Cake Decorating Class
June 20 2017
So it’s no secret that Team Alpha loves cake and everything sweet. Luckily for us, we also have fast metabolisms that allow us to eat as much cake as we want. Living in a place like Barcelona means access to all kinds of amazing cake! And art, history, culture, beaches and mountains, but let’s be real: cake is the focus here.
Three of our resident game nerds took some to attend a cake decorating class in the city center last Friday. It was a sweet break after a long work week, and a great way to make some new friends. Though mostly, we did it because food.
So Elisa (Italian Team Lead), Sabrina (French Team Lead) and Joe ( International Games Marketing Manager) attended the class. They have all been more than generous in the time they spend slaving away on sweets and cakes to share with the office. (Except Joe, who declares himself to be a better taster/photographer for twitter posts than a Chef Cuistot).
The cool part about this class was that it focused mostly on the use of fondant and how to best manipulate it, color it, cut it, decorate with it, and (of course) apply it safely to the cake. First we started by making our own (heart shaped) cake in the small classroom high above Ronda Sant Antoni, with 2 other women who were our classmates on this particular day. We started by making a typically vanilla cake, just for fun, since the cakes we were actually going to decorate were already set aside. We then moved on to the frosting. As a group, we took turns adding ingredients and mixing (and mixing and mixing) everything together to make a great vanilla butter cream frosting to put on the top and between the layers.
Without showing too many of the “blooper” type pictures, you can just imagine how 5 people passing a bowl around the table adding ingredients bit by bit and mixing went.
It turns out that our fellow classmates were quite the home-makers too. One of them had her own small bed and breakfast, and was quite enthusiastic and gifted in all things baking and creativity related. She was hoping to learn a bit more about how to use fondant the right way, and to add some pizzazz to her future creations. Our other Catalan transplant was, ironically enough, a nutritionist (which just goes to show that cake can’t be all bad). She had taken a few other courses offered through the same school and thought cake-decoration might be fun.
After learning a bit about how to roll out the fondant, how to add colors to it (and by extension, dying our fingers, hands, forearms, foreheads, and noses awkward colors) and how to best create different kinds of shapes and decorations, we let our minds go nuts and put our hands to work. Unfortunately for one of our members, being colorblind and completely incapable of doing anything artistic proved to be a little bit problematic.
So after lots of laughs, photos, dropped pieces of fondant that fell victim to the 5 second rule, and about 2349052452 paper towels, we were finished! We took our cakes home, and some of us even had them for breakfast next day.
All in all, 11/10 experience - would recommend. We had total fun as a group. Just one more reason to love working with Team Alpha!