It’s been a long while since I’ve been back with a cake-decorating update. This summer, I was out and about, enjoying every last bit of warm weather and taking a bit of a digital detox. As a community manager, I’m constantly tuned into online conversations so I tried to balance that work need with my personal need to quit looking at a computer screen for excessive amounts of time. It was a much-needed break from technology and I’m happier for it.
Nesting, baking and blogging
Now that fall is officially here and there’s a chill in the air, I’m starting to feel the need to nest, bake and blog. So I’m happy to get back to filling you in on my latest cake-decorating projects. But first, I have some news to share.
In my quest to improve my piping skills, I signed up for some Wilton cake-decorating classes at my local Michaels arts and crafts store. I enjoyed them so much, I signed up for four courses and I’ve been piping with buttercream and royal icing and working with fondant and sugar paste.
Skill-building at cake-decorating classes
I learned a lot within a few months and these classes served as a good reminder that although YouTube is a terrific source of cake-decorating instruction, there’s no substitute from learning from an experienced instructor who’s just a few feet away. Watching my cake-decorating instructor Rebecca in action was the best way to learn and her corrective guidance was most helpful.
Here’s a look at my first class project, a rosette-piped cupcake from my Building Buttercream Skills class.
Here’s another flower-topped cupcake I practised with my new piping skills.
Here’s a cupcake cake that taught me a valuable lesson about piping consistency and ensuring your buttercream has enough time to crust over before attempting to transfer a pattern via a parchment template.
And this is what it looks like when I practice piping a shell border.
I’m still learning but I’ve found that the combination of live instruction and practice makes for quick skill-building and added confidence.
I’ll have birthday cakes, a communion cake and more “just because” baking projects to share in the next few weeks as I catch up with writing and image-editing. I hope you have yourself a wonderful weekend.