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    Planet Cake 101

    So now I had decided that cake decorating was for me.

    Having been a chef for many years, I could bake a cake with the best of them. However if my experience with Joel's birthday cake showed me anything, it was that I needed to refine my technique.

    So off to arguably the most famous and admired cake decorating shop...Planet Cake!
    After fighting with Sydney peak hour traffic, I finally arrived at Planet Cake in Balmain with 11 other excited and slightly nervous women. I don't quite know what I expected, but the others were all of different ages and experience. We did however have one thing in common... a love of all things cake!!
    After the mandatory "Hi my name is..." it was down to business.

    Our beautiful teacher Marianne was wonderful. She demonstrated every stage step by step, and was a fountain of knowledge, more than ready to share her experience and advice.
    We began by learning to torte our cake, which is slicing in three and layering with ganache.Then applying the ganache around and on top of the cake. this is so much harder than it appears....
    Everything has to be perfectly lined up, straight and even, to provide a great platform for our icing.

    Then it was time to learn how Planet Cake achieve those amazing sharp edges. Luckily for us, they are more than willing to share (for quite a healthy price) their secrets!!
    We also learnt how to set up a cake board. It's quite amazing that something so simple as icing the board can make such a difference to the overall look of your cake.

    We finished up by learning how to complete the details, an explosion rip, cutouts on wires, and finalizing the decorations.

    I'm so surprised we actually managed to finish up on time. definitely a credit to our teachers who had us chugging along at a decent pace all day.

    So after a great but exhausting day, I packed up my cake and new purchases and headed off to face peak hour yet again!!


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    Reader Comments (2)

    Looks like teacher Marianne did a great job on you.That cake surely has lovely sharp edges.I have actually learnt some secrets.

    July 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel

    Thanks, sorry for late reply, i am so glad you liked it.

    August 15, 2011 | Registered CommenterNichole Tristram

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