The Inaugural Macaron Class

Taking a leap of faith is always a scary business, especially when its wok related. The sweet taste of success, though, is all the more better when it all works out:)

The decision to start doing lessons was something that I deliberated over for a very very long time. I had my moments of self doubt and anxiety, but ultimately I realized that I am good at what I do and I love sharing my passion with others. So that is just what I did! I had the aprons and tote bags printed, the note books made and sent out the booking information for the classes.IMG_5360IMG_5451IMG_5404-0IMG_5355-0

My first class took place last Saturday ( 11 April 2015) at The Dirty Fork Kitchen Studio in Durban North. Let me start by saying that the kitchen is AHmazing! Although it was not 100% smooth sailing ( teething problems are inevitable), it was, in my eyes, a great success. My goal was to create the type of class that I would want to attend. So a relaxed, fun and informative environment. I was lucky to have an amazing group of enthusiastic and fun ladies who were ready to learn and not shy to ask questions.

While waiting for the macarons to rest and then come out of the oven the ladies were treated to a presentation by Kirsty-Anne from Peg&Pencil who showed us all a few great ideas on how to gift our macarons.The gift packs that she has put together are amazing and made the stationery addict in me squeal in delight! I mean, how can you not love the macaron gift tags! She is seriously talented so go check out her website.

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After some coffee, tea, cupcakes and macarons ,and of course some chatter, the ladies were ready to get their macarons out of the oven and the results were phenomenal. For many of the ladies, this was their first time making macarons, but they had beautiful feet and lovely shiny shells (yay!!). Everyone had a chance to get in touch with their inner child and decorate their macarons.(something that is a favourite activity of mine.)

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We never really know what the future holds for us, we can only keep an eye on the prize and work toward it. Teaching the class was awesome and the look on the ladies’ faces when they had their perfect macarons at the end makes me wish that I could do a class every day. All in all it was a fabulous morning. I had an amazing time imparting my knowledge to the ladies that attended and I’m looking forward to the next class on the 25th.

The next class is next Saturday, 25 April. There are 3 seats left if you would like to learn the art of macaron making and have fun while doing it. There is also a special interactive Mother’s Day demo class and High Tea on 9 May 2015 and on the drawing board are classes on macaron fillings, novelty macarons, cake baking and cupcakes.

I will be doing a follow up post on the feedback from the ladies that attended the class as well as one showcasing the amazing set up by Kirsty-Anne and the styled photo shoot that she did using my macarons.

Also use #MMacaronClass to see what else happened at the class and to checkout future classes!

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Photo credit: Featured photo – Peg&Pencil

Picture This {October}

Here’s a whole lot of pictures of what I’ve been working on the past few weeks.

A frozen themed party

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A Minnie Mouse themed party

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Some cakes and macarons

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Finally, a Sofia the a First party. The setup was done by Polkadots and Jellytots.

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Here are some photos of the setup by Polkadots and Jellytots. The cakes, cakes pops and cupcakes were made by me.

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Pics of the Week: Catch Up! ( Mad Hatter Tea Party )

This post is way way overdue but better late than never. I had a client who was hosting a Mad Hatter Tea party and wanted macarons shaped like hearts, stop watches and tea cups. I had a lot of fun doing these, because anyone that knows me, knows that it’s orders like this that get me the most excited. So, I got to flex a few creative muscles and this was the result.

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I especially love the tea cups. I made them using mini macarons and the handles were made using white chocolate. The saucer was made using mini Marie biscuits.

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xxxViveshni

Pics Of The Week: Princess Sofia, A Kid’s Birthday and Star Wars

This week the orders were all about cake pops and macarons. From girly pink and lilac to StarWars themed cake pops.

20131120-085417.jpg These macarons were done with dark chocolate ganache in pink, purple and lilac for Jasmin and Teyla’s best friend Stephanie’s Sofia the First birthday party. Unfortunately my camera kinda sucks so the colors didn’t capture very well.

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20131120-090133.jpg Star Wars Cake Pops – C-3PO, Chewbacca, Princess Leia, Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker ( love these! ) it’s the first character cake pops I’ve done so I was very happy with myself 🙂

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The next 2 weeks are going to be exciting and busy as I’m planning my twins’ 4th birthday party. I’m doing as much as possible myself so I need to remember to take pics every step of the way.

xxx Viveshni

Pics Of The Week: Diwali

My Diwali pictures are a bit late but better late than never right 🙂

Diwali this year was great. I was a little swamped during the week getting orders ready for collection but I am definitely not complaining. It just meant that baking for myself ended up being a little rushed.

Here are the pictures of the orders that I made as well as some of the Diwali gifts I put together.

12 Macarons in Burfee, Chana Magaj, Rose, Chai, Toasted Coconut and Elachi

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The Boxes of 6 Macarons Ready To Be Packed

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These are gifts that I put together to give to friends and family. They all had smackarons, macarons and mini cupcakes with burfee and chana magaj buttercreams.

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Here are a few pictures of my beautiful family and our Diwali day.

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xxx Viveshni