Our speaker for August was Estelle Mann. Estelle has visited us before showing us how to make decorations using gelatine , this time her subject was sugar flowers, In particular Dahlias . Always viewed as a complicated flower to make ,but Estelle made every stage achievable and created some beautiful flowers .
Our speaker for September was Rachel Farnham of Regency cakes in Exning near Newmarket, so quite a local for us . Rachel has visited us many times before and is a very gifted sugarcrafter and experienced in all aspects of sugarcraft , but her overriding skill is with royal icing and all it’s many uses .This time she decorated a two tier cake with scrolls and lattice work . A very traditional style of royal icing work ,but one that requires tremendous skill land it was obvious that Rachel has this in abundance . A very enjoyable and instructive evening and we look forwards to her returning again soon .
Next month our demonstrator will be club member Jean who has come up with her own unique way of cutting , rolling and folding sugarpate to make decorations for our cakes . ,This will certainly be an interesting evening and guaranteed to be something new to us all , So something to look forwards to,
FOOD WITH FRIENDS FOR FUNDS
Our FFF lunches have been popular for the last 3 years and continue to be a very pleasant way of raising some funds for our club . So much so that we have diversified slightly and have tried doing afternoon tea as well . We’ve enjoyed one so far and it was a huge hit and we’re planning a second one soon .The first group quite enjoyed being the guinea pigs and are all planning to return. With the lunches the optimum number for each lunch is 6 guests possibly 7 .The afternoon tea number is 9 . So happily members have a choice between the two meals. If your interested in either lunch or tea contact Glenda to arrange a date have a look at the photos of the first afternoon tea .
Our usual look back at the last year and check that our finances are all in good order .
Chris our treasurer was happy to report that all is good and thanks to the fund raising monthly themed raffle and the Food with Friends For Funds lunches there is no reason to increase our subscriptions . So all round good news .
Once the business of the evening was over it was down to the really important part of the evening , Our cheese and biscuit supper.
Although this was the business evening for the club it was a really pleasant evening.
Our speaker for May is Gemma Parker of ” Gemma’s Crafty Cakes” in Felixstowe.
Gemma will be showing us how she made some of the decorations she used on some of the cakes that won her Gold and Silver
prizes at the cake international sugarcraft show.
So we look forwards to that.
If your interested in sugarcraft ,we’d love you to visit us .
A well attended meeting and as is our usual practice for our January meeting , I did the demonstration . This avoids the problems that arise if the weather is bad and means we don’t need to worry about visiting demonstrators not being able to reach to us .
The subject for the demonstration was a rose , but not a sugarcraft flower , but turning a sponge cake itself into a large rose.
Cutting ,layering, triming and crumb coating first .then using sugarpaste to create the petals..no specialist equipment .just basic scone cutters and a rolling pin . Anyone can do it !
And the best thing about this cake is that it can be made in a couple of hours .
I think the demonstration went well with our members. And I enjoyed showing how to create the cake. I think a really good evening .
I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of myself .Chris and Sandy to wish all our club members a very happy and healthy new year for 2019.
We hope that this coming year sees the club being as happy and friendly as it always is and look forwards to welcoming some really interesting demonstrators to visit us.
This is our 23rd year and hope our club continues to hold a special place in your heart as it does in ours .
We did the cake stall today at Stowupland to help club member Alison .
Brilliant day .very hard work but good fun.
Huge thank you to everyone who donated cakes .
The photos will give you an Idea of the sheer quality and quantity of what we sold
We were very proud to stand behind the table and on behalf of the club take all the compliments that we’re showered on us .
Our speaker this month’s was club member Roger .
Roger demonstrated how to make a fondant icing using boiled sugar Working it on a marble slab till it turns white and then adding a stock syrup and warming it to a pouring consistency This gave a lovely glossy icing for French fancies ,éclairs and custard slices
All quite delicious .
He also used boiled sugar to make some crystallised fruits which us members all declared to be far superior to the commercially produced products available in the shops .
All agreed that it was a really enjoyable demonstration and are delighted that Roger has agreed to do another dem next year .
I have had an email from the Bury sugarcraft club inviting us to go along to their next meeting on 19th November.
Their demonstrator is Georgie Godbold and I think Beryl will be with her . So it’s sure to be an entertaining evening . always a good double act .
They meet in the Hyndman centre.
Bury St Edmunds
The meeting starts at 7.45pm
Obviously a visitors charge and I’m not sure how much that is but probably similar to ours.