Who likes cake?
As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I have been taking a cake decorating class. I have now been through 4 classes and thought I would give you an update.
Class 1 – Lets just say that by the end of the 3 hours I was wondering what in the heck I had signed myself up for, considering we did a lot of listening and not much more. I realize that there are class rules to go over, but come on we were all adults. Not to mention if you can’t bake a cake yet, then this class is probably a bit advanced for you anyway.
Now, I still learned a few great tips that night though so it wasn’t a complete waste of time.
My Tip #1 – take a pad for the stool. My hiney was a bit sore from sitting so long!! Three hours in a long time to sit on a wooden stool. And I was worried about my feet hurting, silly me. LOL
Class 2 – This was a bit more fun and challenging than the first class. I baked two 10” cakes ahead of time & took them with me to class. Then I learned how to base ice a 2 layer cake. I have iced cakes before but this time it actually turned out pretty smooth. We learned to use a few cake tips too but not on the actual cake. I was really impressed with the smooth buttercream icing! And icing between the layers. Pretty thick icing, huh?
Class 3 – I took a 10” 2 layer cake to class. The base icing was done at home. Don’t tell anyone, but I forgot to put icing between the layers. OOPS!! But, it didn’t even cross my mind until I arrived to the class & looked at others cakes. I actually have to laugh at myself over that one. Then during class we decorated it. We used 2 different colors & 4 different tips to make these designs. I was really impressed with the basket weave design.
This is my first official decorated cake!! What do you think? I know it has a few flaws, but for my first one, not too bad. Right? I’m still learning & can’t wait to see what my other cakes look like over the course of the next few weeks.
Tip – make sure to put icing between the layers
Tip – make sure that the icing isn’t too stiff, because stiff icing is hard to work with
Class 4 – Once again, I took an iced 10” 2 layer cake to class. This is my 2nd decorated cake. We used 3 different colors; I chose green, orange, and white. We used 9 different tips! Yes, that seems like a lot. So I guess buying all these extra tips wasn’t a bad idea after-all. At least I am learning how to use them. This was decorated in several steps and along the way I took pictures. I guess you could say I a bit proud of my cakes. I will just share the final cake, instead of all of them, because after-all I am not a photographer.
Next week we do not take a cake to class. We will be learning to make flowers. These call for stiffer icing so this will be interesting.
So far this class has been lots of fun & I have learned so much. I feel blessed that my friend wanted to take the class with me even though she went through it several years ago. In fact, we are having so much fun that we have signed up for the next class that starts in a couple of weeks. We will learn to decorate with more flowers, fondant, and gum paste.
With each class I will be giving the cakes to someone since we certainly won’t be able to eat that much cake. Not to mention we might get tired of cake if we were to have it here week after week. Although, that might add the cushion to my seat
Have you ever taken a cake decorating class? What was your favorite part? Or do you have a different talent/gift?
Maybe the next class I should take is a sewing class. I have always wanted to learn how to sew. All these years later, I wish I had taken that Home Economics Class in High School!