I made this! Pt 2.


If I could, I would like to go to Cake School every day for the rest of my life. This was my second class at Planet Cake, and I enjoyed every minute of it. The first was a Basics 101 cake course, during which I learnt how to create a star spangled cake (by the way, the end result was gifted to a little girl called Emma, to help celebrate her 9th birthday). In this class, which took place over four quick hours last Saturday, the wonderful Anna-Maria guided us through the icing and decorating of twenty cupcakes – from faces to flowers, and my favourites, little bumble bees and ladybirds with edible feelers made of vermicelli.

I hope to sign up for a couple more classes next year, as they’re very useful, loads of fun and also incredibly relaxing. Plus you get to take something home at the end of the day, to wow your friends with.

Of course, what trip to Balmain would be complete without a quick visit to Adriano Zumbo? The hardest part was choosing what to get because everything on display looked equally tempting. Eventually managed to leave clutching a small pear macaroon (delicious) and a chocolate passionfruit tart (wonderful consistency and flavour to the ganache) topped with a bonus mini yellow macaroon. Unfortunately, my tart didn’t make it home without getting a bit of a battering (hence it’s dishevelled look). On the way home, a strong gust of wind lifted the paperbag off the top of my cupcake box and fell butter-side-down onto the pavement. For a couple of horrific seconds before managing to rescue it, I thought it was going to end up under the forceful tyres of a passing car. Despite this, it managed to still taste great when I had it the next day with a cup of vanilla tea.

I’ve liked what little I’ve had the chance to try from this patisserie… but don’t ask me, I’m just a Zumbo tourist; ask Raging Yogurt who must’ve eaten her way through their entire repertoire by now!

Planet Cake
106 Beattie Street
Balmain 2041

Adriano Zumbo Patissier
296 Darling St
Balmain 2041

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  1. Calamari said,

    October 2, 2007 @ 11:45 am

    THEY TASTE AS GOOD AS THEY LOOK! Ching this is seriously awesome… By some coincidence (perhaps aligning of the moons), I made cupcakes last week, and had a desire to make them look kick ass by giving them funkified icing… This was all on a whim, and well… the results were… just toxic looking icing on pretty ordinary cup cakes… These on the other hand are the ying to my cupcakes yang…. F*&KING awesome!! 🙂

  2. Y said,

    October 2, 2007 @ 10:58 pm

    Oh, I take it you liked it then? 😛

  3. bowb said,

    October 4, 2007 @ 12:56 am

    ah! chocolate passionfruit tart! i have not been so lucky (or conscientious) to try it yet. that ganache looks so voluptuous! are you on facebook? there’s a zumbo fanclub there, you know. 😉

    your bumblebee cupcakes are adorable, but i particularly love the cupcake drawing in the header.

  4. peabody said,

    October 4, 2007 @ 4:10 pm

    Those are so cute!

  5. Y said,

    October 4, 2007 @ 11:21 pm

    Bowb, yep, the ganache was pretty damn good. And I’d hate to sound like a complete luddite, but I’m not on Facebook, no. The annoying thing though, is that I keep getting Facebook invites and/or friends going, “Why the hell aren’t you on Facebook?!?”

    How big is the Zumbo fanclub? The cupcake was drawn by the bf. It’s meant to be the mascot for my future/imaginary cakeshop called The Bunnery. There’s also PieFace and ScrollGirl.

  6. bowb said,

    October 4, 2007 @ 11:30 pm

    clever bf!

    the zumbo fanclub is only 20-strong. um, so let’s call it “cult status”. 🙂
    you could make it 21! (my sister could make it 22, but she won’t join facebook either.)

    meanwhile, you have somehow convinced me that i must have a passionfruit chocolate tart this weekend.

  7. Y said,

    October 4, 2007 @ 11:38 pm

    If the taste doesn’t impress you, I’d recommend dropping it on the street first. WIthin it’s paperbag, of course.

  8. Y said,

    October 4, 2007 @ 11:39 pm

    Peabody : Thanks! They were too cute to eat so I gave them all away. The eyeball one was surprisingly popular.

  9. mir said,

    October 5, 2007 @ 7:06 pm

    I was wondering how it went, now I’m wondering how it taste! They look gorgeous and it looks like you have adoring fans ready for more 🙂 Which one will you sign up for next year?

  10. Y said,

    October 5, 2007 @ 9:00 pm

    Mir: Doing the Chanel Handbag in Feb, and something else later in the year. Another two other classes are maybes. Are you keen to join? I think you would’ve really really liked the cupcake class. Maybe you should sign up in 2008 with a friend!

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