I'm a bit behind with my Bake Off challenges.. We're still glued to the television every Tuesday night, desperate to find out what's going into the oven next. This week it was Glenn, who had to leave the Bake Off tent. Unfortunately things didn't work out for him in week 7. He was one of my favourites and I was sad to see him go. His witty sense of humour, his yummy creations and his firm belief that a cake can never be too big made him a terrific contestant and the last man standing in the Bake Off tent. His comments made us chuckle, e.g. while kneeling down beside the oven: I swore I wouldn't be one of these idiots crouching down beside the oven and here I am or his insightful view on home made puff pastry: "Frankly anyone who has a life or a job or friends doesn't do this often."
Between work commitments and wanting to make a cake for my cousin's new arrival and another cake for my work colleague I have fallen short of recreating some of the challenges. Shame on me. And last weekend I had another lovely reason for not keeping up with the Bake Off. I was lucky to attend a modelling class with the fantastic Pita, who travelled all the way from Barcelona.
Body parts. Gruesome.
On day 1 there were 8 of us lucky ladies excited to get cracking on the first project: A little skater girl sitting on a coffee cup. That might sound a bit strange but hey; anything goes when it comes to cakes. Pita patiently showed us every step along the way and was always ready to help out or demonstrate a crucial technique again, and after a full on modelling day, from 9am - 6pm, this is who I got to take home with me:
The lovely Pita showing us how it's done.
The second class was on how to make a bunch of cute baby animals and a cube to place them around. This one I was really looking forward to. I'm still mad about making sugary baby shoes but the animals are strong competition now. So keep those babies coming, friends ;-)
I learned how to make a giraffe, a (Swiss :-) cow and a baby elephant. The giraffe girl is probably my favourite, closely followed by the elephant.
After the "helpful" comments of my family I decided to do something to the giraffe's hide. I'm a little unsure whether that was the right decision, or if the poor thing looks a bit too busy now..
Anyhow, we had a great time and learned so much. Muchas gracias to our fantastic teacher Pita, to Claudia for the perfect organisation and Joelis for her terrific translation from Spanish to English for us non native Spanish speakers, especially as there weren't many of us ;-)