A few weeks ago, I shrugged off all the hipster trappings of East London and ventured across town to Notting Hill. With its candy coloured buildings and gleaming lifestyle boutiques it is the London of storybooks.
I had been lucky enough to be invited to The Biscuiteers ‘Biscuit Boutique and Icing Cafe’ to celebrate Autumn by taking part in a ‘Woodland Creatures Icing Class’!
The Biscuiteers are primarily an online gifting company that produce tins of fresh handmade iced-biscuits in an array of themes. Each tin is created in their London bakery and hand-decorated by a team of expert icers before being carefully packaged up and sent off to delighted recipients around the globe.
Late last year the company opened up the most charming Biscuit Shop and Cafe in Notting Hill where you can buy biscuit cards, overflowing tins, relax in their vintage cafe and take part in icing classes.
Inspired by old fashioned sweet shops and with hand-illustrated signs and drawings inside and out, the monochrome boutique looks like it has sprung from the sketchy pages of a children’s book.
After I had gotten over the surge of nostalgia that hit me as I walked through the tinkling door I was ushered downstairs for the icing class, held in a cosy kitchen area with copious rounds of teas and coffees. The lovely Lorena was our tutor for the day and had prepped the table with un-iced cookies – naked looking hedgehogs, foxes, badgers, ladybirds and caterpillars!
We then spent an amazing two hours under the inspiring and encouraging eye of Lorena learning the tips and techniques of how to outline a biscuit, flood the biscuit and create what I once imaged to be impossible decorations – like spikes on hedgehogs [ok mine look more like squiggles] hearts on ladybirds and delicate details. We were also shown how make the icing and mix the colours.
My initial thought when I discovered the Icing Classes was that the £78 fee seemed a bit pricey and had I not had the good fortune to be invited, would I pay it? However, I walked away from the class euphoric that I had spent two ultra relaxing hours away from my busy schedule purely dedicated to my own personal development and like I had gained skills that will last me a lifetime. I would highly recommend it!
An icing class costs £78 for 2 hours. Tea and coffee is provided, along with a Biscuiteers book [invaluable] and a 100% cotton apron for you to take home, a Biscuiteers Certificate of Excellence and your box of iced-biscuits [delicious].
See all upcoming Icing Classes here.
Author: Rohini Wahi
Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.
She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at firstname.lastname@example.org