Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Shopping Adventures!

I love a good shopping adventure especially when I don't come home empty handed after the wild goose chase!  A few months ago I heard about a place, Culinary & Cake Decorating School, where they hold cake decorating classes. They mostly cater to  professionals and chefs who work for hotels and bakeries because cake decorating is not a hobby many people in India have. I think however that might be changing slowly.  I was thrilled to look up their website and see that they had Wilton cake decorating supplies and ingredients that are hard to find here in Delhi.  It's not that I am such a big cake decorator but I do enjoy it on special occasions.  The last time I made a full on fondant covered cake was for my daughter's 1st birthday.  I was going to order one at that time but the bakery (the only one that I talk to that even knew what fondant was) was unable to make the kind of cake I wanted because they were short on staff. I love to have a special cake for my daughter's birthdays because it's something my mom ALWAYS did for us. She would do make awesome cakes for us decorated according to our interests. I still remember my brother Erick's half pipe skate board cake and my pond cake with a real gold fish in a little bowl in it! She always made it special. I want to pass down that tradition. 

This was my first fondant cake. Made with  marshmellow fondant. It was really yummy!
I had found an online tutorial for the bees and kinda winged the rest of it with whatever tools I had, which at this time was just some cookie cutters from my brother in Japan(flowers), a butter mold (yellow rose) and a regular indian style rolling pin. 

Since then I have found a few new tools. Anytime I see something that I think would be helpful I just pick it up because you never know if you will see it again! I have bought some plunger cutters like these: Thankfully I found them at INA market and they only cost me 150rupees each (about $3) If the shop keeper had had more I would have bought them!

Getting back to today.  I got all excited about the possibility of getting some fun cake decorating things! You have to make an appointment at the place in order to get to shop there which I found kinda strange but hey they must have their reasons for that.  I called them up and asked if I could come today, thankfully the lady said she would be available to let me in.  So we sat in the car for the 45 min. drive and there in the middle of what looked like a residential block it was! Boy o boy did they have stuff I have never seen before in India! They even had Kitchen-aid stand mixers! (not that I could handle that price tag!!) There were cookie cutters, cake tins in special shapes, fondant tools, cupcake papers in fun designs, chocolate molds, cake boards, stands and boxes, food coloring and other cake related ingredients and even things I never expected like a kitchen grade blow torch and air brushing equipment!  They had lots of fun things! 

I picked up some daisy cutters, a fish shaped cookie cutter that Anaiah loved, edible cake glitter, some cake boards, a bowl scraper and some baking ingredients.

They didn't come at INA prices but I was ABLE to get them and that makes me HAPPY.  I'm very excited now about making a special cake for my special lady for her birthday this year!  They have written on their website that they are going to open an online store so that should be exciting! They are also going to have a sale I was told, after I made my purchases, in a few days. Here is the link to their website: Culinary & Cake Decorating School

Do you like to bake and cake decorate? Any tips or recipes to share?

1 comment:

  1. That cake is absolutely adorable. I wish that I enjoyed baking because I love how food looks and tastes. My daughter wants to be a chef when she grows up...I really need to get her to a shop like that.


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