Cafés open every day for icing biscuits. See website for timings of specific classes or for Icing Lates
We spent a very relaxing evening last week icing biscuits at the new Biscuiteers boutique and icing café on Battersea’s Northcote Road (their Kensington Park Road shop became a Notting Hill institution the moment it opened in 2012). Quite why piping brightly coloured icing onto a butterfly-shaped gingerbread biscuit should be so satisfying remains a bit of a mystery, but it is and that’s enough. That, and the fact that you can now do it without having to bake the biscuits or prepare the icing first, or clear up afterwards.
The folk behind Biscuiteers had a great idea – to not only produce lovely and amusingly iced biscuits (and cakes and chocolates), which you can buy singly or by the box, but to teach anyone up for it how to do the same. It’s an idea they’ve executed perfectly, and it’s amazing how professional your biscuits look once you’ve been taught a few techniques and given some secret tips. You can take your pick in terms of classes – whether it be by theme (butterlifes, say) or level (from kids’ classes or parties to a five hour extended masterclass), and once a month they run Icing Lates, which are after-work evening icing sessions, with a teacher on hand, when you’re given a glass of prosecco along with several pre-prepared piping bags and a selection of biccies.
Best of all, we think, is the fact that you can just walk into either of the cafés, order a coffee or hot chocolate and just get down to some impromptu icing. For £15 you get three biscuits to ice – you can choose which shapes you’d like – and all the coloured icing and kit that you need to produce your own edible masterpieces. It’s a great thing to do on a rainy day with kids, and because you don’t have to book ahead, you can just go when the icing urge grabs you and your little ones.