27th February, 2017
We always try to bring new and exciting classes here at Fair Cake - this one ended up being the most requested and talked about class. The super talented Graziella Augier is one of our sugar flowers experts. She designed this class especially to be taught at Fair Cake. Her own work is just superb, but we thought we would display just some of the realistic sugar roses and lilies made by her students over two days. All the pictures below were taken with a simple iPhone camera in a rather dark classroom (class ends around 5pm each day, we lose natural light!) - and, as you can see, the results were absolutely stunning! The details - the veins, slight gloss, the perfect imperfections - everything!
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28th October, 2016
Every now and then you meet someone who leaves a beautiful mark in your life. Leonor is one such person. When she first came to Fair Cake, back in 2011, we were all struck by just how wonderful a person she is. Bubby and chirpy and extremely curious and inquisitive - she sprinkled humour and good vibes wherever she went! Fast forward five years and Leonors is a thriving cake business!
Situated in Heidelberg, Germany, Leonors not only specialises in making and selling exquisite cakes, but is also a cake academy. Here you can learn how to make and decorate cupcakes, macarons, coookies and cakes. Of course, we are always interested in finding out and featuring our past students, so this was an opportunity not be missed! We found out what Leonor had to say about her experience at Fair Cake ... continue reading
8th June, 2016
Russian Nozzles, also called Nifty Nozzles, are all rage on social media. If you do not follow us on Instagram or Facebook, you will not have seen these videos and pictures. By the way, time for a little boast, we are about to reach 100,000 followers on Instagram and 100,000 followers on Facebook, soon! 'Tis just a number, but a little celebration will be in order!
Anyway, here are some cakes that we have recently been decorating with Russian Nozzles. We use Swiss Meringue Buttercream, these nozzles seem to be the most effective with this kind of buttercream because of its silky nature. There is definitely a knack to these, not as easy as it looks (check out our videos on Instagram and Facebook for the process)!
So, what do you think? I must say that we were ... continue reading
6th June, 2016
Ah, the rainbow cake. Pictures of this cake are all over Pinterest and Instagram and Google. And why not? This turned out to be a seriously gorgeous cake to make. Is it worth making this cake just so you can see the finished result? Absolutely. Is it worth 7 hours of work? Maybe not. But, then again, it was just SO satisfying to make. For all bakers out there, with a bit of time and patience, this will prove to be a fun weekend project. Weekend? Did you say, the whole weekend? Yes. By the time you have weighed out ingredients, somehow managed to get your hands on six cake tins (disclaimer: Fair Cake is a cake school, we have tins, I am talking about non-cake-school-people who most probably do not have six cake tins hanging about), tinted all the ... continue reading
12th April, 2016
This blog post has been a long time coming. I can offer excuses about being busy, yada yada, but slapped wrists and all that.
This article is all about Graziella and let me jump straight into it. Let me get it out of the way first - Graziella used to be a proper rock artist. That's right. Not many rock artists have been to our workshop and this one blew us away - heavy metal and all!
I first met Graziella when she came to a couple of Fair Cake Classes earlier in 2016. When you meet someone who is absolutely passionate about cake making, you can tell them from a mile away. In Graziella's case, you can tell from a kilometer away. She came to Fair Cake all the way from France to get started on her cake making ... continue reading
24th February, 2016
This is a short video that we broadcast on Day 3 of Contemporary Tiered Wedding Cakes Class. The workshop was filled with colour (and joy!) as all the hard work over the previous starts to produce beautiful results. These flowers end up on cakes decorated by students.
Quick tip - sometimes, despite all precautions, petals break. Florist paste is brittle, it breaks easily once it's dry. One of our students suggested we scatter the petals on cakes and they turned out beautiful!
7th February, 2016
Tiered Wedding Cakes made buy students during our Contemporary Tiered Wedding Cakes Class. The focus of this class is on achieving sharp edges on cakes, a smooth and professional looking finish and sugar work. Didn't they do well?
7th February, 2016
These are cakes made by students during our Contemporary Tiered Wedding Cakes Class - the bottom is real cake, three of them, stacked on top of each other with an internal support structure, covered with chocolate ganache and then with smooth fondant (sugarpaste). Students also learned to make all those pretty sugar flowers during this class.
7th February, 2016
These are all cakes decorated by our students during the Contemporary Tiered Wedding Cakes Class that took place this January in our workshop. We had students travel all the way from France, Belgium, Texas, Kenya, Ireland and around the UK! It was very multicultural and just look at these results!
6th February, 2016
Elizabeth Solaru of Elizabeth's Cake Emporium and I run a worksop called How To Sell Your Cakes. We ran it this January and did a short Periscope broadcase on day 2. The class is all about cake businesses - and social media is just a short part of what we cover. Instead of trying to explain how Periscope works, we did a quick demo - and here it is! The people you can see in the class are students, from around the world. You can see our cake photography set up, that we go through in great detail. It is cheap, effective and, above all, all folds down. For more details of this class, look out for How to Sell Your Cakes.