Thursday, December 30, 2010

PIECE OF CAKE!

A colourful mural of at19 Culinary Studio


Each attendee is given their own name tag & apron ...which are on loan of course!

Couldn't recall the last time I actually won anything...so I was pleasantly surprised when at19 Culinary Studio called to inform I was one of their December Facebook contest winners!
The well-equipped kitchen is designed for small groups of cooking enthusiasts

My prize was a cooking session - or more accurately, cupcake making and decorating class. It was a timely invitation that I simply couldn't refuse - the past 3 months have been most trying on the personal front so the free class was a rare chance to forget my troubles for a while.

at19 Culinary Studio is just several months old; located in the posh enclave of Damansara Heights, the place is actually a converted bungalow. Its two kitchens are well-equipped but modelled in the guise of most home kitchens so cooking enthusiasts can easily replicate whatever they've learn in class once they're back on home turf.
Ingredients for the basic vanilla cupcakes

Now I've made cupcakes and muffins at home loads of time but I've never bothered decorating them. The basic vanilla cupcakes were made in a jiffy with the help of KitchenAid (my dream machine!). While they were baking in the oven, we sat down to prepare our New Year themed cupcake decorations.

Much to my surprise I thoroughly enjoyed colouring, rolling and fashioning the fondant into whimsical adornments as taught to us by our instructor, Chef Han on that day. I felt as if I was back in kindergarten, playing with smelly plasticine (in those days, we don't even know PlayDoh exists!).Yours truly with her handiwork

Sweet colours rule my fondant decorations

The whole process was therapeutic although one really has to pay full attention, be quick with one's fingers and have an eye for colours in order to create pleasant looking decorations. For the wordings, we use royal icing to add the finishing touches and festive greetings.
Voila! The finished cupcakes with their festive finery

All in all, it was a fun-filled session! Thanks to at19 Culinary Studio team for the kind invitation.

For more information, visit at19 Culinary Studio's website http://www.at19culinary.com/ or blog http://at19culinary.blogspot.com/

1 comment:

babe_kl said...

Wow sounds like fun!

Wishing you and your family a splendid year ahead with good tidings coming your way. Happy New Year!