Marzipan Fun – I learned something new

27 Sep

Here’s what I got up to last weekend:

Marzipan. Like clay, but you can eat it.

I made it at a cake decorating course offered by Sugarlicious, a new-ish shop specialising in cake decorating supplies here in Amsterdam. I made no secret that I really loved the store, and ‘WHAT, they offer cake decorating courses?’, in the weeks leading up to my birthday to help my boyfriend in the gift department.

While I’m no novice baker, I have never worked with marzipan and fondant, and it’s definitely a skill I wanted to learn. Overall, I’d say it was a great course and definitely worth the EUR 50. It was, however, taught all in Dutch, so I had to strain my hungover brain quite a bit to grasp the instructions. I think I did alright though.

I’m not a huge marzipan fan, but it was definitely fun to work with. I managed to get the giant circle of it over the entire cake without breaking it, though I think I rolled it out a tad too thin (lesson learned).

The owner of the shop was quite impressed that both me and the girl sitting across from me decorated our cake without any flowers, bows, or butterflies. Apparently it was the first time since they started the courses that any ‘student’ declined to saturate their cake top with bright pink and red flowers.

I used my other gift certificate to buy edible glitter, a cake decorating spatula, zebra cupcake liners, and a multi-purpose cupcake carrying tote. Score!


5 Responses to “Marzipan Fun – I learned something new”

  1. janine September 27, 2010 at 9:48 am #

    holy crap! is that your FIRST attempt!?
    WOW! Looks fantastic! love the colours and the design. WELL DONE

    • amansterdam September 27, 2010 at 10:09 am #

      Thanks man. Yes, it was the first try. And trust me, it wasn’t perfect 🙂

  2. Steve September 30, 2010 at 6:02 pm #

    Wow … nicely done ;]

  3. Elizabeth February 9, 2011 at 12:21 pm #

    I was searching them online and found your site…was the class all in dutch? I really want to take one of their workshops, but not in dutch!

    • amansterdam February 11, 2011 at 11:35 am #


      Yeah, I was the only non-Dutch person there, so it was all in Dutch. But if I asked her to explain in English, she would. I think if you had a group of non-Dutch people there, they’d just do it in English.

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