Exciting news! I scored a spot as a guest teacher at the Genussakademie and with it my first article about Das Cupcake in print! How cool is that! My new name, “Ewa Feix” and my come to real-life business idea, “Das Cupcake” in black and white! This article is in the latest issue of Genuss Magazine. Check out my little, not so shabby blurb on the page. This magazine is a culinary magazine published by the Genussakademie on all types of culinary happenings in Germany, in subject areas like wine regions, professional kitchen equipment and the top restaurants in the Rhein Main region. It also prints information about all their classes and the chef/bakers that teach them. Maybe I too will be on the cover one day. *sigh* A girl can dream, can’t she. You can read more about the magazine itself here (in German).
The article introduces me as a new guest teacher. The title, Süße Törtchen mit Sti(e)l! is a cute word play and translates to “Cute Cakes with Style/Sticks” In German if you add the “e” the word turns from “style” to “stick” and is alluding to the fact that I make cute cakes and cute cakes on sticks too i.e. cake pops. Cute, eh?
It goes on to explain that since I came to Germany in 2009, I developed my own recipes to perfection and that I also perfected the art of decorating by learning with world-reknown cake designers like Lori a.k.a. the Caketress and Naomi a.k.a. hello naomi. In addition, I bring to the academy, a new theme -cake pops. Are they mini muffins? Are they round cakes? the article asks, and responds by saying “whatever they are, they give us the perfect opportunity/occasion/excuse to decorate and eat/munch up some goodies.
Now what is the Genussakademie, you ask. Well, it is a really awesome culinary school in Frankfurt. With four amazing kitchen spaces, like this sexy beast, it invites guest teachers and of course has its own permanent chefs that teach everything from Thai cooking, to five course menus to using knives properly to cupcakes and cake pops!
I will be teaching a total of four classes at the Genussakademie in Frankfurt. 2 cupcake ones (one in German and one in English) and 2 cake pop ones (one in German and one in English).
Cupcake Classes (January 27th, 2013 (in German) & February 17th, 2013 (in English, yay!) from 11:00 a.m. to 15:00) 69€
This class is designed for beginners and those who already bake but want to learn how to bake fluffy North American style cupcakes. You will learn how to bake delicious cupcakes from scratch, using high quality ingredients. Then you will make buttercream frosting for your freshly baked cupcakes. Once we have everything made, there will be an introduction to working with fondant, followed by using your skills to create fondant creations that will go onto your cupcakes. Lastly you will learn how to use a piping bag and piping tips to create buttercream swirls like a professional.
In this class you will learn:
-how to make swiss meringue buttercream (this is the buttercream most used by wedding cake designers in North America. It is not too sickly sweet but instead silky and oh-so-delicious.)
-how to bake vanilla raspberry cupcakes
-how to colour fondant and how to work with flower paste
-how use professional tools to create fondant flowers and other pretty details
-how to use a piping bag to make buttercream swirls
By the end of the 4 hour tuition, you will have 6 delicious and beautifully decorated cupcakes to take home to family and friends. This course is available on weekends and in both English and German for your convenience. Workshop fees include all ingredients. To sign up for the cupcake class, follow the link here.
Cake Pop Classes (February 10th, 2013 (in German) & March 3, 2013 (in English, yay!) from 11:00 a.m. to 15:00) 69€
This class is designed to introduce you to the world of cake pops. Cake pops are a wonderful trend, made famous by Bakerella from America, who is the queen of turning cake pops into works of cute art. Cake pops are pieces of cake on a stick, dipped in chocolate/candy melts and make wonderful bite sized pieces of dessert. You can customize them by topping them with ingredients such as coconut, hazelnut or sprinkles.
In this class you will learn:
-how to bake the cake which is the foundation for a delicious cake pop
-how to make the frosting that binds the cake pop together
-tips and tricks to making perfectly shaped cake pops
-how to melt chocolate using a bain-marie
-tips and tricks to dipping your cake pop
-how to decorate cake pop using ingredients you can buy at any grocery store
At the end of the class you will go home with 24 cake pops to share with your family and friends. This course is available on weekends and in both English and German for your convenience. Workshop fees include all ingredients. To book the cake pop class, follow the link here.
We really have something for everyone! Whether you want a class in German or English, about cupcakes or cake pops, we have it all. So join me at the Genussakademie and I promise you tons of tips and tricks, delicious results and lots of fun! I look forward to meeting you all!