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CDU trainer on cake-walk in Big Apple

By Patrick Nelson

Cake decorator Hayley Tobin (centre) with graduates from the exploding cake class Cake decorator Hayley Tobin (centre) with graduates from the exploding cake class

If you’re in to cake decorating, it doesn’t get much better than a “cake crawl” in New York City.

So says Charles Darwin University’s Alice Springs cake baker Hayley Tobin, the only Territorian among 30 Aussies heading to the Big Apple next month for the three-day program.

Ms Tobin said she was looking forward to meeting some of the world’s best cake decorators, including Ron Ben-Israel, a pastry chef known for his extravagant big occasion cakes.

“It will give me an opportunity to acquire the latest thinking and learn about the latest trends in the industry,” Ms Tobin said.

“These are skills I’ll bring back and incorporate into future classes.”

Ms Tobin supervises the dessert menu at the Desert Lantern training restaurant on Alice Springs campus and conducts occasional weekend workshops in cake decorating.

“There were four enthusiastic students in the July class,” she said.

“It was a class for beginners, where each student learnt how to decorate an exploding cake, which they got to take home at the end of the day.”

Ms Tobin said participants learnt how to cover a cake with chocolate ganache, how to colour fondant and how to manipulate wire shapes to best effect.

“Each student had their own reason for participating.

“One wanted to make a special birthday cake for her daughter and another for a friend who was turning 60.

“Two others were preparing cakes to be raffled in their community organisations.”

Ms Tobin said the trip to New York would be an invaluable source of inspiration and knowledge as she designs a set of new hobby classes for next year.