I'm a postgraduate student living in the inner west cities of Sydney, with a passion for food, music and travel.
Published May 4th 2013
dress up your cupcake in style
Many people know how the flawless looks on cakes are achieved, as well as how expensive they are charged at cake stores. Before investing time and effort into making these, I decided to invest in three hours one weekend to be taught by professionals at Cake Decorating Solutions in Arndell Park.
The cupcakes are pre-made to save time, but the staff are friendly enough to answer any questions about cupcake baking alongside decorating. As this was my first class, I attended the class with no expectation whatsoever on how much I could achieve. However to my surprise, I felt like I was a professional after three hours - at least the support on Facebook made me assume so.
Six different designs using a variety of tools and techniques are taught, with each design taught on a step by step process. All decorating tools and ingredients were provided and you can take the six cupcakes back home in a box, as though you purchased it from a cupcake store.
I learnt random facts and knowledge that very often would not be in a book. I've decorated and piped but didn't know why I did certain techniques. Why should I be piping the whole cupcake, rather than just a blob in the middle as design?
The designs are seasonal and change here and there, but if you've attended one, you can always call up to ask what the new designs are. A booklet is provided for you to note down some techniques with the image next to the design as a guide, so you won't have problem remembering after the class.
How long does it go for? The class is a one-off three hour intensive class. It is quite sufficient to learn all the basic and common techniques and tools used for decorating.
Cake Decorating Solutions is a store that sells cake decorating supplies, whether it is ingredients or tools. Besides cupcake decorating classes, they also offer round cake decorating classes, multi flower making classes and piping classes, as well as seasonal classes specially designed for school holidays and Christmas, all of which are accessible from their website.
Besides Arndell Park, they also offer classes at Belmont, Willoughby and Roseberry. Most classes are held on weekends, with some on mid week. So if you are interested in learning the art of making flawless designs, you should consider a decorating class to ensure your interest really lies there.
You did really well. I'm particularly impressed with the blue flower.
The thing is, even if you learn all this in the workshop, you are using professional tools. When you get home, however, you've just got your basic kitchen equipment. I suppose if you are going to be decorating regularly, then it is worth investing in the proper piping tools, but otherwise, using the standard gadgets, you're not going to get the same results, no matter how many hours of teaching you have.
I absolutely agree with you in terms of the tools.
So I attended another cupcake decorating course at another school and was taught to decorate with tools that we easily have at our disposal. Knives, rulers, paint brushes, mats rolling pins etc..
I have wrote another article about that experience yet to be published.