Yesterday I travelled to a cake decorating shop in the middle of the country to see a demonstration on Mickey and Minnie Mouse cake, cupcakes, and cookie pops.
I had never been to said shop before because I don’t live anywhere near it, but on first impression I was very impressed. The demonstration took place in the middle of the shop and lasted for 2 hours.
Our demonstrator, who was actually American, was so nice and very helpful. She began by showing us how to make Mickey and Minnie Mouse cupcake toppers. Basically she cut out three different circles out of black fondant; one big circle for the head, and two smaller ones for the ears, and using edible food glue, stuck them together.
She then proceeded to show us different ways to decorate these mice, by adding a glittery bow for Minnie or even suspenders for Mickey.
The cupcake decorating aspect of this demo lasted about an hour, and she then moved on to show us how to make cookie pops. Now normally people make cake pops which is basically cake crumbs mixed with buttercream icing and rolled in a ball and covered in chocolate. Now, I don’t now about you, but in my opinion this is a complete waste of time. The amount of time you spend making and decorating a cake pop seems really ridiculous considering they are eaten in about 5 seconds. So what our demonstrator said she likes doing is making cookie pops, (which are basically a cookie on a stick but apparently kids love anything they can hold on a stick, so if you have children, I recommend you popping your cookies on a stick, but really it isn’t all that necessary!)
To make the cookie pops, she made the cookie dough, cut out the shape which in this case was Mickey Mouse, pop the stick in and bake it. Then once it has cooled, pop a bit of nutella, or buttercream, or even food glue on to the cookie and then place rolled out fondant on top. Not only can you do lots of different designs which look really good, but they also taste amazing.
Below is a picture of all the cupcakes made at this demo, and also on top you can see the cookie pops that were made also!
Our demonstrator was nice enough to give us her recipe for the cookies so I thought I too would share (try them out they are really good!).
Chocolate Sugar Cookies
- 2 3/4 cup flour
- 3/4 cup un-sweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup butter, room temperature
- 1 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste (I didn’t have this so I used vanilla essence and it came out perfect!)
- Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder.
- In a seperate bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Whisk eggs and vanilla together, fold into butter mix.
- Use dough hooks and slowly add flour mix to butter mix.
- Cool the dough in refrigerator for at least 1 hour or until firm.
- Bake at 180°C/350°F for 10 minutes (15mins if you didn’t pre-heat your oven)
The final thing the demonstrator made was a pull apart Mickey Mouse cake. This is basically a cake that is made from lots of cupcakes placed side by side and cover the entire thing in either buttercream or fondant as if you were covering a cake. Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture of this but if you google images of ‘Mickey Mouse pull-apart cake’ you get the idea.
Overall I’m really happy I went, and I am looking forward to going make for more demos soon.