So here is my second cake decorating project. It’s the finale from the Course 2 Flowers and Cake Design class from the Wilton. We had to do a basketweave cake and I decided to do mine in chocolate. I guess I thought the color more resembled a real basket. hehe. I used a 47 tip for the basketweave and then used a 21 star tip to do a shell border. The basketweave was quite simple to do but time consuming. However, it was relaxing in a methodical way. The roses were made out of royal icing with a 104 tip ahead of time and placed on the cake after it was decorated. I then used green royal icing with a 67 tip to pipe in leaves in the areas around the roses. I made the 2 tone roses by using this tutorial.
I’ve always wanted to take cake decorating classes but something always got in the way. First there was school (which lasted for many years), then there were boyfriends, then there was the career…. well you get my point. So, when I saw the 50% off cake decorating classes at Michaels it was a done deal.
There were 4 two hour classes for $22 which I thought was a smoking deal. In this intro class we learned how to torte a cake, make icing (some yucky shortening based buttercream), how to frost a cake with a crumb coat, use a piping bag, make some little starts, dots and borders and the finale…. a Wilton ribbon rose! There was no baking involved during class and we had to bring in our own cookies, cupcakes and cakes to decorate. Also, there is no equipment provided so you have to buy all of that yourself. I didn’t mind as I knew I was going to reuse it. My friend who took the class with me, who isn’t a big baker, well it was a bit of a waste for her.
Here is the project from that class:
Ok, it’s a bit “Safeway” like but I promise, I do get better! I spent sooooo much time trying to get the buttercream smooth and even. I must have gone over the cake over 50 times! Stay tuned for more!