In an effort to remind my brain how to learn, I am taking a cake decorating class through our local community ed program. In my family we LOVE birthdays, so I figured this was something I could use in the future and possibly save money, too.
It has been so fun, and our teacher is very sweet! There are also very nice ladies in the class, so it makes for a fun Thursday evening, even if I miss all of my favorite shows. Ü
The first week we learned how to prepare and frost a cake- without getting crumbs in the frosting. I can be harder than you think! We also learned a technique to use a paper towel and a fondant spreader to smooth out the frosting. You can see the results below. Jenna wasn't fooled at all. Her first comment was, "Wow, Mom! It looks like a paper towel!" Nothing gets by her!
Week two: We learned how to use the star tip to fill in designs and to make a shell border. This is not my favorite cake, but we're progressing.
Week three: I decided to try chocolate this time. I also thought I'd show you the steps that I go through to make the cakes. Here I have cut off the top of the layers and have frosted the bottom layer.
Here's the second layer added. I took the cake like this to class to work on.
Next came the chocolate butter cream frosting. I used a giant tip called a cake froster, which was much faster, easier, and better looking than just a spatula. I also think the consistency of my frosting is improving! OK, the blog monster just ate that picture. I still don't quite know what I'm doing here. If you know how to retrieve a deleted picture, let me know.
Here is my impressive Basket Weave cake. (ha ha ha) It actually turned out better than I thought it would and it was so fun to do! I did the vertical lines in a light purple and the rest is chocolate. I also did a rope border along the top and bottom of the cake. I was so proud of me!
Since this is to be my mom's birthday cake, I added light purple rosettes to hold some candles and some stars and dots to fill in the top. Hopefully I will be able to continue to improve. I knew I had done well when Jenna said, "Mom, it looks like a flower basket!" Yeah me!
By the way, stop by my house on Fridays- I always have cake to share!