For the past few years, I have always wanted to attend a cake decorating class but couldn’t find one that suits my budget and time. This year I managed to sign-up for two courses: a 2 hour cupcake decorating class and a 6 weeks cake decorating class.
Last Saturday, I went for my first ever Cupcake Decorating class at Whimsical Cakehouse.
When I walked in the classroom, the cupcakes, ganache and all other equipment were already set on the table. This class focused solely on decorating – not baking or preparing the fondant. The cupcakes were bought from a local Brisbane baker and fondant used was from a commercially available tub.
We were taken through a series of steps on how to decorate our masterpiece. First, we had to trim off the edge of the cupcakes with a small knife.
Then, fill the top of the cake with white chocolate ganache to even it out. The teacher showed us a trick to even out the ganache by dipping the icing knife in hot water and spreading it around the icing.
Next, brush the ganache with sugar syrup. This is useful for sticking the fondant to the top of the cake, as well as for adding moisture to the cake. A plastic strip is then used to smoothen the fondant on the cake.
We then moved on to the fun part of decorating the cake. We were shown a series of techniques such as bows, craft and piping before attempting it on our own.
Here are my creations:
It was a very enjoyable class. Even though it was a very basic class, I still felt that I learnt a lot from the teacher. I am now looking forward to my next class where we will decorate a whole cake!