Monday, September 5, 2011

Let them eat cake!

I just realized tonight that I have never talked about one of my favorite hobbies on my blog! This is a tragedy since I am addicted to it....what am I talking about? Cake decorating. Seriously Mike has been bugging me lately to clean out my baking/decorating cabinets because they are so stuffed. I haven't been able to do much decorating since Grace was born, but I am hoping to get back into it soon. I need to brush up on my skills so that I can make her birthday cake (please don't remind me that it's only 4 months away!)

Several years ago, I became fascinated by all of the cake shows on TV. My favorites were/are Cake Boss, Ace of Cakes, and Food Network Challenge.  The cakes they make on these shows are so amazing! I decided I wanted to learn how to at least make a basic cake, so I signed up for classes at my local Michaels store. I wasn't sure how I would do, since I had never done any decorating before. But I loved it, so I ended up taking all 5 of the classes that Wilton offered locally.

Here's the first cake I did for class:
A simple rainbow cake. It took me forever, but I was proud of it!

After 4 sessions (about 1 hour a piece,) this was my final cake of that class:

Not bad for 4 hours of instruction I think.

In the next 4 months, I took 4 more classes, each with 4 1 hour sessions.

Here are some of the cakes I did for those classes:

Basket weave butter cream with royal icing flowers and color flow birds

Fondant with gum paste daisies

Fondant with brush stroke flowers

By the end, we were getting into advanced techniques including airbrushing, advanced gum paste flowers and tiered cake work. Here are the last 2 cakes I did in my classes:

Considering where I started, I think I did pretty good!

My Wilton teacher was wonderful and she has some great connections in the cake decorating world. She knows most of the people that I had seen on TV who inspired me to start taking classes! She encouraged several of us to attend the Tulsa Sugar Art show hosted by Kerry Vincent (Food Network Challenge Judge and Hall of Fame Sugar Artist) in 2010. A few of us decided to go and we had a great time. Not only did we get to look at some fabulous cakes and meet some amazing people (we got a picture of us with Kerry Vincent and the camera ate it, I was so upset), we also got to participate in a 2 day hands on class where we created a huge Halloween cake display! Please excuse my look in these pictures, I was 5 months pregnant at the time!

My friends and I with one of the class teachers Cheri Elder (KC cake artist often featured on TLC's Ultimate Cake Off)

It's Bronwen!!!!! Seriously, Bronwen is an amazing decorator from Texas who has won Food Network Challenge more times than I can count. She and her husband were teachers in the class and I was so excited to meet her!!!
 I can't find a picture of the whole display we created, but here are some bits and pieces. The entire thing was huge.
Ghost. I rolled out tons of fondant for this thing!

We helped Bronwen with Frankenstein and my friend and I covered and decorated the heart!

Yep, everything is cake.

I would love to decorate cakes and sell them for extra income, but Missouri has a law that prohibits selling home made food items. Any food product must be produced in an inspected kitchen, which means that I would have to rent kitchen space. If they catch you advertising home made items, you can be fined. Hopefully I can do a few cakes for Grace's friends (since that would be word of mouth,) but we'll see what happens.

This has been a long post....I warned you that I was addicted!

1 comment:

  1. I took a cake decorating class when I was in 4-H. I enjoyed it, but never did anything elaborate :)



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