Bloggers Cake School: Konditor & Cook

Bloggers Cake School at Konditor and Cook on Hecticophilia

Can you believe we’re almost two months into the year already? Time is flying by. January for me was very much about taking stock, planning the year ahead and slowly getting myself back into work mode after a blissful ten-days break for Christmas in Wales.

By contrast, February was a sprint into everything that London has to offer from theatre to crafts and design as I attended a flurry of events to catch up with creative friends, bloggers and industry contacts. There are many exciting things ahead as the blog grows and I can’t wait to share them with you!

Today I am writing about the Bloggers Cake School I attended in Waterloo this Wednesday with the lovely team at Konditor and Cook and fellow bloggers Emma, Ferren, Gloria, Lisa, Miho, Reema, Tea and V.A.

There’s nothing better than to go from a day riveted to a laptop screen to an evening of learning and drinking and nibbling with friends, all the while picking up a new skill and using your hands in a fun and creative way. This made me realise I really need to bring more crafts into my life; I’ve been talking about jewellery-making for so long for instance, I think somehow this was the push I needed to actually get started.

Konditor and Cook of course need no introduction, they have been tending to the palates of hungry Londoners for over twenty years already with both handmade sweets and fresh savouries. Their signature range is available across six brick and mortar shops in London as well as from their online home, which ships UK-wide and includes both wheat free and dairy free delicacies.

This is a team that really knows how to please a foodie! We were welcomed with a glass of wine, the most delicious parmesan sablés, a selection of their cult desserts to sample and cooking aprons to throw over our work outfits.

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Our first order of business was to learn to roll piping bags from a sheet of pre-cut cooking paper; Laure our teacher made it look effortless of course! For the rest of us, it took a few minutes to catch the folding and twisting routine but before long, we were able to make a little stack of them for the next steps.

We learned to fill and lock in our piping bags and started practicing lettering and shapes on our work station. It’s actually tricky to steady your hands, exercise enough pressure for the icing to flow out smoothly, be quick enough to trace a pattern and delicate enough that it doesn’t look too wonky.

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When we felt confident enough, we graduated from working station to biscuits and gingerbread men and women, borrowing colourful icing from our neighbours, flipping through some ideas sheets and going around the table to comment on everyone’s creative offerings.

I was super impressed by what some of my fellow decorators were able to make with less than an hour of practice; just have a look below at our proud creations standing neatly on the counter: they wouldn’t stand out too much in a bakery’s window, would they?

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Soon enough, it was time to tackle the pièce de résistance: a whole Curly Whirly cake of rich chocolate and vanilla bean frosting, so heavy and indulgent that each of us had to take a step back and a few minutes to size it up as if it was a wild beast we had to tame. No pressure!

I decided to go for a “Blog Love” theme, maybe because Valentine’s Day was just last week, definitely because I was having such a good time, and probably because the rosé wine was bringing a nice flush to my cheeks. As you can see my lettering is a little on the wonky side but you know what, I like it nevertheless.

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Hands full with our carefully decorated biscuits, gingerbreads, Curly Whirly cake and a generous goody bag filled with treats from chocolate chip brownies to strawberry meringues and pecan sables, we gave a round of applause to our teacher (and ourselves?) and it was time to say goodbye.

Yesterday I brought the brownies to the studio and I can tell you I made some very happy co-workers. Warmed up for just twenty seconds in the microwave, they are melt-in-your-mouth chocolatey and I’ll definitely be getting some again from their Borough market shop, which is the closest to our flat.

We also all got a copy of the Deservedly Legendary Baking cookbook, which I’m particularly excited about! I spotted recipes for a Coffee and Walnut cake, Orange and Lavender crunchy cake, Whisky and Fig brownies, and Pecorino biscuits, which I bet you’ll see make an appearance on the blog in the next few months.

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So, I hope that you enjoyed this behind the scenes at a Konditor and Cook and I really cannot recommend their Cake School enough. As a gift to yourself or a someone you love, it’s something really fun to do with a group of friends or co-workers and I can guarantee you would have a fantastic time.

Tell me, is this something you have done before or would be interested in?

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February 20, 2015

It looks amazing ! You better go there not too hungry or else you could eat the delicious biscuits and cakes you suppose to decorate !
Thanks for the article, it gave me a new and great idea for a gift or even for me !!

Helene from Excuse me I am French
February 20, 2015

I passed by their shop around Christmas time and their display were amazing!
Love the idea of a cake decorating evening with friends :)

Helene from Excuse me I am French

February 21, 2015

Good point Meli! I think that's why the nibbles were there, as a safety measure to distract us from all the cakes around ah ah.

February 21, 2015

Thank you for commenting Helen! I absolutely agree, they have rather dreamy displays :) and if you ever try a class do let me know, I think you'll have a great time!

February 22, 2015

Ohhh this looks like so much fun - I really want to get back into baking cakes, its so therapeutic! Can we have a baking day when I'm back? x

Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

February 22, 2015

I was just about to sit down with a cup of tea and my last slice of Curly Whirly cake - lovely post, it was a really fun evening!

(also, I totally just failed the maths test capcha, very bad)

February 23, 2015

Most definitely @Jasiminne, I'm always up for a cooking or baking class!
Thank you for the kind comment @Lisa, I am just reading your blog post now, I love it!

May 19, 2015

I would love to attend a course like that one! I bake a lot, but cake decorating is not my forte!

May 21, 2015

That's the beauty of it Mel! This is all about learning a new skill and they took it really slow so I definitely recommend it. Thank you for commenting! Jesse.

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