Archive for the ‘Decorated Cakes’ Category

Wilton Course 2 Final Cake

July 2, 2008

I am officially a graduate of Wilton Course 2! I haven’t posted any updates on Course 2 yet because we were basically just working on making all the flowers to put on this final cake. In the course we learned how to use Royal Icing to make flowers that will dry hard and you can make them ahead and then place them on the cake. We also learned how to use Color Flow Icing to make little birds, but unfortunately my birds got cracked in the transportation process so you won’t be seeing those on my cake.

The flowers you see on this cake are daisies, petunias, pansies, daffodils, and victorian roses. This is only about two thirds of the flowers we learned to make in course 2 but I decided to omit some of them from the cake to keep it from being too much.

Please excuse the terrible handwriting on the cake. It was a last-minute and hurried addition. Alex had been complaining that I hadn’t made any cakes in Course 2 so I decided to dedicate the cake to him. 🙂

In the next picture you can see a close-up of the basket weave design and the rope border (top of cake) that we learned in this last class.

All in all, this class was a lot of fun. At times it got a bit tedious making all the different flowers but I am very happy with the final cake. I have already signed up for Course 3 in which we are introduced to fondant! I will be sure to post updates on that was well.

By the way, the cake was just a strawberry boxed cake mix with strawberry jam filling.

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Wilton Course 1, Class 4

June 7, 2008

Ok so I skipped Class 3. What are ya gonna do? Tell the blogging police?? I just wasn’t a big fan of the figure piping techniques we learned in Class 3 so I didn’t get very far in decorating my cupcakes. I might go back to it someday but for now I’m just skipping it. 🙂

In Class 4, the final class of Course 1, we learned how to complete the Wilton Rose and how to make Sweet Peas, leaves, and bows. I enjoyed this class a lot! We actually had plenty of time to finish our cake in class which is much preferred to having to finish at home. The rose was a little (ok a lot) tricky for me to pick up on but eventually I got the hang of it. My biggest problem was the icing being too stiff which was causing my petals to have “prickly” edges rather than smooth edges. Once I thinned the icing a bit it got MUCH easier. In the following photo you can see my “best” rose which is front and center versus some of the ones behind and to the side of it which are “prickly”….

On the final cake I decided to go with a cluster or roses, a bow, a couple of Sweet Peas, and a shell border (which we learned in Class 3). I was very happy with how it turned out. Here is a close-up of the bow and the Sweet Peas….

And one final pic to get a better look at the Shell Border….

I’m already signed up for Course 2 which starts next week. I can’t wait to learn more!

Wilton Course 1, Class 2

May 21, 2008

I recently decided to sign up for a Wilton Cake Decorating class as a way to meet people in our new town and as a way to improve my decorating skills obviously! I really am not much of a cake-maker. I rarely make them and I would almost never choose a cake as a dessert over pie, cookies, bars, cobblers, etc. Thus, I figured this would be a great way to get me out of my comfort zone!

The second class is the first one where you are required to bring a baked, iced cake to class. I wanted something fool-proof for the first class since I was kind of unsure of my homemade cake baking skills so I went with a boxed white cake mix and filled it with strawberry jam. My new friend and fellow Army wife, Angie, came over to my house and we made our cakes together. Unfortunately, I think our icing was still a little too “stiff” because when we went to ice the cake it just kept falling away from the cake and globbing up. It was not easy, but using a metal spatula dipped frequently in water to smooth the surface we FINALLY got our cakes iced.

After the simple icing process giving us so much trouble, I was obviously more than a little anxious about how I would do on the actual cake decorating part. In the class we practiced with our star tip, practiced making the rose “base”, and our writing with icing. Then, we started on decorating our cakes. Unfortunately, we did not have much time to decorate the cake before class ended so most of my cake was finished at home. The design we were encouraged to make was a rainbow using the star tip but we could really be creative and do whatever else we wanted to do. I wasn’t sure how I was going to incorporate a rainbow into a cake but I ended up going with a “Spring Cake”.

Rainbow Cake

When I finished the rainbow, I thought the bottom part of the cake was too empty so I decided to add some “grass” and flowers. The orange-ish color in the picture is actually hot pink but it didn’t photograph well.

Rainbow Cake

It was a slow, messy, and somewhat tedious process but the feeling when I finished the cake was so great. I can’t wait to learn more techniques and get creative!

Rainbow Cake