Wow. I can’t believe it’s been so long since I last blogged (there’s that awful “b word”)! I had this crazy idea that I’d be writing about my crafty stuff at least once a week, but look how that’s turned out. I guess I took a little break! I have a rule that I must be cheerful here, so I’m not going to talk about my break very much. I’ll only say that March hasn’t been the best of months. I really want to try to be better about posting from now on though.
I’m going to start my return to blogging with a cake decorating super post! Woooo! In this post: pictures of all the flowers I’ve made in Wilton’s second cake decorating course, Flowers and Cake Design, as well as some information about and my opinion of the course. Here we go!
I started the second course on Monday, March 5. I’ve been to three classes so far and my final class is on the 26th. I thought the first course was fun, but this one is incredible. I’ll be honest… I wasn’t completely excited about learning how to make flowers. I don’t really like flowers, I’ve never cared about them, and I was more interested about making fun cakes than anything elegant and pretty. But I’ve truly had a blast learning how to make all sorts of flowers. I definitely don’t regret taking the course and I feel differently about flowery cakes now that I have. I’ve learned so much, I’m not sure I’ll be able to talk about all of it in just one post!
During the first class, I learned how to use colored fondant to color gum paste (for example: I used a bit of yellow fondant to turn white gum paste into yellow gum paste), and how to make gum glue, which is used like glue to hold separate gum paste pieces together. We talked about color schemes and how to be sure to choose colors that compliment each other. I also learned how to make two different flowers with gum paste: a pansy (which I have a picture of but can’t find right now), and another flower they call a “button flower”. These flowers hardened quickly because gum paste dries out very fast. It lasts a long time, too. The instructor said she still has gum paste flowers she made several years ago!
Usually, they do teach you to make the flower with two colors, but we were running short on time so I could only press one color. I used the gum glue to stick the pieces together.
For the second class, I had to bring some icing, but not buttercream like in the first course. This time, it was royal icing, which hardens ridiculously fast. It has to be mixed with a mixer for 7-10 minutes, and because I really didn’t feel like using my hand mixer for 10 minutes straight, I went to Nate’s mom’s house and used her stand mixer. I seriously need one of those! Anyway, I used the royal icing to learn how to make three different flowers, one of which was a rosebud (and unfortunately, I was unable to take a picture of it).
I needed more royal icing for the third class, and luckily, I still had some leftover from the week before. This class was my favorite so far. We discussed proper flower placement, design, and learned how to use piping gel mixed with icing to “draw” stems and other greenery to accent flowers on a cake. I didn’t have any difficulty with this week’s flowers. Of course I could use some practice, but I understood what to do and got the hang of the techniques very quickly.
Next week, I’ll actually decorate a cake with these flowers. Well, not all of them. I have to make the flowers I want ahead of time and place them on the cake in the classroom. I’m really excited. I think I’m going to use the violets and the Wilton rose. The violets will be purple, of course, but the roses… I’m not sure. I borrowed a stand mixer so I can get started ASAP, so I guess I should figure out my colors.
So, there you have it. A cake super post! Yay :]