Hey Little Cupcake! is a bright and colourful little cupcakery tucked away in Manchester city centre just off Deansgate. I decided to book myself onto their cupcake decorating class with some of my birthday money. It was a treat to myself, and an opportunity to learn more about how to create beautiful cupcakes.
I was offered a complimentary drink on arrival, and had my own work station and pink polka dot apron to wear. It was definitely a very girly experience! The cupcake decorating class began with making some sugarpaste flowers, leaves and other shapes of our choice for putting on the cupcakes later. It was fun experimenting with the different cutters and playing with the sugarpaste. We were also taught how to make buttercream and learnt some tips on getting the right consistencies and flavouring the buttercream with different things.
The first cupcake we made was the Cookie Monster! I’ve seen this done before with blue icing, or blue sprinkles. This one is made with coconut flakes that have been dyed blue, which was a technique I hadn’t heard of before. He makes me chuckle everytime I look at him!
This Oreo cupcake has an Oreo biscuit baked into the cupcake sponge. You can just seen it peeking out at the left under the vanilla buttercream. The nozzle for this was just a simple circular one. I found this quite hard to get neat and had to start over with this as I wasn’t happy with my first try.
This multi opening nozzle created this brilliant grass effect! You can also use it to create the effect of hair or fur. This was easy and fun to pipe and I overloaded the cake with all my sugarpaste decorations!
This cupcake is called the ‘Viva Las Vegas’. I went a bit wild with my chocolate buttercream on this one and piled it slightly higher than I perhaps should have. We were told that the cupcake used to be covered in cupcake glitter, but this had to be changed because cupcake glitter is not technically edible and so the food standards people weren’t happy with it being served. It is non-toxic though I am happy to report, so if you still want to use cupcake glitter on your creations, you can. I’ve eaten it before and lived to tell the tale! You can also buy the glitter at Hey Little Cupcake!
Finally my proudest moment – my rose! I did this with my first try and I’m so pleased with the effect, I think it looks fantastic! Don’t think I can bring myself to eat this! The icing comes out in very thin layers using the nozzle above and you pipe from the centre outwards.
I had so much fun at the Hey Little Cupcake Decorating Class. If you’re interested in attending one they cost £35 at the time of writing this, and you’re there for about 2 hours. You also get a complimentary drink, and to take all the cupcakes you decorate home. Plus the staff are lovely, are happy to answer questions and have lots of knowledge. They also sell most of the products we used during the cupcake decorating class in the cupcakery if you want to take what you’ve learnt home. Sugarpaste specific decorating classes are also available as well as jam making classes. Check out their website: http://www.heylittlecupcake.co.uk/
NB. All details correct at the time of writing