Monday, April 14, 2008
cake decorating - first class
Last week I did the first two nights of an intensive Wilton cake decorating course. This was course one for butter icing. There is a royal icing course and then a fondant one. I didn’t really know what to expect – I love baking, but I am not the most artistic person in the world and as you know by now if you have been reading my blog for a while, I tend to do things a bit quick!!!
Well, the first night was demonstration only - which I quite liked as it meant I didn’t have to display my inadequacies!! Then for Thursday night we had to make a cake, fill it with some kind of filling and then cover it in butter cream, ready to be decorated at the class. I decided to make Dorie Greenspan’s perfect pound cake which was one of the Dorie recipes that was baked before I joined TWD. The cake turned out well. A nice plain cake that was solid enough to be easy to ice. I filled it with thickened cream mixed with raspberry jam as that was really all I had in the fridge!
The next step was icing the cake with butter cream. I was kind of disappointed with how I did here – although shouldn’t really be for my first attempt! I did find out though, that I iced the cake in medium consistency icing when I should have used soft. You live and learn. My cake didn’t end up looking too bad, but next time I am aiming for a smoother surface.
Then, at the class I got to learn some decorating skills and decorated the cake. I don’t think it is too bad for my first attempt. Although my flower stems leave a lot to be desired – still, you know me, everything a bit quick!!! I quite enjoyed the decorating part and even in that one lesson I picked up a few tips that will help me out in the basic decorating that I do. I really enjoyed the class and am looking forward to next week.
I took the cake into work on Friday morning. It actually tasted really yummy as well. The cream and jam filling was yummy.