As some of you may remember, in my New Year’s resolutions, I said that I wanted to learn how to make and decorate cupcakes. Therefore, when I saw that a local cupcake company, Kiss Me Cupcakes was offering cupcake making and decorating courses, I jumped at the opportunity to attend. My friend, Marie offered to come with me as well.
Kiss Me Cupcakes was set up a couple of years ago by Dali and Mary. They are currently in the process of trying to set up their own café and shop in the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham. The course was held at a community centre in West Bromwich and there were four students on the course; Marie and I, Linda and Anna. Dali was unable to be around for the majority of the course so we were taught by Mary.
We were welcomed with tea, coffee and pastries and a pack containing all the information we would ever need to make the perfect cupcakes. Once everyone had arrived and had a drink, we were then told to get ready to start by putting on aprons and lovely blue hairnets. We all looked very fashionable as I am sure you can tell!
We went into kitchen to start baking and this is where I fell in love. I have always wanted a Kitchenaid stand mixer and we were using them to make the cupcakes. I was in heaven and now having actually used a Kitchenaid mixer, I want one even more! (Hint, Hint!) I am not going to share their perfect cupcake recipe with you, as I think they are such lovely ladies, you should go on a course and meet them for yourselves. However, I will share a couple of tips they gave us for the perfect cupcake:
- Use silicone bake wear (I am now using this from Amazon)
- Get an oven thermometer (all ovens are different, get this to check your oven is at the correct temperature – ideal for all baking)
- Shake cupcake tray to even out mixture and ensure an even rise on all the cupcakes
Once we had made the cupcakes and they were in the oven, we made the buttercream to top the cupcakes with. This meant more playing with the Kitchenaid mixer. It was great fun! Once we had made the buttercream, we then got to choose a colour to put into it. Marie and I went for purple and Anna and Linda went for a lovely tangerine colour. The cupcakes came out of the oven to cool and we were given some more cupcakes to practice our piping technique on. I turned out not to be as bad as I expected, which I was surprised at. I am not good at doing ‘neat’ anything. Marie, Anna and Linda were all good at piping too. We discovered that a star nozzle is better if you aren’t as neat as you could be. The round nozzle which was more modern looking but less forgiving if you made a mistake.
After our practice piping session, we had a break with more coffee and pastries and had look at the many different kinds of sprinkles and other cupcake decorations you can get. This inspired us to get creative after the break with our own cupcakes. Mary made a lovely butterfly sugarpaste decoration for each of us. It was lovely and very delicate. After we had decorated the cupcakes, it was time for us to tidy up. We all left at the end of the 3 ½ hours very happy and clutching a box of beautifully made and decorated cupcakes. It was a fantastic morning and I would love to do it every Saturday! Thanks to Dali and Mary for running the course :-)
A while ago, I was sent a sample of chocolates from a local handmade chocolate company based in Shropshire called Nova Chocolates. You can see how long ago it was, the chocolate is from the Valentine’s range! Sorry to Jacqueline and Rebecca for the delay in putting this up. The chocolate is delicious and it is so rich and creamy and available in all different shapes and sizes. They do chocolates for all occasions too. I urge you to give them a try!
Happy Cooking! :-)