Monday, July 06, 2009

New workshop dates in September 2009

While I'll be teaching Ultimate Fudge Cake Workshop, a hands-on class, at Shermay's Cooking School in August (on 7, 8 & 9 August 2009 and 21, 22 & 23 August 2009), I understand from the school that availability for these dates has become pretty limited.
As such, an additional round of these workshops - the final round of this class for 2009 - has been scheduled for September 2009. Bookings are currently open and being taken for these last three dates: 4 September 2009 (Friday), 5 September 2009 (Saturday) and 6 September 2009 (Sunday). The September schedule has all the details; for all inquiries, please call the school at +65 6479 8442 or email

I like to think of the recipe pack for this class as a collection of recipes that you can mix-and-match as you fancy by tweaking the cake flavour/finish/filling/frosting/soaking syrup. That way, you get greater mileage from playing with permutations and combinations of these component recipes.

Following up on this, here's a bit more on the Bonus Section with Extra Recipes & Ideas for Other Chocolate Layer Cakes included within the recipe pack. This section includes:

Chocolate Cake Variations such as:
*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

The basic cake recipe can easily be turned into individual portions with the help of small-ish cutters. My favourite application of the Dark Chocolate Glaze is for these miniatures.
While the recipe pack is designed to encourage free play, some complete layer cake ideas have been suggested. These include:
*Framboise Chocolate Cake Layers Soaked in Framboise Syrup with Fresh Raspberries and Raspberry & White Chocolate Buttercream (picture at beginning of this post)

*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

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


Blogger Altaf said...

amazing work dear. wondering if you are a member at facebook or flickr?

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3:28 pm, July 06, 2009  
Anonymous flory said...

i love your mini-cakes - i can never get mine to look this neat.

8:06 pm, July 06, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dearest joycelyn - so glad you're back, and those little cakes look like jewels! I especially love the sound of mocha madness... ;) Hope you are well, looking forward to seeing more of your beautiful creations. keikoxx

8:05 am, July 07, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yum! Wish I were closer. I'd take a class, for sure. ;-)


11:52 pm, July 08, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi, would like to know if you are conducting any classes for macarons? Thanks!

6:37 pm, July 09, 2009  
Blogger dnq said...

mmmm ^_^ they all look so good.

2:09 am, July 12, 2009  
Anonymous Christine said...

This is the perfect way to wake up in the morning. Are you going to be doing any classes again anytime soon? August is such a crazy month and I'd love to come to one of these eventually.


9:16 pm, July 26, 2009  
Anonymous Justina Chua said...

Hi Joycelyn

Your classes are really popular...understand that its necessary to repeat several times to cater to the needs. However when will your new classes start... i'm still waiting ...patiently :)

Hope to see you at the school soon


12:57 pm, July 27, 2009  
Anonymous Bill Medifast said...

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12:34 am, July 28, 2009  
Anonymous wheeler's crew said...

Wow, all of your images look delectable. I wish I could take your workshop.

3:07 am, July 29, 2009  
Anonymous diva said...

what beautiful cakes! they're all little bits of perfection. x

7:22 pm, August 01, 2009  
Anonymous yedy said...

Hi, I have posted a link of your food blog on my site,
I hope it's okay with you. Great blog you have here, very informative and inspiring :)


10:37 pm, August 01, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a torture to see your pics!! I'm so hungry now!! ^^

It's like i can smell the chocolate through the scree of my computer!! mmmmmmmm...

4:45 pm, August 12, 2009  
Anonymous Vale said...

The Modcha Madness....oh my god!!
I wanna taste it right now!

4:46 pm, August 12, 2009  
Anonymous Wendy said...

Hi Jocelyn,

I really enjoyed the class last saturday. The recipe was delicious.

Looking forward for your next class.

Thanks alot.


2:14 pm, August 24, 2009  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Joycelyn,

May i know if you'll be conducting at cookie baking and decoration classes anytime soon?

12:14 pm, August 31, 2009  

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