This is going to be a quickie!
Thursday night I started a Wilton cake decorating class. Rather than taking the class at Michaels, I decided to take it at a local bake shop since I thought I'd learn more from the pros.
In our first class we watched the instructor make Wilton buttercream, which contains NO butter, in case you're wondering. I've gotta find something different cause it's sickeningly sweet and full of Crisco--eeeew! Oh and it has meringue powder in it, which I've come to realize makes me break out in hives! Long story that involves many welts, raised red bumps and lots of itching. One ER visit at 2am and a prescription for Prednizone later, all is well.
We learned how to frost a cake (this was very boring for me and it took people forever!), how to use a pastry bag and load the tips, how to pipe stars, zig zags, how to write on cakes, how to smooth out a cake using a paper towel (in this cake a patterened one) and then we decorated the cake using these techiniques. It was required that we have two flowers the rest we could get creative with.
Here's my cake! It got smashed by the lid of the cake box on the way home :-( But I'm pleased with the results being my first time ever to pipe icing not using a Ziploc bag :-)
If anyone has any tips, suggestions, advice or you want to share your experience regarding Wilton Class 1 please email me or leave them in the comment section. I'd love to hear what you have to say!
Next week we're making a clown cake (I'll try to make it as unscary as possible!) and learning how to do drop flowers as well as the Wilton rose. How does one incorporate clowns and flowers on one cake? I don't know, but wish me luck!