Cake Decorating 101 – Cupcakes

A couple of months ago I did a short training session on how to make a fondant penguin (see post ) for a TAFE course I’m doing called ‘Training and Assessment’ [Certificate IV]. The next assignment for the course was to do two consecutive group training sessions and I asked for some volunteers at the end of my penguin blog post. Six lovely people volunteered and I held the two training sessions a couple of weeks ago.

Like all beginnings, whether it’s what cake to make, or what theme to write a story about, the hardest part is deciding what to do! I booked time out in my calendar, arranged for an assessor to come around and then that was it. Every now and then I would try to think about what to do the training on, but nothing came to mind. The training sessions had to be consecutive, between 40-60 minutes each and of course something that I could do! But all I could think of was blank, blank, blank!

I’m always checking out cakes, felting projects, fantasy dolls on Facebook. Sometimes I share things that resonate with me on my Michelle’s Labyrinth Facebook page – there are a lot of brilliant artists out there! One day I was scrolling through the Facebook pages I follow and I saw some cupcakes and l had a light-bulb moment  – I could make them and train my volunteers on how to make them! Here is the photo I saw from Facebook page Creative Cake Academy ( ).

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In preparation I Googled how to made grass out of fondant, I did some shopping, I designed my session plans and the night before my training session I made some cupcakes. Six dozen of them! For two dozen of them I made red velvet ones because I hadn’t made them before and wanted to try them. They do come out quite red and I thought there was a little bit of a spice to them. The cake mix also looked a little too much like blood! Just thought I would share that if anyone needed some nice tasting blood! LOL!

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Six dozen cupcakes is the most I have made in one go. It was fun!

Michelle's Labyrinth  Michelle's Labyrinth The first training session was how to colour fondant and cover cupcakes with fondant. These three cupcakes were my “Grab Attention” part of the introduction.

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The second session was creating cupcake decorations and manipulating fondant into shapes and animals. These were my “previously prepared” cupcakes!

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I had a lot of fun teaching these cupcakes, and was so happy it all seemed to fall into place. My learners let me take photos of their cupcakes and I was extremely impressed with the results. So here are the cupcakes everyone made!

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I have two more assignments on delivery (as opposed to design and assessment) for this TAFE course but I do not think I can do them on cake decorating. I think I am going to have to rely on my excel (or even all of Microsoft office) and accounting skills.

However I am continually trying to learn new things and today I did a chocolate modeling course and these were the outcome! I quite like my little chocolate guys :)

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So thank you so much for my assessor and the learners who came to my Cake Decorating training session. I do hope you enjoyed it as much as I did :)




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