Monday, March 15, 2010

Cake Course

Last summer I decided that I wanted to learn how to decorate cakes. Thanks to the Internet, I have been able to see lots of videos and teach myself how to do fondant, but I decided to enroll in the Wilton Cake Courses being offered at our Hobby Lobby.
It was a lot of fun, and I learned a lot of helpful thing. It took me until now to take Course 2. For the first 3 weeks we learned how to make various flowers and borders. (I still cannot make a rose to save my life!) We made the flowers up ahead of time so they could dry enough to transfer to the cake.
Saturday was our final project, putting it all together on the cake.
Here I am doing the basket weave. I was really intimidated by this, but it went on faster and easier than I expected. It was actually really fun, and I plan to use it some more... maybe a chocolate frosting for a brown basket...
I gave my camera to my teacher, and she took these shots of me, sorry the class room at Hobby Lobby has no windows and fluorescent lights (for you Heather, so you can see things in process). I really am concentrating pretty hard here.
Here is the rope border going on.
Basket weave and rope borders done!
Now to add the flowers:
Mine were really bright!
I decided that this cake was going to be for my good friend, Stephanie who turned 40 yesterday! (She's not much older than me, so this was weird for me!) I was afraid I was going to ruin it, because my frosting had gotten so stiff by then (and my hands were tired of squeezing after doing the basket weave) that I didn't think I could write very well.
But, over all, I was happy with how it turned out.
And the most important part is, that I'm excited to do some more.


  1. You are inspiring me - I want to take a cake decorating class - but I should probably wait until after my photography class and watercolor class!!

  2. That looks amazing! I am really impressed how when you do something you DO something. Can I look forward to an Easter basket cake next week?

  3. Ooooh la la! I love your bakset weave skills! Your cake looks great!

  4. mmmmmm! Beautiful design and edible. What a perfect combo! I am so impressed!

  5. Congrats on a cake decorated super well. I've always loved the basket weave and that was my Michelle's request for her wedding cake.