Unicorn cake pops

Unicorn cake pops

Unicorn cake pops

A credit unicorn is someone with a perfect credit score of 1000. These unicorns were made for Credit Simple Australia’s launch party.

The ones below were for another occasion and part of a media kit. Erm, yes, if they look different, it’s because they are handmade and not any two are identical. Also, I evolved the shape a bit. It’s amazing how a tiny slant can make a huge difference to the end result where cake pops are concerned.

 

Unicorn cake pops

Girl baby shower cookies

Baby shower cookies are among the happiest cookies to make. I loved making this set of onesies especially the teensy eensy flowers on the one in the middle.Let me see if I can magnify this for you…

These were actually part of a larger set of cookies, which included the pram and baby bottles.

Baby girl shower cookies

 

Cookie and cake pop classes in Sydney

So for the last few months, I’ve delved into the world of teaching. The concept of teaching is not new to me. When I was an editor, I loved teaching my staff writers. I loved seeing them embrace something new, loved seeing their work evolve, and I loved thinking that I had somehow inspired them.

Standing up in front of a crowd of strangers however, is a little different! I’ve had shaky hands while demonstrating piping, and had stuttered my way through the first 10 minutes of my first class. Still, I found I enjoyed it, and hoped fervently that my students did too.

I started with cookie decorating classes and I’ve just launched a whole series of beginners and advanced cake pop classes in Hornsby, Sydney with Pearl’s Creations, a full-fledged studio with kitchen facilities. I’ve made over 30,000 cake pops, and was one of the early adopters of cake pop making in Sydney. I’ve made all sorts of mistakes and have refined my process along the way. These classes have been a while in the making, because, well, cake pops are my baby and I wanted to get it right.

 

Cake pop classes Sydney

Here are some pictures from the last cookie decorating class in Hornsby.

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Logie award cake pops

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Logie award cake pops

So I have done quite a few things in my career, but this was one of my biggest challenges. It’s a good thing I do love a challenge. There is nothing like climbing a hill and then conquering it and realising that few things in life are really impossible.

I nearly gave up on this one though. When designing cake pops, the cake pops must be stable, so they can be transported around without parts of them falling off. This may sound a bit paranoid on my part, but the truth is that when there are things jutting out, all these outlying parts need is a little bump for them to break off. I reinforced that Logie, which is less than 5 cm tall.

The cake pops must also be sturdy and the cake must not fall off the stick. It is a bit tough for a flat piece of cake to stay on a stick when dunked into chocolate, which tends to be pretty heavy. For this reason, a round shape suits a cake pop best, and cake can only be generally stretched so thin before it breaks. Yes, that is not a macaron or an Oreo at the bottom, it is cake.

I also had to create a seamless look between the Logie figurine (fondant) and the cake pop (cake coated in chocolate).

And yes, everything you see here was hand made.

  Logie award cake pops

Cake pop classes launched!

 

 

This has been a long time in the oven, so to speak but I’m excited to announce I have just launched a cake pop beginner’s class, at Pearl’s Creations, a cake studio with full kitchen facilities in Hornsby. I’ve refined the process much along the way. I do emphasize taste, not just looks so my cake pops are made with a dense cake texture (I don’t like to eat wet, gummy cake). Can’t wait to be teaching this class!

Please visit here to secure tickets :

http://www.pearlscreations.com.au/classes

Also check out the other classes listed here :

popolate.com.au/classes

 

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Christmas cake pops 2016

Aussie Christmas cake pops gift set 2016

Aussie Christmas cake pops gift set 2016

I am not a naturally very creative person. I know people who just have it in their bones, and can whip up designs in their sleep. I am not one of those people.

My best subject in school was chemistry. I graduated with a business and economics degree. I spent a good part of my career in financial journalism.

I do love pretty and clever things, and it is this love which has pushed me to try and constantly make beautiful food. It still doesn’t come easy. I spent a lot of time at the planning stage. I go through several rounds, where I do something, not fall in love with it, ditch what I make, and start over.

So when I make something I do like, I am pretty chuffed. These Christmas cake pops and Christmas cookies are my ode to the Aussie Christmas. We don’t have snowflakes. We don’t have penguins. We do have great beach and party weather!

Christmas cake pops gift set 2016

Baby shower iced biscuits

Custom cookie sydney

Custom cookie sydney

I love royal icing and I think have fallen in love with them all over again. Yes, fondant biscuits can look very pretty but there is something about the smoothness and the rounded edges of royal icing but makes me swoon. Also,  I think royal icing tastes much better than fondant! These biscuits I have are not sweet, much like a shortbread and the royal icing complements it perfectly.

 

Packaging biscuits and cookies

 

Sparkly cake pops

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glitter gold silver sparkle cake pops Sydney Australia

I can’t describe how these catch the light. It’s like a disco ball being lit up. It’s like a thousand carat diamond.

These gold and silver cake pops sparkle and glitter and almost seem alive. I don’t think the photos do it justice, but I went to town with the photos anyway.

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Disco party cookies

Disco party cookies music star

Disco party cookies music star

I love how loud disco parties are. If you are going to have a party, might as well make it in hot pink and of course, bling!

Don’t forget to end the party by eating your microphones.

I mean, microphone cake pops.

Microphone cake pops disco