Sunday, October 31, 2010

Exciting news....dates tbc very soon!

A Festive Master Class in Cake Decorating

We are about to confirm dates for this event at Leiths School of Food and Wine in central London and also at Jean-Christophe-Novelli Academy Cookery School. Please call us on 01702 471311 or email to register your interest and be placed on the waiting list.

Come and learn the art of professional cake decorating from two of the countries leading cake designers. Christine Lee and Juliet Sear have over 30 years of experience between them and have designed and made thousands of cakes, including many for famous actors, sports stars, musicians and TV shows.

This is a hands on Master Class where they will share their wealth of knowledge with you, demonstrate the art of making and decorating a handmade Christmas cake and provide one on one tuition. They will show you different sugarcraft techniques and let you in on insider tips before giving you the opportunity to try these out on your own Christmas cake.

10-10.30 - arrival, drinks are served

10.30 - Demonstration on covering a cake with marzipan and sugarpaste, followed by a selection of techniques including modelling, bas-relief, applique, piping, brush embroidery, filigree, hand painting and glazing in glitter.

11.00- Decorating frenzy commences!

13.00 - Lunch

13.45- Decorating continues

16.00-16.30- Finishing off and boxing up of cookies and cakes

After a welcome drink you will learn how to cover a cake like a professional with a flawless finish. They will then show you how they have created some of their designs before you are let loose on your own rich fruit Christmas cake. These are pre covered for you leaving you more time to concentrate on your decoration.

Lunch will be provided and you will have the opportunity to ask questions, get hints, tips and tricks of the trade galore and chat with other enthusiastic cake decorators.

In the afternoon you will finish decorating your Christmas cake and also decorate your gingerbread cookies and miniature cake. Throughout the afternoon Christine and Juliet will be on hand to give you advice and one on one tuition on improving your skills.

At the end of the day you will leave with your own personally designed Christmas cakes and cookies in presentation boxes and an enhanced set of skills and techniques to help you decorate your own future cakes.
Introductory price £195.00 per person.
Spaces are limited, let us know if you would like to be on the waiting list, spaces are on a first come first served basis. These days make fab Xmas or birthday gifts, gift vouchers can be obtained for these classes and also for our Valentines, Mothers Day and Easter cake Master classes. Thanks!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Halloween Cake and Cookie half term fun!

We have just opened dates for the half term week, we are holding classes for children age 7+, classes on Monday 25th 12-1 and 2-3, also Thue 26th from 5.30-6.30 and Friday from 5.30-6.30! Come and decorate cupcakes, cookies and cake pops!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Alice Mania!

It's been a very 'Alice' inspired year. We made some gorgeous treats for our shop and for Harvey Nichs, also some favours for Chanel 4's Wedding House . With such an amazing, magical and whimsical theme, we created a special cake for a Mad Hatters Tea Party theme!

Happy Birthday to Dizzee!

It was Dizzee Rascal's birthday and we created a special version of our Fancy Nancy Cookie Explosion cake! We all went a bit 'Bonkers' as we had to turn the order around in 24hrs but we did it!!

Fancy Nancy on BBC documentary My Childs Big Fat Party!

We had an awesome time filming for a show on the BBC about OTT kids parties! We created a fab cupcake tower for a comic action hero party at Partyman was a great party, cake (of course!) and TV show. It was fun!

You and Your Wedding 25th Anniversary Issue

Amidst the height of wedding season pandemonium, we were delighted to be asked to create a cake for the cover issue of You and Your Weddings' 25th anniversary edition! We were so excited to be on the cover!! You and Your Wedding had a fab party to celebrate and we went along (with a celebratory cake of course!) to enjoy the party. It was fantastic evening! Thanks so much to Chloe Paul for the gorgeous shot of the cake!

New cakes for features

We have been very excited to be working with Victoria Sullivan, Style Editor at Wedding magazine to come up with some exciting and unusual cakes for features in the gorgeous Wedding mag! We made some rather quirky cakes for a shoot earlier in the year, here's the page. We are loving the Candy Table trend and have lots of gorgeous cakes, cake pops and cookies that can be themed into any sweet table.

Fancy Nancy nominated for Small Shop of the Year!

I was absolutely thrilled to be nominated by our local MP David Amess for Small Shop of the Year. I attended the awards ceremony at The House of Commons with Simon and it was a fab day, we were very well looked after and were given a fantastic tour of the place by David, what an amazing time!

News update!

Goodness me its been such a busy year! Can't believe its almost Xmas....eeeek! Once again we are doing some gorgeous chrimbo cakes and cookies for Harvey Nichols, and we will be having a shop full of yummy and exciting treats. Also hoping to confirm dates for our special Xmas cake masterclasses, these will be held in the shop in Leigh-on-sea and also in a fantastic location in Central London (tbc!) so we will keep you posted! Also, I have been VERY slack updating the blog with some of the fantastic news that's been happening at Fancy Nancy this year, so I am posting the past few months news up now (better late than never!) seeing as I'm not up to my elbows in Wedding cakes at the moment! A quick breather week before all the Xmas production is underway!