A couple of months ago I did a short training session on how to make a fondant penguin (see post http://michelleslabyrinth.com.au/wordpress/how-to-make-a-penguin/ ) 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 ( https://www.facebook.com/CreativeCakeAcademy ).
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!
Six dozen cupcakes is the most I have made in one go. It was fun!
The second session was creating cupcake decorations and manipulating fondant into shapes and animals. These were my “previously prepared” cupcakes!
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!
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
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