When a food critic turns the poison pen on herself

bakeware giveaway! April 28, 2010

Filed under: Inane stuff — crummb @ 12:46 am

Back when I first started this blog and my daily readership was in the low 2-digits, my husband Z would jokingly suggest that I hold lucky draws to jack up the hits. Don’t be silly, I’d say. Slowly but surely, hordes of people will read me because they will find it impossible to resist my melodious writing, insightful musings and sparkling wit.

Well, today, I am eating my words. I am offering to give away my bakeware absolutely FREE because times are hard. Maybe it’s because Singapore just opened two casinos and everyone’s gone gambling. But suddenly, nobody’s reading my blog — my readership stats has dropped back to my early BC (Before Cupcake) days. My ego is getting deflated faster than my worst sponge cake.

And besides, I really need to make room on my baking shelf for my steadily increasing collection of cake decorating tools. You’d be happy to know that the following items are all in tip-top condition. Drop a comment or email me if you’re interested. Can come collect at my place.

(Clockwise from left; daughter not for sale:)

Item #1: Red and pink polka dotted cupcake cases. Original price: $9.90 per tube. I pounced on them the second I saw them at Kitchen Capers because they were the most adorable cases I’ve ever seen. But in my haste, I failed to notice that they were only 1cm high, which would make cupcakes that are thinner than I like. Grab them if you’re into making madeleines or thin cupcakes. The pink one is not even opened.

Item #2: Loaf pan (Original price: Can’t remember… It wasn’t cheap. From Phoon Huat). I have two of these and I bought them BEFORE I realised their dimensions weren’t right for most of my pound cakes.

Item #3: Cookbook stand (Original price: Don’t know, it was a gift from Z). In my naive early days of baking, I thought having a cookbook stand would solve all my problems – no more yucky stains and bits of flour on my precious books! But it has since become obsolete. Most of my cookbooks are thick, hulky tomes that cannot fit into this svelte gadget. Z is aghast that I’m giving his gift away, but my rationale is: sentimental white elephant or neat, sleek baking shelf? Case closed.

Item #4: Dark metal 12-hole muffin pan (Original price: Can’t remember. From Phoon Huat). Nothing wrong with this, I’ve been using it for three years. But lately I am on a cakezilla mission to use only aluminium pans in all my baking. These pans work just fine if you turn down your oven temperature by 10 deg C from what’s stated in the recipe. Therefore I am not giving away a dud.

Item #5: Aluminium 12-hole cupcake pan (Original price: about $7). In my search for aluminium cupcake pans, I got this even though the holes are shallower than normal muffin pans. I thought they’d still be able to hold up the cases, but no, the cupcakes spread out a little too much for me. Good for madeleines though.

Item #6: Three-sided jagged scraper (Original price: about $3). Why am I giving this away? Cos I already had one at home when I bought this. Duh.

Item #7: Bundt pan (Original price: Can’t remember, not cheap). Same reason why I’m giving away the muffin pan.

So there you have it. Call me call me call me. I really need to offload these extras so that my baking shelf can be neat and trim like a showroom centrepiece. Me and my inner Martha thank you.


43 Responses to “bakeware giveaway!”

  1. kahling Says:


    Can I get the cupcake cases, the light coloured muffin pan and the jagged scraper from you? Will pop by your place to pick them up at your convenience.


    • crummb Says:

      oops! the cupcake cases are gone. but you can have the muffin pan and scraper. yay! all my items are cleaned up! thank you everybody!

  2. hello Says:

    oh i do read this. one of your silent readers! i dont bake, and i dont think i’ll ever learn how to, so i’m deriving vicarious pleasures of baking from reading this!

    • crummb Says:

      a-ha! i have smoked you out. i suppose this is the kind of thing i must do to make the silent ones write comments more. next time i shall say i am closing down this blog completely. yep this is what i’ll do šŸ˜› (thanks for reading!)

  3. joanne Says:

    I’m not entering the giveaway but here’s a question – the lowering of the 10 deg C for the dark metal muffin pan – is that something I should do for all dark metal pans? I’ve a muffin pan like yours too.

    • crummb Says:

      yes, according to a few cookbooks i’ve read! this applies to all types of pans, including bundts and muffin pans. dark metal absorbs more heat than regular ones so the cakes may overbrown and become tough. so lowering the temp will offset this.

  4. nuanced Says:

    silent reader here too! your blog is such a fun read, i’ve been following it for close to a year now šŸ™‚ would definitely come by more often if you posted more frequently (hint hint!)

  5. quirkywuirky Says:

    Hello! Another of your silent readers lured out of the woodwork. šŸ™‚ I don’t suppose you still have your Bundt pan available? I know you said its free but I dont mind paying just a token sum for it (Bundts are so expensive!)

    • crummb Says:

      another silent reader!! wow, it’s like christmas came early šŸ™‚ oops sorry but the bundt has been snapped up! hey but seriously if i had given it to you i would really have insisted that it’s free. thanks for offering though. sweet of you!

  6. Joy Says:

    Hey there, I would love the loaf pan (and the bundt pan if quirkywirky changes his/her mind about it!). Let me know if they are still available! Thanks!

    • crummb Says:

      sorry! the bundt’s taken but i do have one loaf pan left. i’ll contact you real soon about collection šŸ™‚

  7. yz Says:


    I just wanted to say that I love your writing! Please keep writing!!! I’ll read your blog, whether there’s a giveaway or not!

    (Too many exclamation marks!!!)

  8. Laurence Says:

    Another silent reader. Found your blog when looking for a good strawberry shortcake recipe and I want to thank you for all the great tips you give! and your fun writing and your creativity and the great pictures your husband takes.

    Would be interested in some the bundt pan, but I live a bit far… (France ;op)

    Keep on posting, I’ll keep on reading.

    • crummb Says:

      france!! wow i should be the one asking you to get me some bundts from there! oh wait, the french don’t really do bundts do they? it’s more an american thing. but thank you for reading! yessiree i will keep posting šŸ™‚

  9. cookie Says:

    I am following all your post… aIways wait long enough. Forget about the giveaway, just go WRITE WRITE WRITE !!!!

  10. Kat Says:

    I am not a silent reader.. i do read in silence until i get to an exciting part.. then there’s no stopping my cheering, whooping or yip yip yaying ha ha.. but i second the sentiments of nuanced, yz, laurence and cookie (begging forgiveness if i left any avid readers out) write write write… we does miss your lovely blog entries when you are not writing…
    i shall give myself a bundt pan in memory of the giveaway.. as i am too far to ask for it.. and i know that it has already been scooped up anyway… better yet.. i shall tell my darling hubby that he must give me one ha ha ha…

    hope to hear more from you soon my dear…

    love to da fam…

    • crummb Says:

      big hugs to you all the way in south africa! i bet the bundts there are better than the ones here šŸ™‚

  11. faithy Says:

    I’m from Singapore and i read your blog constantly! I love your writing – always so witty with comments. šŸ™‚

  12. Eileen Says:

    My Darling Cousin,
    Ivy mentioned that you have a blog so I have now read it. Also, I am procrastinating from studying and have just ingested one of those awful ‘Energy’ drinks, so I am buzzing a bit. Your blog is fantastic! So you now have a devoted reader from Australia (family counts, right??!!). You and I must be kindred spirits and I too have an unnatural obsession with food, cooking shows, cooking products (I have a little crush on ‘Hugh Fearnley-Something, something’ from ‘River Cottage’. Terrible! And I can spend hours in a kitchen shop, just looking, and touching – that’s a bit strange, isn’t it??). Take care gorgeous and I will see you and your family very soon!!
    Aii Ling

  13. zmm Says:

    If you want to send me anything.. by all means do so.. šŸ™‚
    But I drop a line here bcos I think your site is great.. your writing is so candid, and of course the cakes looked great.

    I’ll link to your site.

  14. No one reads your blog? I read it all the time! I really like your blog… Your bakes look so pretty I invariably wish I have the patience and skill to bake like that too.. Nice website. Those cupcakes liners look really nice! Pink!

    • crummb Says:

      if i still had them i would give the pink ones to you. unfortunately they are snapped up. anyway thanks for your nice comments! šŸ™‚

  15. wey Says:

    oh my, you are brilliant! i need to hold a giveaway too, i wish i had known, i wld have pooled my stuff with yours.

    • crummb Says:

      babe! it works! everything was gone after just one day. super efficient way to kitchen-spring clean šŸ™‚

  16. Parameswari Says:

    Hi There!!!

    I have always wanted to bake a cake using a bundt cake pan.

    I love the way they turn out with beautiful design after baking.

  17. nur Says:

    You seriously didn’t have to have a bakeware giveaway to attract readers; i love the way you write and the lovely bakes don’t hurt either šŸ™‚

    that said, do you by any chance still have the loaf pan? šŸ˜› I’ve always wanted to try my hand at bread making but good loaf pans are hard to find!

    • crummb Says:

      thanks nur! but sorry, all the goodies are gone now. never knew i’d have such good business! all the best to your bread-making venture šŸ™‚

  18. shan Says:

    you have a gift in writing, humourously! press on hokays! always your fan – šŸ˜€

  19. Ah pei Says:

    Hu cruumb ,mummy of two must be busy !! But I still check ur blog very often, so thought today just drop in a note to say hi !! Blog whenever u can ! I am a fan !

  20. anna Says:

    hi is there anyw tat i can post my food blog link on your blog? please visit our local food blog from Singapore at thank you so much!:)

  21. sandra Says:

    post again soon. I am a fan. of the pics, the writing and the adorable pics of the babies.

    I love it when food writing has a voice that doesn’t take itself too seriously… and yet is utterly serious about food itself.

  22. Penguin Says:

    Hi, stumbled upon your website, and wow, your cakes are just gorgeous!
    By the way, I know this is really late, but do you have the cookbook stand still, by any chance?

  23. Klovebeauty Says:

    Hi do u still have the bundt pan?

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