Cupcake Decorating Class at Cake Carousel
On Saturday, January 16th I took a 2 hour Cupcake Decorating class at Cake Carousel in Richardson, TX. The cost was $25, and it was very worth it. I had so much fun!!! My friend Sumi came w/me, although I think it is way more my thing than hers. What a good friend she is!
The teacher demonstrated quite a few easy-to-do, cute ideas. She explained clearly what tip she was using, and the angle, amount of pressure, etc. There was a large mirror over her so that we could see clearly what she was doing from above, but she also welcomed us coming up and hoarding around her “desk” while she worked.
If you’ve never been to Cake Carousel, live in DFW and are into Cake and/or Candy/Cookie Decorating, you must check that place out. It is like a Baking and Decorating HQ, super huge, super full of fun things, has lots of examples, etc. Warning — it can be a bit overwhelming.
Here are some of the cupcakes she demonstrated to us:
Sunflowers done w/large and small Oreo cookies, surrounded by Yellow Frosting. The Cupcake with the Message-Hearts on it was just iced with a tip (round and round from outside to inside), and then 3 custom fondant hearts were cut out and written upon using Edible Color Markers.
The Leprechaun cupcake above is simply iced with yellow frosting, then sprinkled with some Four Leaf Clover confections, and then frosting used to make the body of the little guy, and a candy head attached. The Cinderella Carriage (which is so cute — I wish my daughter was still into Princesses, boo hoo!) This one used 2 sizes of red heart candies (look in the candy aisle at your Grocery Store right now, they have stuff like this), and on the bottom, 2 pink Neko wafers with white frosting piped around in a swirl.
Now this was the weirdest one. It is Spaghetti and Meatballs, taken from an example in the book “Hello, Cupcake!“. People either loved this, or had to walk away and not watch as they lost their appetite. The teacher put multiple cupcakes together on a plate, iced them with a base coat, then used a small round tip and randomly covered the cupcakes in “Noodles”. The sauce is raspberry filling, bought from Cake Carousel. I think in the book they just use low-sugar strawberry preserves. The meatballs are the Ferrero Rocher candies, unwrapped, dipped in the preserves and then layered on top. In the book, they top the whole thing with some grated white chocolate for a complete “Parmesan Cheese” effect. It’s really something else. I’m not sure if I could eat it, but it sure is clever. I video taped the teacher finishing up this last project of the day. There was no “topping” this one, so as you can imaging, we ended the class here.
Here’s a better picture of those Spaghetti and Meatballs cupcakes with the white chocolate “cheese.”
Note: There is also a Hello, Cupcake group on Facebook, if you are into that. It’s very fun.
Overall, it was very fun and I would take another class there any time. I learned a lot and enjoyed myself quite a bit. It was a nice 2 hours on a Saturday morning doing something for “me”, which seems like I don’t do often enough.