Edit: I have since been practising and made a short video on how to pipe roses!
I am always on a hunt for new ideas and Instagram is the first place I go to get some inspiration. Recently, I’ve seen a lot of buttercream flower cakes and they’re very pretty! After a few YouTube videos, I decided that I needed a proper class to master the basics.
One of the Instagram accounts I always swoon over is NanaCake’s. Her photos are beautiful, flowers gorgeous and arrangement are always amazing. She also does classes all over the world so I was keeping my fingers crossed for when she would announce a Singapore or Malaysia class!
A few months after that I saw on Instagram that she was coming to Singapore! Without hesitation, I registered straight away. It was very expensive (Sgd 1200) for a two day course but after my classes, I feel that it is definitely worth every penny.
The class went on for 2 days (9am-4pm) and it was very hands on. Nana would first do a demonstration on how to pipe each type of flower, then we started having a go at them ourselves. The thing I love about Nana is that she actually goes around the class and help each of us, one by one. She would always hold our hands to help us get a feel on how to pipe each flower for our first flowers of each type! I found that extremely useful because it’s easy to just watch someone pipe but it is something else when you see it right in front of you and moving your hands yourself!
The flowers we covered in both days include roses, flower buds, apple blossom, chrysanthemum, open peony, closed peony, ranunculus, daisies and leaves. They all varied in levels of difficulty but I think once you get the hang of piping roses, the rest will just come with practice.
I had some experience piping something about 20 roses before this class so I got the hang of piping Nana roses quite quickly and the first day went quite well for me. The second day, however, was a lot more difficult because the open peonies were actually quite hard to pipe! They didn’t really look that good but I’m glad that I gave it a go!
The classes were not just about piping flowers, we also learned about mixing colours and most importantly, floral arrangement.
On the first day, we learned the crescent style and on the second day, we learned the blossom style. Both styles were quite difficult for me because I found it quite hard to visualise what I want to see on the cake and subsequently executing them on the cake itself. The arrangement technique is something I would like to master one day as it can really transform mediocre flowers to something photogenic!
At the end of the day, although this class was very expensive, I feel that it was worth every cent because of the experience you get from learning with Nana. She is a very patient and good teacher. I would definitely recommend her classes to anyone interested in piping flowers!