Monday, April 13, 2009

Ultimate Fudge Cake Workshop

I'll be teaching Ultimate Fudge Cake Workshop, a hands-on class, at Shermay's Cooking School on 15 May 2009 (Friday), 16 May 2009 (Saturday), 17 May 2009 (Sunday), 29 May 2009 (Friday), 30 May 2009 (Saturday) and 31 May 2009 (Sunday) - the May schedule has all the necessary details. For all inquiries, please call the school at +65 6479 8442 or email

The idea behind this class was to showcase what I like to think of as a "go-to chocolate cake" - a fabulous chocolate fudge cake one can trot out time and again for every occasion and celebration. Birthday bashes, dinner parties, pot luck, teatime snack, picnics in the park...this do-it-all crowd-pleaser has it covered. A cake equally irresistible to kid and adult alike. The kind of cake fondly remembered by all who've ever tasted it and is oft-requested for said occasions and celebrations, thus making your baking life as easy breezy as could be.

That's the big idea. As for the bonus recipes (see right at the end of this post), that's a constellation of many little ideas, so if the mood should strike or the moment should call for, you can easily ring the changes by changing the finish or the filling or the frosting or the soaking syrup or the (you-get-my-drift). Having grasped the master recipes and the fundamental techniques, it's a matter of playing around with the component parts to present a - as far as your eating audience is concerned - bold and brand new chocolate cake eating experience.

For the whole idea - and I sincerely hope it sounds as empowering and liberating to you as it does to me - to have authentic value and practical application, it was decided the class lent itself best to a hands-on format.

As this is a hands-on class, each participant will be making from scratch their very own Ultimate Chocolate Fudge Cake. This comprises of 2 master recipes:

Ultra Moist & Tender Chocolate Cake An easy chocolate cake recipe with guaranteed delicious results, using a unique technique/format to ensure the most tender possible texture. The recipe features a combination of both Valrhona Equatoriale Noire 55% and Valrhona Cocoa for a full-bodied and intense chocolate flavour.

Creamy Chocolate Fudge Frosting A deep, dark & decadent chocolate fudge frosting

Each participant will then split, fill, frost and finish their handcrafted cake for taking away.

Key areas covered during class include:

Mastering Mise-en-Place Meticulous, accurate preparation and measuring is the key to success; learn how

Layer Cake 101 How to effortlessly split, fill & frost a layer cake with professional results

In addition, I will demonstrate some of the various alternative finishes described in detail within the comprehensive recipe pack, such as:

Stippling/Swirling Using a spoon or offset palette knife to create a casual chic finish

Combing Using a fork or cake decorator’s comb to draw straight or wavy decorative lines

Gold Leaf Gilding for a luxurious finish

Writing Using chocolate to pipe a message

Chocolate Curls How to make these easy yet stunning decorations

Toasted Nuts How to finish a cake’s sides using flaked or chopped toasted nuts

Piping Using tips to pipe decorative borders and accents

Small is Beautiful Crafting miniature chocolate cakes

I'll put up a separate post about the Bonus Section with Extra Recipes & Ideas for Other Chocolate Layer Cakes included within the recipe pack. This section covers:

Chocolate Cake Variations:
*Chocolate Orange Cake
*Chocolate Lemon Cake
*Chocolate Coffee Cake

*White Chocolate Buttercream using Valrhona Ivoire 35% White Chocolate. A rich and luxurious buttercream that’s the perfect foil to an intense chocolate cake. Variations on this include:
*Orange & White Chocolate Buttercream
*Lemon & White Chocolate Buttercream
*Raspberry & White Chocolate Buttercream

*Milk Chocolate Frosting using Valrhona Jivara Lactée 40% Milk Chocolate. A creamy and comforting chocolate frosting. Variation on this is:
*Mocha Frosting

*Dark Chocolate Glaze using Valrhona Equatoriale Noire 55% Dark Chocolate. A dark chocolate glaze if you prefer a silky and shiny finish

Some complete layer cake ideas given include:

*Orange Grove Chocolate Cake Chocolate Orange Cake Layers Soaked in Cointreau Syrup with Orange Marmalade and Orange & White Chocolate Buttercream

*Lemon Surprise Chocolate Cake Chocolate Lemon Cake Layers Soaked in Limoncello Syrup with Lemon Curd and Lemon & White Chocolate Buttercream

*Framboise Chocolate Cake Layers Soaked in Framboise Syrup with Fresh Raspberries and Raspberry & White Chocolate Buttercream

*Mocha Madness Chocolate Coffee Cake Layers Soaked in Espresso & Kahlua Syrup with Mocha Frosting


Blogger nikcreate said...

Oh crap! now I wish I live in Singapore! I want to go to this class! Bummer...

9:35 am, April 14, 2009  
Anonymous Jude said...

Now I'm wishing that you held classes in Chicago. That cake crumb looks perfect!

10:24 am, April 14, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You. Are. A. Goddess.

Please, for all your rabid fans out there who are not in the same place where you are, put it all on YouTube.

4:15 pm, April 14, 2009  
Anonymous Fan said...

is this class suitable for a beginner in baking???

4:39 pm, April 14, 2009  
Blogger Sarah said...

Lovely! Some really fabulous ideas there. Wish I could attend!

xox Sarah

6:17 pm, April 14, 2009  
Anonymous Lin said...

Hi there, I enjoyed your writing, thanks for sharing with us. Would you like to join in this new forum specially for Singaporean gals? Feel free to be an authority there and link back to your own site here. Hope to see you there!

3:12 am, April 15, 2009  
Anonymous s. stockwell said...

Hello from Santa Barbara, California. We hope you report back about the results of this class..should be very interesting indeed. best, s

7:17 am, April 16, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi J,
I've been an avid reader of your blog for years now, and would love to know how we in the states might be able to gain your recipe(s)?
God bless you and all your genuinely beautiful works!

2:53 am, April 17, 2009  
Anonymous Sophie said...

That is a gorgeous cake :). I especially like the chocolate curls!

2:15 am, April 18, 2009  
Blogger Elyse said...

What a fabulous looking cake. I so wish I could be there to attend your clas!

12:35 pm, April 19, 2009  
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1:08 am, April 23, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW. as usual. WOW!

I've been so busy and boy was i glad to see this when i got back to reading your blog=)

ps: where can i get a confectioner's torch in sg?

12:04 am, April 28, 2009  
Anonymous Juliana said...

WOW, the pictures look so good! Very tempting...

10:22 am, April 28, 2009  
Blogger Valentina said...

Oh, i never come to Singapore at the right time for your courses. I am here at the moment but will be gone on 9th .

5:19 am, April 29, 2009  
Anonymous Georgia said...

Hey J,

I saw your picture and an article on Cuisine & Wine's latest issue. I hope it was a fun experience!

P.S* You look really pretty in those pictures too!

7:32 pm, May 13, 2009  
Blogger Chiara Ulivi said...

What a wonderful photos... and what a yummy and tasty and interesting courses... I'm in Italy; a little bit too far, isn't it? Many many compliments!

5:24 am, May 15, 2009  
Anonymous foodcreate said...

Beautiful! Cake Love your recipe!
Thanks for sharing!

and you can visit me if i can visit you:)


6:05 am, May 28, 2009  
Blogger Paris Pastry said...

Wow this looks divine! Great job!

2:50 pm, May 30, 2009  
Anonymous Dave Jones said...

Yummy cake sounds delicious...mouthwatering photos.

11:09 pm, May 30, 2009  
Anonymous John said...

Wow! Looks so delicious.

2:04 am, June 01, 2009  
Anonymous Elisa said...

oh my gosh! mouthwatering! i want to go to this class!

4:45 pm, June 03, 2009  
Blogger unrefined polish said...

just adore your writing & of course your delectable pictures. It's truly an art. Too bad I couldn't enrol into the classes...too far away!

5:53 pm, June 08, 2009  
Anonymous John said...

It looks very goods
I'll definitely to come back to your blog again.

11:30 am, June 10, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Joycelyn... The class was fun fun fun! I always enjoy your teaching. And it was great to be able to enjoy the fruit of our labour too! My cake wasn't nearly as pretty as yours, but it was delish nonetheless =) I blogged about it too...

8:14 pm, June 16, 2009  
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9:03 pm, June 22, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh me oh my... I wish I lived in Singapore... your classes look delectable!

6:04 am, June 25, 2009  

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