Monday, March 22, 2010

I can't cook, therefore I go to Demos...lol.


Yes I finally went back to going to the Williams Sonoma Cooking Demos. I can cook a little, but without the funds or the time to do a cooking class I’ve been going to these demos since August. Most Williams Sonoma’s do a free cooking or baking demo on either Saturday or Sunday mornings, I try to go to as many as I can! This week’s demo has probably been one of my ultimate favorites. It was on Cakes & Cupcakes! Woohoo! And it was full of free samples of the icing & the cupcakes!

I did learn a few things that I thought I should share with you. Apparently there is TWO Essential things you must have in order to make a great cake:


1. Round Basting Brush: This way you can easily butter your cake pan! Make sure also that you CHECK your recipe first before greasing the sides of the pan! Some recipes you don't have too!

2. Offset Icing Spatula: This is used to smooth the top of the cake with icing as well as the sides. You can use a regular knife but it's apparently a pain the ass. lol. You can find these icing spatulas cheap at Ac Moore or Michael's too!


Well I didn't even know what an Off-set spatula was! I'm glad I went. The lady demoed cupcake decorating too with the standard pastry bags & metal inserts that make the designs. I never realized how relaxing cake decorating looks. One of my favorite things to do is to make chocolate-covered Strawberries. I think I might have a new passion tho. hehe.


I also learned that the BEST way to tell if your cupcakes or cake is done you should do a TOOTHPICK Test. It's as simple as it sounds. If you stick a toothpick in the cupcake & it comes out clean then the yummy goodness is done!!

AND if you are using a mixer machine to make your cake, make sure you get all the ingredients off the sides of the bowl!! =) Oh & parchment paper. Make sure

I will definitely be making some more cupcakes this week! I'll post pics!! I would recommend these demos. They really are a lot of fun! Next weeks one is Pies & tarts. Can't Wait!

I'm listening to the rain fall right now...it sounds angry. I wonder what would piss off rain...hmmm....

35 comments:

Heather Rose said...

Oh, Cooking and I are on the rocks. We talk now and again, but it's always so strained. Now, Baking and I get along juuuust fine. I took a Wilson Cake Decorating Class a while back, and it was divine. Well, the class was a little boring, but the ladies were nice, and I learned how to make lots of adorable stuff. Cupcakes are my favorite. Can't wait to see your pics! I wanna make some monster ones soon. Squee!

LENORENEVERMORE said...

sounds so lovely!
...used to work in WS, miss that place sometimes & the staff discount too!
xo*

Leah said...

I can't cook too, but I can bake. So that's the secret, go to cooking demos. If only they will allow my whole family to join me in the demos. Hahaha! xoxo

Nitin said...

wow.. i always wanted to learn how to use all these thingies.. my baking is still super weak.. :(

B said...

I cant cook either, I burn myself getting this out of the oven even if I'm using two oven mits and a tea-towel

Christopher said...

I love to cook and I think I'm pretty decent at it... baking on the other hand, not so much.

Secretia said...

When I make cake I use no oil amd instead of frosting I put a can of fruit into the mix before baking. It cuts down about 2000 calories on the cake that way. Because I must eat cake every week!

Secretia

Susan R. Mills said...

I've never been much of a baker. My daughter is, though. Maybe I should take her to some of these demos. I wonder if they have them around here. I'll have to check.

ChinkyGirLMeL said...

Practice makes perfect sweetie. Going to demos is a good start. I'm sure you'll be whipping up something yummy in no time. =)

Bathwater said...

I actually knew some of this already, not sure where I picked up the knowledge though.

emilia. said...

I LOVE to cook.. Talking about it get me excited. :) Love the spatula. I'd be lost without mine. ;)
Xoxo.

Katy Mary said...

Awesome, I love cooking and had no idea WS had these demos. I will have to check on our sometime!!

Cee said...

I love to cook...but baking is another story. It scares me.

woodlandsblonde said...

I love baking :) I went and bought the icing bags and tips the other day. A grocery store or Michael's - definitely the way to go! Also I just found a couple websites that sell sprinkles and such in bulk. Not that you would need 2 lbs of sprinkles. But they are much cheaper than the ones in-store if you plan on getting snazzy with your decorating :)

Cooking is relaxing! And HELLO! They say a way to a man's heart is through his stomach :) so true.

COCAMIA said...

I appreciate all cooking tools and things but I have a major phobia when attempting anything that has to be put into or on top of a stove...

Tights Lover said...

This sounds great. I love to cook, but I don't bake much. I also love going to W-S. I should hit one of their demos one of these days. Thanks for the idea!

The Neo-Traditionalist said...

This is so cool! I so wish we lived near a WS so I could attend! Everything you baked sounds delicious! XO Katie

Alisa said...

Yum! Now i want cupcakes (and an offset icing spatula!)

P said...

Argh, I am suddenly craving a cupcake so much right now!

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Kelly said...

That looks fun! Thanks for the tips!

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Cafe Fashionista said...

So obviously I'm never going to be able to bake a great cake because I lack both the round basting brush and offset icing spatula. Thus the reason I stick to frosting! What a fun way to spend the afternoon though - I need to check out a cooking demo!! :)

Jennifer Fabulous said...

My stomach is growling just thinking about your cooking demo. Lol. I'm glad you had a great time and learned more cool techniques.

I hope you're having a lovely week, Mel! xoxo

Melissa said...

This sounds like so much fun! I'm a horrible cook so something like that would help me out, haha!

Sadako said...

Oh nice. I suck at cooking, plus I have almost no kitchen but I'm kind of inspired!

The Style Mansion said...

What a delicious post!

drollgirl said...

ha! i have made a scrillion cakes, all without those two tools! but maybe mine would be even better with them! ;)

Elizabeth Marie said...

I've always wanted to go to their demos!!!!! I love my off set spatula, best thing EVER lol

Constructive Attitude said...

when you bake something, post it up!

Torie Jayne said...

Sounds great, I find decorating cakes very relaxing, looking forward to seeing your cakes, Have a sweet day!

abigail said...

if you're out of toothpicks, you can use a piece of spaghetti!

looks like a great demo!

Alison said...

I freaking love cupcakes. And cake.

The cupcakes in the top picture look delicious!

angel6033 said...

this is so cool, I need to find some of these here in San Antonio, theres gott be some right? lol

Fifi Flowers said...

YUMMY!!!

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