Cake decorating with Good Housekeeping

Last week I was invited to a workshop on Cake Decorating with Good Housekeeping magazine held at Chez Gourmet in Claremont. As you are most likely aware I am no kitchen queen but I do enjoy a bit of baking as long as there is no stress or deadline….and I can make as much mess as is necessary 😉

The aim of this event was to teach a group of girls like myself a few more tips about cake decorating and I was thrilled to be able to try out some new techniques and discover how easy some things are. In the past I would have found pretty little edible flowers rather intimidating to make by hand but now I’m quite keen to try them out for the upcoming 2nd birthday I am currently planning!!

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We were placed in groups of 2 or 3 and rotated between different work stations where we had the chance to try each technique for ourselves. First up was learning how to make frosted rose petals (all edible!) This involves egg white and castor sugar and some roses of course!

frosted rose petals

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Then I headed over to find out how to make those pretty edible decorations such as flowers, butterflies or leaves that cost so much! This was surprisingly easy and all that is needed is some plastic icing, a few tiny cookie cutters, a palette knife and some grease proof paper – and patience and time – as with most baking 😉 I’m definitely keen to try this out sometime soon and can’t wait to make a trip to The Baking Tin for a few new supplies for my baking equipment cupboard!

plastic icing butterflies


Next up was making Meringue Icing. In the past I have always made butter icing but this does work out to be terribly expensive when you look at the cost of butter these days! R30 or more for one block! YIKES. This was a little bit more precise and included a thermometer for measuring the exact temperature of the boiling sugar and water mixture to avoid caramelization. Once added to the egg whites we could choose from an array of food colours and decided to mix it up a little and use our pre-primary art skills to make a very pretty purple! This is a real win for kiddies birthday parties as most kids don’t really care about the style of icing as long as it’s SWEET – and this is most definitely that!

making meringue icing

The last station was probably my favourite as it included Chocolate! We learnt how to make Chocolate Ganache with good dark chocolate, butter, cream and liquid glucose for shine! YUMMY. Seriously hard not to want to eat the whole pot before it’s even made it’s way onto the cupcakes…

chocolate ganache

After all this excitement it was time for the highlight – choosing and decorating our own cupcakes to take home. There was a wide array of decorating choices from miniature silver balls, cake glitter, tiny astros, and pretty flowers, heart and butterflies in a rainbow of colours. It was tough to choose!

cake decorations

I finally went with 2 purple pretties and 2 chocolate yummies decorated with butterflies, flowers and hearts – it was hard not to get cupcake envy afterwards when looking at the other beautiful, creative designs! Mine most certainly tasted good though and I wasn’t even home 2 mins when they had all been devoured. I was lucky enough to get a half to taste 😉 This will explain the lack of pretty picture of my creations.. this one will have to do…


What a fun afternoon! Not only did I get my bake on, I also got to enjoy a delicious high tea while meeting some fab bloggers in person (who I otherwise only know by their Twitter handles). Always a pleasure.

Thank you to Good Housekeeping for a fantastic, fun and informative time.

And here are some of my phone photos…

cake decorating

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sweet treats

images: Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

  1. Katheryn – what a fabulous article on super duper morning. You captured the whole ambiance so nicely. Not only is this magazine is one of my favourites, but the people are just so friendly and down to earth as we like to say. I read my mag from cover to cover each month. Nothing pretentous and what they feature is affordable. I see you feature an image of the two melt in the mouth cookies. Looking at them again, just makes my mouth water. Nice meeting you and hope that we run into each other at another of their cooking events again.

  2. Thanks Rose – it was so lovely to meet you in person too! Always love putting a face to the twitter handle 😉 I too loved the magazine and can’t wait to show off my new skills at the party next week. Look forward to seeing you again soon!

  3. Looks like you had fun!! Would love to go to one of these classes one day! For now I’m going to buy some cupcakes for my craving!! ;D Lovely photo’s!

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