30th September, 2018
I did not expect such a response to my post on Instagram yesterday. I never thought my Instagram post would hit a nerve when I put up a picture about Cake therapy. I had recently come across the idea of Art Therapy, and how it can benefit people address emotional issues. I have often met students in our cake classes who talk about baking and decorating as a coping mechanism, be it for stress release or simply to escape daily worries and concerns. What I do find, however, is how the same women (and it is mainly women who come to our workshop!) do themselves down, pretty much immediately, by saying how it is "just cake". Having seen such a strong response to this post, I ended up speaking, for the next hour, to many of of the commentators about ... continue reading
25th June, 2018
This is THE Swiss Meringue Buttercream Recipe that we use in all our classes. Swiss Meringue Buttercream, if you have not had it before, is soft and silky. American style buttercream can sometimes be a bit grainy, depending on the icing sugar (confectioners sugar) used. It also develops a slight crust when it is exposed to air. Swiss Meringue Buttercream, on the other hand, does not develop a crust and remains the consistency of soft butter. It must be said that it is not everyone's cup of tea! It is very buttery and soft. So before making large quantities of it, do try a bit and see if you like it. The recent Royal Wedding Cake made for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding was enveloped in this buttercream. So, without further ado, let's get into this ... continue reading
5th October, 2017
Claire Hall of @sprinklesinthewild recently booked classes at Fair Cake. Her review of Tara Gan's Big Blooms class can be found here. Here is Claire's review of our Hot Off The Press Caking Class, taught by the fabulous Laura Grix of Grix Cake Design.
As a self taught baker I'm always looking out for exciting courses to improve my techniques and learn new skills. I've followed Fair Cake on Instagram for a while now and when the dates for the courses I was interested in coincided with dates I could get to London, I booked 2 courses!
My first 3 days were on 'Hot Off The Press Caking' with Laura Grix. I mainly make buttercream cakes, so I was looking forward to refining my skills and learning the right way of doing things, as opposed to ... continue reading
2nd October, 2017
Claire Hall chose Fair Cake recently for two very different cake classes. One of these was Big Blooms taught by Tara Gan of Tara Gan Sugar Flowers fame. These are Claire’s words and pictures about her learning experience at our workshop. This is a two day sugar flowers workshop that runs from 10am to 5pm and is packed full of sugar flower making wisdom that only a multiple award winning sugarcraft artist, such as Tara, can dispense!
The sugar flower course I chose was 'Big Blooms' with Tara Gan. I have tried my hand at flower making before but without the proper instructions they were far from amazing. We were making the Southern Magnolia, Open Peony and Delicate Rose over 2 days. I was most excited about learning the peony but by the end, my favourite flower to make ... continue reading
18th August, 2017
We are always thrilled to receive good feedback from our students, but this was something special - not only did Alice Marshall, who came to our Contemporary Tiered Wedding Cakes Class take beautiful pictures of her work while she attended Contemporary Tiered Wedding Cakes Class, she also document her days at Fair Cake in some detail. Over to her!
Let them eat (beautiful) cake
I have loved making cakes for friends and family for a few years and, recently, I’ve started to dabble in wedding cakes. Dabbling has graduated to full-blown obsession and I now have a little waiting list of friends who’d like me to make their wedding cakes. Super exciting although more than a little nerve-wracking! With this in mind, I felt it was time to take my game up a notch and find myself a course ... continue reading
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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Fancy learning ... continue reading
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