I just cannot help myself. I have to keep trying new things even though I have enough interests to keep me busy 24-7 for the rest of my life…no exaggeration!
This time it was a cake decorating class.
I had no real intention of learning cake decorating. I had wanted to learn how to frost cupcakes (by the way, to date, I have never made a cupcake in my life) since watching the television program, ‘Cupcake Wars’. And, for Christmas 2011, Becky gave me a decorating set which included 14 different decorating tips, a flower nail, a coupler for attaching the tips to the two reusable frosting bags, a cake tester, a decorating comb, a spatula, and four bottles of food coloring; but, NO instructions. So, the set sat in a kitchen drawer.
Then, four weeks ago, I decided to check out the class schedule for Staunton Parks & Recreation in Augusta County. Even though I live in Rockbridge County, I am able to take advantage of Augusta's programs. This recreation program is where I took a jewelry making class last summer, and you know what happened with that class... I went crazy, more like excessive, making natural gemstones necklaces. In any case, there it was…Beginning Cake Decorating. And, the registration deadline had passed. It was late Friday night and I had no chance to inquire about the class at that time. I thought about that class over the weekend; and, on Monday morning, I decided to try to get into the class. I did.
|first practice plate|
|my 2nd cake decorated (Valentine's Day)|
|my 1st decorated cake ( Glenn's birthday)|
Four class sessions later, I am able to (not perfect, but passable for a real beginner) smoothly frost a layer cake (my frosting would always sag down the sides of any layer cake I made previous to this class); and, use frosting to write messages, to decorate with shell trim and basket weave, to make rosettes and roses to decorate cakes. I think my progress is a huge accomplishment over my normal technique of flat frosting a pan cake with a butter knife (I never owned a spatula - angled or otherwise) and throwing some decorating sugar or sprinkles over the top - done!
|more practice pieces|
|my first attempt at roses - Would you believe wildflowers?|
I am thrilled, I had fun, and I look forward to truly decorating all my future cakes.
|My class final - the cake is unfinished because I ran out of frosting - oops!|
By the way, I still have not made or decorated a cupcake.