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The Ewa Feix Akademie is now Open!

3 Jan

Ok, so this year I want to bring the world of cupcake decorating to Frankfurt, Germany. That means cupcake classes in Frankfurt and international cake teachers in Frankfurt. Yes, it is a huge endevour but I am so excited. The one thing I always wished when I saw a new class being posted, was “I wish I could go. I wish the class was here in Frankfurt.” So I decided to ask the teachers to come here and they said yes!

The first international teacher of year is Tracy James from Cotton and Crumbs. In the world of tiered wedding cakes with beautiful cascading fondant roses and delicate fondant rose buds on vintage cupcakes, she is really second to none. I went to one of her classes in Birmingham and wrote about it in this post. She is an excellent teacher and I learned three new techniques from her: the big open two-toned rose, the striped bow and how to use royal icing to create an embroidery effect. All of these techniques are perfect for cupcakes and for large cakes.

So I am excited to announce that the Ewa Feix Akademie is offering, not one, but TWO classes with Tracy in Frankfurt am Main!! To book your spot email Das Cupcake: info@dascupcake.com

The first class is the cupcake class.

Vintage Boutique Cupcakes (Wednesday February 20th, 2013, 10:00 a.m. to 16:30), 250€

In this class you will learn:
– stenciling techniques
-brush embroidery techniques
-how to colour fondant
-how to cover cupcakes with fondant
-how to make custom sugar pearls
-how to make a two-tone bow
-how to make a beautiful signature large rose and rosebud out of gumpaste

By the end of the 6 hour tuition, you will have 12 beautifully decorated and delicious cupcakes to take home to family and friends. Workshop fees include all ingredients and tools. To book your spot email Das Cupcake: info@dascupcake.com

You get to take beautiful vintage cupcakes like these home!

You get to take beautiful vintage cupcakes like these home! Picture courtesy of Cotton and Crumbs.

The second class is just as awesome as it focuses on sugar flower skills. Step-by-step and piece-by-piece you will craft a flower bouquet made all of sugar that would make any bride melt. Tracy will take you through the steps, giving tips and tricks along the way so that a seemingly difficult project will become perfectly achievable. This course is perfect for those just starting out with crafting sugar flowers and those looking to practice the skills they already have on new types of flowers. Imagine making the topper on your own wedding cake or maybe you said you would help your friend with her wedding cake and you really want to impress the guests. Or you need to hone your skills as you are trying to turn your hobby into a business. Then again, this is a great sugar crafting course.

Wedding Flowers Single Tier Cake (Thursday February 21st, 2013, 10:00 a.m. to 16:30) 250€

In this class you will learn:
-how to colour fondant
-how to apply fondant onto a dummy cake
-how make a two-tone large rosebud out of gumpaste
-how to make gumpaste rosebuds, hydrangeas and filler flowers
-how to pipe with royal icing on a cake

By the end of the 6 hour tuition, you will have a beautifully decorated dummy cake that you can use as a display to showcase your skills or to use a reference when you want to try out your new skills at home. Workshop fees include all ingredients and tools.

cake class decoration frankfurt

Picture courtesy of Cotton and Crumbs.

So what are you waiting for? No hassle of boarding flights to the UK, but still all the fun! Sign up now! And bring a friend. Make it a Girl’s Day Out in Frankfurt. Give it as a present to your wifey! Give this link as a hint to your hubby! Sign up to improve those skills or just have fun. It’ll be a blast and finally I will get to meet all you lovely readers in person too! Whoopee! Added bonus.

To book your spot email Das Cupcake: info@dascupcake.com

Keep your eyes peeled for some more guest teachers in the near future…think, the master of sphere-shaped cakes. Yes, he/she will soon be in Frankfurt too!

Making cupcakes with the talented Tracy from Cotton and Crumbs

22 Mar

I have swooned and oohed and awed at the amazing sugarcrafting talents of Tracy for the past two years, printing images of her cupcakes and studying those roses and rose buds and even attempting to have other sugarcraft teachers teach me how to make that rose.

So when I heard that Cotton and Crumbs was running a class, I jumped at the chance to find out how to make those perfectly swooping and utterly perfect sugar roses.

A picture of one of Tracy's designs, taken at her workshop, showing off her beautiful work.

Flying to Birmingham, back to my old stomping grounds, I was glad to be back and see that while so much has changed so much had also stayed the same since my university days.

The class itself was wonderful and I would highly recommend it. We spent 6 hours creating beautiful cupcakes and Tracy kindly and generously shared all the wisdom she has gathered through the years. Everything from the content of the contract she put together for her customers to curving the petals at just the right angle to achieve those drool worthy roses.

A divine lunch was served complete with classic crustless sandwich combos, I had so dearly missed like cheddar and onion and egg salad. To round out the perfect lunch we enjoyed scones covered generously with clotted cream and jam and I ate no less than 5!!! Let’s just say that fifth put me over the edge and I felt a little nausea after my over-eating!! Oops!

Here is Tracy showing us different techniques.

How to achieve the perfect dome:

Perfect Sugar roses:

Two-toned fondant ribbons:

Lots of pearls of wisdom, dutifully noted:

So with my last Lucazade in hand, I boarded the flight, with a box of cupcakes balanced in the other. Here are the babies, from the class which travelled all the way back to Frankfurt via a stopover in Amsterdam!