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 April 2 to 24, 2018)

Location: Kumarapuram
Classes from June 2 to 24, 2018 (  Most of these classes are suitable for beginners level onwards.

Class Calendar - June 2 to 24

Whether you are looking to start baking or icing as a career, or you’re just looking to bake impressive goodies for your family or friends, then this course is for you!  There are wide range of classes to choose from - from baking, icing, cake decoration and cooking.

Baking Lessons in June, 2018 till June 24

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.

For more details of baking classes you can visit this blog or Facebook page or just call at 9379398865 or 8861389165)

Cupcake for Beginners

Cupcake for Beginners - June 2, 2018

Come and learn the tips and tricks to a successful bake cupcake every time. In this class, I'll show you how the methods, process and few tips for different cake baking methods, as well as simple decorative touches to give you a showstopper finish.

During the class you’ll learn about:

• Steps, process and tips for baking
• Prepare ingredients - Process
• Basic piping on cupcakes
• Troubleshooting for baking at home

What do you need to bring?
No previous experience is needed for this class. All you need to do is bring yourself, enthusiasm and your love of cake, as all ingredients, equipment and tools will be supplied on the day.

Fee Rs 1,400

June 2 ( 2:30 to 6:PM)

Plum Cake and Date and Tutti-Frutti Cake

Plum Cake - Make this rich flavored cake
Keep the Tradition of Baking this Rich Cake! 
It's never too early to plan some baking and making this Rich Plum Cake - an age old family recipe which makes a moist, rich, dark fruit cake full of dried fruits, nuts and high on spirits.
So, If you're in mood to make one, then reserve a spot in this month's lessons:

Cakes Covered:
1. Plum Cake ( Xmas Cake)
2.Tutti-frutti Cake ( Flavorful cake)

When you join this class, you'll learn few tips, techniques involved in this cake and participate in the fun and joyous activities - cake mixing, soaking and the age-old steps of cutting dry fruits, etc.

Date: 2/6/17, Time: 2:30 to 6:PM
Location: Kumarapuram

June 3, 10:AM to 1:PM
Homemade Breads for Beginners

Bread Class for Beginners - June 3, 2018 ( 10:AM to 1:PM)

Bread Class for Beginners

Bread ahead! If you have never baked bread, or looking for the right techniques to bake homemade breads, then this class is for you. In this bread baking class, you'll learn to make 5 types of bread

1. Milk Bread
2. Multi grain Bread
3.Buns/stuffed buns
4.Dinner rolls
5.Cinnamon rolls
Date: 3/6/18, Time: 10:AM to 1:PM


June 3, 2:30 to 6:PM
Fondant Cake Decoration Class
Fondant Cake Decoration for Beginners
Confidently create your first designer cake with Fondant icing!
Learn from the intensive, practical four hour master class where you'll learn - how to make fondant icing, techniques to spread the icing dough on the cake, coloring tips, tips to use the fondant tool kit, make a figurine, etc.

Date: 3/6/17, Time: 2:PM to 6:PM, Location: Kumarapuram

You will go home with:
* One decorated cake designed by you
* An understanding of how to make theme cake
* Skills to cover cakes with fondant icing and make designs
* Fondant modelling tool kit

4/6/18 ( 10:AM to 1:PM)

Cookies ( 5 Types)


Cookies have become so popular with people of all ages - from kids to grownups. That's the reason why this class is popular with people looking to make cookies that are crumblier, crisper and more buttery in flavor.

On Monday ( 4/6/18) 10:AM to 1:PM, you can join for the cookie beginner level class and learn the skill to make:5 types of egg less Cookies
1. Masala Cookies
2. Coconut Cookies
3. Peanut Butter Crinkles
4. Short Bread Cookies
Contact Marina at 9379398865, 8861389165 for details.
Are you ready for Cookie Inspiration!

9/6/18 - Saturday
1 Day Baking Workshop for Beginners
( Learn 5 Cakes and 5 Icing)

( 1 Day Baking Workshop)
Learn 5 Cakes and 5 Icing

- Vanilla Cake
- Chocolate Cake
- Red Velvet Cake
- Lemon Buttemilk Pound cake
- Carrot cake

- Fudge
- -Ganache
-Cream cheese
-Sugar Glaze
( Best for Beginners looking to gain a solid understanding on baking)
Fee Rs 4,900

14/6/18 ( 10:AM to 1:PM)
Lamington Cake and Honey Cake

Popular Cakes - Lamington Cake and Honey Cake
Lamingtons - the iconic cake from Australia!
There's no cake more Australian than the lamington cake. A lamington is an Australian cake, made from squares of butter cake or sponge cake coated in an outer layer of chocolate

Also, Honey cake, an egg-less variety is popular in Bangalore. These two are served with tea in the afternoon.

These two cakes are synonymous with the city - they remind of the people, places or the sunny days.
Join this session to learn these two cake recipes and take home the skills to recreate it in your kitchen

Fee Rs 1,800
14/6/18, 2:30 to 6:PM
Chinese Cooking Class
Chinese Dishes at Home
Get introduced in the world of Chinese cooking by enrolling for a 3 hr class.- a gourmet experience with popular Chinese dishes.

Date: 14/6/18, 2:30 to 6:PM
In this class, you'll learn to make:
- Egg fried Rice
- Mixed noodles
- Chilly chicken
- Cauliflower Manchurian

18/6/18 ( 2:30 to 6:PM)
Blackforest and Pineapple Pastry Cake

Cakes with Fresh Cream Icing 

In this Sunday class, you'll gain the knowledge and confidence to make "light" and "delicious". pastry cakes at home. In this 3 hr class, you'll also learn to use fresh cream icing, layering, applying designs and swrills on the cake.
This class is not only a creative outlet, but a great way of learning to make cakes for yourself, your friends and your family. 

Class details: Date: 18/6/18, Time: 2:30 to 6:PM
Fee Rs 1,900
Date: 23/6/18 Time: 10:AM to 1:PM
Red Velvet and Chocolate Cake

Red Velvet and Chocolate Cake
Make a Deliciously Fluffy Red Velvet & Chocolate Cake
If you fancy making these attractive and popular cakes impressively topped with icing, then it's time to make it a reality. In this 3 hr class, you'll learn the recipe, and steps to make Red Velvet cake & Chocolate Cake.

Fee Rs 1,900
Baking Ingredient Shops in Trivandrum

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.

Baking Ingredient Stores in Trivandrum

Baking Lessons ( Classroom and Online)
Besides the classes in Trivandrum, I have regular workshops in 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 
Off late I've started online baking lessons for those who opt for learning from home.

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