Are we painting today?
It looks like a scene from an arts class doesn’t it? But it’s not. I was recently invited by Couture Cake Classes to come along to a Christmas cake decorating class. In the future I would love to own a business where I’d spend my days creating wonderful wedding/birthday/christening cakes, but for now I can only dream. I don’t have any experience with cake decorating with fondant so it was going to be interesting to see how I go. It’s like playing with play dough right?
We started off the class by learning how to make a few figurines for the cake; these included a Christmas tree, penguin, polar bear and presents. Although it may look like the easiest thing to do, I think everyone (including me) had a slightly difficult time getting the perfect Christmas tree. To make the branches, you have to make snippets in the fondant; the trick was to cut it very deep and at a 45 degree angle but I was afraid of cutting it too much. The other figurines were easy to make as it was a matter of making a few different shapes and sticking them together. I liked how everyone’s figurines had slightly different characteristics and seeing the different presents that everyone made.
Then we moved onto learning how to cover the cake. We were provided with a fruit cake each and besides making sure the cake was levelled, the first thing we had to do was plug up all the holes with marzipan. The marzipan was then used to cover the entire cake before a layer of fondant was placed on top. It is essential to ensure that when you are covering a cake that there are no lumps and bumps on it otherwise it would show when you cover it with fondant.
The covering of fondant was new to me; I had always wondered how cakes were covered so perfectly with fondant. We rolled out the fondant and working as fast as we could to prevent the fondant from drying out we draped the fondant over and smoothed it onto the cake, any air bubbles found underneath the surface were gathered and burst with a pin.
Now here comes the fun part; the decorating. Snowflakes were cut and dusted with sugar crystals, presents were laid near the tree and polar bears and penguins were doing their bit to help out. Everyone’s cakes looked so pretty. It was fun spending the day cake decorating; a few students were parents and were happy to have some quiet time to themselves away from their kids.
I love the idea of having a white Christmas but as we all know, that is impossible here in Australia, so I thought I’d bring that magical white Christmas feeling to my cake and decided to cover my cake blue with snowflakes falling all over it. I’m quite proud of my cake decorating efforts and enjoyed the class.
If you’d like to find out more about Couture Cake Classes, they will be at stand N4 at the MasterChef LIVE event starting today and continuing onto the weekend. They will be running free cupcake decorating demonstrations and selling cake decorating tools.
Thanks once again to Sharon and Lilia for being so helpful on the day and for hosting a fun class.
Thanks to Couture Cake Classes, they are giving a 10% discount on classes to Phuoc’n Delicious readers. To redeem this discount, simply enter ‘delicious’ when you make a booking for a class (for further details, check here). This code will be valid until the end of March 2011.