A few weeks ago my friend went on a Temari cake balls class, run by a local baker. My friend had spotted the class on a voucher website and it sounded like fun, despite neither of us knowing what a temari cake was!
After a bit of research we found out that temari are small fabric balls, made by mothers in China and Japan to give to their daughters as good luck charms. The pretty little decorated balls have translated well into cakes and are now becoming a popular wedding choice - perhaps the next new thing after cupcake wedding cakes and cake pops for the discerning bride!
Sadly the tutor wouldn't let me take photographs of the process (we think she was trying to guard her secrets!) but the process is quite simple. You bake a cake in two half sphere moulds, stick it together with a little jam and buttercream, then roll out a circle of foundant, brush with apricot jam and gently work the fondant down the cake. Laura has a great tutorial from the class she attended here if you want some photos of the process. We could make coloured fondant so I decided on a grey and mint green combo - simple and elegant. The others all went for bright colours and they worked really well with the ethnic style moulds.
We were told to do one cake using cutters and the other using silicone moulds. I made a range of tiny flowers for cake 1 and used two different silicone moulds combined together and sugar pearls for the other. A dusting of lustre dust finished them both off with a bit of sparkle!
Unfortunately I didn't learn many more new techniques with the class, but it was really fun to experiment, and even more fun to tuck into the cakes over the next few days!