Do you remember what was the most common birthday cake flavor a few years ago? It would have to be black forest or chocolate. Today, that is being slowly replaced by red velvet and bakers are continuously innovating, with newer flavors. Baking has also become more about aesthetics. Customized cakes are a big deal and even home bakers are pushing the boundaries when it comes to cake decoration. The Mumbai Bakers Meet, which was organized by Dial A Baker, was the perfect place for any baker to hone their skills. The event was all about advanced cake decoration techniques that will make the final product look like a piece of art. Yes, you’d feel bad to cut such a pretty cake.
Megha Kwatra Madan held a class where she showed how to make a chandelier cake. The decoration was done on a dummy piece as making the whole cake from scratch would take hours. The work was intricate but Madan did her best to simplify it. After the session was over, the cake was actually hung like a chandelier on the railing of the staircase.
Post lunch, Bijay Thapa from Sugar Daddy Bakes, New Delhi, demonstrated the art of making easy peasy flowers. To make the flowers, he used a variety of colors and gum paste. Though the flowers can be made within minutes, you would need a set of tools to get the detailing right. He also mentioned that a lot of flowers used on wedding cakes are not edible as they are full of toxic products.
Star Anise Cafe & Patisserie is a popular bakery in Bandra and its chef, Anees, showcased how you can make the most of the flaky pastry. This session focused only on savory food rather than desserts. After attending this session, one can easily try to make puffs at home.
The Mumbai Bakers Meet is a brilliant initiative by Prita Dheer who runs Dial A Baker. Such meetups are also held in other cities like Bangalore and New Delhi, so keep a tab on our events page for regular updates.