I am having such fun teaching my Australian students that I’ve not had much time to keep you all up to date, except via twitter! However today I’m flying down from Brisbane to Melbourne so you’re in luck – I’ve a few hours to kill!
Classes are going swimmingly, I’ve taught quite and few now, all full of very enthusiastic sugarcrafters keen and eager to learn what I have to impart, mind you I think I’m learning almost as much as my students…..! My first workshop in Sydney was my ‘art nouveau lilies’, a cake from my Cakes to Inspire and desire book – a challenge for me as at this stage of my trip as I wasn’t familiar with Aussie cakes, sugarpastes etc.
Iced Affair however were highly organized and had cakes prepared and ganached and ready to go. Ganaching cakes is a completely new idea for me but it worked a treat on the stack of three orange and poppy seed cakes that we used in class. It meant that the cakes were firm and easy to roll up in icing. From what I have learnt, ganaching cakes has become popular here in Australia due to the hot climate, buttercream melts easily and can become unstable, so chocolate mixed with cream which sets hard is the solution often used on straight sided cakes. Iced Affair just use a thin coating of ganach, whilst some other decorators use a much thicker layer.
As you can see from the photos below, the students all did really well. There was a lot to do and some were very new to cake decorating – so I think they excelled themselves!
Iced Affair was a great place to teach with a lovely naturally lit classroom, something that I find quite rare on my travels! Evan and Dimity, the owners, were also extremely helpful with nothing being too much trouble. So if you haven’t paid them a visit why not pop in to their shop or enroll on a class, its only a short bus ride from central station, Sydney.