Monday, June 30, 2008

Sugarpaste & Gumpaste

Wow.. it has really been a very hectic week for me, plus the fact that I had food poisoning, complete with the works. Will not go into the details. Don't intend to spoil anyone's day *grins* . Anyway, I am so glad that the week really ended with a wonderful time at Min's place on Sunday. That was my basic Sugarpaste & Gumpaste class at Min's. I thought it would just be me and Sue, but had to pleasure of making a new friend, Sarah and I am sure Sue and Sarah had as much fun as I did.

Finally meeting Min was indeed a pleasure for me as I have been following her blog Baking Project way before I even started my own blog (this one, I mean heehee) and her creativity has always inspired me. Looking at her creations and my own, I realize that I have a long way to go and I was very happy that she does carry out classes. However, due to my hectic schedule, I could only finally make it for a class yesterday.

Wow... looking at her well equipped kitchen immediately sets my mind planning on how I could afford to buy my first heavy duty mixer :). At the moment, I only have a hand mixer at home :(. But I think Sue and I felt the same about the maid though.... sure could do with one to help clean up all the mess after we are done "playing", especially when it comes to washing up buttercream and shortening... you can use half a bottle of detergent and the utensils are still oily... yucks!

Min sure has a lot of tools and I was totally impressed. This is truly a sign of a real artist in the making. Which great painter or sculptor or cake decorate goes without his (in this case, her) tools of trade? I am not sure about Sarah or Sue, but I think I have a long long way to go. At the moment, I am living on borrowed tools .... heehee.. the flower cutters which I am using actually belongs to my neighbor. Will have to go and buy my own set soon.

We were taught the basics of marzipan, fondant and gumpaste making before we were let loose on creating our cake's deco... I wonder if I'll turn out to be the next pro-cake decorate or the guy who created Frankenstein ?? *Sweats*

3 of us really got into the heat of things that by lunch time, Min was telling us to take a break and grab some of the spaghetti she made for lunch. Looks like there were no takers. I hope Min's not insulted. There was nothing wrong with the spaghetti but the thrill of watching our cakes take shape was just too exciting.

At 3 plus, I think Min cannot take it anymore... made some coffee and virtually made us drink it up. I dare not take any as I was still recovering from gastric pains caused by the food poisoning. Thanks Min.. I'll take up the offer the next time ... :)

We finished off our cakes at almost 4pm..... and thanks to Min's guidance all the way, these are our cakes.....

Sue's beautiful Sunflowers on a Sunday


Sarah's Sweet Spring Daisies


My Roses from the Heart

There are lots more ideas and if you are really interested, do go to Min's blog. Her classes are really absolutely fun and the best part is you also get to meet people who shares the same interests as you....

mmm.. how to work today, when I am still living in yesterday.....sigh!!!

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16 comments:

Sue said...

nancy jie...yours and sarah's are super lah, mine hor very teruk, i realli had no idea to do what sort of design,haha cincai kasi tembak.luckily got Min to give me some idea...hehehe

YozoraNiteSky said...

haha. sue..my friends told me that your's is very pretty... especially the little white flowers :)

Supergirlfriend said...

OMG..the cakes look so brilliant! How did you do it?! Haha. All the decorating must've took up a lot of the time eh. But the effort is well worth it! Very beautiful oh... :p

YozoraNiteSky said...

hi supergirlfriend...the deco for the cake took us from 10plus in the morning right up to 4pm in the afternoon..heehee..now i know why fondant cakes are so expensive at the shops.. it is all about labor charges :D

JeromeFo 令狐冲 said...

Omg...I can't believe with my own eyes!What can i say ? - Awesome!
Can sell it to me? RM50 enough?

YozoraNiteSky said...

Ha Ha.. Hi Jerome.. if you want this particular one, you can have it .. for FREE!!!.. coz there is no cake underneath all that lovely deco..it is just a styrofoam cylinder...thanks for the sweet thought of buying it off me.. hugs jerome :)

erinalaw said...

ic ic, it's a dummy cake lar. So bila u want to make a real one and give me a treat? hehehe.........*wink eyes*

YozoraNiteSky said...

ya erina.. have to give us dummy cake so that we can keep the cake forever and ever.. to admire heehee.. unless Jerome wants it...ooo real cake ah erina? i think you make much yummier cakes than i can ever make wor heehee..

Che-Cheh said...

Wow wow all the cakes are so beautiful. I'm just a beginner baker but when I'm up to you girls pace I would certainly look to sugarpaste & gumpaste.

You girls end up eating them? Hehe

YozoraNiteSky said...

che-cheh, we would really have wanted to eat the cakes..but they were just dummy cakes :(..Styrofoam inside haha.. btw.. not sure about Sarah, but Sue and I are beginner bakers lah.. we must tell you the failures we have both thrown away *sob*.. must join us in our food exchange program. that is how we improve (hopefully) :)

Min said...

hi hi.. just like to say thank you very much for attending my class. Your cake is lovely, hope we can meet again someday. Take care.

YozoraNiteSky said...

good morning Min.. it was indeed my pleasure to be in your class... truly had a wonderful learning time with you. I am sure we will meet again. And you take care too. Hugs

Judee said...

hey! i love your cakes! you said that you're not as good? i have to say you're more than good!

I would like to ask what tools do i need for a beginner to decorate cakes that way? and do you know where i can order them online? thanks! =)

YozoraNiteSky said...

hi Judee.. thank you for your compliments...feel so happy that you think so.

I think there are 2 basic ways to decorate a cake.. either using the cream/icing method or using sugarpaste. you can buy tools via the internet but i would recommend that you get it at the various shops in town. Lots to share with you Judee. If you like to chat on MSN, then do add me at golfgal008@hotmail.com. Love to share more with you :)

zaitgha said...

i use hot boiling water to clean the butter cream and shortening, find it easier that way...as for the nozzles, i boil them before washing with soap....

and all the cakes are very pretty...

YozoraNiteSky said...

hi zaitgha. thank you for the wonderful tip. i think this will really save me all that greasy problems i have been having trying to clean up the nozzles and other utensils.