Wednesday, June 30, 2010

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Cake Baking Class from Not Without Salt

I've never been much of a cake baker and really haven't made many cakes from scratch. If I bake a cake it's usually from a box of Betty Crocker so thought this might be a good class to encourage me to walk away from the box and bake my own cakes. The class definitely opened my eyes to cake baking and proved that it's not really that hard to make a bake from scratch so I've said goodbye to cake mixes in a box.

The class was taught by Ashely Rodriguez of Not Without Salt and hosted by Julie Hubert in her wonderful kitchen. It was the perfect place to hold a class of 12 or so people.

We watched Ashley bake several different cakes over a couple of hours and got to try each of them. We were all stuffed by the end of the night.

First, she showed us a trick on how to stuff a cupcake and how to top it with pretty frosting. We even got to frost our own cupcakes with the butter cream frosting she made during the class. I was surprised how easy it was. Next she made a zucchini whoopie pie which I don't believe I've ever had before, with or without zucchini. There was enough left over for us to take a few home with us. While the whoopie pies were baking she assembled a two layer cake with strawberries between the two layers and frosted the cake like a pro. Last but not least was the molten chocolate cake, one of my fav desserts. Unfortunately I was so stuffed from all the other desserts that I didn't have room to finish it all but it was soo good.

Recipes were provided at the beginning of the class so we could follow along and make notes. Unfortunately I forgot my recipes there. :(

It was a fun class though and everything turned out well. There were just the right number of people so it wasn't too crowded and it was very well organized. I was really surprised and impressed she was able to get so many cakes done in that amount of time.

Ashley Whisking
Shooting the Whisk
Cupcake Frosting Cupcake
Strawberries and Cake
Molten Chocolate Cake

A few more pics can be found in my set on Flickr.

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