…I was given the opportunity to take a professional sugarcraft course when I was asked to train as a sugarcraft teacher. I reluctantly agreed to take the course thinking that if I really didn’t like it then I would gracefully back out because stiff, formal, Royal Iced cakes did not really appeal to me.
A huge range of sugar flowers
The first course I took was held on 3 mornings a week at a college that was an hour’s drive away, so I was not too pleased that it was an early start.
When I arrived at the college I found my way to the classroom and, glancing around, I saw a huge range of flowers in cases and people were gathered around looking at them.
What had they to do with icing a cake?
They looked very realistic but I couldn’t get close enough to see what they were made of, then someone said that we were going to learn how to make them.
Really! What on earth for?
However, on closer inspection, I realised they were very delicate, just like real flowers and someone said that they were made of sugar and that is when my interest really kicked in. That was the first time I had ever seen gum paste sugar flowers.
Expensive and often frustrating
Over the next 3 years I took every course I could find to learn all I could about making gum paste flowers from the best and most highly skilled teachers. It was expensive and the drawback was that quite often, by the time I got home, I discovered I’d not taken enough notes and had forgotten exactly what we had been taught so I had to wait until the next lesson to find out. I found that part very frustrating.