Appliances Online 8th Birthday
Last week I was very excited to be invited by Appliances Online to an exclusive cake decorating class at Let Them Eat Cake, an amazing cake store in South Melbourne run by the founder and creator Christopher Montobello. The occasion was their 8th Birthday and to celebrate they’re searching for their official birthday cake by launching a National Cake Decorating Competition. Decorate an appliance themed cake for your chance to win one of 8 Sunbeam Food Processors valued at $399 each.
Appliances Online are Australia’s largest online retailer of appliances and Peter Harris their Chief Operating Officer told us their 8th birthday marks a significant milestone for the company, which has just experienced its biggest year on record. When they were founded in 2005 it wasn’t common for Australians to buy whitegoods online. Eight years on, they employ upwards of 250 people and operate nationally via their own network of trucks and warehouses.
Believe it or not, the last time we bought whitegoods was after we got married, the fridge and the dryer are still going strong. When I need to replace them I’ll definitely look at the online option. Have you ever bought any of your whitegoods online? It’s a new level of convenience I haven’t thought about until now.
Peter Harris, welcomed us, then watched on as Christopher Montobello shared his cake philosophy, passion for cake decorating, the importance of cake in marking milestones and his absolute dedication to perfection with every cake he and his team make. He understands every occasion is special to the individual.
Pip is one of Christopher’s amazingly talented team. She decorated this cake from scratch whilst we watched on and answered questions at the same time. Below she’s decorating a cake replica of the Breville Juicer.
And a Sunbeam Blender Cake. Isn’t she talented, the cake looks to good to cut.
We were served the most divine chocolate cupcakes during the morning.
Some of the ladies learning how to make fruit from fondant.
Christoper teaching us how to make a piping bag.
Christoper’s cakes are exquisite. He was asked to make a cake for Oprah when she visited Australia. She loved it so much she asked to take what was left over with her.
The completed cakes, here we have a blender, a juicer and a food processor.
Below are a food processor and a couple of toasters. I was lucky enough to take home some of the chocolate toaster cake and have to admit I nearly ate the whole lot myself. It was one of the best chocolate cakes I’ve ever tasted.
If you’re interested in entering the Appliances Online, Appliance Themed Cake Competition you have until December 8th. Here are some cake decorating tips I’d like to share that I learnt on the day to help you along.
- Buy fondant pre-made – online or from your local cake decorating store
- Sketch your concept before you start decorating and keep it simple! the simplest ideas are often the best – you don’t have to have the technical proficiency of a professional to create somethiing that looks beautiful and impressive.
- Use fruit or mud cake – fondant works best with firm cakes. Make sure you don’t use sponge cake as it won’t support the weight of the icing.
- Applying Fondant: knead on a clean board that’s been sprinkled with icing sugar. If adding colour, apply sparingly and knead into the icing. Roll out with a rolling pin (that’s been sprinkled with icing sugar) and keep applying sugar throughout the rolling process. Once large enough to cover the surface of the cake drape the fondant over the cake. Smooth gently, starting at the centre of the cake and moving outwards. Make sure your hands are dry and coated in icing sugar. You need to massage the icing outwards using small circular motions to get rid of any air bubbles. Trim excess fondant with a sharp knife and then prick any air bubbles in the surface of the icing with a pin, gently smoothing the air out until it flattens.
- Have fun.