I just want to post a couple pictures of the cupcakes I decorated in my class today. We didn’t really do much, just practiced leaves and flowers, then decorate the cupcakes.
Rather than make my own buttercream icing, I just bought a can of decorator icing from Michaels. It turned out to be a huge mistake, because the decorator icing is very gritty, and the bits of sugar kept getting stuck in the tip I had to use to make the shaggy mums. They turned out pretty badly, but at least I know why! Everyone else decorated all six of their cupcakes this way, but after screwing it up three times, I just experimented with the others before throwing them away (the cake was bad). Lesson learned: make my own frosting! If anyone reading this post is thinking about taking a Wilton course, bring the decorator icing to the first class, but never again!
Oh, and in case anyone was wondering, this is what the shaggy mum should look like. Honestly, I think even the professionally piped shaggy mum looks messy. I probably won’t make too many of them in the future, even with better icing.
My first pom-pom flower came out a bit better than my shaggy mums. I really like this one and I was sad that I can’t keep it forever. There’s definitely room for improvement, but that shouldn’t be a problem because I hope to make many more.
Next week is our final week, and we get to decorate one last cake. I wish I could do something different, but I think I’m going to stick to one of the cakes from the lesson book. It’ll be better if I can follow exact instructions, and I imagine my instructor has made the cakes in the book a bazillion times, so she can help me out. I don’t think I need any help with transferring stuff, but I know I need a lot of practice when it comes to the flowers. So next week’s cake will likely be disgustingly floral.