Saturday, January 19, 2013

Homemade Chocolates and baking workshop at Trivandrum

Looking for Inspiration, Guidance to Start Baking?

Make this month a memorable one by advancing your knowledge in baking and cooking skills. If you're looking for beginner level class and more, there are a wide choice of classes scheduled from April 2 to 24, 2018)

Location: Kumarapuram
Classes from April 2 to 24, 2018(  Most of these classes are suitable for beginners level onwards.

Whether you are looking to start baking or icing as a career, or you’re just looking to bake impressive goodies for your family or friends, then this course is for you!  There are wide range of classes to choose from - from baking, icing, cake decoration and cooking.

Red Velvet and Chocolate Cake on April 7, 2018

Choose Classes You Like to Learn! Pls feel free to browse through the classes and choose the lessons you like to learn. Each class is on a different date and time.

For more details of baking classes you can visit this blog or Facebook page or just call at 9379398865 or 8861389165)

April Baking Classes ( April 2 - 24)


Red Velvet and Chocolate Cake
( 7/4/18, 2:30 to 6:PM)
In this 3 hr class, you'll advance your baking skills to make these two popular cake. Moreover, you'll learn handy tips to make that perfect finish every time

Cakes you'll learn:
1. Red Velvet Cake (with cream cheese frosting)
2. Chocolate Cake ( with ganache)

Fee Rs 1,900
April 8 ( 10:AM to 1:PM)
Bread Class for Beginners 

Bread Class for Beginners

Gain a solid foundation in bread baking with hands-on bread class. In this class, you'll learn to make 5 types of bread and you'll acquire the skills to make breads in your kitchen.

Breads Covered:

1) Milk Bread/Multi-grain bread
2) Buns
3) Dinner Rolls
4) Cinnamon Rolls
5) Stuffed Buns

Fee Rs 1,900
14/4/18 ( Baking Masterclass with 5 Cakes and 5 Icing)
1 DAY Baking Workshop

( Best for beginners and those looking to gain a solid foundation in baking)
1 Day Baking Workshop ( 10:AM to 5:PM)

This 1 Day Baking and Icing workshop offer you a great way to develop your cooking or baking skills and will give you the confidence to bake these cakes with perfection.
In this session each students will work and bake their own cake and there's enough time to clear your baking doubts.

1  Day Baking Workshop
( 5 Cakes and 5 Icing)

- Vanilla Cake
- Chocolate Cake
- Red Velvet Cake
- Lemon Buttemilk Pound cake
- Carrot cake 

5 ICING/Frosting
- Fudge 
- Ganache
-Cream cheese
-Sugar Glaze

April 8, 2:30 to 6:PM
Fondant Icing Class (  Cake Decoration Lessons for Beginners)

Fondant Icing ( 8/4/18) 10:AM to 2:PM


Have fun and be creative by learning fondant cake decoration. In this Greetings to you.

4 hr class, you'll learn, make and design own cake. This skill will be useful for you to make b'day cakes, themed cake and explore your creative skills.

In this 4 hr class you'll learn to:
-- Make fondant dough from scratch
-- Color fondant icing
-- Spread the fondant on the cake
-- Practice and learn to make designs (Based on the theme)
--Decorate your very own round 6” cake to take home

This class is perfect for beginners and those looking to explore the wonderful world of fondant art.

Baking Ingredient Shops in Trivandrum

If you're looking for shops selling baking ingredients in Trivandrum, then check my my earlier blog post on the list of shops selling baking stuff in Trivandrum.

Baking Ingredient Stores in Trivandrum

Baking Lessons ( Classroom and Online)
Besides the classes in Trivandrum, I have regular workshops in Bangalore and Hyderabad. The classes taken are meant for beginners, people looking to perfect or improve their baking and icing skills, and those who are looking to start a business or teach baking.

Check my Facebook page for the latest classes scheduled in these cities: 
  1. Trivandrum baking and icing class
  2. Bangalore baking and cake decorating class
  3. Bangalore Indian cooking class
  4. Baking and Icing class in Hyderabad 
Off late I've started online baking lessons for those who opt for learning from home.

Many Thanks,

Marina Charles

Friday, January 4, 2013

Home Stay Cooking Classes in Bangalore

Wanted to write this post last year, but some how it got delayed.

After finishing one of my  Trivandrum baking workshop I got a call from a student named Diana. She wanted to learn more that what she learned in her class in Trivandrum. And for that she was willing to come and stay with me in Bangalore.

I was surprised  if not flattered with her request. I never done this before, nor seen anyone with such passion. Thought I had apprehension about it, I decided to give it a try. Moreover, I have a spare room to accommodate her.

So, as decided she came to Bangalore for a week's stay to experience my first ever Home Stay cum Cooking Class.

During her three stay, she learned more cakes and few Indian dishes ( Kerala chicken biryani, chicken curry and Pork Vindaloo). Apart from her culinary adventures, we had a great time shopping and going out at and Bangalore.

Fast forward weeks and she is now a baking star in Trivandrum. She regularly puts her stall in Sarwaa, Trivandrum.

I'm really happy to see such passionate people like Diana..Wish her the best.
Diana with Truffle Cake and Devil's cake

Chicken biryani under way

All Smiles with CheckeredCake  

Mixing & Spreading - Kitchen View 

Seasoning Cashew Nuts

Setting Biryani

Biryani - Under Progress
Setting Biryani 

Biryani  - Ready To Serve


Surprise Christmas Cake

Christmas cake Gift
'Tis the season of giving and I'll happy to be at the receiving end. So, here's a sweet gift I received from a baking student.

Today out of the blue, my old student Nirmala knocked on my door with a rich plum cake.

I was super thrilled to get such a gift and more surprised to know that she had baked this cake by following my Christmas Cake Recipe in this blog. After tasting the cake I suggested her few changes like, reducing the size of fruit pieces.

.Thanks Nirmala for the cake and cheers to her spirit of giving.

"If you inspire one person each day, you’re day hasn’t been a waste. It’s been a blessing"- Robin Sharma

Keep baking,

Gajar ka Halwa / Carrot Halwa

Sliced Carrot - Stirred but not shaken
Gajar ka Halwa - Ready To Savor 

After a long incubation/hybernation, I decided to try out Gajar Ka Halwa recipe. I found this recipe from from Divya Kuda's blog and I'm happy with the excellent result. Thank to her perfect recipe, the explanation and steps. You can follow the same recipe to make this delight.

  • Sweet carrots 500 gms
  • Boiled Milk 500 ml
  • Sugar   1 heaped cup
  • Ghee 3 tbsp
  • Cashew nuts  10-12,chopped
  • Cardamom seeds of 2,crushed
  • Saffron a few strands
  1. Grate the carrots in a food processor.
  2. In a thick bottomed kadai add a tbsp of ghee and saute the carrots for 3-5 minutes.
  3. Add the boiled milk and and cook in low flame for 30 to 45 minutes.
  4. Now add the sugar and stir well and cook until all the milk is absorbed.
  5. In another pan,add a tsp of ghee and roast the chopped cashews and the crushed cardamom to the cooked carrots.
  6. Crush some safforn with your hand and add it to halwa.
Enjoy the hot or cold Gajar ka Halwa.

Happy New year