March 14, 2010
It has been a while, well seven months to be exact, since I took my first Wilton Course. It’s either I haven’t had availability to be in town for four weeks straight, or the class that I wanted to take was not offered. I also haven’t decorated a cake since this delicious Beatty’s Chocolate Cake; so I was ready to get my hands dirty again with frosting.
I did not purchase anything other than the second student’s kit. For our first lesson, we were only required to bring in one recipe of Wilton buttercream frosting to class. We learned how to pipe shell and reverse shell borders. We also made three different kinds of flowers: rosette (medium consistency), half buds roses (stiff consistency), and chrysanthemum (medium-consistency).
We had to make a full recipe of buttercream frosting and we only used them to practice in class. Be prepared to have something to use up the leftover buttercream frosting from the class.
I did not have the tip for the chrystanthemum for the class (the store ran out of the student kits), so I decided to practice some on my own at home. I had a little bit of challenge getting my mums to be “flat”–they all came up a little bit higher than what the book looks. Red commented that it almost looked like pine cones, and I kind of agreed. While I was at it, I decided to go ahead and make some roses as well for practice. I can’t wait for the next lesson.
August 16, 2009
I have been wanting to take this class forever and finally got around to call Hobby Lobby and sign up for the Course 1 a few weeks ago. For our first class, I decided to use regular yellow-cake from a box and fill it with strawberry preserves to save some time. But I will probably try to make cakes from scratch for our future class.
For class 1, we basically just watched the instructor frost a cake, and listen to many techniques of baking cake and frosting. Then we were asked to bring a frosted cake for class 2, like this one.
Then during class 2, we learned to pipe using star tip and write using regular round/writing tip. And this is what I ended up. Since we had no celebratory events coming up, I decided to pipe our puppy’s name on the cake. She turned 2 this past May, but I am sure she appreciated seeing her name on here!
For this course, these are the items that I bought so far:
- Professional decorating kit, which was about $139.99, but I used the internet coupon for 40% off, plus you get additional 10% for being a student, so I paid about $80 included taxes. I also plan on taking all of the other classes, which will require some of the tips in this kit. I also wanted to get the bake strip to make the baking even.
- Meringue powder, for the frosting
- Decorator icing in a jar (to make roses for class 3)
- Cake carrier (which was the only thing I bought at Wal-Mart for $6. Hobby Lobby cake carrier is about $25, and even with 50% off, that is still way much more than what Wal-Mart has)
- 8-inch and 3-inch tall cake pan (optional, I believe you can use whatever pan you already have, if you choose so, but I wanted to use the recommended size).
- Almond-flavoring (optional)
- Bake spray (optional), because I wanted to see if they really work out better than SPAM!
- Cut out cake board