Thursday night saw my return to Michaels:
Creature of habit, I took the same spot at the same table as last week. Just me and my cake with the thumb hole in it.
Our first lesson of the day was icing the cake:
I felt like a sculptor at work on a creation!! (hey, a girl can dream):
Cake Guru Shay pronounced her wisest words of the day:
“Once you’ve got the cake iced, STEP AWAY.
You don’t want to overwork the cake.”
Next lesson: adding colour to our icing:
Then we practised with our decorating tips. Today was all about curving lines and tight zigzags:
All you moms, listen up: as a mother of four, Shay has refined her “how to bake and keep your sanity” ideas. Here’s a really good one – tell your children (once a certain age, of course) that if they leave mummy alone to bake in peace, they will get this reward for their good behaviour!…
Linda DID show up a little late, and I am so lucky to have her as my tablemate. She answers all my questions so patiently (when Shay is at the opposite end of the room), and kindly and generously shares her supplies with me.
Let me be honest: cake decorating is not coming naturally to me. I forgot how to screw on the coupler, I cut my decorating bag too short, and I tried to put my decorating tip IN the bag…argh. BUT! I am having fun, and that’s what counts.
By this time, our icing had hardened enough for us to grab our parchment paper and smooth the icing:
And now, the grande finale lesson: Coloured Cupcake on White Cake:
Two of my classmates produced really good designs!
Once home, I showed off my cake:
I sent the cake along to B’s Friday morning class. 8 a.m. cake time? dandy when you’re of college age!
Another fun night – our classes are half over! Boo Hoo!
Next week we will work on cupcakes for our practice pieces!!