NEW YORK, NY — Junior Chamber International (JCI) Philippine-New York shows no sign of slowing down as this multi-awarded JCI chapter celebrates its golden year in 2013.
On the other side of community service and diplomatic gatherings, exists a fellowship stuffed with constant dancing, marathons, partying and on February 21, 2013 with great sweet kick – cake decorating.
Led by its 2013 Chapter President, Bel Molina, JCI Philippine-New York kicked-off its yearlong 50-year anniversary celebration of excellence and leadership by designing the chapter’s anniversary cake. “We want to get creative and go all the way with butter cream and frosting as we look forward to a magical year ahead,” President Molina said.
The men and women of JCI Philippine-New York, who have extra-specialized skills for project management but rely mostly on creative intuition as survival skills for cake decorating, made their way to the workshop to show their prowess in kneading, smoothing and painting a cake.
“The Adorable Chef” (Adora Adora-Penn), one of New York’s up and coming pastry sous chefs and a Youtube sensation, brought her knack in decorating cake to the young community leaders. Adorable Chef Adora has been baking custom cakes that included Louis Vuitton bag-inspired designs. “You always have to start with a great tasting cake before you try to amaze people with aesthetics,” Adorable Chef Adora said as she shared her secrets and special techniques in cake decorating through easy-to-follow steps.
The venue was filled with sugar and laughter as the members flipped through cupcake flavors and fillings. Among the first major decisions that evening was to either use cream cheese or peanut butter cream frosting on Adorable Chef’s signature baked cupcakes of chocolate, vanilla and red velvet. The decorators scooped butter cream frosting into the pastry bag and dedicated artistry in every swirl.
“Make the center of the rose first, hold the bag in an angle and squeeze the pastry bag as you move the tip up and down in an arch,’” Adorable Chef Adora said as she guided the young leaders to becoming real pros in cake decorating flowers.
The cupcake decorating was like a batch of practice to get the feel for the big cake decorating. Perhaps the most anticipated part was the cupcake tasting which the members were allowed to have one out of three as they were meant to adorn the two-tiered golden cake, later premiered at the Induction Ceremony of the 2013 Officers and Board of Directors on February 23, 2013. Most cupcakes did not make it to the set as members bargained that taste-test is a fundamental part of the culinary arts.
The members made their first foray into fondant with the actual designing of the 15-inch mocha-flavored anniversary cake baked by Adorable Chef Adora. The members learned how to roll the fondant into a thin even sheet, mold it over and skirt the base cake. Designing followed with the painting of the base cake that was open to all skill levels.
As the fate of the cake is a matter of utmost importance, the chef assured everybody that it is all about passion and ambitious creations even if it only involved painting gold shavings dipped in vodka on leaves. Most imperfections were hidden by more creativity. The special feature had to be the JCI logo designs printed on edible paper that covered the flaws of the cake and added a collective appeal to the presentation.
Without any starry credentials on cake decorating except for the dramatic turnout of the golden anniversary novelty cake, JCI Philippine-New York showed that they are ready for any challenges onto another milestone-year of creating positive changes in the community powered by a creative team ready for some cake-worthy celebrating.
JCI Philippine-New York (Jaycees), Inc. is a group of young men and women whose mission is to develop leaders who will create positive change in the local and global community and their own lives through training and networking opportunities. The Junior Chamber International (JCI) isa membership-based nonprofit organization of 200,000 young people ages 18 to 40 in 5,000 communities and more than 100 countries around the world. Although “Philippine” is part of our chapter name, we are not solely a group of Filipinos. Rather, we are an international chapter where everyone is welcome to join. This is our chapter’s 50th year anniversary and we invite you to make a difference in your community, your nation, and your world! For more information, please visit:www.philnyjaycees.org
PHOTO 1: Adora Adora-Penn (rightmost) teaches the Jaycees how to stick edible paper with the Jaycees’ 50th year logo on the Golden Anniversary cake.
PHOTO 2: The Golden Anniversary cake.