Over the holidays myself and Ruby headed off to London for a day together, just us two. We were invited along to a cake pop course with the fabulous BKD Kid's Baking company.
The session took place at a cool and funky family friendly cafe/restaurant called Nancy's Pantry in Dalston, London. It was really easy to find, located just behind Dalston Junction station or a short walk from Dalston Kingsland.
Adelle who owns BKD met us and welcomed us. She was so friendly and we felt at home right away. We sat at a huge table already excitingly laid out with all manner of pots of sprinkles and every colour of fondant and writing icing imaginable.
Adelle had already pre-made the cakes so the kids were free to concentrate on the fun part - the decorating!
She had her own young son there as able assistant, and her ease with children was clear to see. Everyone listened carefully as she explained how to roll out the fondant, how to use the pretty cutters and how many piece we'd need of each to make our every own Easter chick pops and Easter Egg pops just like her examples - or not! She absolutely encouraged free-thinking and the kids were free to make and design theirs however they wanted.
The creativity went wild - honestly by the end the table looked like a crazy kaleidoscope of coloured sprinkles!
BKD offer a range of different baking workshops for children from pirate themed cookies to monster cupcakes to ice cream cupcakes to 3D dinosaur biscuits so there's something to suit everyone.
We had such a great time, and it was a wonderful way for me and Ruby to spend a few hours together. Although the course was really all about the children, I learnt lots of useful tips about making and decorating cake pops that will certainly come in handy next time I do some.
At £15 for the session I thought it was really good value considering all the ingredients and equipment involved. We got to use all kinds of beautiful cutters and supplies which I know cost a fortune so it's a much cheaper way to have a go without the expense of having to get all the kit for yourself. There's also the advantage that you don't have to clear up afterwards - trust me, they'll be hoovering up hundreds and thousands for ever! For the cost, we got nearly 2 hours tuition, all the ingredients, the use of the equipment, had brilliant fun and came away with a box of six rather fab cake pops.
Do check out some of the other London courses on offer over on the BKD site and book up. There's only a limited number of places on each so avoid disappointment. Adelle also offers children's parties - I know she'd be the perfect kid's hostess.
Thank you so much to BKD for inviting us along. We had a wonderful time, the cakepops were delicious and Ruby had a real sense of achievement and pride in her creations.