Five Steps to Baking a Masterpiece . Tips for turning dessert into art

Five Steps to Baking a Masterpiece

Tips for turning dessert into art

LTThomas  LTThomas  on 30 Aug '17

Get Inspired 

Cheline‘s Cakes 

Hit Pinterest and Instagram to work out what your cake style is. We love Cheline Yau‘s work – this indomitable mother of three transforms her desserts into edible masterpieces. From beautiful floral or flamboyant nautical themes to confections dripping with icing and chocolate, it almost seems a shame to eat her work. But rest assured, when you do, it‘s every bit as a good on the inside. Her Instagram feed is addictive. Check out her brilliant videos for ideas on how to display your culinary attempts – just make sure you do it on a full stomach!

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Baking Classes 

Sweet Tooth Fairies 

Launched by three very talented bakers – Paridhi, Jessica and Grace Wong – who between them have decades of experience, this firm is a favourite with Hong Kong mums. But did you know they also offer classes at their gorgeous Kwun Tong kitchen? What better way to hone your skills than with these experts who offer tuition in everything from fairy cakes and scones to macarons.

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Go Shopping 

I Love Cake

Once you‘ve had a few attempts with the tabletop oven, it might be time to get serious about the baking kit. One of the best places in Hong Kong to sort out your equipment (and attend more classes!) is I Love Cake in Shanghai Street, Yau Ma Tei. A veritable Aladdin‘s cave full of trinkets and treasures for those setting out on their baking adventure – it‘s hard not to want to buy everything, so try to plan in advance what you definitely need and then budget a little for splurging on surprise gems.

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Take a Stand

Bamboa Home

This darling little shop in PMQ has the perfect cake stands to showcase your wares. They are available in a range of delicious colours, and the simple, slick design means that they will look good without necessarily distracting from your masterpieces atop them. Plus – as with much of their wonderful collection – the cake stands are made from eco-friendly, 100%-sustainable bamboo harvested in Asia.

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Little Days 

These guys sell the chicest cake toppers for every occasion. If you‘re looking for fun quotes or elegant numbers, there‘s an assortment of colours and styles to suit every taste. If you have a shop-bought cake, these toppers are an easy hack to add a bit of glamour or a more personal touch. If you‘re an amateur baker, these will definitely give some oomph to your social media shots. 

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