Teaching 101: My First Class

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Throwback to November 2013 when I found myself watching Youtube videos on how to decorate cupcakes. Yes lovelies, you’ve read that right: DECORATE. 4 years ago I had no clue on how to decorate cupcakes, let alone decorate wedding cakes! A few months later and I finally decided to venture into the colourful world of selling baked goods armed with the knowledge I acquired from all those 5-minute tutorial videos I’ve been obsessively watching. I felt I was ready to unleash my crazy into the world. Turned out, the world wasn’t ready for my crazy!

It didn’t take long for me to realise that I needed to upscale myself if I wanted to pursue this newfound career. I was back behind my trusty Mac one evening searching for “cake decorating classes in Dublin.” Decobake classes came up at the top of the search engine list and I couldn’t be more thankful for that moment when I clicked that link and brought me to where I am today. Fast-forward to 2017 and I now specialise in decorating tiered wedding cakes with pretty and delicate sugar flowers. 

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Sugar flowers dominate most of my cake designs and I think it’s only fitting to start my first ever class with the basics of making these edible beauties. After browsing through my portfolio a.k.a. my Instagram account, Amy (the brain behind Decobake) and I decided that my first class would be recreating a design I previously made: a small tiered cake with cascading sugar peonies and roses.

Just like any other “first days”, the run up to the day of the class became quite nerve-wracking. As I was asked about the equipment list, things quickly became very apparent. “Is this really happening?”, “What am I doing?”, “Can I really do this?” — these were just few of the questions that ran across my mind over and over and over. But just like any other first days, I quickly regained my confidence and excitement back as I reminded myself with how I wanted to teach in the first place.

The atmosphere in the class was carefree, fun, and friendly. I made sure of that. We were joking, laughing, sharing experiences with baking and decorating, and why we’re doing the class, both their reason and mine. My 11 students were all very cheerful, lighthearted and were such a pleasure to teach. This definitely helped the class run super easy and very smoothly.

The final results were phenomenal! I was extremely proud of how my students’ work turned out. This came as no surprise really as all of them were very hardworking and über dedicated. I was seriously impressed and tremendously proud! Click here to see more photos from the class.

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I’ve attended a number of classes in Decobake myself. One in Clane, another one in Galway, and a good few in Bachelor’s Walk. Decobake has been a huge part of my cake designing journey to say the least and to be asked to be a part of their teaching team is both an honour and a privilege.

Beauté Blanche

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Confetti Magazine’s Summer 2017 issue has just hit the stands and we are buzzing to show you all some of the photos we took from the romantic styled shoot featured in this issue! So here we go 😉

The location for this shoot was Lough Rynn Castle, one of Ireland’s premier castle hotels situated in Co. Leitrim. Dating back to more than 200 years, this Victorian manor boasts stunning details of a luxurious time long past that made it a perfect venue for this collaborative display of talent and beauty. Styled by the ever so talented Grace Campbell of Grace & Saviour and the equally creative Christina Brosnan behind the lens, we knew this project was going to be of epic proportions!

The brief that we received was very straightforward: no colours except shades of white, grey or black, and small accents of gold or bronze. With this in mind, we created a wedding cake that exuded a dainty and delicate feel yet very powerful in presence.

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The colour palette was very simple and minimal to the point of being almost monochromatic. Almost. As I was excitedly browsing through the magazine spread, it certainly was nowhere near binary. It was like a mosaic, a work of art that was so beautiful and so romantic! Our stunning models Grace and Piaras, both from Morgan The Agency, executed the couple scenes with such intimacy that if I had not known them, I swear I would think they’re a real couple! They look so perfect, so in love. Grace was made even more stunning by the beauty squad: Stacey of Making Faces Makeup Studio and Lynda and Lauren from LS Hair Westport. The wedding dresses featured in the shoot were all very classy, elegant, and supremely chic! Soft shades of ivory, cream, and white were very evident which perfectly suited the look and feel that the team was going for.

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With a variety of neutral hues, textures and beautiful ribbons, white florals are definitely far from boring. Here the incredibly talented Judi of Balla Florists created oversized bouquets of white fresh blooms and garden greenery.

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Light toned and soft styles, classy tablescapes are an eternal favourite as demonstrated by Grace in this table styling.

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When it comes to an all-white setting, less is definitely more. Neutral hues and shades of white, unassuming and unprejudiced, is so incredibly chic that will definitely raise your style ante!

NOTE: All photos used in this article are our own.

VENDORS

Styling: Grace Campbell, www.graceandsaviour.com

Photography: Christina Brosnan, www.brosnanphotographic.com

Make Up: Stacey Brennan, www.making-faces.ie

Hair: Lynda Mc Nally and Lauren Beirne, www.lshair.ie

Cake: Jen Rojas, www.cupcakesandcounting.com

Models: Grace and Piaras for Morgan The Agency, www.morgantheagency.com

Stationery: www.asyouwish.ie

Dresses: www.myrtleivory.ie

   www.alicemay.ie

   www.houseofdelphine.com

   weddingsbynikkikavanagh.com

Location: Lough Rynn Castle, www.loughrynn.com