In an effort to maintain some skills in a kitchen, I’ve been taking some classes at the culinary school as well as other local venues. I recently took a cake decorating class at The Brooklyn Kitchen. This is a small-ish kitchen supply store with great kitchen gadgets, cookware, books, and classes. I do love going there, since there’s almost always some cool new gadget or book and the staff is very helpful.
As part of the class, we received a small vanilla cake to decorate that was filled with chocolate chips. We also received buttercream, a kit of disposable pastry bags and tips, a palate knife, bowl scraper and a handout detailing all the fundamentals of decorating. All this for the $50 tuition! The class was held in the back of the store, by their on-staff pastry chef who was delightful and patient. While I didn’t learn anything new exactly, (we did all of this in culinary school) I did get a lot of good practice and of course, a pretty and yummy cake!