We attended our first foodie class in the name of Wennie’s Affairs on Sunday- Cupcake Decorating. Before leaving the house we read the course outline which promised by the end of the two hour lesson we would
“learn how to make incredible cupcakes and decorations with effortlessness. Learn by taste, you will try various cakes and learn about the history of cake”.
We arrived at the Britannia Hotel, in Primrose Hill North London at 10am and were told to take a seat around one of the tables. A wave of disappointment struck me and I felt a bit deflated. Were we not baking the cup cakes and mixing the icing ourselves? The fact there was no oven or cooking equipment answered my question. The cupcake course was really a decorating class. If we are honest we had suspected this might be the case and a part of me was prepared to reset my thinking should this situation arise. Harbouring disappointment would ruin the experience. Keith is the pragmatic sort, so I knew he would adapt quickly too.
The tables had been “laid” with six naked cupcakes per person at each place and we had a decorated pretty cupcake as a breakfast snack. In the middle of the table were plates of edible glitter and pastel baubles, white and milk chocolate vermicelli, and bowls of icing.
Lisa and Nathan were taking the course and they looked after us well by offering us liquid refreshments before we started. Lisa began by outlining the course which included:
- A brief introduction to baking cupcakes
- A practical demonstration of decorating a wedding cupcake and creating a rose from sugar paste.
- Working with fondant icing and piping buttercream frosting.
- Icing and decorating the six naked cupcakes
Once we got started, we really got into it and had so much fun. We picked up the techniques relatively quickly if we do say so ourselves. Lisa challenged us, but not to the degree that made us want throw in the towel. Keith’s confidence was soaring and he even maneuvered off piste and made a “Hello Kitty” cupcake (show off), which the lady beside us took a photo off. The two hours sped by and I was disappointed when it was time to leave. I had a few questions for Lisa and she answered them with enthusiasm and expertise. She has a great job.
We had a few points, which maybe Cocoabox could address. The first obvious one is clarity around the course content. Maybe we were being naive, but the blurb above does implying baking. Secondly, yes I have made cup cakes, but a bit more on baking and the different icings would have been great. The class had a mix of people who had been given gift experience certificates and a few Foodies who were genuinely interested in the baking detail.
We had a great time and would recommend this class for the unseasoned cake decorator. We noticed that Cocoabox also run a cupcake and cocktail course; ideal for those poo pooing January detox.
The course costs £60 per person for a two hour lesson. We booked through Keynoir, who had a special offer of £24 per person.