The art of cake baking – foundation class

I finally completed my cake foundation course it was fun and useful and I got to make a lot of new friends in the class.

Sharing some of what I’ve learned during the 1 month course. The course itself were divided into 4 session and it was started with everything about Butter Cake where we learn to make Walnut cake, Sunflower chocolate cupcake and Easy Marble Cake.

This was my result  during the hands on in the class, photo taken with my phone during the class ( the one in aluminum foil tray was walnut cake).

butter cake

Separately we were given some home work to practice on our own at home and I was quite happy that I passed most of the homework,  all my homework baking turn out well . Below were the result : Prune Butter Cake, Cheesecake and another basic marble cake recipe. I love doing the homework  (not that I am a diligent student but more to the opportunity to take better picture for my photo collection)

Prune Butter cake1   Prune Butter Cake4   Butter Cheese Cake   Butter Cheese Cake4

Since I love the prune butter cake recipe so much, I experiment by substituting the prune with cranberries and  the result was fantastic, love it. More over the red baking cup were in compliments with the cranberries.

Cranberries Cake   Cranberries Butter Cake3

I also have fun playing with the marble cake recipe and so glad I got to use my new paw shape silicon mold

ABC marble5  Basic marble6

Basic marble3

Second lesson were all about chiffon and this was really challenging, quoting the instructor’s word “Chiffon cake is easy to make but hard to master”. Below were the result from the hands on in classes  , panda chiffon cake, golden citrus chiffon and banana chiffon. This time I brought back my cake and cut them in the next morning for better photo taking results.

Pandan Chiffon Cake2   Pandan Chiffon

Golden Citrus Chiffon Cake   Banana Chiffon Cake

My lecturer also said that her professor during her training and course in U.S said that one have to practice making 800 times of Chiffon before able to master it. And it was true indeed because  unlike the butter cake , I failed my first attempt of homework in the chiffon. The cake did not rise much. I need to practice again and remake  them but I was rather discouraged and lazy though actually Chiffon cake was my fave kind of cake.

There were several cake shop in Jakarta which sell very good chiffon. Hmmm that might be the excuses I told myself that I can easily buy those really yummy chiffon instead of having to go through the trouble of making them (not good student at all, right?)

Third lesson was swissroll and I was very excited because despite my  many encounter making swissroll I only ever made one type of recipe with some modification in flavors and  patterns and I am eager to learn more on different technique and recipe.

Below were what we learn in the classes : Rainbow roll with little mice as decoration (the photo were the result of the instructor’s, not mine).

Rainbow swill roll CCI

My hands on during the classes were unsuccessful. First I forgot to flip my rainbow and resulted to me putting the cream on the good layer which supposed to be the outer side of the roll, just realized about this when my partner raise this up while me already spreading  cream to half roll.  Then when it comes to the tiger roll, my tiger roll skin did not crumpled as it supposed to be. I did not take the photo of my failed result because I quickly eat and finish them to get rid of the evidence.

After the failure in class I remake the swiss rolls again at home and they turn out great.

Rainbow Roll Cake   Tiger Roll

My rainbow roll was nice and soft and just the right colors as I try to avoid using too much food coloring. My tiger roll skin was a little bit thick due to I don’t have the same size  tin with those required in the recipe (rather than end up with buying too many tins I decided to use the slightly smaller size that I have at home) , well I guess I can always called my tiger roll as chubby or fatty tiger roll 🙂

The last session which was the graduation session was about Sponge cake, we were given 3 recipe to make and the chef show us how to do simple decoration.

Below were my results : Black forest cake, Sweetcorn fudge cake and Pandan Kaya Cake.

Black forest1   Pandan Kaya Cake Sweetcorn fudge cake1

And if you wonder why the decoration in the sweetcorn and pandan cake were different in the 2 sides, it was because we ere paired in class and each recipe ingredients were for 1 cake only, so after the baking and assembling,  me and my partner did our own decoration. Can any of you tell which part were mine?

Anyway these are how the cake looks inside after I cut them i the next morning.

Black forest3    Pandan Kaya cake3

Sweetcorn fudge cake4

Well this is the end of foundation course and I am planning to take the intermediate course which will start in September. Until then I guess I have to keep baking and trying new recipe and hopefully did not end up as a fat and chubby rabbit due to eating too many sweet cakes.



18 thoughts on “The art of cake baking – foundation class

    1. Thank you Jen 😉 I love taking pics of my baking result though sometimes if I baked after sunset, I have to wait until the next morning sunlight for photo taking first, and then eat my cakes.

    1. Thank you, yeah I think I am blessed that they have such course available in town, in between this course I did attended several baking demo at different places/sources but somehow I felt that the chef did not share much. by the way may I know where do you live? Probably you yourself can start giving a lesson since you are so good in baking and decorating cupcake.

      1. What a lovely town, yes I did do some research on British Columbia, and few other cities in Canada as they were one of my option for College many years ago, unfortunately my dad change his mind and keep me grounded at Indonesia 🙂
        Yes you should start giving lesson, I bet you will do good since you are a very talented baker. If we live in the same town, I will definitely knock on your door for lesson 😀

  1. Hi there. Would it be possible for you to share with us where did you attend the baking course in Jakarta and how long was the entire beginner course? It’s really interesting. I’m from Singapore, I wish I could visit you one day and learn from you especially the patterned roll cake.

    1. Hello Lin, if you are interested actually you can attend the course at Singapore. Just google for creative culinaire singapore and you will find the web site and details. The course I took was a 4 sessions , once a week from 1 to 6 pm. Do email me at if you need more info 🙂 cheers.

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