What type of class?! Cupcakes and cocktails! Yes, this is actually a class taught at the Boston Continuing Adult Education Center.
I’ve attended photography and cooking class at BCAE before and I saw that the Blog and Tweet group was invited and I signed up quickly! The BCAE has 2 kitchens and we had the front kitchen for this class.
The class is part of a series and was taught by Dustin Rennells and we made 3 types of cupcakes that were complimented by 3 cocktails that we also made!
I’ve baked hundreds of cupcakes before, but I still learned a lot of things. One tip was to crack your egg into a small, clear cup so that you can look around the glass, from the top, and up through the bottom to look for shells or anything else that you might not be able to see until you mixed into the rest of the batter.
Another tip was to only cook for about 2/3 of the time said, check on it, and to push the top and if it springs up, it’s done, if not, 2 more minutes. Also, don’t leave the cupcakes in the metal tins after you remove from the oven. It will continue to cook and you don’t want over cooked cupcakes!
Our first cupcake was lemon (from a box), but we added a lot of goodies to it. The cocktail was called cakeshot frosting included pineapple juice and vodka, with whipped cream and sprinkles on top!
Another thing we did was cover the cupcakes with plastic wrap after we took them from the oven. It was to keep them moist.
The most difficult part for me is icing/decorating the cupcakes. I did learn a tip about how to load the pastry bag with icing- use the food processor attachment to help hold it up. I took the lead on piping the cupcakes and hardly anyone else joined me, but I was pretty impressed with how they turned out.
I had such a great evening, with a great group of ladies and Dustin the instructor. We got to take home the cupcakes and were given some spices to take home from Victoria. They smelled wonderful!
Check out the BCAE for upcoming Cupcakes and Cocktails classes, along with other topics such as Foreign Language, Photography, and Writing.