Maruyu sells not only food, but also the goods from Daiso (100yen shop) although the price is $3.00 each. They also sells some cosmetics too.
    This shop is very difficult to find from outside. (inside a building)

    Both Nippon Food do sales each month.

    There are many weekend markets in Fremantle, so it might be a good place to live? 🙂

  7. 7 Jo said at 6:02 pm on October 22nd, 2010:

    Thanks Ume!

    It looks like most of the markets and Japanese grocers are either in Subiaco or Fremantle. I did do some research into suburbs, and was thinking of either Subiaco, East Perth or South Perth. I will be working in the city area and in Nedlands. What do you think of these suburbs and how is traffic getting in from these suburbs to the city district?

    Thanks sooooo much for your advice!

    And by the way, your baby looks really cute even from a black and white ultrasound picture!! Congrats!

  8. 8 umepontarou said at 9:09 pm on October 22nd, 2010:


    Subiaco, East Perth and South Perth: all of them are close to the city (well, they are next to the city, actually) so getting to the city from there is very easy. You can take CAT (free bus) from East Perth to city centre, and there is a direct train rail from Subiaco to city.
    From South Perth, take a bus or ferry if you are not driving.

    Nedlands is also a easy area to go by a train.

    Here is a map of the train rail:

    Thank you for your compliment 😉

  9. 9 YL said at 12:39 pm on October 23rd, 2010:

    Just dropping a message that I just ate the fig x prune bagel today. Still so yummy! Glad it arrived safe and still looking fresh! I’ve put all the bagels into the freezer once I’ve received it yesterday!

    Btw, the size of the bagel is so cute! Reminds me of those mini bagels. 😀

  10. 10 umepontarou said at 6:19 pm on October 23rd, 2010:

    Hi YL,!

    ありがとう( ´ ▽ ` )ノ
    I’m glad that they arrived safe too.
    Thanks for your great feedback always ♪

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