Cracking cupcakes – and all my own work…
It’s no secret that I’m no great shakes in the cake-decorating department. I can bake the cakes just fine – not a problem – but when it comes to making them look pretty as well as taste good, well, the less said about my efforts, the better.
Would you believe it, then, that after just an hour and a half under the expert supervision of Susan Stevenson of Hitchin’s Blossom Cakes and Bakes, I managed to produce six rather lovely looking cupcakes? Check these beauties out….
I mean, even my 11 year old was impressed – although, as he kindly pointed out, his expectations had been pretty low to start with. I definitely amazed myself, too.
It wasn’t easy, but Susan – who teaches cake decorating privately and at North Herts College – was extremely patient with us, and talked us through each stage of the process, explaining not only what to do but how and why. And is all started making sense, I started producing decorations that looked not only acceptable but actually pretty good.
Of course, then I compare them to Susan’s masterpieces – or should that be showstoppers…? – and everything is put right back into perspective. But you know what? I came out of the class with a lot more confidence – and able to pipe a buttercream swirl that actually looked like the rose it was supposed to resemble.
I would never in a million years have thought that I would ever say that I actually enjoyed decorating cakes, but I had a brilliant evening. The class was so relaxed – no pressure at all – and we just chatted our way through until before we knew it, we each had a box of cracking cake creations we could call our own.
Mind you, with a 5th birthday party approaching – and a very exacting little madam to please – I can’t help thinking that it’s good to know that Blossom Cakes would, if needs be, just whip up a birthday cake instead.
Fancy giving it a go yourself? Check out these Blossom Cakes classes coming up soon…
Downton cupcake designs, Sat 25 April, 10.30am-12pm
Vintage cupcake designs, Sat 9 May, 10.30am-12pm
‘Lucky Dip’ workshop, Thu 21 May, 7.30-9pm can join this class.
Toy & Monster cupcake designs, Sat 6 Jun, 10.30am-12pm
Tiffany cupcake designs, Thu 11 Jun, 7.30-9pm (This is the one I did!)
Seaside cupcake designs, Sat 27 Jun, 10.30am-12pm