Disclaimer: Appliances Online invited me to the cake decorating class. However, having bought a new dishwasher from AOL earlier this year, I’m happy to say that I’d shop with them again. And if you fancy free delivery and free removal of your old appliance, then it’s worth your time to check out their prices.
date of class: Thursday 21 November 2013
If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know that cake decorating is not my thing. Making cake, eating cake – absolutely. Making cake look pretty? I get as far as slapping some ganache on it. This weekend we’re hosting the toddler’s third birthday party so when Appliances Online invited me to a cake decorating class to celebrate the company’s eighth birthday I was hardly about to say no.
The morning was held because it’s Appliances Online’s eighth birthday and to celebrate the company is running an appliance themed cake decorating competition. If you’re a fiend with the fondant or a marvel at modelling, or if this post inspires you, then get your cake decorating head on and head to the AOL blog to find out how to enter.
A group of Adelaide bloggers and media gathered at the Adelaide Chocolate School on Melbourne Street to be taken through our cake decorating paces by the very helpful Belinda of Metro Designer Cakes. The timing was perfect for me – I’ve had a practice run of Master Almost-Three’s cake so I turned up full of questions (and thanks, Belinda, for all the answers!).
After a bit of socialising (and a coffee, I’m full of head cold at the moment and am needing super human quantities of caffeine to work my way through the mental fug!), we split into small groups and set to work on our cakes. The basic cakes were all set up for us, ready to go. On our bench, we had a two mini Tefal food processors and a Morphy Richards toaster all assembled and covered with basic fondant. With images of the ‘real’ things to hand, we set about completing the cake-appliances and then decorating them as we fancied.
With our toaster we played it relatively safe – although Camellia’s jar of Vegemite was fantastic and drew a lot of admiring glances.
We were a bit more creative with the first food processor – I’m particularly proud of this because not only did I roll a couple of the coloured ropes of icing, but I also made the carrot top! Yes, those slightly uncertain green fronds are all my own work!
The final food processor – well, we almost didn’t start on this one and I’m not sure whose idea it was (certainly wasn’t mine!) but … look! Santa’s been grated! More rope work by me – and I also did the ribbon and bow on the parcel (and dusted it with silver).
So I’m not going to be stealing anyone’s job any time soon, but I did have a great morning and Appliances Online and the small appliance sponsors (Breville, Tefal, Sunbeam and Morphy Richards) put together some very generous gifts for us all. I’m now the proud owner of a very shiny new Breville juicer. The lime, pear and apple trees had better deliver!