Our cupcakes runneth over

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 10 July, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 10 July, 2011, 12:00am


Food trends sweep over Hong Kong like souffles rising out of ramekins: one minute it's frozen yogurt, the next it's macaroons. Now it's the era of the cupcake.

The cute confections are particularly appealing to children, so Unicef and Le Meridien Cyberport are on target with their latest fund-raiser: The Little Chef, Big Care - Cup Cake Topping Workshop.

At the July 16 event, youngsters aged five to 10 will learn cake-decorating skills, such as piping techniques and how to make sugar flowers, from Le Meridien Cyberport's pastry sous chef, Kelvin Chan.

'The workshop is based on the 'family cooking class' concept, which encourages kids to achieve goals together with their parents,' says Pinky Yim, the hotel's marketing communications executive. 'On one hand it will strengthen the relationship between kids and their parents and, on the other, it will show them that there are many kids in the world in need.

'Our message is: although you may not be able to make an immediate difference to those in need by yourself, if everyone takes just one step, eventually we will make a difference.'

All junior chefs will get a certificate at the end of the workshop. Their creations will be judged by the hotel's executive manager, executive chef and Chan, based on creativity, appearance and decorating skills. Three grand prizes, including two nights' accommodation at the new Guangzhou Four Points by Sheraton Huadu Resort, will be awarded.

The workshop costs HK$388, which includes cupcakes, materials, tools and aprons - and the fee, minus costs, will be donated to Unicef. To register, e-mail emy.kwok@lemeridien.com with the child's name and age. Each participant can bring two adults. The event starts at 3.30pm. Le Meridien Cyberport is at 100 Cyberport Road, Pok Fu Lam.