About Ann Low

Hello! I'm Ann Low. Welcome to my humble blog - Anncoo Journal, a place where you can find many quick and easy recipes that I have created that could inspire you to bake or cook at home for your loved ones . Please feel free to browse around. Read more about me... and the photo gallery in the recipe index.

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May 6, 2012 7:17 am

Hi Ann,

Thanks for the prompt reply. How many times did you draw your chocolate outline? I find that my chocolate outline break easily with just single line. How to make the chocolate outline more hardy?


Ann@Anncoo Journal
Reply to  Anonymous
May 6, 2012 8:21 am

Hi Elaine,

I only draw one time. You need to draw a thicker chocolate outline to prevent breaking. That is your melted chocolate is not runny but thick enough to outline. Normally I waited for about 45 minutes after the chocolate melted. Stir the chocolate well before you pipe.

Reply to  Anonymous
May 6, 2012 1:31 pm

Which chocolate are you using? I am using the chocolate compound. It started to harden after 10 mins. If i draw a thicker outline, then i will not be able to go into the fine details like you do, as my cake is very small, around 6inch. Please advise.


Ann@Anncoo Journal
Reply to  Anonymous
May 6, 2012 2:47 pm

Use cooking chocolate, that is selbourne from PH. Not couverture or compound chocolate. Couverture is too soft and compound chocolate is usually for making chocolate candy.

May 6, 2012 3:29 am

Hi Anncoo,

Gret job. I tried it, n i failed. I had difficulty transferring the outline to my fresh cream cake. I placed my cake in the freezer for 1 hour. Should i placed it longer? I am using Transparency paper to draw the outline. When i transfer the chocolate outline to the cake, it ruin the top of my fresh cream. Any advise for me? I really need your help.

Thanks elaine

Ann@Anncoo Journal
Reply to  Anonymous
May 6, 2012 6:20 am

Hi Elaine,

1 hour is not enough. You must at least freeze the cake for at least 2-3 hours even more if you find the cake is not firmed by touching it. You can refrost the cake if your cake is ruined.
I also used a transparency paper to draw the outline then cover with another plastic sheet to draw the chocolate outline.
Is best to make the cake one day before the actual day so you won't feel so stressed.

October 11, 2009 2:45 pm

SIS: Sure, 50% discount for you too!

Somewhere in Singapore
October 11, 2009 11:32 am

I be your second customer, hehe…

Happy Flour
October 9, 2009 8:18 am

Hi Anncoo,

Thanks for the details. 🙂

October 8, 2009 3:00 pm

Hi Happy Flour,
First you need to melt cooking chocolate and use a fine marker pen to outline the design you want on a tracing paper. Then put a plastic on top and stable with paper clip. Then fill piping bag with melted chocolate (chocolate must be thick)and draw the outline.
In this comment column, J.O. also asked me the same question in Mandarin, maybe you can take a look.
You can also visit: christinelua.blogspot.com~to take a look on the birthday cake~winnie the pooh.

Happy Flour
October 8, 2009 2:19 pm

Hi Anncoo,

Wow, you can really pipe very nice pictures on the cake. How do you draw the picture on the cake first before you do the piping. I must learn from you already. Great work, keep it up. 🙂

October 8, 2009 9:19 am

Haha…when I open shop, you'll be my 1st customer with 50% discount…OK?

Food For Tots
October 8, 2009 6:52 am

When r u going to open ur cake shop? Let me know as I want to be ur 1st customer. 😉

October 7, 2009 12:56 pm

Thank you for your comment 🙂

Thank you! Please visit often 🙂

October 7, 2009 11:54 am

Gorgeous cake!!

October 6, 2009 11:51 am

Wow you must need a lot of patience to make the decoration! You did a great job 🙂

HS Kitchen And Hobby
October 6, 2009 9:00 am

Wow! very beautiful cake. Your art must be very good in order to draw such beautiful picture. ^_^

October 6, 2009 8:11 am


外面是用fresh cream。乘画图的时候就把蛋糕放在freezer里(俩三个小时都可以),主要是要蛋糕面上够硬,这样当你把图印上蛋糕时,fresh cream就不会沾到处都是。颜色是用piping jelly调出来的,然后慢慢涂在蛋糕上。

October 6, 2009 7:42 am

Teresa: Thank you for your comment and visiting 🙂

Cherry Potato: Thank you:) Yes all the fresh outside and ganache cream inside.

Sonia & Petite: Thank you for your compliments~~ 😀

petite nyonya
petite nyonya
October 6, 2009 7:01 am

What a gorgeous cake. The Ben 10 one also perfectly done! You have a great talent for cake deco!

October 6, 2009 5:36 am

那图画全部都是用fresh cream做的?

cherry potato
October 6, 2009 4:54 am

I really love your cake!

You decorate all with fresh cream ah ?

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover)
October 6, 2009 3:26 am

Very impressed with your cake decorating skill.Good job.

October 6, 2009 3:18 am


October 6, 2009 2:39 am

Barbara: Yes, my boy love this and even his school friends enjoyed this cake.

Coleen: Thank you 🙂 I used fresh topping cream~don't have recipe~just estimate the size of the cake. This is a 12" cake so I just measure about 400g or more, just whip to peak form and spread on to the cake. The balance cream can be stored inside the freezer.

Coleen's Recipes
October 6, 2009 2:18 am

You did such a great job recreating Thomas on the cake (and I know it isn't easy to do). Beautiful!! I am very curious about your white frosting recipe.

Barbara Bakes
October 6, 2009 1:58 am

I'm sure this cake made someone very happy!

October 6, 2009 1:14 am

Rachel: Same here. My boys also love Dora。Got so many idols in their little heart.(朝三暮四)

Mamatkamal: Thank you for your compliment. I've read thru books about royal icing, only tried once on gingerbread house. I used fresh cream on this cake and draw the design using transfer image. That is outline the image on a plastic and transfer it on to the cake.

Kathy: Maybe you can try to do this. When I made for the first time~am also lack of confident. But after you do all the touch up, you'll make yourself smile 😀

October 6, 2009 12:58 am

Alice: Thank you for your comment. I've learned a good job from you 🙂

Sushma, Pari, Murasaki, Ingrid, Juliana, Anja:
Thank You so much for your compliments.

Joyce: Let me move to be your neighbour because you can also make many goodies.

Katy ~
October 5, 2009 11:47 pm

I would love to be able to make something as special as this. My Sweetie-Pi and his grandson are just mad for trains. Alas, I can only admire yours (pulling a sad face here).

zwischengang - intermediate course
October 5, 2009 7:54 pm

a very cute birthday cake, anncoo…

October 5, 2009 7:49 pm

Hi Anncoo
What a pretty cake and gorgeous picture of Thomas & Friends character! Happy birthday Seantze.
I'm very curious to know whether you used royal icing or sugar paste to cover the cake? and did you use window method to draw the picture?

October 5, 2009 7:34 pm

Oh! What a lovely cake 🙂

October 5, 2009 7:00 pm

Wow I wish you lived by me so that I could order one of these cakes for my little one. Great job!

October 5, 2009 6:57 pm

Great job!

Murasaki Shikibu
October 5, 2009 5:13 pm


October 5, 2009 4:06 pm

That's so adorable and cute, what patience you have to make this.

~Rachel Hei~
October 5, 2009 4:02 pm

Very cute Thomas & Friends birthday cake..^_^ U know what, my princess love Thomas recently, i already bought her Thomas chopstick, plate and cup.. i think probably Thomas train will be her next target.. haha

October 5, 2009 3:44 pm

Gorgeous and perfect looking cake.
Happy Birthday to Sean Tze.

Sushma Mallya
October 5, 2009 3:36 pm

Superb …Wish i could make cakes like u,very nice and looks delicious

October 5, 2009 3:12 pm

Reana: Needs lot of patience. You may check at my blogpal christinelua.blogspot.com ~ you can see clear picture and step by step frame from her blog.

October 5, 2009 3:07 pm

5 Foodie Star: Thank you 🙂

Wenn: Sorry, I have left out something~~is Thomas & Friends. Anyway Thank You 😀

October 5, 2009 3:05 pm

wow..how did u do that??

October 5, 2009 2:24 pm

happy birthday..Thomas..

5 Star Foodie
October 5, 2009 2:09 pm

What an adorable birthday cake, gorgeous!

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