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Manning River Times 21-22 January 2012

Manning River Times 21-22 January 2012

Amazing cupcakes, says Grace

Grace McCallum loves cupcakes.

She is very particular about the quality of cupcakes she consumes and all that are baked by family are judged by a benchmark that is unattainable to most home cooks. Grace recently moved from Canberra to Tinonee and by doing so, lost access to her favourite eatery, Cherry Seed, a gorgeous vintage-inspired cupcake shop.

This week Grace took her first step towards trying to replicate the perfection of a Cherry Seed cupcake by attending the Bent On Kids Cookery School Cupcakes Class in Wingham.

During her nine years, Grace said she had eaten lots and lots of cupcakes and cited chocolate cupcakes with chocolate buttercream and a chocolate freckle or Jaffa resting on top as her favourite treat.

She said her mum, Ainslee, also made "pretty good" cupcakes, "but not as good as Cherry Seed."

Grace and her eight-year-old cousin, Jackson Brody of Taree, were two of 13 local children aged between seven and 12 who attended the cupcake class this week. Until now, Jackson's knowledge of cupcakes was purely based on consumption but he said he "loved the class and because I've got the recipe, if I get the right things I can now make them at home."

Class participants work in pairs and Jackson said he and Grace made a great team.

"I can't crack eggs so I let her do that," he said. "And Jackson is strong so I let him beat the mixture," added Grace.

Joining Grace and Jackson in the kitchen were Zara Ottaway, Manon Fuller, Lily Fuller, Ruby Summerville, Emily Summerville, chef Michael James, Maddison Marshall, Hamish Marshall, Sienna Ottaway, Jessica Cassels, Benjamin Davis and Amelia Davis.

Bent On Food owner, Donna Carrier, also tied on her apron to help Mr James teach the group of enthusiastic young bakers.

She said the cupcake class was a fun, educational morning for children. The next Bent On Kids Cookery School Cupcakes Class will be held on January 24 from 10am to 1pm. To book call Bent On Food on 6557 0727.

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