I originally went to pastry school because I loved the technique and science behind baking. That was my main focus on starting the study, and it actually wasn’t until halfway through the program (when I discovered sugar flowers) that I realized I wanted to make cakes for a living. Still to this day, I absolutely love patisserie and miss not utilizing everything I learned in school. Now that we have our bigger location and can focus on more than just weddings, I am happy that I have the opportunity again to give more focus back to my love of pastry!
All of our employees at Sugarlips Cakes are just as passionate about pastry and food as I am. For Christmas, Luc and I really wanted to give them something that would get them inspired. After winning the Dutch Wedding Awards twice, we have had good contact with Hidde de Brabander, and asked him if he would give our team a private workshop. We had just added a few new members to our team and thought it would be a great opportunity for everyone to get to know each other and of course do something fun!
Hidde was kind enough to accept our request and put together a lesson plan for us, so we cracked open some bottles of wine and got started! After a small lecture on the techniques and history of the items we were about to make, we broke into teams and our competitive nature got the better of all of us! There was a lot of mischievous behavior; attempts at ambush the other team and at some point I even got powdered sugar thrown in my face by our lovely teacher. Let’s just say, it was a very fun evening!
Even through the chaos of the night, we all end up creating something beautiful (even our non-pastry members did an amazing job!). We created a beautiful pastry with a base made from dough of Brittany, topped with a Financier and with some confiture, then decorated with some delicious macarons and chocolate mousse.
I am now, more than ever, looking forward to what the New Year will bring with our Sweet Catering department. I absolutely love patisserie and this just reaffirmed it!