Cooking Experiences

A buttercream masterclass: An afternoon with Sarah at Kitsch Cakes

Last weekend, we were lucky enough to be invited by the lovely Sarah at Kitsch Cakes to a buttercream masterclass in her (amazing and very beautiful) kitchen. Being huge cake and buttercream fans, we were pretty excited to taste some of Sarah’s creations, and to learn a thing or two about how to use buttercream to create stunning decorations that taste fantastic.

Sarah’s mission statement involves trying to take cake back to what it should all be about: eating enjoyment! She believes that too many people believe that, in order for a cake to look beautiful and be suitable for a special occasion, it needs to be adorned with fondant icing and, usually, inedible decorations. For Sarah, buttercream is a versatile enough ingredient to create bespoke cakes that look just as good, if not better, than their more traditional fondant icing counterparts (if you don’t believe us, check out Sarah’s creations on her Pinterest page).

Kitsch Cakes offer cakes for special occasions such as weddings, birthdays, and christenings and, apart from their focus on buttercream, their other USPs include:

  • A focus on making the actual cake as tasty and moist as possible. It isn’t all about the icing; the cake has to compete with the icing in the taste ranks!
  • Taking special care with dietary requirements, including gluten-free options and creating beautiful cakes for customers allergic to various ingredients usually used in cake preparation.

We had read up on Sarah’s background before our buttercream masterclass and all of this knowledge just added to our excitement.

So, let’s move on to everything we learned during our class with Sarah!

As soon as we arrived, Sarah prepared us some gorgeous fresh coffee and we sampled some cupcakes she’d just iced with smooth, delicious buttercream. Sarah had baked us some chocolate cupcakes and some treacle tart cupcakes. Both were extremely tasty and we were really surprised with how moist the cake underneath the buttercream was. The buttercream itself tasted naughty, as buttercream should, and we couldn’t restrain ourselves from eating all of the cakes she’d prepared for us before we’d started the class; they were simply too good to resist!

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After our cake tasting, we set about icing some cakes. Sarah is a master with piping nozzles! By the end of the session, she’d even managed to pass on some of her skills to us, as we took home a set of cupcakes expertly (sort of!) iced by our very own hands! See the photos below for proof.

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Watching Sarah at work was the real treat, though, as she showed us how to create floral decorations for cakes just using buttercream, a piping bag, and different nozzles. Looking on as Sarah crafted a daffodil was a real treat.

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Sarah also offers small and informal buttercream masterclasses that we would really recommend. If you aren’t in the market at the moment for a celebration cake but enjoy learning something new whilst having a laugh for a few hours, Sarah’s masterclasses could well be for you.

All in all, we had a really fun afternoon with Sarah in her lovely kitchen and would not hesitate in recommending Kitsch Cakes if you’re looking for a cake that tastes as stunning as it looks. You can find out more about Sarah and her cake creations by visiting her Facebook page. You can also get in touch with Sarah for a free cake consultation by emailing her at sarah@kitsch-cakes.com. One final word: if you’re planning a wedding and hitting the Yorkshire wedding shows at the moment, catch Sarah on the 1st November at Woodhall Hotel and Spa, near Collingham, between 1pm and 4pm.

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