Wow I’ve learnt so much since I’ve been here in Sydney on my Australian cake adventure. The seminar has whizzed past…… I’ve met lots of amazing people, seen some incredibly detailed cakes, found out about how cakes are created here and sampled the most popular flavours.
Did you know that sugarpaste has its origins here in Australia? From what I have discovered so far it was the Country Woman’s Association (CWA) – similar to the Woman’s Institute (WI) in the UK – who first spread the word about sugarpaste in the 1950’s, although it could have been earlier. A couple of ladies I spoke to at the seminar remember being taught to use sugarpaste at this time. I am hoping to find out if anyone here knows more details…..I’ll just keep asking….if you happen to know more please leave a comment below.
Regards flavours, I have fallen in love with orange and poppy seed cake – what a wonderful combination, I can’t wait to try out a few recipes – I just hope I can recreate the flavour and texture of these cakes, once I’m back in the UK. If any one knows a good recipe they are willing to share please get in contact.
Another Ozzie favourite is chocolate mud cake covered in lashings of chocolate ganache! I’m still not 100% sure about the ganache myself, its a lot of chocolate!!! However I understand that due to climate, butter creaming a cake can sometimes lead to problems so ganache is one solution that seems to work. At yesterdays work shop at Iced Affair, we used prepared ganached cakes to create my art nouveau lilies cake and I must admit, because the ganache sets hard it did make rolling the cakes very easy.
If you missed me at the seminar in Sydney and are not joining me in Queensland then why not catch a dem in Melbourne. I’ll be at John Quai Hoi’s new Shop – Cake Delights, 219 High Street, Preston, Melbourne Tel:944 23 994 from the 9th – 12th September
Hope to see you there