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Congratulations!

Last Friday’s blizzard hit pretty hard. Snowed in and bored, I decided to make a cake. I didn’t have exactly what I needed, but I made it work. I wasn’t going to decorate it, but I found some old (and not at all flowy) piping gel and colored it blue.

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I didn’t have any of my cake decorating tools, so I had to improvise and I think it looks hilarious.

Anyway, yes, blizzard cake! It’s vanilla with cream cheese frosting. I sprinkled a whole thing of chocolate sprinkles in the cake mix so it came out like a chocolate chip cake. Kind of.

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Cake Hump Trifles

When you bake a cake with plans to decorate or even just frost it evenly, you have to level the cake. Some people do that with a knife, others with a cake leveler. After the cake is leveled, you’re left with not only a nice even cake, but leftover scraps of cake. I call those scraps “cake humps,” and sadly they are usually thrown away because I’m too busy with the cake to eat the scraps!

I asked my Wilton instructor what she does with the cake humps and she told me about trifles, which are amazing layered desserts. She said she freezes her cake scraps, and when she has enough, she uses them in a giant trifle which she then takes to a family or work function. I don’t have much room in my freezer, so I decided to make mini trifles out of just the scraps from the tiered cake I made last week.

Using wine glasses, I cut circles in the cake scraps. I layered the circles with the leftover whipped cream frosting and strawberry filling, and this is the finished product (please excuse the crap on the table):

 

You can create all sorts of delicious desserts this way. I’m excited to make more trifles with all the different flavors of my leftover cake scraps, fillings, and frostings. If I come up with any good combinations, I’ll be sure to post about them!

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My First Tiered Cake!

I took my first Wilton project class, Tall Cakes, in June. To be honest, I could have figured out how to make a tiered cake on my own at home, but I thought it was worth the $20 to see my Wilton instructor and classmates again because they are fun people.

Anyway, the class was great and I learned a lot. We had the option of either stacking two cakes or using pillars. I chose to stack my cakes because, well, I didn’t want to spend the extra money on pillars. Plus, pillars would make the whole thing taller and I was already unsure of how I’d fit a two-tier cake into my already-stuffed refrigerator.

I’m not going to get into exactly how it’s done, but if anyone is curious, please let me know and I’ll gladly post about the stacking (or pillar) process!

The class was held just three days before my 25th birthday, so of course I decided to make my it my birthday cake! Every time I make a cake, I think about the people I’m going to share it with and what they might like. This time, I chose everything I wanted, and it felt good, haha! I decided on a french vanilla cake with strawberry whipped cream filling and whipped cream frosting. As for decorations… it was ridiculously hot in the week leading up to the class and I didn’t feel at all like making decorations (or even baking the cake, but I had to do that!), so I decided to decorate the cake with fresh fruit and mint leaves. I think it turned out beautifully. It’s definitely the most elegant cake I’ve made and decorated so far, and very tasty.

On to the pictures!

 

 

 

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Goodbye Flowers and Cake Design

Tonight was my final class in the second Wilton course, Flowers and Cake Design. I had a really great time in this course… it was definitely more fun than the first. I signed up for the third course (Gum Paste and Fondant) right after class tonight and if it’s as least as fun as this course, it’ll be totally worth the money.

I’m super tired so this will just be a quick post with a couple pictures since I already wrote about the class in my super-post last week.

This is a basketweave, made with buttercream icing. It can be used to make a cake look like... you guessed it... a basket.

I didn't have enough time to smooth out the frosting, but I'm otherwise very happy with this cake! It's two layers, strawberry cake with lemon filling and vanilla buttercream icing. There are Wilton roses on top, a violet garland around the side, and a reverse shell border (which we learned today). The roses and violets are a deeper purple than they look in the photos.

My course 2 completion certificate!

And that’s it for now. I’m soooo going to bed! Can’t wait to eat cake tomorrow :D

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Mostly Picture Post

I have lokshen kugel in the oven and about half an hour until it’s done, so I’m going to use this time to post some pictures :D

This stuff is so good. Let’s see if I can finish this post before it’s ready to eat…

I finished the cake decorating course! Most of it’s blurred, but you get the idea.

This is my final cake. We learned how to do the rose right before we started decorating our cakes. Unfortunately, my buttercream wasn’t mixed enough so the roses didn’t come out super smooth, but I actually like the way they look! The cake is lemon with lemon filling and vanilla buttercream.

Monday was my last class for the Decorating Basics course. I really enjoyed it and I learned a lot. I struggled with deciding whether or not I should sign up for the next course. On one hand, I knew the second course would be fun, and I really like the instructor. She’s going to start teaching it next Monday, and if I’m not in that class, I won’t be able to take the course taught by her for at least 3 months. I’d have to either wait, or go to a different store and risk being in a class taught by someone I don’t like. Also, three other ladies from my class were already signing up for the next course, and I think I’d feel more comfortable if I know some people in my next class. But on the other hand, there are quite a few supplies I’d have to buy for the second course, and that outweighed everything else as far as I was concerned.

I was actually leaving the store when I decided to go ahead and sign up. I might as well spend the money on something that makes me as happy as these classes do. Sooo… next course starts next Monday! I’m pretty stoked that I only have to wait a week, and I’ll have the same great instructor.

That’s the only news I have. I made a couple 6″ cakes during the week between my third and fourth class, and I’ve been meaning to post pictures of them, so here they are!

This one was made for a girl I know who really likes Angry Birds. I drew it myself despite the fact that I cannot draw. Cake is chocolate with ganache filling and vanilla whipped cream frosting.

With the rest of the batter from the Angry Birds cake, I made another small one. Chocolate with whipped cream frosting and ganache drizzled on top.

Aaaand the kugel is done! I finished the post right as the timer gave me the one-minute-warning. Yay!

Yum! :D

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