Our first day of cake decorating class was a big hit! We kicked off our fall round of classes with the Cake Decorating Basics, where students learn the three fundamentals of cake decorating: baking a great cake (your “canvas” as Colleen puts it), how to mix icing to the right consistency for your purpose (your “paint”) and how to hold and press the icing bags evenly to produce beautiful cakes!. There were a lot of “ah ha!” moments, some funny stories about previous attempts with cakes, and a few horror stories of frustration.
I think everyone went away inspired and ready to tackle their homework for next week: baking a great cake, “torting” it with a filling of their choice, and making some cupcakes with the leftover batter. The cupcakes will live in the freezer until the third class, but they will ice the cake before class, then practice applying a template of their choosing and filling it in with the techniques they’ve learned.
As the “new girl” in the store, I (Nicole) had a chance to listen in on the lessons and am practicing at home. I have a newfound appreciation for all the great tools that we carry from Wilton to make these beautiful cakes possible. Cake decorating is a great creative hobby to share with friends at potlucks and parties and to make birthday cakes all the kids will be talking about! Once the basics are mastered, the sky’s the limit with what you can make.
If you missed registration for the Saturday classes, it’s not too late to join in the fun. We have another “Basics” class starting Wednesday, October 12th running in the evenings. Let us know if you’re interested, or if you’d like us to let you know when the next round of basic classes start!