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.

The Party After The After Party

The Party After The After Party

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The wedding reception is usually the culmination of all the hard work spent in planning and organising the big day. This part is the most fun and candid where everyone tends to let loose a little (or a lot!) all thanks to those complimentary bubblies and other party beverages! Sure why not if they’re free, right?

So what happens after? What happens after when most of the guests bid their goodbyes and head home?

We recently baked a cake for a same sex couple, both named Daniel (pretty handy, huh?), and we are loving their after party plan! So after the wedding reception, they have invited a few of their closest family and friends to attend their “after party” in The Penthouse Suite at The Morgan Hotel. We love this idea as this gives the couple a chance to truly celebrate their union with the people most closest to them. We all know how wedding receptions are like where more often than not, the couple tends to spend the majority of their time trying to entertain all their guests. We all know that this is next to impossible! Amazing idea, right?

Going back to the venue, the suite is chic, sophisticated, and super STUNNING! Here are some photos to prove it 🙂

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The suite is very spacious with tons of natural light so your photos are guaranteed to be amazing! The purple wall is one of the hotel’s trademarks.
The infamous rooftop terrace with a panoramic view of the capital, Dublin City!
The infamous rooftop terrace with a panoramic view of Dublin City!
So Instagram worthy!
We are going gaga over this gigantic frame with the iconic Spire as the background! So Instagram worthy!
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We are in love with this Air Stream, so neat and handy! We could entertain our clients here all day long!
The interior of the Air Stream, embossed leather with a dash of royal pinkness!
The interior of the Air Stream, embossed leather with a dash of royal pinkness!
Oriental style meets Parisian furniture.
Oriental style meets Parisian furniture.
The welcoming committee!
The welcoming committee!
Did we mention that we are in love with this place? Love love love!
Did we mention that we are in love with this place? Love love love!

And of course, the wedding cake…

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The wedding cake is 2-tiered, dark chocolate in flavour and covered in white fondant.
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The couple have also requested to add fresh roses to the cake. Here we have used Red Naomi Roses placed in between tiers and at the top.
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The wedding cake in its full regalia!
Out with the big, in with the smaller wedding cakes!

Out with the big, in with the smaller wedding cakes!

Wedding cakes are considered as one of the main attractions during marriage ceremonies. Aside from the bride and her wedding dress, the wedding cake completes the top 3 things most guests are looking forward to at a wedding. However, time is changing and so as the trend in wedding cakes. We’ve been so used to the idea of big, tall wedding cakes that are strategically placed in a corner (or centre) of the reception venue for everyone’s viewing pleasure. There is a recent trend on smaller wedding cakes that is taking over the wedding world by storm, and we are loving them! They’re economical, practical and every bit as elegant as the traditional wedding cakes all bundled up in a 2-tier of yumminess!

We’ve recently had the pleasure of showcasing 3 beautiful small wedding cakes and cupcakes in Asia Wedding Network. To Michelle Yuan and the rest of the AWN team, thank you so much for featuring our bakes! A big thank you too to Finnstown Castle Hotel for providing us with the stunning venue, to Crafty Letters for the “Happily Ever After” cake topper, and to Jay Alexis for the photography. Read here for the full article.

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