Sunday, 11 September 2011
Way back when in July, I headed up to Liverpool with Nicola and Bec to learn how to decorate cupcakes. This was through a bargain Groupon offer with Create, which was another birthday present from my lovely boyfriend (although I am sure he has some ulterior motive for sending me on all these cake courses... hmm wonder what it could be?!).
After a brief panic, we found the Cupcake Workshop tucked away among the back streets of Liverpool, a little bit of cake heaven beautifully decorated with gorgeous crockery, bunting and lots of PINK! Our instructor, Gill was friendly and approachable and not to mention knowledgeable about all things cupcakes! She shared her expertise on how to bake the perfect cupcake before some tutorials on sugarpaste including stamping out decorations, making bows and flowers, and then let us loose with her equipment. Everything was provided for us including all the tools, cutters, and colours of sugarpaste and glitter that you could possible need.
After a quick break for a cup of tea and a yummy homemade cake, we were shown various different techniques on icing cupcakes with buttercream. This was the bit I was most looking forward to as I am not the best at this (and am known for throwing a strop when Mike wafts in and effortlessly pipes a perfect buttercream swirl!). Sounds really obvious but I hadn't even thought to pipe a mini swirl in the middle as a base to get the height on the main swirl.
I really would recommend this course to anyone interested in baking and cake decorating - even if you already know what you're doing, it's great to spend an afternoon playing around with sugarpaste and creating your cupcakes and I'd love to do another one myself. Check out Nicola's blog about the day aswell which includes lots of photos of the venue itself, and if you're interested, visit the Create website to find out more about Gill's courses.
Since the course I've felt a lot more confident with decorating my cakes, here are a couple of batches I've done recently:
Can't wait to get my hands on some sugarpaste and practice more of my new skills! Thanks Gill!