I used to have terrible dreams about going back to university-not that I didn't enjoy it but I couldn't wait to get out of the lecture hall and work! But there is one type of class I will always gladly sign up for and wholeheartedly enjoy-a cake decorating class! And I know how popular they are with you out there and today I am giving away a place at Whimsical Cakehouse's brand new school in Dolans Bay!
There are all sorts of classes you can do there including some flower making classes, cupcakes to 3D cakes like the very cute Arctic Antics cake above. They range from two hours to three day courses and class sizes are capped at 6-8 people and they also offer private tuition. Founded by the lovely Linda Harden, former senior teacher at Planet Cake she is joined by Margi Carter who was one of Planet Cake's co founders and also illustrated and designed the very popular Planet Cake cookbook.
Their Foundation 1 one day courses are a great introduction to the art of cutting and ganaching a cake, covering it with fondant and achieving those elusive sharp edges. You then get to take your cake home where it will keep for one week.
You will learn to:
Cut a cake into 3 even layers (without cheating!)
Ganache your cake
Cover your cake with fondant, smooth it and achieve sharp edges
Colour your fondant using paste colours
Cover a cake board with fondant
Create smooth balls from fondant and bedazzle them
Cut out fondant shapes and apply them to your cake
Attach fondant shapes to wires
Apply ribbon to your cake board
Thanks to Whimsical Cakehouse one lucky Not Quite Nigella reader will win a place at a Whimsical Cakehouse foundation 1 whole day class worth $330! For a chance to win all you have to do is tell me your dream cake! Simply add your answer as a comment to the story. The competition ends at midnight AEST on the 19th of November, 2011. You can enter this competition once daily and it is open to anyone within Australia but travel to and from the class is not included. The class can be redeemed for a period of 9 months after the draw date.
The winner is: Jennifer B. of Queensland!
Best of luck!
Lots of love,