A Day to Remember: Mommy Bloggers Philippines and The Maya Kitchen Mommy and Kid Cupcake Baking Workshop

June 04, 2016
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The day that I was waiting for arrived. I prepared for it because it was another mom and son date for Kuya and I. I was so excited to see my mom blogger friends and bake with them and their kids at The Maya Kitchen and Mommy Bloggers Philippines Cupcake Baking Workshop!

We were blessed to maximize our dating day. It so happened that we also had an event in SM Mall of Asia. We left there at exactly 2:00 PM although traveling from Pasay to Makati was quick and easy. We didn't want to be late and heavy traffic might be expected.

We commuted through jeepney and finding Liberty Building along Arnaiz Street wasn't difficult to do. We arrived right on time.

Upon entering the venue in 8th floor, we thought that we were the first ones to arrive. While I was filing up the registration form, the two lovely ladies of Mommy Bloggers Philippines, Joy Gurtiza and Louisa Mercado, and their kids appeared. Louisa asked me if the other participants were there already. I told them that we were the first to make it. Apparently, they were in the kitchen waiting for the workshop to start! Mali-mali talaga ako kapag natataranta! Kalerks!

Kuya and I went to the kitchen quickly. I saw familiar and new faces, mommies that I had a chance to see online. I was happy to see all of them and of course, my old online mommy friend, Heart Calimlim, was there with her handsome son, Yuri, waiting for me. Prior to the event, we were chatting about our first meet-up and both of us were so kilig about it. Parang teenager lang ang peg! LOL!

Well, I was truly and sincerely glad to see her in person. We were starting to chat when moms and kids were grouped by three pairs. We decided to form our group with Berlin Domingo and her adorable kids.

The photo above and all photos that I am going to show you were captured and owned by the talented and super mom Joy Gurtiza. I'm so proud to say that she's my very first and only photography teacher. I was permitted by her to use them on this article.

Alright, let's move to how the workshop went.

Right from the start, The Maya Kitchen staff and instructor were organized and systematic. They made sure that all the materials that we needed were prepared. The teacher said that baking was different from cooking. In baking, everything must be properly measured to have a successful finished product. Bawal ang manghula ng measurements ng ingredients. To maximize our two hour workshop, we did it it one step at a time with the teacher.

Of course, we had to listen carefully. This was the very first time for Kuya and I to bake from scratch without using cake mixes. Wait a minute, parang ako lang yata ang nakikinig? LOL!

Mommies made sure that their kids took turns in following the teacher's instructions. They were so enthusiastic.

What made it worthwhile was mommies who had prior knowledge to baking gave their pointers and tips aside from the ones mentioned by the teacher. How cool!

Major chikahan to know more about one another and to catch up was evident. It was so true that mommies would never, ever ran out of something to talk about.

We were instructed to place the batter in cupcake trays lined with cupcake liners and gave them immediately to the staff for baking. After baking, we let our cupcakes to cool down. While doing that, we were asked to come in front for the Strawberry Cream Icing Making demo.

It was crowded with fascinated kids so I decided to view the demonstration through the wide monitor on top while cleaning our counter and taking photos.

Before we did our own cupcake decorating, the teacher did it first so that  we could do it correctly. I was all eyes with this portion because I wasn't confident in decorating cakes.

Look how delightful it was! I found it very, very exciting! I was literally palpitating! Tuwang-tuwa talaga ako! Promise!

The kids were asked to line up per group to get their pre-made icing. It was done by-the-book, of course.

Kuya needed a little help. After fixing his piping bag, he was the one who frosted the cupcakes.

I was the one who placed the heart sprinkles on top. Career na career to the highest level! 

While the others were busy decorating their own cupcakes, some kids couldn't help but gobble the icing because it tasted really, really good! Enticing, 'no?

Then we proceeded to the Peanut Butter & Choco Chip Cupcakes following the same system.

The peanut butter made the batter sticky and this time, the kids needed their mommies' help.

Another demo was given  for the chocolate icing making and decorating.

Kids again lined up to get their own icing.

This time they knew how to get it properly.

The cupcakes were already cold so they frosted them the way they wanted it. Kids were so creative.

Two hours passed. We were told to pack up. Box were provided so that we could bring home our baked goodies.

Additional goodies for take home were given by Yummy Magazine Philippines, The Maya Kitchen, and Glad Kitchen.


Aside from the fruitful learning experience and the joy of receiving gifts, these are the memories that we will never forget:

The friendly and happy smiles on the participants' faces brightened our day.

The precious moments that moms and kids shared were etched  in their hearts.

In my case, I had a chance to bond with kids which I truly missed. This workshop fulfilled my desire to become a teacher again to other kids and not just to my son.

Thank you, The Maya Kitchen and Mommy Bloggers Philippines, for organizing this event. It was more fun baking with other mommies and kids. Thank you for bringing mommies and their kids closer. This would remain in our memories forever.

Kuya and I will definitely come back with Papa and Bunso. I encourage you, Moms and Dads, to enroll your kids to the upcoming baking classes this June:

Kids Baking Adventures (ages 5-12)

9:00 AM – 12:00 NN

P1,000 per class

June 8 --- Cupcake Baking and Decorating 1

Strawberries and Cream Cupcakes and Double Chocolate Cupcakes

June 9 --- Cookie Baking 1

Chocolate Chip Cookies and Peanut Butter Sandwich

June 22 --- Cupcake Baking and Decorating 2

Cotton Candy Cupcakes and Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

June 23 --- Cookie Baking 2

Chocolate-covered Candy Cookies and Sugar Cookies

Young Baker’s Hangout (ages 13+)

9:00 AM – 12:00 NN

P1,500 per class

June 15 --- Basic Cakes

Chiffon Cake & Dark Chocolate Cake

June 16 --- Basic Icing

Royal Icing and Buttercream

June 29 --- Commercial Breads 1

Pan de Sal & Ensaymada

June 30 --- Commercial Breads 2

Cinnamon Roll & Spanish Bread

Mark those dates on your calendar! For more information on this and on other course offerings, log on to www.themayakitchen.com, e-mail @themayakitchen.com, or visit The Maya Kitchen Culinary Center every Tuesday to Saturday at 8F Liberty Building, 835 A. Arnaiz Avenue (Pasay Road), Makati City, or call 8921185 / 892-5011 local 108 / Mobile No. +63929 679 6102. Call and reserve a slot now!
Feel free to share your The Maya Kitchen workshop experience! I am so excited to know!

I guess you want to see more photos. Joy Gurtiza posted it on Facebook. Here's the LINK. Enjoy!

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