I love a good bank holiday weekend! Which I realise is not outlandish or revealing in the slightest, in fact I bet 99% of everyone I ask would say the same thing.
This weekend felt particularly perfect; I reverted back to my student days of running out to the corner shop to stock up on supplies in my PJs (revelling in the fact that I was the perfect middle ground between the church goers and those doing the walk of shame), leisurely cleaning my flat, and socialising with friends.
All of this pales in comparison to Saturday, when the lovely Hannah and I trekked across London and attended Cookie Girl’s cupcake decorating class.
The class covered how to set up and fill a piping bag and four different piping techniques. All my attempts with piping bags in the past have been purely my own experimentation, so it was fascinating to go back to basics and learn the proper form.
I didn’t realise how poor my hold of the bag was, I use the wrong hand, the wrong grip and hold it at the wrong angle! No wonder I hate using them so much.
To hold a bag properly, one filled you push the icing to the bottom of the bag so it’s ready at the end of the nozzle to pipe, you then twist the end to stop the icing escaping. Hold the twist in place using the thumb and forefinger of your writing hand, resting the bag on the palm of your hand (which you will use to squeeze the icing out). Hold the bag vertical over the cupcake so it’s at a right angle to the cake, and then use your other hand to guide the nozzle in the pattern you wish.
There was also an array of sprinkles and glitters to decorate the icing with, so my mental shopping list has just expanded!
Xanthe Milton, is the perfect teacher; she seemed motherly, firm with the ability to command the room (my Mother having six children relied on this quality), whilst approachable and incredibly complimentary. She didn’t have a bad word to say about anyone’s work, which considering some of the gaudy cake wrecks I created was a miracle in itself, but at the same time she gently corrected our mistakes.
To find out more details on the classes see here.