Pauline Soo (Polly) - Pauline Bakes The Cake!




"Spaghetti Al Panettone" An Italian Affair For My Dad's Birthday!

Say ‘Ciao’ to my friend, Chef Luigi from Italy! His specialty is “Spaghetti Bolognese” with its gorgeously meaty sauce! Psst…! Wanna know the secret to his ‘out of this world’ delicious Bolognese sauce which leaves his patrons lip smacking and asking for more? This brilliant Chef cooks the sauce in a Chinese ‘wok’ (fry pan)! No kidding! The rounded bottom of the wok allows him to stir fry the sauce ingredients with speed and gusto over high heat with a special ‘wok chann’ (spatula). This method of cooking imparts ‘wok hei’ (flavour, tastes, and “essence” imparted by a hot wok on food during stir frying) into the ingredients and the resulting sauce is very fragrant and flavourful. Accompanied with spaghetti cooked ‘al dente’ and finished with a scattering of parmesan cheese and a twist of black pepper, we have the best “Spaghetti Bolognese” in town! Evviva! Let’s ‘Wok’!

We celebrated my Dad’s belated birthday (his birthday falls on New Year Eve) last Sunday with a panettone (Italian fruit bread), flown all the way from Italy to Surabaya and then shipped to Malaysia. I actually wanted to decorate the panettone with a Christmas theme after seeing two gorgeously decorated panettone by SweetLin and SweetJanis on CakesDecor. However, the panettone arrived after Christmas so I decided to decorate it for my Dad’s birthday. Since my Dad is great at cooking and makes the best “Spaghetti Bolognese” in our family, I decided on a sugar figurine of an Italian chef, inspired by the works of Carlos Lischetti, for the topper. I covered the panettone with a fondant red and white checkered ‘tablecloth’ for that homely Italian restaurant effect. And yes! Dad uses the ‘wok’ to cook his Bolognese sauce and other delicious dishes!

Many thanks to Linasari of SweetLin for taking the time to buy this special (coated with rock sugar and almonds on top) and very yummy panettone in Italy and then shipping it to me from Surabaya whilst she was on holiday.

Thanks for looking! :)

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Starry Delights

Awesome :) <3 happy belated birthday to your dad :) xx

Pauline Soo (Polly) - Pauline Bakes The Cake!

Thanks so much Yili! :) xxxx

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Love this x

Gulnaz Mitchell

Love your cake, Pauline, and also the lovely story behind this cake! And what a great friend you have in Italy!!! Happy birthday to your Dad!xoxo

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Ana Remígio - CUPCAKES & DREAMS Portugal

Fantastic Pauline!!!!! xxx


Brilliant, love the description of how he makes his spaghetti, I feel like some! Isn’t Lina wonderful shipping it to you. Love your modelling! :-)


Awesome looking Panetonne and the figurine Pauline, love the story. Happy belated birthday to to your dad. that’s so sweet of sweetlin to ship the panattone

Pauline Soo (Polly) - Pauline Bakes The Cake!

Thanks so much for your lovely comments Mel, Gulnaz, Galyna, Ana, Kath’s Cakes and Sasi! The panettone was so yummy that it was worth the shipping fee I paid. It arrived a bit squashed but I manage to cover it with fondant. Still yummy though! :) xxxx

Pauline Soo (Polly) - Pauline Bakes The Cake!

Thanks so much for adding it to your favourites Yili, Mel,Gulnaz, Kath’s Cakes and Sasi! :) xxxxx


Gorgeous Love it Pauline

Violet - The Violet Cake Shop™

The panettone sounds DIVINE! Love your detailed, imaginative stories and they really make your cakes come alive! The figure is totally cool and I love the idea of an Italian chef standing on top of the Italian panettone. Awesome =D

Pauline Soo (Polly) - Pauline Bakes The Cake!

Thanks so much Jo and Violet for your kind comments and for making it your favourite.
Violet, I penned that story a few hours ago in the wee hours of the morning whilst my son refused to sleep the whole night. I just woke from two hours of snooze and now am officially a zombie.Lol! :)

Pauline Soo (Polly) - Pauline Bakes The Cake!

Thanks for favouriting Robin! :) xxxx


Owwww wowww…you really surprise me Pauline….this is AWSOME…..i love it…..i even can’t see if the panettone squashed……..Great work as always……and i’m happy that your family love the panettone :)

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