Monday, December 21, 2009

Wilton Cake Class One: The Results

While I may bake a mean cake, I sure suck at decorating them. Always have. Husband was better than me at frosting a layer cake for a really long time. Recently, my best friend and I decided to take the Wilton cake decorating class, at the beginner level, naturally. It was a lot of fun - in part, because she and I are prone to get the giggles over silly stuff, but also because the class was just fun. Our instructor, Maureen, was a hoot - she's been doing this a long time, and her style of teaching was definitely from the school of hard knocks.

I did several practice cakes, at first with cake mixes, because I was making cakes so often that I just didn't have the heart to make a cake from scratch every darn day. But they taste so bad! Especially with the class buttercream frosting (a.k.a. CriscoCream). Yuck. Then I made a cake for Thanksgiving as a practice cake, with the Beatty's Chocolate Cake recipe (also known as the end-all-be-all chocolate cake recipe), and it tasted so good, I couldn't go back. From that point on, I made the cakes from scratch. I still have a plethora of box mixes in my pantry that I ought to donate.

The last class was definitely the hardest - roses are not my friends. I had a super hard time figuring out how to large make the rose base, and then how to pipe on the center of the rose. However, I totally rocked at piping rose petals, definitely. My roses didn't look perfect, by any fact, they looked a bit more like carnations, with rough edges to my petals and all. I fully intend to try again on Husband's birthday cake this week, so stay tuned. My best friend on the other hand was kicking out cabbage roses like nobody's business, so I suppose I may call her to pipe a few roses on Husband's cake.

I still can't make my frosting look as smooth and perfect as a wedding cake, but I'm way better than I was when I started, that's for sure. I'd definitely recommend this class to anyone who enjoys decorating their baked goods, I've used a lot of the techniques I learned in cake class on my holiday cookies this year. Here's a few snaps from the cakes I practiced on and class itself:


Life with Kaishon said...

Wow. I am super impressed : ) Glad you found a cake recipe you love to make! : ). Good luck with your husbands Birthday cake! PS I love doing things with my best friend too! She makes the most mundane things interesting : )

Colleen said...

I need this class ASAP. i usually just stick toy figures or M&M's on my cakes because I am soooo bad at decorating. I love that Christmas tree one - beautiful!

ModernMom said...

I took those classes too and can't believe how their little tricks could make such a difference!

Confessions From A Working Mom said...

I think you did a great job! I also have no culinary talent, other than decorating Christmas sugar cookies now and then. Your cakes have made my tummy grumble!


kyooty said...

Very nicely done i'm impressed. My siste ralso took a class and wow you can learn a lot in those classes. She didour dad's 65th birthday cake.

Coretta said...

Merry Christmas and thanks for stopping by the blog. These cakes look yummy! I love "real" icing as opposed to fondant. Making me hungry.

mommy U said...

Coming from someone who is completely taunted by the idea of piping, I think you did an amazing job. Although I will make myself go to a class "someday" there is always the option of buying the pretty hand-made (i.e. pre-made ones) at the cake decorating stores and then not necessarily telling the whole truth when people ask, "Did you make that?" I mean you're not completely lying because you DID make the cake, right:) ~Liz

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