My amazing friend, M, gave me a gift that keeps on giving for my birthday… a course on how to do cookie and cupcake decorating!
Now – we all know that I love to be in the kitchen… and we all know that I love to bake…but the one thing that has never really been my *thing* is making it look pretty…. until now!
So last friday night – I skipped out of the office at 4pm (as the course was from 4.30-8.30pm)…. promising my colleagues treats and tweets from the process… and arrived at La Cucina Delle Zie eager to see what I could learn and what was being offered.
Firstly – the decor of the store/teaching room/kitchen was in 1950’s style… which I loved! The formica table and chairs, the pastel coloured kitchen cupboards and multiple ice-cream coloured KitchenAid tools on counters and cabinets. Secondly – to my delight, I noticed trays piled high with baked cookies (aka biscuits) and cupcakes… all ready to be iced and pimped.
There were 6 of us gathered around the table – eager to learn about buttercream, royal icing, fondant and sugarpaste….(thankfully all explanations were given in English – but French and Italian explanations were given when needed)
Once the royal icing was mixing away in order to achieve the perfect soft peak (normally needs about 15minutes in a KitchenAid mixer and remember to add a few drops of fresh lemon juice for both the disinfectant and taste reasons), we learned how to make a batch of buttercream icing.
With Multiple mixers doing their job – we started on the sugarpaste and how to add our own colour…
The same concept was then applied to the royal icing (using a toothpick dipped in the appropriate colour, swirl together), then place into piping bag (made out of greaseproof paper and a piping nossle)
The interactive and fun started when we realised that we could only pick one colour and would then be able to share our icings with each (i.e. don’t f*** it up for someone else… kay?) 🙂
Cookies (biscuits) were first…. outline a few with your royal icing piping bag… not as easy as it might seem.
then roll out your coloured sugarpaste/fondant and use the same shape cookie cutters to cut out reflective shapes (using jam to stick to it to your baked cookie)
AND then the REAL fun begins… start sharing… and decorating…
A glass of wine break was required – and time to admire our handy-work.
Now back to the cupcake decorating (at this point – I had a pile of cookies decorated and starting to feel the effects of the
wine weeks work…so the number of pictures are somewhat limited)… we did however learn to pipe the buttercream icing onto cupcakes… as well as use the fondant as a decorating tool as well.
all in all – a very productive way to spend a friday afternoon/evening (especially since you get to take home your creations)… and I am looking forward to signing up for one of their other workshops (pizza making or apero/cocktails)!!
Ps – not supposed to know as it was a birthday gift – but cookie/cupcake decorating course is 45€
La Cucina Delle Zie
address: rue de l’arbre-bénit 26, 1050, Ixelles, Brussels, BELGIUM
telephone: +32 489 18 79 16
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