Our week wouldn’t be complete without a little something sweet, and in the Mini Melanie kitchen, that’s exactly what we got!
In addition to her signature cake truffles, wedding cakes, and croquembouche towers, Chef Melanie is known for the classic Mini Melanie Cakes. These come in flavors like Chocolate Truffle, Rainbow, and Lemon Berry, but NYC campers got a chance to make the most popular flavor of all: Funfetti.
First on the list of kitchen activities was mixing the cake batter. Campers worked together to make and mix the cake batter, adding in just the right amount of sprinkles for a festive and colorful cake. Next, we got our baking sheets in the oven and moved on to decorations!
Each culinary camper decorated a piece of fondant to add as decoration to their individual cakes. We used Luster Dust, which is the go-to decorating tool for all professional pastry kitchens; this is a colorful and edible powder that, when mixed with lemon extract, creates a paint that campers used to bring beautiful shades of blue, gold, and purple to their pieces of fondant. We got creative by adding different colors, designs, and writing to decorations — no two Mini Funfetti Cakes are alike!
The best part of the day was finding out that so many campers are eager to start their own restaurants. Luckily for them, Chef Melanie’s company is the perfect example of what a sweet, successful culinary startup looks like. Chef Melanie shared with us her tips and tricks for following your passion in the kitchen and finding a market for the foods you love to cook the most.
It was inspiring to hear how Chef Melanie spent years experimenting with different truffle and cake recipes before deciding on the perfect flavors to launch her business. After a day in her kitchen, we got a super sweet taste of what goes into making Brooklyn’s most beautiful desserts. Trust us, they taste just as good as they look!