Elaine Anderson is teaching people the dying art of making Easter eggs and flowers on cakes made from sugar.
Elaine Anderson is teaching people the dying art of making Easter eggs and flowers on cakes made from sugar. Chris Ison

Eggsactly the time for sweet craft

ELAINE Anderson is working to resurrect a dying art using a wooden spoon, a dash of enthusiasm and a whole lot of sugar.

Forty years ago Elaine's mother began decorating wedding and birthday cakes with vibrant sugar flowers and creating delicious Easter eggs from sugar.

And four years ago Elaine's mother began teaching her the art.

Elaine said it was something that was normally passed down from mother to daughter, particular in this day and age.

"It's a dying art," she said.

"Not a lot of bakeries have the facilities."

So Elaine has been making cakes with the spectacular sugar decorations and royal icing for people.

And last year she decided to give others the opportunity to learn the cooking art she loves so much at CQ Tafe.

From carnations to roses, bows to ribbons, on two-tiered wedding cakes to tiny cupcakes, Elaine can teach it.

Elaine said anyone could do it, they would even provide the cake to put the decorations on.

There will be classes held both at CQ Tafe's Rocky and Capricorn Coast campuses.

Elaine said students need only bring their aprons and closed-in shoes, everything else would be provided.

For more information, go to the website cq.tafe.qld.gov.au or call 1300 CQTAFE.



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