I had previously taken part in one of Lindy's courses last year (a Mothers' Day pressie that time). That was an introduction to celebration cakes and was the first time I'd done anything of the sort really, other than fiddling with very amateurish cakes for the Munchkin's birthday parties. I forgot my camera that time but this time, I was prepared!
The courses actually take place in small groups (we were a group of 8) in a church hall in Buckinghamshire. After a very early start, I was there in plenty of time and was looking forward to the day.
Here we are, mid-flow!
Lindy's team sets up a table groaning with goodies - you definitely need your cheque book with you! There was a fantastic array of coloured sugar paste (much easier than colouring it yourself) as well as books and tools aplenty. Oooh, decisions, decisions...
I was right near the goodie table which was definitely a mistake! I kept getting bits throughout the day as I needed them and ended up with what you will probably think is a very predictable colour palette for me! You take your own baked cupcakes with you and both royal and buttercream icings and you need quite a lot of equipment, some you can borrow, some you decide to invest in if you think you'll use it again.
We decorated cupcakes in three different styles. Lindy gave us a demonstration of each design which we then went back to our tables to have a go at (feeling not a little daunted)! But Lindy and her helpers, Jane and Sally, were on hand to help throughout. I had a good bit of colour co-ordination going on!
It was a great day, I so enjoyed the course. The cupcakes were much more up my street than the larger cakes, I do like little fiddly things which require attention to detail. I was thrilled with my cupcakes. Want to see?
This design of the embossed, piped and painted wild rose, was my favourite.
We also practised piping buttercream in swirls and then made the decorative leaves and roses. Sally showed us a technique for making the roses entirely by hand (Lindy also showed us how to make them with cutters) and I really enjoyed making the suparpaste roses by hand. Entirely free of sophisticated equipment, all you need is the sugarpaste and a plastic bag!
We also made these pretty daisy designs with the use of cutters.
I so enjoyed it that I've made a few more today! The light had gone by the time I finished them so I'll add those photos another time.
Whilst I was taking the snaps of the cupcakes this afternoon, I couldn't help thinking that the colours reminded me a bit of my Carlton Ware in the background.
The question is, can I bear to eat them...
Edit: You can read a bit more about the actual course I attended on Lindy's blog.