Can't wait to tell you all about my Wilton cake decorating final class of course 1!
We each had to decorate an 8-inch cake using the techniques we learnt from the previous classes. We had to prepare an iced-cake and sketch out what we have in mind.
Icing the whole cake myself without any help was pretty daunting. Since I don't have an oven, I used store-bought butter cakes. The first step was to 'clean' the crumbs by spreading a very thin layer of icing on the cake. Next, ice the cake using an icer tip - much easier than using just a spatula! Lastly, fill in all the holes and gaps with more icing then smoothen out the surface with a spatula. I kept scraping out more icing than I wanted to while smoothening it out with the spatula, exposing the cake underneath. I ended up doing a lot of patch work. As you can see it is pretty uneven, and the shape looks like a top hat! Oh well, practise makes perfect!
List of things you are expected to bring for class 4:
- Student kit
- Course book
- Damp cloth
- Disposable table liner
- Plastic Bag - to bring home used tips/piping bags
- 2 recipes of buttercream icing prepared at different consistencies (depends on the final cake)
- Flower lifter
- Cake design template
- An iced-8 inch cake
First hour of the class was spent learning how to 'print' and 'write' on a cake. And again, it's all about pressure control! Finally, the pretty ribbon rose! It's easier than expected and once you get the angle right, it's pretty straightforward.
Glad to say that the final product is not too far off from my sketch! I used two different kinds of flowers for my centrepiece - ribbon rose and swirled flower. I piped in more leaves to hide the imperfections...hehe.
These are the cakes created by my fellow classmates. All so unique and pretty!
SO, that's it for now. Thoughts on the course? It is pricey and for that kind of price I expected more to be included in the package i.e. the ready-to-use decorator icing and piping gel for our first class; and the random bits of accessories like the icer tip, 16-inch featherweight bag, angled spatula, flower lifter, disposable table liner and the like. It was also a hassle to bring the cake as well as a huge bag filled all the random knicks and knacks all the way from home, especially if you don't have the luxury of travelling by the real BMW! But instead it's only bus, MRT and walk. Anyway, I cabbed it to class the last day with the iced-cake. Having said that, it was definitely an inspiring course. No regrets! Now I can't wait for course 2!
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