A few weeks back when I kept dissapearing down south, it was mainly to attend two cupcake courses at Shermay's Cooking School. Run by the famous blogger, Joycelyn from Kuidaore, it was an honour to meet up with someone who creates such lovely and delectable masterpieces.
We had a lot of fun in Cupcake Workshop I as it was a basic course introducing us two standard cupcake recipes and how to decorate them. I especially liked the easy peasy way of making the chocolate cupcakes which uses the elusive Valrhona cocoa powder. That cocoa powder is extremely elusive as it's no where to be found in Malaysia hence I stocked up when I was in Singapore. Decorating cupcakes was not so easy and believe me I definitely need a lot more practice if I plan to serve them to anyone. Joycelyn made piping buttercream rosettes, shaping chocolate putty and coloured marzipan so easy. I was all thumbs when it came to making my decorations. Another thing I liked about the class was learning how to make chocolate putty - it will definitely be tastier than marzipan which I find slightly too sweet for my liking.
I absolutely loved Cupcake Workshop II. As it was more advanced, it was more adult like cupcakes which you could serve in a dinner party. The cupcakes were so rich and buttery that they came in tiny little paper cups to make it less sinful. Once infused with the different flavours, they were all fantastic. It was amazing how one master recipe could spin off these different flavours. We helped bake the different flavours and decorate them with the pre-determined frostings which was a variation of a master white chocolate frosting.
The picture above shows my cupcakes (from left to right, starting from the top row) - Chai Spice Cupcake with Vanilla Bean and White Chocolate Frosting, Lemon Meringue Cupcake, Lavender Cupcake with Lavender and White Chocolate Frosting and Earl Grey Tea Cupcake with Orange Blossom and White Chocolate Frosting. The Chai Spice Cupcake has cinnamon powder as a topping, the Lavender Cupcake has purple sanding sugar and lavender flowers as a topping while the Earl Grey Tea Cupcake has candied orange peel and Valrhona Crunchy Chocolate Pearls on top of it. My favourites were the Chai and Earl Grey Tea cupcakes that tasted so divine.
So if you're in Singapore for the weekend, do try and attend these classes as they are really good fun and informative. There's a long waitlist for the classes (something like sixty people) so book ahead. She's also running a Macaron and Biscotti class which sounds wonderful that I wish I could attend.
Other write ups on the classes: