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I am extremely happy to share that we have begun to celebrate the Calle Ocho News’ 19th Anniversary of serving the Miami Dade County community celebration, by launching a series of events happening in our community. On this 23rd edition, we would like to highlight the first of these events that happened on Saturday, July 27th, at the Futurama Art Galleries on Calle Ocho.
The Cake Deco class event was co-hosted by Cakes by Lola. The class took place inside the gallery from 11am to 2pm. The hosts provided some complimentary refreshments and small bites for students attending the class. Additionally, Cakes by Lola offered samples of their cakes to passerby’s while the class was being conducted inside the gallery. The class itself was taught by Marta R. Rosell, the president of Calle Ocho News. Marta owned her own made to order cake storefront, years ago on Calle Ocho for over a decade, named Cakes by Martha. She recently reopened the cake and sugar flower making business under the name of Cakes by Lola, @305cakesbylola, after her granddaughter.
Marta has always had a love for cooking and baking, but her true passion is for cake decorating. She is an avid cook, but her sweet tooth claims her as a skillful pastry chef and cake connoisseur.
This first class focused on the basics of buttercream, called Buttercream 101. Here the students learned tips and tricks, about dressing their cakes with buttercream and using various techniques and styles using specific tools of the trade. They also learned how to overcome certain challenges while working with buttercream at home and left the class with Marta’s secret recipe for a sweet and creamy buttercream that survives our Florida climate. The purpose of this class was to bring community members together and give them the opportunity to learn and master the art of cake decorating while sharing and experiencing the culture our community has to offer. At the end of class, each participant was able to take home their sweet creation to share with their friends and family.
The students that participated in the class, were able to show off their artistic talents and learn simple skills that impacted the cake decorating process. They learned to decorate a pre-baked sponge cake provided by Calle Ocho News, that was included in the price of the event. They shared this opportunity with likeminded community members who collectively let their creative juices flow through the use of buttercream. The students enjoyed learning from expert cake master, Marta and they received instructions in order to master these techniques that will serve as the foundation upon which all their buttercream skills will be built.
The first class, Marta demonstrated how to prepare a cake for buttercream, by leveling and torting the sponge cake. She then explained the proper way of preparing buttercream that doesn’t melt, ideal for Miami climate and instructed the students on coloring and the logistics of the right consistency dependent on the use and application of the buttercream. She went over how to use a piping bag and the spatula to ice the sponge cake perfectly smooth and other techniques students can master and use at home. Finally, they finished off the cake with a lace technique and decorative star border that was ready for presentation.
If you missed this class, and are interested in participating in the next event, we will be offering the same course, Buttercream 101, on the last Saturday of every month at Futurama Art Galleries from 11am to 1:30 pm. You can call 786-521-9130 to register or go to Eventbrite.com and register there. If you want to talk to Marta herself she can be reached at 786-728-1369.
Classes are intimate and tickets will sell out quickly. Purchase your tickets on EventBrite today! The class fee includes a pre-baked sponge cake, use of all the equipment necessary to complete your project, apron, turntable, spatula’s, scissors, disposable decorating bags, decorating tips, gel colors, boards and boxes.
Rosi R. Rodriguez
Editor in Chief