August 19, 2017

Cat cake carving workshop, Sydney

I’m now home after my Australian cake adventure …. however I have lots of pictures, thoughts, tips and ideas from my travels to share with you all.  To get the ball rolling I’m starting with the second workshop I taught at Iced Affair in Sydney – the novelty cake carving class.

This cake was designed, literally, on the back of an envelope, whilst talking to my publishers on the phone. They were asking for a ‘sassy’ cat cake design to be included in my ‘Party Animal Cakes’ book. The result of my rough sketch was the ‘purrectly exotic’ cat, on which this class was based.

None of the students had ever carved a cake before, so this class was a challenge a few were a little nervous about. However by the end of the day the comments I was hearing were along the lines of “I’m never going to be afraid of carving a cake ever again”, which of course was all I wanted to hear!

Students creating their edible cats

Students creating their edible cats

The cakes, baked by Evan, were a dense white chocolate cake, a new flavour for me so I couldn’t resist sampling a few off cuts – delicious, but disastrous for my waistline (I don’t usually eat cake!)

The finished cakes were a treat – hope you’ll agree

The finished cat cakes

The finished cat cakes

If you are interested in attending a similar course in the UK then we still have a couple of spaces on next Friday’s course – 9th October 2009.  Click here for more details


  1. The cakes look just puurrfect (see what I did there).

    I am looking forward to seeing more pictures from your Aussie trip and counting the days till the ‘Lily cake’class next year.


  2. I was wondering if you have a good basic cake recipe for carving?

  3. Hello Tamara,
    We would recommend the Madiera cake for carving as it is a dense cake. Look in “Cake Chat and Recipes” link and look at “Baking the perfect madeira”