I am hooked on watching those mesmerising cupcake decorating videos on Facebook, especially the ones that recreate a succulent garden like this video.
So when I was given the chance to learn how to decorate cupcakes with my favourites baker, Eric Lanlard of Cake Boy fame, I jumped at it. This is one of Red Letter Day’s experiences and is a great idea for a party with friends.
Groups are assembled around this work space, laid out with all sorts of glitter and paints will invoke your inner child and unleash your creativity. You have the license to go crazy and make as much of a mess as you like.
It is like a playschool for grown ups, fueled by glasses of bubbly and lots of laughter. We get to choose from a choice of silicon moulds to tops our cupcakes. These are then filled with sugar paste, left to dry and then painted. We are then let loose on the multitude of jars and tubes of glorious colours. It was soon evident that a lot of hidden talent was lying latent around the table. Some very imaginative and ambitious colours and designs emerge from the humble white sugar blocks.
Here are some of them.
Eric shows us some methods of icing the cakes. Of course, we don’t follow any instructions that he shares and free hand it to detrimental effect. The result is a messy, colourful but delightful mess.
There is a mini competition of the best cupcakes and it was won by this very precisely painted selection. Well deserved.
Luxury Afternoon Tea at Cake Boy
As we clean up, the table is laid for the sumptuous luxury afternoon tea to follow. Eric is a master patissier and his concoctions are almost too beautiful to eat.
After lots of cake and chatter, we take our boxes of cupcakes home with a newly found admiration for those talented chefs who do this daily and make those wondrous creations. They are true masters.
Unit B, Kingfisher House,
Battersea Reach, Juniper Drive,
London SW18 1TX
EatCookExplore was a guest of Red Letter Days