As I left my first Wilton Cake Decorating lesson, I knew two things. The first being that I couldn’t wait for the next lesson, and the second that I wanted to get home right away and start practicing so that I was prepared for the upcoming weeks.
We had a bit of homework to do for the second and third lessons:
- practice what we learned in lesson 1
- bake some cupcakes
- mix some icing colors
In addition to the above assignments, organizing my supplies was a must. Enter the Decorator Preferred Decorating Caddy. My icing colors and all my other miscellaneous decoration items that took over my cupboard now were housed neatly in one spot. What a great feeling. I’ve been a scrapbooker for years and love the organization aspect of the craft. So I was delighted that the same features are available here with these new items!
All packed and ready for class using only two carrier pieces is a dream come true!
When I arrived at class, one feature I really appreciated about the tool caddy is the fact that the lid stacked under the base keeping it compact. It certainly left me more work space. Everything I needed was conveniently at my fingertips.
When class started, we continued to learn new shapes and decorations with the different decorating tips. The different effects you can achieve from just a few decorating tips really surprised me.
I thought for sure that I would not be able to write with icing. I was again proven wrong. With the proper decorating tip and the right icing consistency, the words flowed very easily for me. Again the practice board was key in being successful with this task. The writing we practiced was in preparation for our final cake in lesson 4.
We worked on cupcakes and cakes in lessons 2 and 3. The cake was my favorite project. I first selected a fun new printed cake board (Sweet Dots Fashion Cake Boards) to be the base of my creation.
I baked and iced my cake at home and brought it to class in the ULTIMATE Trim-N-Turn Caddy. I’ve never baked and shared cakes other than in my own home so I’ve never had to worry about transport. The caddy made it not only easy to transport my cake undamaged, but it also allowed me to use it as a decorating stand. The lid removed and fit nicely under the base. The base also spins to help with decorating or you can lock it in place to keep it from moving. What a great 2-in-1 product.
I used the No. 16 Open Star Decorating Tip to complete my border and add the stars on the top of the cake.
To make the cupcake on top of the cake, our instructor Bernadette showed us how to make a buttercream transfer. I’ve used transfers in crafts but never thought about it for a cake. It worked perfectly.
After I completed filling in my cupcake transfer, I placed the lid on top of the cake, locked it in place and was headed home. The next day I easily transported the cake to work to share. This process was a complete first for me and I was surprised how easy it was for me to achieve the professional looking results! My cake had a definite smile factor!
I knew that smile factor would last me into my fourth and final lesson. I felt so much more confident in my cake decorating skills and it was great to have those skills appreciated by my co-workers. Now I was ready to take my newfound confidence into the preparation for my final cake presentation, which I would be doing the following week. I couldn’t wait to see how it would all turn out.
Want to know how my last class goes? Stay tuned for my final posting where I’ll share all the details of my final cake presentation.
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