Posts Tagged "modelling"

12th January 2016

Children’s Classes at Marie’s Bakehouse

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Did you know I used to be a Primary school teacher before I left to concentrate full time on the business and my family? I guess that’s probably why I enjoy the children’s classes at Marie’s Bakehouse so much. The adult classes are always great, very relaxed and chatty, more of a social occasion a lot of the time than a class! But teaching children a new skill is something special and a real privilege to be able to do. The children tend to chat less than the adults, concentrate more on the end product than the adults. Whether they’re trying to impress me, or their parents, or themselves I’m not sure, but what I do know is every child that’s ever come to a class has been very happy with what they’ve taken home, and that is a real buzz for me. So this February half term, we’re making space themed models. The Cupcake Class is suitable for children aged 6+ right up to teens, and even complete beginners can make fabulous cupcakes in this class. Here’s what we’ll be making:

children's cupcake space

The children’s classes will take place on Tuesday 16th February, and there are two classes 10-12 noon and 1-3pm.

Both classes are £20 per person, or £17 each when booking two or more places.

These classes are held at The Croft, 28 The Village, Church Road, Flixton, Manchester,  M41 6HS.

You can book on marie@mariesbakehouse.co.uk or phone or text 07940121872.

Here’s some of the work of past students in the children’s classes:

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How to make simple sugarpaste leaves

14th April 2015
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This technique is one I use when making lots of sugarpaste leaves when modelling a small tree or plant, when leaf cutters are too large. It’s one I’ve used on lots of cakes, but here’s a picture of the way I used it a couple of different ways on the cake which won me a gold a few years ago at Cake International 🙂 Sugarpaste leaves
And this is how you make them!
1. Roll a small piece of green sugarpaste into a smooth ball. 2. Roll the ball into a sausage shape, making sure it is not too thin. 3. Using the end of a paintbrush press into the sausage shape as shown in the picture. 4. Pinch the paste at either end. The leaf is made!
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Monthly Modeller Classes

24th January 2015
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At Marie’s Bakehouse we offer a range of different classes, but one of our most popular ones is the Monthly Modeller Class. As the name suggested we meet once a month to model something different each time. Here are some of the things we’ve modelled already…… a witch witch model an elf Elf model an owl owl model a dragon OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA a beach scene BSN1 and an afternoon tea afternoon tea And these are all the work of students- not mine. We’ve also made a mermaid, Santa, a pirate, handbags, a princess, trains, cars and teddy bears to name but a few! If you’d like to join us, you can find a full list of classes here with our next class being Ronnie the Robot on Wednesday 28th January 7-9pm. Ronnie Robot model We do have a regular group of ladies who come to most classes, or those that come to ones that take their fancy. As well as learning, and being creative for two hours, we have a good natter, cups of tea and coffee and I bring along something I’ve baked (using my ladies as guinea pigs for my latest recipe hahaha), or if I’m very lucky, one of the ladies bakes for us instead!! Everything is provided, all you need to bring is a box to take your creation home. It’s a really nice relaxing evening, so if you fancy coming one night to one of our Monthly Modeller Classes, you would be very very welcome! You can message me on my fb page www.facebook.com/MariesBakehouse or via email at marie@mariesbakehouse.co.uk

90th birthday cake for a very special lady

14th October 2014
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  Last week I had the honour of making a very special birthday cake for a very special lady- my Gran! She turned 90 this weekend. 90!! Imagine what amazing things she has seen in the last 90 years!

Alice named

It’s not often I get free reign on a cake, or the chance to make a really pretty girly one. Most of my cake orders involve modelling of some description, but not sugar flowers. I’ve also been itching to make some edible lace but haven’t had an order that has required it yet.  So edible lace and pretty flowers were the order of the day for this cake.

alice name plaque named

For the edible lace I used Claire Bowman Cake Lace. I have to say it was straight forward to use and I would highly recommend it if you are thinking of having a go. I also used the lace in the name plaque to tie it in with the rest of the design.

Alice flowers named

I really enjoyed making the flowers. This is about the fourth time I’ve  achieved roses I would say had a ‘real’ look to them, and I really like the dusky pink tones in these roses. I added carnations as a contrast and then used gooseberry and lilac shades in other wired flowers to complete the look.

Alice with Alice

All in all, I was really pleased with the way the cake turned out, and my Gran was too, which was definitely the desired outcome!

In case you are wondering the top tier was lemon cake, with lemon buttercream, and white chocolate and lemon ganache, and the bottom tier was rich chocolate mud cake with chocolate flavoured buttercream and milk chocolate ganache. Two of my favourite flavours 🙂

I’m looking forward to the next pretty cake I can make!

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Witch Modelling Class for Adults and Children

13th October 2014
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  This Wednesday 15th October 7-9pm sees the next adult Monthly Modeller class, which will be Brenda the witch.

Modelling class -witch

We will also be teaching this class for children aged ten to teens on Thursday 30th November 3-5 pm. Both classes include two hours of tuition, all equipment, materials and refreshments. The cost is £20 a head, although if two or more are booked on to the tens-teens class, the price will reduce to £17 each. Contact Marie on marie@mariesbakehouse.co.uk or message on www.facebook.com/MariesBakehouse to book.          

French Cake Breaks

4th February 2014
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It’s February. It’s cold, wet, pretty dull most of the time, and we’re desperately thinking about some summer sun to brighten our days, and booking a holiday to keep us going til then aren’t we? Well, if you are into cake baking and decorating I have the perfect holiday for you!
Last May I was lucky enough to go away on a French Cake Break with two friends, one who has a cake business not far from me in Manchester, and another who is a keen baker and just starting out on the road of learning how to decorate her masterpieces. A fairly mixed bag of experience between us, but what we produced pleased all of us in equal measures.
French Cake Breaks are run by my wonderful friend Rhu of Pimp my Cake and Claire of Gite La Nougayrede.
Now don’t be fooled into thinking that I’m giving a glowing report because Rhu is my friend, what you are about to read is a true reflection of how much I enjoyed the week. Because I did enjoy it. Immensely. Of the week we spent away, two days accounted for travelling there and back, and relaxation time, and on one day we had a visit to Sarlat Market, a wonderfully typical French market town where you can buy souvenirs to take home, including all the local delicacies.
The remaining time is spent at the gite in classes with Rhu, who is very generous with her knowledge and I picked up lots of extra hints and tips along the way, as well as the teaching for all three projects. Rhu runs a beginner’s week, an intermediate week, and now also a fabulous week learning how to make Marissa the mermaid. Oh how I would love to go back and take this week of classes!!
During our stay we made a bride and groom, a high heeled shoe and a car, all of which came back in the hand luggage!
(I know my groom has a bit of a lean- but I know why it happened and I learnt from it- all part of the class experience!)
 
The accommodation is extremely comfortable and the meals provided are amazing, Claire is a fabulous cook, also making some amazing puddings. Add some lovely local wine to the mix- I’d make sure you pack the elasticated trousers!
If you are thinking about taking a French Cake Break, I can honestly, whole heartedly recommend it. I had the most wonderfully relaxing week, enjoyed fabulous hospitality and learnt an amazing amount in the short time we were there. I’d definitely go back if I had the opportunity to. Don’t hesitate any longer- go and book that holiday!!!
 
You can find out more about French Cake Breaks here, hear the latest news on fb here and find more about what Rhu is up to here .
Let me know if you go- I’d love to see the holiday snaps!
 
 

Tutorial for how to create a simple leaf effect on sugarpaste trees

25th July 2013
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A quick ‘how to decorate today’ rather than a recipe to share 🙂
I’ve used this technique on a few cakes, most recently on the sides of this Fireman Sam cake.
It’s super simple, and quick to do, but adds a bit of texture and interest to your cake.
What to do:
1. Colour some sugarpaste green. It can be marbled, you don’t need to colour it completely.
2. Roll out the paste to make it thinner, and pull off the desired size.
3. Tidy up the edges, and make into a ‘cloud’ shape.
4. Use a daisy cutter, or similar flower and press randomly into the paste (without cutting all the way through), over and over again to create a texture which gives the impression of lots of leaves.
5. Stick it on the top of your ‘trunk’, which can be made using a lump of brown sugarpaste, flattened slightly and score lines into it with a knife.
6. Add as many as you need to create the desired effect.