Thursday, 6 October 2011

Craft North East: How I went cupcake crazy!

As I am sure you have all noticed by now, I am a little obsessed with baking (and blogging about baking).
I spend a lot of my time perusing new recipes, checking out other foodie blogs and making mental lists of things I want to try and bake in the future.

However, some items on my mental lists never make it into my kitchen. Mainly because I am scared, I am big scared-y cat! I see beautiful bakes and drool-inducing photographs and that little voice in my head screams "You could never make something THAT good!" and a lot of the time I listen to that little voice and don't even try!

I have decided that enough is enough! Watching the Great British Bake-off and talking to lovely people on twitter has convinced me that with a bit of practise and a lot of perseverance I can achieve anything I put my mind to! -With the exception of maybe Macaroons, those little suckers look hard!

One thing I have always wanted to try was icing. I wanted to make my cupcakes look pretty as well as be delicious and my past attempts left a little to be desired.

I mean these little cakes were delicious but look like they were iced by a five year old! I may have even lied to people and told them I had a child in the kitchen with me! I needed some serious help in the presentation department!

So imagine my delight when I saw a tweet for a cupcake decorating workshop! It was affordable and being held locally in Newcastle upon Tyne! Needless to say I jumped at the chance.

I even went on my own, which is something I would never normally do....

The class was held by Craft North East which is a fantastic company, they hold lots of different workshops, from knitting to photography! Well worth the money and a really fun experience.
(I have in no way been paid to promote or advertise this company, I simply loved their workshops and wanted to share my experience with fellow foodies)

The class started with each of us being given 6 naked cupcakes, and all the tools we could possibly need to make them gorgeous.

We tried stencilling, embossing, sugar-paste flowers, butterflies, piping butter-cream, and making chrysanthemums out of marshmallows! It was awesome, and the lady running the course was an absolute expert who answered all of our questions with ease.

My favourite technique of the whole day had to be the piped butter-cream rose! I was most nervous about trying this one, but it was so simple! I got mine perfect first time! I am definitely going to try this again at home.

My crysathumum was a little "loose", I think next time I will try to make it tighter and more uniform. But it still looks bloody impressive! I am beaming with pride right now!

Here is my finished box, I am so happy with what I learned at this workshop. I feel a lot more confident in my decorating skills now and will definitely be more experimental at home.

Check out my blogs facebook page for more pictures from the workshop

What are your favourite cake decorating techniques? I have got the bug now and am dying to learn more!


  1. love these!! They look amazing!! Wish i lived nearer you!! There just seems to be nothing like this on nearer me!! May just have to get a book!! x

  2. So impressed with your Rose petal one Nelly - looks stunning.

  3. What a gorgeous collection of cakes. You should be proud of your skills!

  4. Loving the flower one! Are they just mini marshmallows? I'll certainly be giving that one a try!

    Katie xox

  5. Thank you! They are mini marshmallow! So easy! You can even dip the sticky edges in glitter or sugar for more fun!

    Check out:

    Yasmin's versions are so much better than mine!

  6. Your cakes look amazing Nelly, what a fab class!

  7. Lovely blog, once you've got over the "fear" you can have a lot of fun decorating cakes and you realise it's really not that hard. These look fantastic, well done!

  8. The crysanthamum is my favouritie by far. You are so talented. My cake decorating skills are nil.


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