Cupcakes with chocolate ganache

Tonight was the third of four cupcake classes I’ve been holding at the local Women’s Community Centre. I’ve really enjoyed this work, it’s very different from face painting, but the process of helping people build skills is one I find very rewarding. Today we covered making and whipping chocolate ganache, filling cupcakes (we used raspberry jam or nutella), and make edible sugared decorations. They turned out really well.

It was too hot a day for me though, I’m tired, have a tummy ache, not looking forward to even hotter weather tomorrow. 😦 The car is going in to the mechanic this week, hopefully I will soon have air conditioning working in it again! 🙂

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Gather everything you need

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Make the cupcakes and let them cool

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Make chocolate ganache by pouring hot cream over chocolate bits, and whisking until smooth. Allow to cool and then whip.

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Cut cones into cupcakes and fill them with something yum 🙂

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Pipe on whipped ganache and add something pretty to top.

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Sugared rose petals

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Sugared pansies

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Sugared mint leaves

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Facilitating Cupcake Workshops!

I’ve been offering Cupcake Decorating workshops through the local Women’s Community Centre at Stepney, SA. This is the first time I’ve worked as a facilitator with this centre, so I was quite nervous at first, but I’m finding my feet. We decided to offer four classes for the cupcakes, also two for face painting, and one for glitter tattoos. So far I’ve facilitated two cupcake classes. In the first one, I demonstrated making American style buttercream icing with cream cheese, and royal icing. Everyone learned how to cut and set up an icing bag, and fill it. Then we practised using different tips to make icing swirls on upturned cups. Once people had the hang of them, they iced some real cupcakes and decorated them with food glitter. We also practiced lines, dots, and flowers with royal icing on biscuits.

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People made big improvements quickly with their handling of piping bags which was encouraging for everyone.

This week I brought in fondant and flower modelling paste. We learned how to colour fondant, and how to marble different colours together. We made fondant flowers with cutters, learned how to use different types of molds to shape fondant, how to hand shape roses, and how to cover cupcakes with buttercream and rolled fondant. We packed a lot in to two hours! I’m so impressed with what people came up with. Some things were much easier to pick up than others, but everyone went home with a basic understanding of how to work with fondant so they can further pursue whatever they enjoyed most and practice their skills. 🙂

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In the next two classes I’ll be showing how to fill cupcakes with yummy things like Nutella, how to make and pipe ganache, and how to make and hand paint flooded run out style cupcake toppers with royal icing. We’re gathering more participants with each class which is great, people seem to be enjoying then and going home with some useful new skills, not to mention some really pretty cupcakes. 🙂