Baking with Eric Lanlard at #SeriousAboutBaking
Earlier this week, I was lucky enough to be invited to a bloggers’ baking event at Cake Boy in Battersea – #SeriousAboutBaking. Patissier and chef Eric Lanlard did a great demo of two delicious recipes followed by us getting stuck in to demonstrate our own icing skills! The event was put on to celebrate the launch of the Kitchenaid shop in Currys, and there was much lusting after the Kitchenaid mixers on display – both the hand mixers (which were in our goody bags!!! Cue me getting quite overexcited) and of course, the gorgeous stand mixers, which I have always wanted but never quite had the budget/kitchen counter space for. One day!
After a champagne welcome (/orange juice welcome for preggo here) and a quick snack of sandwiches, handed around by Eric himself (I had two smoked salmon sandwiches which were gorgeous!), we all sat down to watch the two recipes being demonstrated. Eric was a great teacher – I can’t tell you the amounts that went into each recipe, but he provided so many hints and tips about baking. From how to sieve flour to what to do if your ganache curdles (add some cold cream and carefully fold in), all the way to what type of food colouring to buy if you’re baking and how to store cling film so that it’s easier to work with (keep it in the fridge!). It was really so interesting. He was a great presenter!
Of course, the best part about the evening was when he finished icing the cake and it was taken into the back room to be sliced and then eaten by us! Man alive this was a good cake. Moist and light with an incredible icing. Wow.
As we were stuffing our faces, he demonstrated another recipe for a chocolate tart, which featured a ganache made with cream infused with spices and Trinidadian cocoa, which made me feel rather proud. We didn’t get a bite of this one, which was a little disappointing. It looked so good! But that’s probably for the best – after the red velvet cake, I was feeling pretty stuffed!
Finally, we got the chance to decorate our own mini cakes. We were given little cakes, whipped cream, which we blended with melted white chocolate, and piping bags, and were left to our own devices. Some people’s looked quite good but… let’s just say that icing is not my strong point…
Overall it was a really lovely way to spend an evening. I’ve not been to one of these events before, and I can’t think of the last time I went to an event where I knew literally no one there. I’m really not great at being super outgoing with strangers and going up to people to start a conversation, but I figured I had to give it a go! And people were generally really lovely, especially my table neighbours Lucy, Rebecca and Catherine – so nice to meet you all! Thank you for being friendly faces!
Catherine agreed that the icing was delicious..
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