We’ve officially been in Hong Kong for a year. Right after we moved here we met a nice couple from San Francisco who had moved here just a week after we did on a junk ride. They lived literally just a few blocks from us in San Francisco and loved all of the same restaurants, but we had never met.
Junks here are really wonderful… they’re usually all day affairs where you sail to one of the outlying islands and enjoy clean air and water. They’re also a great way to meet people as they fit around 30 people.
So to celebrate our one year of moving from S.F. to Hong Kong and of meeting one another, we decided to do another junk. Here we are last year:
And here we are yesterday… don’t we look a little happier a year later?
The center cake is a white cake with 7-minute icing–I’m really into stovetop icing. The effort is worth it!
The maps are made out of fondant. I enlarged and cut out a map of Asia and the US (plus Alaska and Hawaii–which was a lot of fun to cut out!) and laid them over the fondant. Then I just used a knife to trace around them.
The flags (Hong Kong above) were brownies covered with white chocolate ganache (melted white chocolate, a couple TBLs of cream, and a couples TBLs of corn syrup).
And then frosted with 7-minute frosting. People were raving about them… so let me tell you my secret to great brownies: Ghiradelli double chocolate box mix (they sell it here in HK at CitySuper). I am all for homemade in literally every other category except brownies because I haven’t been able to beat this box tip from my friend Tam.
It was so hot that the pink bled and melted a bit… but what can you do? Luckily we could cool off in the water!
Remember how I’m obsessed with shipping containers? I like this shot. Most of junking is just hanging out and chatting. I got a little knitting in, too!