January Meeting

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 .


Cake Stall

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 .

November meeting

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 .


Invitation from Bury St Edmunds Sugar Craft Club

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.
Hospital rd
Bury St Edmunds
IP29 3JT
The meeting starts at 7.45pm
Obviously a visitors charge and I’m not sure how much that is but probably similar to ours.
Everyone welcome


August Meeting Summary and September Agenda

August meeting
We had quite a good attendance to this months meeting. Always less members this month because of holidays .
Our demonstrator was Estelle Mann, a new visitor to our group, and she came very well recommended.
Her subject was ” Snow globes “.
Which she made using gelatine and sugarpaste, something that none of us had seen before
It was hard to believe what could be achieved using such simple imgredients and like all good teachers she made it look so easy
With lots of usefull tips and clear information we were all totally engrossed and at one point she asked if we were interested as we were so quiet .
But we were quiet because this demonstration was truly a light bulb moment for us all .
I’ve already asked her to visit us again. And were looking forwards to seeing what she has to show us then.

Our next meeting is

Our demonstrator this month is Rabana Christescu and she will be showing us some chocolate work .Chocolate is always a popular subject and with christmas on the horizon we’ll be keen to learn something new .

If you would like to come along be sure of a warm welcome .
We meet in st Mary’s hall . Wolsey rd . At 7.30pm .if you would like more information you can ring Glenda on 01449 615382.

Food for Friends for Funds and Afternoon Tea

After a long break due to unforseen cicumstances we’ve just had our first lunch this season

Seven of us sat down to lunch on what was billed the hottest day of the year so far . The main course is always agreed on before the date and is the same for everyone but there is always a choice of starter and desert.
The menu for this lunch was as follows..
Home made bread rolls
Smoked mackerel pate
with onion relish .
toast and a salad garnish

Warm Salmon ,prawn and asparagus tartlet
with a salad garnish

Fan of melon
Seasonal fruit coulis
Lemon sorbet.

Homemade tomato and roasted Pepper soup

Main course

Home made hunters chicken
(Chicken with cheese wrapped in smoked ham baked with a homemade b.b.q.sauce .)

Grilled large field mushrooms
Grilled vine tomatoes
New potatoes.
Petite pois.


Chocolate and baileys torte served with chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream

Elderflower pannacott.
Gooseberry compote
Homemade viennese biscuit.

Warm apricot and almond tart
Whipped cream

Tea or coffee and mints
Soft drinks

Anyone is welcome to bring wine if they want to.

The group who dined this time were insistent that the cost of lunch should rise and paid £ 12 a head .which is good news for our funds and is probably more realistic than previously.

The conversation turned to more dates and it was suggested that perhaps afternoon tea might be a new idea to try perhaps starting at 2.30pm.
This might be a good idea during the summer months .
Might try it later in August .
I’ll get some dates and before the meeting

Work in progress
But something like the following
Savoury plate
Assorted finger sandwiches
Individual quiche
Sausage rolls
Cheese rusks

Sweet plate
Scones .jam and cream
Sponge cake .
Fruit cake
Selection of individual cakes
( unlikely to include cupcakes 😊)
Individual trifle
(or something similar)

Tea ,coffee or cold drinks
(Yorkshire tea)

The plan is that everything except the sliced bread for the sandwiches will be homemade

Stowmarket Cake Decorating