Category Archives: Starting a Cafe with Nicholas Pillai

October 2019 Baking and Cooking Classes

The Art of Prawn Mee / Penang Hokkien Mee

Sunday October 6th 1 to 4 pm

I was asked to repeat this class, it was well received the last time. So here goes. You will learn;

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  1. Two Prawn Broths required for the preparation of the soup
  2. Chilly Paste
  3. Preparation of the Soup
  4. Other Accompaniments

PRICE PER PERSON – RM150

 

Pie Making Class

Tuesday October 8th 11 to 2 pm

We’ve been planning this class for a while now and finally I have a group.  We will learn everything from scratch. You will learn;

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  1. Short Crust Pastry
  2. Potato Topping
  3. Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Filling
  4. Beef Filling

Price Per Person: RM150

 

Essential Oil in Baking

Saturday October 12th 2 to 5 pm

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We hear so much about the good of essential oils and many uses, but seldom in anything baked or cooked. This class will be conducted by Joe Bell who is a Diamond Leader of doTerra Essential oils. You will learn;

  1. Apple Cobbler
  2. Chocolate Brownies

Price Per Person: RM100.

There will be a question and answer session after the class, so you can further learn about the uses of essential oils.

Cakes for Diwali

Sunday October 13th 11 to 2 pm

Learn to make Sujee Cake and Fruit Cake for Diwali.  The fruit cake is something new I was toying with the other day.

You will learn;

  1. Traditional Sujee Cake
  2. Semi Rich Fruit Cake

Fruit Cake contains alcohol.

Price Per Person: RM150

 

Indian Sweet Class

Saturday 19th October  11 to 2 pm

Learn to prepare three Indian Sweets.  I learnt this in India and had to perfect it before teaching it again. You will be using pure ghee for this class.

You will learn;

 

  1. Rava Ladoo
  2. Palkova
  3. Jelebi

Price Per Person: RM180

Indonesian Layer Cake – Kek Lapis

Sunday 20th September 2 to 5 pm

A class many will term as tedious but then enjoy the fruits of their labor.  You will learn to prepare this cake from scratch.

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Each student will get their own cake.  Only THREE Students in a class.

Price Per Person: RM180

 

Please whatsapp 0166827465 to book your place.

Classes are held at 70 Road 14/24 PJ 46100.

 

 

 

 

 

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Cooking with Nicholas July 2019 Classes

Carrotcake Class

Saturday July 13th 2.30 to 5 pm

 Learn to bake and assemble this all time favorite.  I’m not doing the usual cheese topping.  You will learn;

 

  1. A Nutty Carrot Cake
  2. Butter Cream
  3. Assembling

Each person will take home their own cake.

Price Per Person: RM150

 

Lamb Shank Class

Sunday July 14th 2.30 to 5.30

 A good meal for lunch or dinner when the whole family is together.  You will learn;

 

  1. Fried Lamb Shank
  2. Rich Lamb Shank Stew
  3. Roasted Garlic Mashed potatoes
  4. Roasted Vegetables

Price Per Person: RM160

Each Person takes home 2 Lamb Shank

 

Swirly Curry Puff and Crispy Hawker Curry Puff
Sunday July 20th 10.30 to 1 pm

 

Learn to prepare these teatime hawker delights. You will learn;

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  1. Swirly Pastry (Karipap Putar)
    2. Crispy Curry Puff
    3. Chicken and Potato Filling

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Price Per Person: RM130

 

Nasi Ulam

Sunday July 21st  2.30 to 5.30

Nasi Ulam is a very healthy meal on its own.  Then we add the other good stuff. You will learn;

 

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  1. Nasi Ulam
  2. Roasted Ayam Percik
  3. Sambal Kelapa
  4. Kuah Tumis

Price Per Person: RM150

This is a hands on class. Please bring your containers.

 

One Sambal – Three Dishes

Saturday July 27th 2.30 to 5.30

The versatility of the simple sambal is often over looked.  Sambals can be kept and used with many types of foods. For this class you will learn;

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  1. Basic Sambal
  2. Fried Noodles – Malacca’s Mee Bodoh with the fried Egg
  3. Nasi Goreng
  4. Baked Fish

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Price Per Person: RM150

This is a hands on Class.

Please bring containers

 

Moon Cake

Sunday July 28th 11 am to 2 pm

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This year let’s make Bamboo Charcoal Moon Cakes, you will learn;

  1. Baked Bamboo Charcoal Moon Cake
  2. Traditional Moon Cake
  3. Superior Mixed Nuts
  4. Lotus Paste with different fillings
  5. Salted Egg Filling
  6. Lotus Paste recipe will be provided and explained as this takes too long.
Charcoal Baked Moon Cake

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Price Per Person: RM180

Please bring large air tight containers.

 

Pang Susi

Tuesday July 30th 2.30 to 5.30

Learn this age old recipe which has always been a tea time favorite with the Eurasians and Cristang people. This is always the original soft bread.

You will learn;

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  1. Pang Susi Bread Dough
  2. Chicken Filling- non spicy
  3. Spicy Tuna and Sweet Potato Filling

Price Per Person: RM120

Please bring containers

Classes will be held at 70 Jalan 14/24 Petaling Jaya.

Please whatsapp 0166827465 to book your place.

August Cooking and Baking Classes

Baked Moon Cake Class

Sunday 12th August 11 to 2 pm

Learn to make Baked Moon Cakes’  You will learn;

  1. Pastry Dough
  2. Fruit and Nut – The Nuttiest Filling you will ever taste
  3. Variations of Lotus Paste
  4. Lotus Paste Recipe will be provided and explained in detail.

Price Per Person: RM150

This is a fully hands on session. I must have at least 5 students in class.

 

Jelly Moon Cake

Sunday 19th August 11 to 2 pm

Learn to prepare Jelly Moon Cakes.  These are two of my favorites.

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  1. Yam and Salted Egg Jelly Moon Cake
  2. Chocolate Oreo Moon Cake

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Price Per Person: RM 130

This is a fully hands on session.

 

Tea Time Treats -Creme Brulee and Coconut Tarts

Sunday August 26th 11 to 2 pm

Learn to make two easy treats. You will learn to prepare;

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  1. Creme Brulee
  2. Coconut Tart

Price Per Person: RM125

This is a hands on session.

Please whatsapp 0166827465 to book your place.

Classes are held at 70 Jalan 14/24 PJ.

Do check my facebook page, Cooking with Nicholas for more updates.

 

 

 

May 2018 Cooking and Baking Classes

Messy Cake Class

Tuesday May 1st 10 to 1 pm

Learn to make Messy Cake.  This is a cake where timing is precise. A more Molten Cake will be baked on the day.

Ideal for Vegetarians!

Eggless and Molten!

Each student will get to take their own cake home.

You will learn;

  1. EGGLESS Chocolate Molten Mud Cake
  2. Milk Chocolate Topping
  3. Assembling the cake

Price Per Person: RM150 (Class will commence once there are 3 students)

Everything will be provided.

 

Pineapple Tart Class

Tuesday May 1st 2.30 to 5.30

Learn to make 2 types of pineapple tarts and pineapple jam.  You will learn;

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  1. Traditional Open Tarts
  2. Rolled Pineapple Tart or Pineapple Short Cake
  3. Pineapple Jam

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Price Per Person: RM130 (Class will commence once there are 4 students)

 

Cream Puff and Churros

Sunday May 6th 2 to 5 pm

Learn to make Cream Puffs and Churros.  You will learn;

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  1. Choux Paste
  2. Creme Anglaise
  3. Chocolate Elairs
  4. Churros

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Price Per Person: RM140 (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

 

QUICHE QUICHE QUICHE

Saturday May 12th  10 to 1 pm

Learn to make more tea time favorites.  You will learn to make;

  1. Lightly Spiced Creamy Chicken Quiche
  2. Spinach, Tomato and Capsicum Quiche
  3. Crustless Vegetable Quiche
  4. Short Crust Pastry

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Price Per Person: $150 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

Puff Pastry Class

Sunday May 13th 2.30 to 5.30

Learn to make your own Puff Pastry along with Sausage Rolls and Chicken Pie.

You will learn to make:

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  1. Puff Pastry
  2. Sausage Rolls – The real one
  3. Creamy Chicken with Three Mushroom Filling

Price Per Person: RM140  (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

This is a hands on class, please bring your containers to take your pies and sausage rolls home.  PLEASE DRESS COMFORTABLY.

 

Kuih Kuih 2

Sunday May 20th 11 to 2 pm

Second Class in the series.  You will learn to make;

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  1. Woo Tau Ko (Yam Cake)
  2. Teem Cheong
  3. Chilly Sauce
  4. Kuih Serimuka
  5. Onde Onde

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Price Per Person: RM140 (Class will commence once there are 3 students)

 More Classes will be added.

Please whatsapp 0166827465 to book your place.

Please check Cooking with Nicholas on Facebook to get more updates.

March Baking and Cooking Classes

French Baguette – French Bread

March 10th 10 to 1.30

Bake two types of French Bread from scratch. You will learn;

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  1. Original French Bread/ Bahn Mi / French Baguette
  2. Easy French Bread

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Price Per Person: $130

This is a fully hands on class. (class will commence once there are 4 students)

 

Old Fashion Butter Cake and Butter Icing Class

March 10th 3 to 5 pm

An oldie but a goodie, learn to make Butter Cake and decorate your own cake with butter icing.  You will be taught to decorate with basic icing nozzles.

 

 

Each student will get their own cake to decorate.

  1. Butter Cake
  2. Butter Icing
  3. Spreading Butter Icing
  4. Piping the sides
  5. Stars and Blobs

Price Per Person: $130 (Class will commence once there are 4 students.

Students who wish to attend this class will have to pay their fees in full by the 8th as I need to bake a cake for each student to practice on.

 

Japanese Bread – Soft Bread

March 11th 10 to 1 pm

My favorite bread because I get to make stuff with it.  You will learn;

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  1. Soft Bread
  2. Polo Bun
  3. Coconut Rolls
  4. Bread Loaves

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Price Per Person: $130 (Class will commence once there are 4 students)

 

Pang Susi

March 11th 2.30 to 5 pm

Learn this age old recipe which has always been a tea time favorite with the Eurasians and Cristang people. This is always the original soft bread.

You will learn;

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  1. Pang Susi Bread Dough
  2. Chicken Filling- non spicy
  3. Spicy Tuna and Sweet Potato Filling

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Price Per Person: RM100  (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

 

Rainbow Cake

Saturday March 17th 10 to 1 pm

Everyone ooohs and aaahhs when you cut a rainbow cake. The colors always make everyone excited.  Let’s learn how to make this cake.

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You will learn;

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  1. White Cake
  2. Swiss Butter Cream
  3. Assembling the Rainbow Cake

Price Per Person: RM145 (Class will commence once there are 4 students)

Please bring a square container to take a big piece of cake home.

 

Salted Egg Cheesecake

Saturday March 17th 2.30 to 5.30

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This was a chance tasting and I was hooked.  And it is not even difficult.  The Topping was one of a kind as well, so you will be learning;

  1. Salted Egg Cheesecake
  2. Century Egg Cheesecake (Pei Tan)
  3. Spicy Savory Topping
  4. New Easy Base

Price Per Person: $150 (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

Chocolate Indulgence

Sunday March 18 th 10 am to 1 pm

 A class for all Chocoholics. Learn to make easy favorite Chocolate Delights.  You will learn to make

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  1. Chocolate Marbled Brownie
  2. Chocolate Truffle Tart
  3. Chocolate Muffins

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Price Per Person: $140

(Class will commence once there are 5 students).

Please bring three containers to take home your goodies.

 

Pasta Class  – Make Pasta from Scratch

Sunday March 18th 2.30 to 5.30

Let’s make Pasta.  We will make the pasta from scratch and finish off preparing two family favorites.  These are foods that can be prepared and packed for school or for work. You will learn;

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  1. Pasta from scratch
  2. Double Mushroom Creamy Sauce
  3. Vegetable Lasagna

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Price Per Person: $140

Class can only commence once there are 5 or  6 students as we need the volume to prepare the pasta dishes.

French Macaron Class

Saturday March 24th 10 to 1 pm

Let’s make Macarons.

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You will learn to make:

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  1. Macarons
  2. Chocolate Black Sesame Filling
  3. Sour Lemon Cheese Filling

Price Per Person: $150

Class will commence once there are 3 students

Easter Class

Sunday 25th 10 to 1 pm

 

Learn to make Easter Goodies. You will learn to prepare;

  1. Hot Crossed Buns
  2. Almond Cake – Gluten Free

Price Per Person: $120 Class will commence once there are 3 students.

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Sunday March 25th 2.30 to 5 pm

  1. Chicken Devil Curry
  2. Dry Mutton Curry
  3. A Hearty Vegetable Dhall Curry

Price Per Person: $150

(Class will commence once there are 5 students)

Please bring three containers to take your curries home.

Please whastapp 0166827465 to book your place.  Please book early.

Classes are held at PJ section 14

 

September 2017 Cooking and Baking Classes

Love Cake and Sujee Cake

Saturday September 9th 10 to 1

This Sujee Cake Recipe is more than 100 years old.  This was my parents wedding cake and the person who made the cake passed on a few years ago well into her 90s and this recipe belonged to her mother.

This Love Cake is slightly less heavy then the ones you find in Sri Lanka which is full of sugar that no one eats it at wedding.  I learnt mine from the famous Mrs Foenander.

You will learn;

  1. Old Fashioned Sujee Cake – Semolina Cake
  2. Love Cake

Price Per Person: RM140

 

Vegetarian Cakes

Saturday September 9th 2.30 to 5.30

 

 

 

Learn to make Vegetarian Cakes, you will learn to prepare;

  1. Vegetarian Red Velvet Cake
  2. Date and Walnut Cake
  3. Dulce de Leche Topping

Price Per Person: RM135

Cotton Soft Doughnuts

Sunday September 10th 10 to 1 pm

I love Doughnuts. I like it at its simplest form.  You will learn to prepare;

 

 

 

  1. Cotton Soft Doughnuts
  2. Sausage Doughnuts
  3. Doughnut Malaysia – with Ikan Bilis sambal
  4. Chocolate and Peanut Butter

Price Per Person: RM135

 

Curry Day

Sunday September 10th 2.30 to 5.30

These curries do not contain coconut so they can stand our open house concept.  So this Diwali let’s prepare;

  1. Devil Mutton Curry
  2. Chicken Varuvel

Price Per Person: RM140

 

Old Fashioned Butter Cake and Butter Icing Class

Saturday September 16th 2.30 to 5 pm

 

 

 

You will learn to make the Old Fashioned Butter Cake by hand and then do basic decoration with Old Fashioned Butter Icing.  Each person will get a butter cake fully iced to take home.

Please make your bookings by the 12th of September so there will be enough cakes for everyone.

This is a hands on class.

Price Per Person: $125

 

Shanghai and Kluang Mooncake

Sunday September 17th 2 to 5.30

I find Shanghai Mooncake much easier to make.  So here goes.  You will learn;

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  1. Shanghai Pastry
  2. Kluang Moon Cake
  3. Shanghai Mooncake
  4. Walnut Mooncake
  5. Lotus Paste recipe will be provided and explained.

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Step by Step Photos are available in my blog.

Price Per Person: RM150

 

Traditional Moon Cake

Friday September 22nd 2 pm to 5.30

Learn to make Traditional Baked Moon Cake.  You will learn;

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  1. Pastry
  2. Mixed Nuts
  3. Various uses of Lotus Pate with Salted Egg, and other ingredients.

Price Per Person: RM150

Fish Head and Assam Fish Curry

Saturday September 23rd 2.30 to 5 pm

One Indian Style One Nonya Style..

Please Book Early.  Only Paid Bookings will be entertained.

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You will learn;

  1. Assam Fish Curry
  2. Fish Head Curry

Price Per Person: RM140

Booking to be made by the 18th September as I need to order Fish Heads.

 More photos will be uploaded later.

Masala Raan

Sunday September 24th 2.30 to 5.30

This is an Indian style roasted Leg of Lamb rather ideal for Diwali or even for a small get together.  You will learn;

  1. Masala Raan
  2. Spicy Roasted Vegetables
  3. Palak Paneer
  4. Each person will make their own Paneer

Price Per Person: RM 150

 

Jelly Mooncake

SATURDAY  September 30th 10 to 1 pm

Jelly Moon Cakes might be blasphemous but it is still enjoyed by many.  You will learn to prepare;

 

 

 

  1. Chocolate Oreo Jelly Mooncake
  2. Jelly Mooncake with Egg and Yam filling

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Price Per Person: $130

 

Please email me at cookingwithnicholas@gmail.com or whatsapp me at 0166827465 to book your place.

Classes are held at 70 Road 14/24 Petaling Jaya.

 

 

August 2017 Baking and Cooking Classes

Chocolate Dessert Class

Saturday August 12th 10 to 1 pm

Learn to make;

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  1. Chocolate Tart
  2. Chocolate Lava Cake
  3. Chocolate Mousse

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Price Per Person: $135 (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

 

Lemon Desserts

Saturday August 12th 2.30 to 5.30

I like sweetish sourish desserts, so you will learn;

Lemon Slice

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  1. Lemon Meringue Cupcake – Totally Butter Free Cupcake
  2. Lemon Slice
  3. Lemon Short Bread

This is a fully hands on class.  Class will commence once there are 6 students.

Price Per Person: $135

 

Pineapple Tarts

Sunday August 13th 2.30 to 5.30

A favorite of every festive or any time in Malaysia.

Learn to make two types of pineapple tarts.

You will learn two types of pastries and the jam of course.

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  1. Old Fashion Pineapple Tart – Opened Tarts
  2. Rolled Pineapple Tart
  3. Pineapple Jam

This is a hands on class, please bring containers to take home your tarts.

Price Per Person: $120 (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

 

Hainanese Chicken Rice

Saturday August 19th 2.30 to 5.30

A favorite everywhere, any time…

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  1. Chicken Rice (Heong Fun)
  2. Silken Chicken
  3. Ginger Gravy
  4. Chilly Sauce
  5. Chicken Stock

Price Per Person: $125 (Class will commence once there are 4 students)

 

Indian Style Chicken Class

Sunday August 20th 10 to 1pm

 

I haven’t had this class in a while, because the last time I was quite flustered.  I learnt this in India and when it is not my recipe and I am teaching it, it can get difficult.  So now I’ve refined it and let’s do it again.  You will learn;

  1. Chicken Tandoori
  2. Chicken Malai Tikka
  3. Chicken Lollipop

Price Per Person: RM145 (Class will commence once there are 4 students)

 

 

Fruit Cake

Sunday August 20th 2.30 to 5pm

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Fruitcakes can be made months in advance and nurtured with brandy every week till the big day arrives.  Learn to make;

  1. English Fruit Cake
  2. Rich Chunky Fruit Cake

Price Per Person: RM150 (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

 
Laksa Class

SUNDAY August 27th 2.30 to 5.30

Learn to prepare quick and easy Laksa favorites.  You will learn to prepare;

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  1. Curry Laksa
  2. Assam Laksa

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Price Per Person: RM135 (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

Children’s Bread Class – School Holiday Class

Tuesday August 29th 11 to 2 pm

  1. Bread
  2. Sausage Bread
  3. Chocolate Bread Rolls
  4. Mini Bread Loaves

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Price Per Person: RM120 (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

 

Retro Cakes – Cakes from the 80s

Wednesday August 30th 2 to 4.30 pm

Learn to bake two types of cakes from the 80s.  You will learn;

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  1. Coconut Cake
  2. Tangy Coconut Topping
  3. Butter Cheesecake
  4. Glazed Topping

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Price Per Person: RM140 (Class will commence once there are 4 students)

Please call or Whatsapp 016 6827465 or email cookingwithnicholas@gmail.com

All Classes will be held at 70 Jalan 14/24 Petaling Jaya.