I Decorated Cakes With Erin McKenna, And It Was Awesome

When I first moved to NYC I had a few days before school started to explore (more accurately get lost) so I started walking till.. it was dark oh and I was too much of a pansy to go on the subway.

By some miracle, I ended up at Erin McKenna’s Bakery ( I was coming from Chelsea, a bit of a trek to Nolita). Everything seemed to be everything free, so naturally, I bought one of everything . I’ve ventured to other bakeries and while there some solid finds, I find myself stuffing a cake box full of treats every 7-ish months.

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A lighter load

Erin McKenna also sells a few box recipes of her some of her classics. Two of my favorites are the Two-Bite Chocolate Chip Brownies and Chocolate Chip Cookies.

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At home with Erin McKenna Boxed Recipes

The event was held at Haven’s Kitchen, an adorably awesome Cafe and Event Venue that hosts all different types of cooking classes.

Allergy Note: The kitchen at Haven’s Kitchen is not a 100% Gluten free or Allergen Friendly kitchen and there can be other spaces of the kitchen used while you are in the kitchen that may contain said allergens. That said, this was not a baking class, the cakes were made at allergen friendly kitchen at Erin McKenna Bakery. If you have an highly severe airborne allergy, I would not recommend participating in a class even if the ingredients in the class are free of your allergens. While I came prepared, I did not have any reaction during or after the class.

The event began with champagne and platters of Erin McKenna’s bakery treats… dangerous… Each participant was given a workspace prepped with all sorts of decorating supplies and two round cakes.

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The set-up

The first mission was to carve your cake… this seemed much easier on CakeBoss. After we mixed our own frosting colors, and luckily mine did not turn out brown!

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Custom frosting colors.. *note wine glass*

Then bagging up your frosting in piping bags.

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A messier experience than I thought.. then again, champagne..

After we did the base layers and stacked the cakes.. Toppings!

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Maple syrup, organic sprinkles and crushed Erin McKenna Chocolate Chip cookies

This step made me realize that cake decorating will need to stay a hobby..

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This came out a lot better in my head

Luckily.. we then got to decorate cupcakes. Yay less surface area to destroy!

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A glass of champagne later…

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Improvement!

 

Cost: $150

Duration: 2 Hours

Take away: 1 layer cake, 3 cupcakes, 2 glasses of champagne and a stomach full of Erin McKenna’s Bakery treats

Satisfaction Score 1-10: 9, I got to meet a bunch of Erin McKenna fans including THE Erin McKenna. How many people can say that their bakery idol taught them how to frost a cake! It’s expensive but the experience is totally worth it!

 

x

Alison