The theme of this blog is cakes, funnily enough – the title pretty much says it all, eh?!
Firstly to cake decorating, I kind of went in reverse with this whole cake making thing. Sometimes things just organically happen and move from one thing to another in no predetermined order and not in the way you might have expected… This was one of those occasions.
So I decided I wanted to learn something, didn’t have any idea what my next challenge would be and then I thought, as I have a practical mind, wouldn’t it be good if I was able to properly decorate a cake. Previously I had attempted several cake projects with varying success but never felt the need to be shown the proper skills to achieve better results. So naturally this felt like the right time to learn basic cake decorating skills. I googled local classes and chose a two-hour cup cake decorating course called summer meadow cup cakes at Annabelle Jane Cake School in Maidstone, Kent.
I’ll be honest my main worry was driving in to Maidstone easily and finding a parking space, but once that was achieved I relaxed and looked forward to the new learning challenge ahead.
The course was pitched at the right level with the right amount of technical versus practical content. I thought the course was well run and I really enjoyed the laid back style of teaching; first being shown the relevant technique then having a go myself, with the teacher on hand to advise and guide as necessary.
The results I thought were pretty good, see below:
So that was in the bag, I now felt confident that I was ready for any cake decorating challenge that was thrown at me.
Next I thought well there’s no point being able to decorate a cake without being able to make one so I was then looking to make a cake, assemble it, crumb coat it and finally cover it with icing so I could get to the position of being able to decorate it (as above).
I opted for a slightly different learning process for this part. I knew I could make a basic sandwich cake and my baking skills were not too bad (only occasionally over cooking things with some resulting fire alarm moments but haven’t we all?). I turned to the Internet and some online instruction via YouTube, Wilton’s website etc
There are some good instructional videos on crumb coating, for example, which is the layer of buttercream between the cake and the icing which seals in the cake crumbs to give you a good flat base for your icing to go on.
Armed with my newly learned cake making skills I set to work.
Here are some photos of how it all progressed:
Not a bad attempt I thought. Yes It was for a 40th birthday and yummy it was too!! You could say a successful cake making project.
On to the next learning challenge…. But what will that be????