Anyway, I was so happy to attend this AB fondant cupcake class at Cake Connection Malaysia which specially conduct for bloggers. At least now i know how to make a proper fondant cupcake..
These are Angry Birds fondant cupcakes that made by the instructor Nancy. They are so perfect and beautiful!!
And also these..AB fondant cake pops, look so pretty!
Earlier i thought i made a proper fondant cupcake (see my 1st fondant cupcakes here). After attended this class, I realized that bakers usually use fondant for covering cakes and making large decorations. Instead they use Gum Paste for smaller, more intricate decorations like flowers, 2D& 3D figures, animals and etc..
What is Gum Paste? Gum paste is allowing more time to work before the creation hardens. It dries fairly rigid. Gum Paste is very soft and elastic and it can be rolled out very thin.
How to make gum paste? It is easy, just add a small spoon of CMC (Carboxymethyl Cellulose Gum) with fondant.
Please check below detail steps that I spent two hours to prepare it. ^-^ Thanks ya.
**Nancy showed us how to add flavouring and colour to the gum paste
** if you want to work with large gum paste and to get smooth colour. You should start with a small piece of plain gum paste and incorporate the colour, then only add into bigger piece of plain gum paste and knead together.
** use buttercream to cover those uneven surface of cupcake
** cut gum paste into round and place on the cupcake. Let it up side down for a while, this is to harden the gum paste..
** Ok, let me show you how instructor Nancy shaping a 2D white bird figurine..
-making the face
-making the chin
- making the eyes
-making the eyebrows, hair and beak
** after 2D white bird figurine, Nancy taught us the 3D green pig figurine. This time seem more easy as we already know the basic of shaping of face, eyes, ears, chin, eyebrow and hair. Just shape green gum paste to ball, and add other parts. How to stay hold the green pig on thecupcake, just apply little edible glue and insert a small piece of spaghetti, then insert the green pig.
These are 6 Angry Birds cupcakes that made by me after 4 hours of hardwork!
Am i look angry?
After coming home, I take 6 individual portraits of these Angry Birds fondant cupcakes.
red bird- look not that angry huh ^^
Am i look more like a dog than pig, hahaha!
This is not so bad..quite angry..
2D white bird
2D red bird. My little son Desmond like this the most
For all six birds, i would say i did this quite close the yellow bird, and look really angry !! takut lar...^^
Let me show you how bloggers in action, taking picture and picture..Quay Po and Ivy still doing her final touch up..hehehe..
If you love to make fondant or gum paste cupcake or cake, i would advise you to take few hands-on classes. In Cake Connection Malaysia, they will give you very clear and precise instuction (like the example i shown you above). And they also will caution us to pay attention to details and good tips when we work with fondant in order to get impressive figurines(like the above tips that i share with you). Below are December classes that will be held at Cake Connection:-
~ December Classes ~
Ho! Ho! Ho! Christmas is just around the corner and its a great time of celebration and festivities. We know you'll be in the mood for baking and decorating and we have lined up a great selection of classes just for the holiday season. Come learn how to make a festive Gingerbread house, a delectable
Box of Chocolate cake with truffles or a great Christmas Fruitcake in our Christmas Desserts class. We also have 2 NEW cake pops class - Christmas Cake Pops and everyone's favourite birds and pigs - Angry Birds Cake Pops! Don't forget to send your kids to our Animal Planet cupcakes decorating class - a class just for kids. We also have our 4 Day Comprehensive Class for anyone wanting to begin their cake decorating journey. Check out our schedule below for all the details.
December Classes Date Day Time Class Fees (RM)
~ NEW ~ Gingerbread House Hands On Dec 3rd Sat 2:00pm - 5:30pm RM200.00
Dec 23rd Friday 10:30am - 2:00pm
~ NEW ~ Christmas Cake Pops Hands On Dec 10th Sat 2:30pm - 5:30pm RM160.00
Fun with Cookies ~ Christmas Cookies ~ Hands On Dec 17th Sat 10:00am - 12:30pm RM120.00
~ NEW ~ Box of Chocolates
(Choc Cake with Truffles) Hands On Dec 17th Sat 1:30pm - 5:00pm RM250.00
Flowers Jellycakes Hands On Dec 20th Tues 2:00pm - 5:00pm RM160.00
Chocolate Cupcakes Hands On Dec 22nd Thurs 2:00pm - 5:00pm RM150.00
Cupcake Fun 101 Hands On Dec 29th Thurs 2:00pm - 5:00pm RM100.00
~ HOT ~ Christmas Cupcakes Hands On Dec 3rd Sat 10:00am - 1:30pm RM220.00
Dec 13th Tues 10:30am - 2:00pm
World of Roses Hands On Dec 10th Sat 10:00am - 2:00pm RM250.00
Wedding Cake Class (Hands-On) Hands On Dec 16th Friday 10:00am - 6:00pm RM490.00
~ NEW ~ Angry Birds Cake Pops Hands On Dec 21st Wed 2:00pm - 5:30pm RM200.00
~ NEW ~ Christmas Treats Demo Dec 15th Thurs 1:00pm - 6:00pm RM250.00
~ NEW ~ Animal Planet cupcakes class Hands On Dec 1st Thurs 2:00pm - 4:30pm RM100.00
~ HOT ~ 4 Day Comprehensive Class Hands On Dec 6th - Dec 9th Tues to
Friday 9:30am - 5:30pm RM2,350.00
~ CHRISTMAS CLASSES ~
Christmas Cupcakes - Learn how to make some amazing Christmas Cupcakes this year. Join us as we make 6 amazing Christmas themed cupcakes. Check out http://www.cakeconnection.com.my/classdetails/ChristmasCupcakesDecember2011.pdf
Gingerbread House - Nothing makes a more impressive centrepiece this Christmas than a home made Gingerbread house. Learn how to make your very own Gingerbread house. For details, see http://www.cakeconnection.com.my/classdetails/GingerbreadHouseDec2011.pdf
Christmas Cake Pops - Make some adorable Christmas themed Cake Pops this year. Turn on your creative juice and make these super cute treats. See http://www.cakeconnection.com.my/classdetails/ChristmasCakePopsDecember2011.pdf
Christmas Treats - Learn to make scrumptious cakes and treats this year in this great class for all baking enthusiasts from an award winning pastry chef. For details, see http://www.cakeconnection.com.my/classdetails/ChristmasTreatsDec2011.pdf
Christmas Cookies - Learn to make yummy sugar cookies and decorate them with royal icing in fun Christmas themes. Check out http://www.cakeconnection.com.my/classdetails/ChristmasCookiesDecember2011.pdf
~ NEW CLASSES ~
Animal Planet (A Kids Class ) - Explore some friendly animals this school holidays with this Animal Planet class just for kids. This great cupcakes decoration class will let your child create their very own little animals. For details, see http://www.cakeconnection.com.my/classdetails/AnimalPlanetDecember2011.pdf
Angry Birds Cake Pops - Come join the Angry Birds craze and make these super cute Angry Birds themed cake pops. See http://www.cakeconnection.com.my/classdetails/AngryBirdsCakePopsDecember2011.pdf
Box of Chocolates - Create your own assortment of chocolate truffles presented as a box of chocolate made from cake. A chocoholics dream class. For details see, http://www.cakeconnection.com.my/classdetails/BoxofChocolateDec2011.pdf
~ COMPREHENSIVE CLASS ~
4 Day Comprehensive Course - This course will teach you the basic skills and techniques required to begin your cake decorating journey. This 4 day hands-on course will cover a vast array of cake basics, cake decorating topics and icing mediums. Check out http://www.cakeconnection.com.my/classdetails/ComprehensiveCourseClassOutlineDecember2011.pdf
~ POPULAR CLASSES ~
Cupcake Fun 101 - This is an introduction class to cupcakes. We will cover the basics of baking a scrumptious vanilla cupcake and decorate them with basic icing techniques. For details see, http://www.cakeconnection.com.my/classdetails/Cupcakefun101classDec2011.pdf
Chocolate Cupcakes - Chocolates and cupcakes are a great combination. Learn the best of these worlds in this popular class. See http://www.cakeconnection.com.my/classdetails/ChocolateCupcakesDecember2011.pdf
Flowers Jellycakes - Learn how to make tasty jellycakes and make various flowers out of jelly. For more details, see http://www.cakeconnection.com.my/classdetails/FlowersJellycakesDec2011.pdf
Wedding Class (Hands-on) - This is a great class for anyone wanting to learn how to make wedding cakes. Come learn all the tips and techniques from a wedding cake maker herself. Please see http://www.cakeconnection.com.my/classdetails/HandsOnWeddingClassDec2011.pdf
World of Roses - In this class, you will be taught how to make various kinds of gumpaste roses to further enhance your decorating skills. For details, please see http://www.cakeconnection.com.my/classdetails/WorldofRosesDecember2011.pdf
To register for any of these classes, please drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at +6 03 7956 4450. We hope to see you soon!
Nancy & Shyamala
You can also find a lot of baking items at Cake Connection.
Cake Connection Sdn Bhd
D-11-1, Block D, Jaya One, 72A, Jalan University. Section 13. 46200 Petaling Jaya Selangor. MALAYSIA
Phone number : + 6 03 : 7956 4450
Fax number : + 6 03 : 7956 4450
Hours of operations are :
Monday - Friday : 9am to 6:00pm
Saturday : 9am to 5pm
Sunday & Public Holidays : Closed
More good news, Nancy is so kind and allow me to share with my readers for the chocolate cupcake recipe that use to make these AB cupcakes. My kids just love this chocolate cupcake, very rich chocolate, moist and soft. Thank you Nancy!
(recipe source: Cake Connection Malaysia)
*makes 15 cupcakes
60g cocoa powder
90g all-purpose flour
1/2tsp baking powder
170g unsalted butter, room temperature
3 large eggs
1tsp vanilla extract
1/2cup sour cream (you may replace it with yogurt, but try not to change it)
1. Preheat oven to 180 c. Line 12-cup standard muffin tin with paper liners
2. Into a medium bowl, sift together cocoa, flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside.
3. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each, then beat in vanilla.
4. With mixer on low speed, add flour mixture in two batches, alternating with sour cream and beginning with flour.
5. Pour batter into cups, filling each ¾ full. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in centres comes out clean.
6. Cool in pan 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
I was so happy to see bloggers that i know long time but never meet them in person Zurin of Cherry on Cake and Ivy of My Story. And also meet two new bloggers Chris of Pureglutton and Tomoko of Caramel Factory. As for Joslynn of Petite Nyonya and Veron of Quay Po Cooks, nice meeting with both of you again. It was a great pleasure to meet all of you.
Also Thank you to Nancy and Shyamala from Cake Connection for this invitation. Especially to Nancy for your kind sharing, I learnt a lot from you.
I also submitting this post to Aspiring Bakers #13: Enjoy Cupcakes! (November 2011) which hosted by Min of Min's Blog.