A Sweet Month of Pastry, Cupcake, Truffle, Pie and Macaron Classes at Le Dolci!

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Valentine’s Day Chocolate Truffle Making at Le Dolci, February 8.  7pm-9pm.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $80 +HST/person.  What better way to celebrate love and romance than with chocolate?  Create rich, decadent chocolate ganache truffles and dust and sprinkle your way through luxurious truffle heaven using cocoa, coconut, sprinkles, drizzles and more.  Learn how to use proper hand rolling techniques as well as developing your own recipes and flavourings!  http://ledolci.com/class-schedule/

Valentine’s Day Cupcake Decorating at Le Dolci, February 9.  3pm-5pm.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $80 +HST/person.  Get the creative juices and sweet teeth going as you decorate a dozen delicious vanilla cupcakes to take home!  Use fondant, buttercream frosting, stencils, special cutters and professional tools to create glittery hearts, bows, roses and more!  http://ledolci.com/class-schedule/

Valentine’s Day Cookie Decorating Techniques at Le Dolci, February 10.  12pm-2pm.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $80 +HST/person.  At this class, learn how to work with royal icing and master piping and icing techniques including flooding, flocking, and marbleizing!  Decorate sweet sugar cookies with flourishing hearts, cupid wings, roses, flowers, and more. http://ledolci.com/class-schedule/

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Valentine’s Day Afternoon Tea at Le Dolci, February 10.  3:30pm-5:30pm.  1006 Dundas Street West. $35 +HST/person.  It’s pinkies up at this special afternoon tea and sweets session at Le Dolci!  If you love all things dessert and tea, this is for you.  This afternoon tea will include tea sandwiches, scones, tea, and a boundless array of sweets and nibbles!  http://www.ledolci.com/class-schedule/

Mastering Choux Pastry at Le Dolci, February 13.  7pm-9pm.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $80 +HST/person.  Calling all dessert and pastry lovers!  This sweet class tackles the ins and outs of classic pastries such as eclairs, profiteroles, and cream puffs.  Learn about dough making and baking techniques, and how to create fillings and glazes such as chocolate ganache, cream and more.  http://ledolci.com/class-schedule/

Valentine’s Day Cupcake Decorating with Champagne at Le Dolci, February 14.  6:30pm-8:30pm.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $90 +HST/person. Skip the crazy line-ups and hectic atmospheres and head over to Le Dolci for Valentine’s Day cupcake decorating and champagne instead!  Make it a fun one with a friend or a romantic one with your significant other as you pipe, frosting, and sip the evening away!  http://ledolci.com/class-schedule/

PA Day Fun!  Introduction to Cupcake Decorating at Le Dolci, February 15.  1pm-3pm.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $40 +HST/person.  What better way to enjoy a Friday off from school than to get the creative juices and sweet teeth going as you decorate a dozen delicious vanilla cupcakes to take home!  Use fondant, buttercream frosting, and special cutters and professional tools to create flowers, animals, swirls, and whatever your heart desires!  http://ledolci.com/class-schedule/

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Perfect Parisian Macarons at Le Dolci, February 17.  1pm-3pm.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $80 +HST/person.  Join Le Dolci’s team and other sweet tooths in this introductory class to macaron making heaven.  Learn about macaron ingredients, how to properly mix macaron batter, piping techniques, and bake your very own delicate macaron shells along with mouthwatering fillings!  http://ledolci.com/class-schedule/

Family Day Drop in Decorating Afternoon at Le Dolci, February 18.  1pm-5pm.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $10 +HST/person.  TBA.  http://www.ledolci.com/class-schedule/

Perfect Pies at Le Dolci, February 20.  7pm-9pm.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $55 +HST/person.  Don’t be intimidated by the art of the homemade pie and pie crust – Michelle from the Parkdale Pie Princess teams up with Le Dolci to show you how at this introduction to pie making class!  Learn how to make a great pie crust from scratch, use fresh fruit to make filling, and take home a pie and recipes!  http://www.ledolci.com/class-schedule/

Introduction to Cupcake Decorating at Le Dolci, February 23.  10am-12pm.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $80 +HST/person.  Get the creative juices and sweet teeth going as you decorate a dozen delicious vanilla cupcakes to take home!  Use fondant, buttercream frosting, stencils, special cutters and professional tools to create flowers, animals, bows and more!  http://ledolci.com/class-schedule/

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Introduction to Cupcake Decorating at Le Dolci, February 23.  10am-12pm.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $80 +HST/person.  Get the creative juices and sweet teeth going as you decorate a dozen delicious vanilla cupcakes to take home!  Use fondant, buttercream frosting, stencils, special cutters and professional tools to create flowers, animals, bows and more!  http://ledolci.com/class-schedule/

Sugar Flower Artistry at Le Dolci, February 23.  1pm-3pm.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $80 +HST/person.  Break out your inner intricate artist at this special advanced sugar artistry class!  Learn how to work with mediums such as sugar paste to create gorgeous flowers that you can adorn on cupcakes, cakes, and sweet tables.  http://www.ledolci.com/class-schedule/

Designer Cupcake Decorating at Le Dolci, February 24.  3pm-5pm.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $80 +HST/person.  Walk the runway in true fashionable cupcake style!  In this introduction to cupcake decorating class, learn how to make stylish Louis Vuitton and Chanel handbags, Tiffany jewelry, and more with professional cupcake decorating tools, fondant, and frosting.  Be the sweetest, most stylish fashionista when you walk out of the student with 12 beautifully decorated vanilla cupcakes!  http://ledolci.com/class-schedule/

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New Year, New Cupcake Projects at Le Dolci – Fun With Colourful Fondant Cupcake Toppers!

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A new year means new cupcake projects at Icing Sugar Tower, Le Dolci studio!  The last time I shared my sugary adventures was back in November and December when I was cake popping my way to Christmas with sprinkles and melted chocolate during the holidays.  It was such a fun class to be a part of and it definitely ranked as one of my favourite Le Dolci memories and experiences. 

After a bit of Christmas time off, the Le Dolci crew started 2012 with a bang with cupcake orders, private parties, and corporate cupcake catering.  Add to that a whole slew of macaron, cupcake, and cake decorating classes scheduled well into March and you have yourself one very busy studio!  Upcoming classes include new kid on the block, Mini Fondant Cake Decorating; all-time favourites Marvelous Macarons and Designer Cupcakes; and sweet and seasonal Valentine’s cupcakes and cake pops.  With a growing team, a sparkly new online store, and more and more cupcake baking going on in the Dolci oven every week, the new year is looking bright!  And bright was certainly the name of the game when I made these happy-go-lucky fondant cupcake toppers!

Toppers on cupcakes! Created by Miya

Not only do we jazz up cupcakes with pretty, colourful swirled frosting but we also design beautiful fondant cupcake toppers!  Cute, sophisticated, bright, subdued, romantic, feminine – whatever the mood or look, fondant cupcake toppers set the cupcake decorating bar high with an endless array of colours, styles, shapes, tools, and techniques to work with.  Icing sugar queens, Lisa and Miya, along with Cat (queen bee of Sugar Baking.com) have created fondant cupcake toppers for past Le Dolci classes including Vintage, Designer, and Christmas and this time around, I designed the ones for a special 4-dozen order.  The theme?  Children and kid-friendly!  Well, colour me excited!  I set up my mini work station, grabbed a placemat along with tools, jars of fondant icing colouring, tooth picks, and fondant, and a smattering of children’s themed and kid-friendly cutters: duckies, turtles, trains, rabbits, stars, flowers, and butterflies among others.

I’ll give a more in-depth and thorough tutorial later on in the future, but non-3D fondant toppers are basically created by rolling out fondant icing to the desired thickness, plunging different shaped cutters into the rolled fondant, and letting the fondant air-dry and harden on its own.  Toppers like the ones I made start with a base (maybe a circle, a scalloped circle, a square, or a flower if you so wish) and the rest is completely up to you depending on theme you’re working with or the assortment of cutters you have or want to use.  3D toppers aren’t out of the question though!  Even if you don’t have the time (or, let’s face it, the patience) to construct a dozen 3D trains, you can inject a little 3Dness into the mix by layering and making simpler 3D shapes like bows.  I wasn’t going for a 3D look with these.  Nope, my mission was to design super bright, happy, cheerful, colourful toppers!  

If you don’t have pre-coloured fondant, you can acheive the colours you want by using fondant icing colouring (Wilton has a rainbow of colours that you get at baking and craft shops).  Remember the fondant martini olives I made back in September?  The process of colouring fondant is exactly the same; hurray for toothpicks!  I worked with a primary colour palette of pink, yellow, and blue with secondary shades of purple and green thrown in along with some white to balance out all the colour.  I had myself some fun and the results are down below.  Not bad for a day’s work 😉

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Le Dolci is a private studio located at 75 Portland St., just east of Bathurst near King St. West.  The studio hosts cupcake decorating classes and handles catering for both corporate and personal events.  For more information on classes, schedules, rates, and more, visit their official website here and their Facebook page here.

Break Out the ‘Staches, Handle Bars, and Lip Dusters – It’s Movember Cupcake & Fondant Fun at Le Dolci!

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Prepare to see some fabulous ‘staches being sported on men around the world because in just one week, regions across the globe will be promoting awareness and raising funds to support the fight against men’s cancers and illnesses in the wildly popular Movember nation and worldwide charity event.  On November 1st, guys can register at Movember.com with a squeaky clean shaven face and raise money throughout the month via sponsorship for their moustache-growing efforts!  The “Mo’s” that these men don become symbols of a larger concern facing both men and women, namely, the need to for more public education and discussion of the health concerns men face today.  To show our support for all the fathers, brothers, uncles, grandfathers, boyfriends, husbands, partners, and friends in our – and everyone else’s! – lives, we started testing out some Movember cupcakes at Le Dolci!

As soon as Lisa thought of the idea, I started moulding away with the fondant to come up with some super cute, funny, and just plain ridiculous moustaches!  The first thing that popped into my head was Ned Flanders.  I’m a Simpsons geek through and through 😉  Lisa wanted them big and brash and out there, so I giggled my way through the afternoon as I looked to popular iconic men for inspiration in making my funny, exaggerated ‘staches.  I channeled an exaggerated version of Charlie Chaplin using black fondant, a mish-mash of male characters from the beloved clickety-clack board game, Guess Who?, for my auburn guy, and a cross between the cute Monopoly board game man and Colonel Sanders for my white-haired fellow.  And the blue-eyed, brunette?  I just started rolling fondant and by the time I knew it I had made some ridiculous brown moustaches that looked like croissants!  I call it the croissant moustache.

Lisa also thought it’d be a nifty idea to hold a special themed cupcake decorating class in November in honour of the event!  On Saturday, November 19th from 1pm-3pm, you can decorate and create your very own Movember men cupcakes for your boyfriend, hubby, dad, or brother.  Or better yet, have them come to a class!  Or you know, just have fun and eat them yourself.  I may have used fondant to make these sassy gentlemen, but you could use candies, cherrios, icing, food colouring; the possibilities are endless and you’re like me, making faces and people are fun to do!  It’s hard to stop once you get going.  “Ooo, I can make him into a redhead!”, “Ooo, I can make him with curly hair!”, or “Hmm, moustache pointing up or down?”.  It’s almost like playing with paper dolls only with fondant and with faces.  And of course, the cupcakes.  I cannot wait to put all my Movember men on cupcakes!  I don’t know if any of the “nose neighbours” I made will catch on and provide any guys with inspiration, but they sure are cute and it’s all in good, sweet, cupcake fun.

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Le Dolci is a private studio located at 75 Portland St., just east of Bathurst near King St. West.  The studio hosts cupcake decorating classes and handles catering for both corporate and personal events.  For more information on classes, schedules, rates, and more, visit their official website here and their Facebook page here.