Last month I had the pleasure of participating in a fun cherry blossom cupcake decorating class at the Fairmont Hotel taught by Pastry Chef Elizabeth Teuwen. This was perfect timing, so that I could learn how to make some cherry blossom decorations before the cherry blossoms start blooming in the DC area.
I attended the class with my friend Kaoru, and we were greeted with sparkling wine and hors d’ouvres upon arrival. After a short intro from Chef Teuwen, we got to work.
I was impressed that we would be decorating the cupcakes with fondant, and gum paste flowers. We tinted the fondant and gum paste, and got to work. We used cutters and tools to shape petals and to form flowers, spread icing on the cupcakes, covered the cupcakes with fondant, glued the flowers to the fondant with royal icing, and gilded our finished decorations with edible sparkling powder. I had never worked with fondant before and, let me tell you, it is hard work!
At the end of the class, we left with our decorated cupcakes in cute pastry boxes. I learned a lot about working with fondant. And I’m looking forward to using my new skills.
Check out the Fairmont’s website for other upcoming classes. The next one is the Fairmont’s second annual chocolate egg decorating class with the Easter Bunny on March 26, 2016. The Fairmont Hotel in Washington DC is located at 2401 M Street NW, Washington, DC.
Disclosure: I was invited to attend the class at the Fairmont. I was not compensated for writing this post. All views are my own.