In Week 2 of my cake decorating class – we really jumped right into decorating our first cake! But just like any class you take….there was a big homework assignment: bring a frosted cake. So this was me rushing Sunday night to get a cake ready for class. I decided to just make a basic vanilla cake.
I am trying to stagger my purchases of tools so I held off buy the cake leveler. I used a knife and as you can tell it was not perfect. I did buy a cake turntable though which came turned out to be very handy.
Yikes! Even with the tips from our instructor, I failed to frost the cake without picking up some crumbs. This was such a frustrating process and definitely requires some practice. Smoothing it out with parchment paper and a plastic “iron” does help a lot. Ready for class!
In class we colored our frosting and made it to the right consistency. We got to choose two simple patterns to work with: a cupcake or a fish.
We traced a mirrored image of the pattern onto a parchment paper and then with a thin tip traced it with piping gel. Piping gel is a very gooey sticky clear gel that I realize I hate, especially when it starts drying! When transferring the pattern onto the cake you have to do it very confidently and quickly.
We were all so excited to decorate our first cakes! I’m a little more hesitant to dump food coloring in my frosting so my colors came out very pastel. The chain of blue-white swirl frosting was just a happy accident because I was lazy about mixing and also covered up the patches of missing frosting from the side of the cake.
You can see on the bottom corner what the fish is suppose to look like. Why does mine look like a crazy bird?
Time to eat my homework!