Cake Decorating- Course 1, Classes 1 and 2

As promised, I will be posting about my adventures with cake decorating! I took the first class almost 2 weeks ago, but we were just going over the icing recipe and what tools we'd need. I thought I'd just combine the post since there was no cake in class 1.

I had the option of purchasing the student kit that was under $20, or the 101 piece Wilton Kit that basically has everything that I'll need for most of the courses. It all came in this caddy so I used a 50% off coupon and ended up getting it for $80. It has several tips, bags, couplers, colors for icing, and other tools that I would have ended up buying anyway. In the first class we just went over what everything in this kit does.
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Now on to class 2! We were given a recipe for the icing and told to bring in a cake that was already made and had icing on it. I made it the night before and got a little discouraged because I was constantly being interrupted. Hubby kept letting Evan run in the kitchen to "help" and he kept bringing the baby in when she would cry.

Here is my icing and cake. I didn't have a big mixer, so I was using a hand held one. It took FOREVER and I slung icing all over my kitchen.
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I went out and bought THIS over the weekend. I had an extra 30% off at Kohl's and got $10 back in Kohl's cash for every $50 that I spent. I thought it was a great deal and would make my life SO much easier.
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Then it was time for icing! I used this huge tip and a bag to put the icing on my cake. It makes icing the side so much easier.
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THIS is what I took to class. I was up until 12:30am putting the icing on so I didn't make it as smooth as I could have.
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We basically just played around with a our tips on a practice board so we could learn how to control our hands. I am still working on pressure control and will keep practicing. We also learned how to start making the rose. I think I'll be able to make a rose in Thursday's class.

I was extremely rushed so I did the boarders really fast. We spent most of the class using our practice boards(which you can see on the left side of this picture). This is my first finished cake for the class.
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This week we're taking cupcakes so we can do different things on each of those. I'm excited to learn more techniques!



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36 comments:

Becca said...

Wowee, that was your first cake for the class? It's gorgeous!!!! :)

Tonya said...

Your first cake looks awesome!!! Glad you shared it with us!

Did they tell you if you use a metal spatula and rinse it in hot water, that the heat helps smooth out the icing on the cake? Just a tip I learned from my cake class...not sure how different our classes are. I am sure you're already getting lots of tips from your teacher so i should probably stay out of it...LOL

Kelli @ RTSM said...

Your cake turned out SUPER cute! And I bet it tasted just as good! I would love to learn how to do all the fun decorating stuff....but I don't know if I have the patience for it LOL!

S Club Mama said...

that is so beautiful! good job!

Maybe I should make my own practice boards...

Hula Hooping Mom said...

what a beautiful cake!!! Really good job!! Way to go!

Heather D. said...

Wow, good job! Don't you live the cupcakes they make on Noggin?! I want to make the Ming Ming cupcakes! :)

Lynette said...

very good work
congrats on the hard work

Erica said...

That is awesome! I think the flowered cake looks great! Did you have a pattern or something? My flowers would have been lopsided and crazy!
That tip for the side of the cake is too neat, I've never seen one of those before! Hope you get to make your cupcakes in peace =)!

Smoochiefrog said...

You did a great job!

If you're using a crusting buttercreme, you can use the fondant smoother and a Viva paper towel to help smooth your icing. If your icing doesn't crust, then go with the big spatula and warm water method someone else mentioned.

Beth P. said...

Wow, nice job! That really looks great. I'd LOVE to do something like this. Ahhh...some day :-)

WOOT for 30% off at Kohl's, I got one of those too! Haha. It makes shopping irresistible!

Bobbi S. said...

Awesome... you make me want to take classes too!

Beth said...

WOW on your first cake! Looks good! I'm a little jealous of your KitchenAid stand mixer though, lol. I'm sure you will put it to good use.

MOMMY-MOMO said...

thanks for sharing! You're soo creative! what a cool cake!

Michelle said...

I think it looks great! Isn't nice to learn something new and do something for yourself.

Mighty M said...

How fun! It looks good, and I love your new mixer!! ;-)

Shannon said...

Wow! What a awesome job.
Keep the post and pictures coming.
So very interesting.

Chrissy MacCEO said...

Looks like such a fun time!!! I am glad that you decided to do this for yourself! You have me inspired to check out when my local craft store has this, too. It's something that I have always wanted to learn!

Jenn @ Beautiful Calling said...

When we got married and moved into our new house, my DH surprised me with a Kitchenaid Mixer and it is my most beloved kitchen item!

Your cakes are pretty impressive! And look yummy!

Stephanie said...

Call me cynical but I have a hard time believing that this is the first time you have decorated a cake!!!! ;)
It is so pretty and I bet it tastes just as good as it looks!
Can't wait to see what you learn next class!

Kathleen said...

Great job!! I have taken the Wilton Course 1 (still contemplating Course 2) and one bit of advice from the teacher that I use when I do cakes is to put the cake back in the fridge once you have done each icing layer (i.e. your crumb coat / dirty ice), let it get a bit hard then bring it out and use parchment paper (even use one of your triangles that you would use as your icing bag), lay it on top of the cake (or sides - wherever you need to smooth out), and rub your hand over it...the heat that transfers through the paper with smooth out the icing giving it a not-so-rough appearance - works very well!

Amy A.K.A. "The Mrs." said...

Yay! That cake looks tremendous! Your family is going to be so lucky to have a cake decorator in the family. :)

Katie@The Baby Factory said...

Wow! Nice work!
Hi, I'm a frequent lurker, first time commenter, except maybe a giveaway...can't remember ;)
I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to take a cake decorating class and really perfect that skill :)

katy said...

The cake is beautiful. I love the colors you used. Good luck with the roses.

Nightowlmama said...

Great job I want to take classes too

Missie said...

that looks amazing! I wish I could take a cake-making class!

Kaylen said...

This looks great for a first time! This means you are a natural cake artist, right??
Good work!! I'm excited to watch you become a master cake decorator.

The Jacobsen Family! said...

Alright, that looks like so much fun. I think I need to look into classes. Can't wait to see what's next in class for you! Good job!

LenaLoo said...

Coming by from SITS, Happy Belated Feature Day :) Oh man oh man, I took that Wilton class, and by the time I was done, I never wanted to touch that nasty butter cream again lol... I am not a clean as you go kind of cook and I found out that baking is so not my thing, but it was fun while it lasted lol... Lucky you, your teacher let you bring cupcakes in to decorate... My friend who took the class with me said she would never bake a cake again but she'd stick to cupcakes...

Bev @ The 3 Clutters said...

Hi SITSta...did I miss the icing recipe?
You are going to be very good at this if that was your first attempt!

Melinda said...

wow! what a great job

Queenie Jeannie said...

So pretty! Great job!!!!

Tracye said...

I can relate to EVERYTHING your Hubs was doing! We can take care of the babies all day long, but they can't for just a couple hours? Yes, it's frustrating.

I'm so glad you got a kitchenaid. It will make caking so much easier.

AWESOME job on your first cake! I don't have a clue how to pipe anything!

Jenna @ A Mom's Balancing Act said...

The cake looks great! That looks like so much fun! I'd love to take a class like that!! I just got a KitchenAid Mixer a while back too. I'm hoping to use it to make a cake for my daughter's second birthday...we'll see how it goes since I have no experience in decorating cakes.haha

Kim said...

Great job on your first cake. I remember my Wilton days. I was so anxious to get to the "good stuff." I just wish they had more to take.

Puanani503 said...

That cake is beautiful for a first time!! can't wait to see the rest of the cakes you'll be creating!:) I've been wanting to do the same thing too and just loaded up on the supplies. but after seeing your deals I'm taking my stuff back and doing the coupons! I was just too excited about starting..

Mary said...

I am so jealous of people who can cake decorate as I am utterly hopeless. I do try but it always turns out a complete joke. These days I just make a chocolate cake and pour melted chocolate over the top - you can't go wrong with that.

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