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 August 19 to September 3)

Location: Kumarapuram
Start Date: Classes from October 7 to 24

(  Most of the classes are suitable for beginners. There are over 30 classes for baking, icing, cake decoration and cooking.
October Calendar ( Pls click to view the details)

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.

All these classes are suitable for beginners and those looking to advance their baking skills. For more details of baking classes you can visit this blog or call at 9379398865 or 8861389165)


Beginner Level Class ( 7/10/17) 10:AM to 1:PM

Cupcake with Buttercream Icing
( Fee 1,200)

Cupcake and Icing on Cupcake for Beginners 
Gain a solid introduction to baking by learning the basics. This class covers the theory of baking and also covers the tips, techniques and step-by-step process to be followed for baking.

Fee for the cupcake class: Rs 1,200

7/10/17 (2:30 to 6:PM )
Blackforest and Pineapple Pastry Cake

Blackforest Cake

Whipped Fresh Cream Icing on a Moist Cake!

Perfect all the steps required to make a pastry cake by learning the baking process and piping fresh cream using the right consistency.

In this class, you'll learn to soak the cake with the fruit syrup , prepare ( whip) the fresh cream until the cream forms a “peak” and then decorating it with swrills, chocolate curls and designs. Finally, carry home the decorated cake with you!

Date: 7/10/17, Time: 2:30 to 6:PM

Cakes you'll learn: Blackforest and Pineapple Pastry Cake
What you need to bring: An open mind to learn :)

Plum Cake and Date and Carrot Cake

Plum Cake ( Xmas Cake) and Date and Carrot Cake

If you fancy baking a plum cake & date and carrot cake, learning a few new tricks, cake mixing, soaking and the age-old steps of cutting dry fruits, etc, then this class is for you.

This class would include the traditional steps following in cutting dry fruits, mixing process, soaking the fruits, etc.

Date: 19/8/17, 2:30 to 6:PM
Fee Rs 1,800

Red Velvet and Chocolate Cake
( 20/8/17, 2:30 to 6:PM)
Red Velvet and Chocolate Cake

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:
Red Velvet Cake (with cream cheese frosting)
Chocolate Cake ( with ganache)

Fee Rs 1,800


Fondant Icing Class (  Cake Decoration Lessons for Beginners)

Fondant Icing ( 20/8/17) 2:30 to 6: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. _________________________________________

Cookies ( Eggless Cookies)

Cookie Class on 21/8/17
Learn to make really fresh cookies that will melt in the mouth. Here's a lesson to make soft cookies right at home and treat your loved ones with these adorable cookies:

1) Coconut cookies
2) Masala cookie
3) Peanut cringle
4) Short bread cookie
5) Choco-chip cookie

Fee Rs 1,700


1 Day Baking Class For Beginners (27/8/17)

For persons looking to broaden the skills and know more baking recipes, then this 1 one-day workshop on August 27 would be a helpful to learn more cake and icing on one day.

This 1 day class is designed for people with all skills.When you join for this baking class, you'll gain mastery over the 5 items which will cover cakes to bread.

In this class from 10:AM to 5:PM, you can clear all your baking related doubts. In this one-day class, you'll learn the skills, techniques, process to bake cakes.

This class is attended by people who are absolute beginners and those who have limited knowledge in baking. So, whatever maybe your skill, you can come to this class to gain the confidence to bake these cakes in your home.

Bake Five different kinds of cakes (with eggs)
1.Vanilla cupcake
2.Chocolate Cake
3.Cookie ( Short bread cookie)
4 Choco-chip Brownie
5.Breads ( Milk Bread, Bun, Dinner Roll)

Also, learn 2 Types of Icing.
1. Fudge icing 
2  Glaze
Fee for the 1 day workshop is Rs 4,900
Class runs from 10am - 5pm inclusive of Lunch

Aug 24, 10:AM to 1:PM

Homemade Chocolate Class
Homemade Chocolates

Go a step further with homemade gifts – learn how to make homemade, rich, flavourful chocolates.
Fee Rs 1,700

Aug 26, 10:AM to 1:PM
Bread Class For Beginner

Bread Rolls 

Milk Bread made in the class ( Aug 26)

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 1,800
Aug 26,  2;30 to 6:PM
Blackforest and Pineapple Pastry Cake


Wide rage of baking, cooking and Icing lesson for beginners in Trivandrum

Fondant Icing  class in Trivandrum on Aug 20, 2017 - In this class, you'll  learn how to make the fondant dough from the starch, how to color it it, mix it with colours, roll it and spread it on the cake. Next, you get to practice the art of making basic flowers and other designs. When you attend the basic of Fondant Icing Class, you will be given a cake to practice and he fondant cutters. 

In this class, you'll know about the measurement of ingredients, folding, and measurement. Apart from learning the nuances of baking, you'll get hands on experience of baking.

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.

Besides, I teach baking and cooking classes in Trivandrum, 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 

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