After 3 weeks away I am finally back in Sydney and have hit the ground running preparing for lots of exciting wedding cakes coming up.
This teaching (and learning) trip was such a blast but also so exhausting! I can count on one hand the number of days I actually had off. Time seemed to whizz by and before I could go shopping and indulge in the yummy foods, I found myself on a plane back to Sydney.
One of the things I have always admired is the old school techniques of piping. I think it's amazing how cake decorators are able to build structures with royal icing (what is basically icing sugar, water and meringue powder).
Preparing the sides of the gazebo...
Of course this is not without the help of the insanely talented/patient Kelvin. After hours and hours of piping over 3 straight days, I think he almost killed my right hand.
Then the trip continued with my first class in Malaysia. It was so cosy and it felt like I was amongst friends, I'm so happy to have had the opportunity.
Thank you to Sheryl for organising this, Mama Min for the hospitality and the rest of the girls who travelled to class :)
Malaysia was just the calm before the storm... I arrived in Singapore and had the luxury of a day off before jumping straight into back to back day and night classes. Jacqueline and her team at Artistiq quickly became my extended family and I'm pretty sure I spent more time there then I did anywhere else in Singapore.
Fun fact! Over 140 cakes were baked and almost 100 kgs of couverture chocolate were used to make ganache over the 10 days of classes.
I am truly grateful for all the talented students who attended. From those who travelled in locally as well as internationally from Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Dubai, the US and more - Thank you for your support and it was a pleasure meeting all of you.
Lastly thank you to Jacqueline, Maureen and the rest of the team at Artistiq for their friendly hospitality and organisation. I'm sure they will miss being surrounded by chocolate while I am gone.
I will be back in Singapore this November! I am currently working on some exciting new designs and will let you all know once the dates and classes are finalised. Hope to see all of you soon :)