A couple of weeks ago, I booked myself to the Primrose Bakery Cupcake Masterclass, it cost £45 for 2 and half hours at their Covent Garden shop. You will get taught how to ice their cupcakes with the Primrose signature, ice using a palette knife and some piping! 🙂 Plus, you get to take all your beautiful cupcakes home! For more details of this class, click here.
I had a fun time, it was a bit daunting to go by myself but the other girls were friendly as well as we all shared the same passion! Our head chef was called Lisa and Rachel was assisting on the day. When we arrived, we were given an apron to wear and was offered drinks as the shop was quite warm because they were baking the cupcakes downstairs! 🙂
Lisa first taught us how to make vanilla buttercream and when to tell it is ready. Basically, when you draw a line (using a palette knife) in the middle of your buttercream mixture, the line should stay there, it shouldn’t run or flop and that’s when you know it is ready! 🙂
It took quite awhile to try to get the knack of using doing their signature swirl!!! Apparently, it takes a lot of practice to make it perfect. In the past, when I have tried to use a palette knife to ice the cupcake, it just looks really messy!!! And, when I read the instructions from a recipe book, i just don’t understand it and then I watch the you tube videos but they do it too fast! But from this class, I did learn the basic techniques so it is a matter or practice practice practice which will soon be perfect!! 🙂 Lisa said when the chefs first join the bakery, it normally takes them a couple of months or so before they have happy with their swirl!!
We had different plates of decorations which we used for our cupcake toppings and we also got taught how to make a piping bag out of parchment paper which is useful if you are using lots of different colour of icing and want to do detailed designs.
Towards the end of the class, Lisa showed us the different ways to decorate a layer cake using the palette knife. It was amazing to see the different styles of the icing using a palette knife, i was very impressed!!! 🙂
I really enjoyed my afternoon, Lisa and Rachel were friendly, the class was very informative and I learnt a lot of techniques and tips!!! 🙂