Daily Archives: March 5, 2011

New Experience #8: Graduate from Cake Class!

I’m happy to report that as of Thursday evening, I am a Cake Class graduate!

Shay presenting me with my certificate of completion

shall i frame it?!

Once again, our class session on Thursday eve was a ton of fun. (For a recap of Week #1, click here; Week #2 is here; Week #3 – here).

I found the pacing this week to be a lot more relaxing than last week’s flurry of decorating lessons; our curriculum for this week consisted of learning how to print and do cursive writing…

flashback to grade 3 and writing lessons!

[Sidenote: Lesson learned: the icing recipe for when you do writing asks for 1/4 tsp of piping gel + thin consistency icing. I omitted the piping gel because, in all honesty, I didn’t want to open my container for  a mere 1/4 tsp, and I didn’t believe it could really make a difference. I was wrong! Error in judgement! Use the gel!!! Your writing will be more fluid and will adhere to your cake].

…and how to make a Ribbon Rose. I loved learning how to make this flower!!

Shay demonstrates how to make the rose base: you want a hershey’s kiss shape and NOT a witch’s hat!

For the final hour of our class, we dedicated ourselves to creating our unique cake masterpieces.

The concept I envisioned for my cake? A Bon Voyage message with an Under-the-Sea/Aquatic theme. My mental picture included a fish, seaweed, aquatic flora and fauna on the cake face, and a snail shell border around the middle layer of the cake.
Sadly, this design remained but a figment of my imagination.
I accept full responsibility! I embodied the motto, “Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail.”

not so sure about the final outcome!...

ok, it's kinda cute!

Ah, well. On the bright side, I: 1) got a message onto my cake, and it did say Bon Voyage 2) my cake features the Ribbon Rose, the shell border, and the dot, all decorating concepts that I learned over the course of the course.

i liked making ribbon roses more than i thought i would!

every cake in future will feature a rose, somewhere, somehow!


haha! the most successful part of my shell border is located on the SIDE of the cake!

I’d like to give a very big THANK YOU to Shay, my wonderful instructor. Shay really made the course fun. The mood was light, yet we did learn; Shay is personable, relaxed, and knowledgeable, and I just had a great time attending class each week. Thanks so much, Shay! I definitely know a lot more tricks and techniques than when I walked in the door for Class #1!

My classmates kindly granted permission for me to show their cakes on the blog. Enjoy the cake parade!

linda, my table mate for all four classes - i give her an extra special thank you, too, for her willingness to share materials and tips with me; she was a very congenial cake buddy!

connie and lydia - watch out cake boss! lydia is very talented already!

jen - how does she get her colouring so divinely shaded?!!

i m in awe of margaret's shell-making talent!

erin's drop flowers just pop!

laura's attention to detail and her creative genius show a natural ability with decorating!

constance's baby-themed cake was truly creative...and perfect for the intended occasion!

All in all, I’m very happy that I enrolled in this course. I look forward to making cakes for family celebrations, in the future. Mom and I have already discussed our strategy: she will bake the cakes and I will play decorate them. Win-win!

Thanks again to MichaelsWilton, Shay and all my classmates for contributing towards a making New Experience #8 of the Kiki Project so completely enjoyable!