Saturday, April 10, 2010

Cilantro Culinary Academy - Open Day

Cake Decorating Demonstration
text and images by Tan Bee Ling

Frigglive visited the Cilantro Culinary Academy on their open day 3rd April 2010. Cilantro Culinary Academy is culinary school providing professional skills and vocational training in Culinary Arts at Foundation, Diploma and Advanced Diploma levels. Housed in a 4 storey shop lot, this culinary school is located at USJ Sentral.
Ms. Suzy Teh, the Marketing Executive was already there to meet us when Veronica and I arrived. The wedding cake decoration demonstration was scheduled for 4.00pm.
Since it was still early, Suzy gave us a short tour of their kitchens. The kitchens were impressive with well equipped facilities and gadgets, besides looking sparking clean. She even introduced us to some cute looking chefs. When we got to the cake decoration demo kitchen, the session had already started. The chef was working on covering the last wedding cake with fondant. The wedding cake consisted of 3 tiers measuring 18, 14 and 10 respectively.
After covering the cake with fondant, she proceeded to colour a small portion of royal icing with green and another portion with pink. The royal icing was made by stirring egg white with icing sugar. She also demonstrated how to fold a triangular piece of paper into a handy piping bag for royal icing.

Once she started piping the cake, there was no turning back. She just went on and on from one motif to another. Her piping skills were excellent and her work tidy and neat. The 3 cakes were decorated with frills, flowers, leaves and etc in no time.
Within an hour, she completed the decoration for all 3 cakes. Then she cleverly stacked the cakes up with wine glasses. This made the wedding cake look so elegant. She then put on the final touch with store bought flowers made from gum paste.
I had a great time and managed to pick up some pointers from this demo. Besides that, we were given a goodie bag each with discount vouchers and also a piece of Cilantro’s signature Sesame Cake. The Sesame Cake tasted yummy. Cilantro Culinary Academy is located at:- No, 1-1, Jalan USJ Sentral3 USJ Sentral 47600 Subang Jaya Selangor Tel. +603-8023 0555

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