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Thursday, February 10, 2011

wilton decorating class: week 2

let me tell you:
i love this class.
it's a lot of fun
& i'm learning new techniques.
let me also prepare you if you ever plan on taking these classes:
they are EXPENSIVE.

when i walked into hobby lobby
& was approached by the instructor,
he said it was $20
& that it included the book.
well, super!
i can swing $20 for a 4 week class!
& if the book is included?
what a deal!


yes, the class is $20.
you will spend a lot on supplies.
not just money, but time.
i don't know what i was expecting...
but this wasn't it!

don't get me wrong,
i love love love the class
& am really excited to be taking it!
i just wish they had better explained the true cost.

anywho, on to the exciting stuff!

i got to decorate a cake tonight!
i baked a single layer 8" white cake
(if you haven't tried this product, you need to! it worked amazingly!)
and torted it.

can i just tell you how cool this tool is?
it makes leveling your cakes a breeze!
i'd say it's a must have for anyone who enjoys baking!

so after i got all that done,
we built a dam with icing on the first layer, filled it in, & stacked the second layer on top.
did you know that if you put a toothpick in the same spot on both layers, it's way easier to align your cake? ;) who knew!?

next was the crumb coat.
& then the top coat.
tip: when doing your final, smooth coat, don't go back & forth with your spatula! that's how you get crumbs!! if you go in one direction, you're doing great! also, if you get the viva brand paper towels, they work great to get all of the spatula marks off of your cake. (the paper towels have virtually no pattern!) basically, you lay the paper towel on your cake & smooth it out with your hands (light, even pressure, of course!). it really works wonders... you'd be amazed.

after allllll that work
i finally got to decorate.
did i take a single picture?
i'm a bad blogger!
but, honestly, the cake was not something i'm terribly proud of.
i'm excited about the techniques i'm learning...
not of the decorating the instructor is making me do.

if you guys would like to read up on some helpful tips, i highly recommend the decorating basics page on the wilton website. they really do know what they are talking about when it comes to this stuff. :)

sorry that was such a long post!
& with no pictures!

until tomorrow, friends!
dowlings, out!


  1. Wait - I need to get a notebook and write down all these tips! The paper towel - never heard anything like that before! That cake cutter thingy - WANT. Not that I make oh so many layer cakes....but still - all those cake decorating supplies at Michaels are so fun! (Expensive - yes - thats not fun!) Thanks for sharing all these great reading about your class.

    Have a fab weekend my dear!

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  3. thank you!! i actually make all of my backgrounds with digital scrapbooking kits. :D

  4. I love this post! You have some great cake-baking tips! I haven't made a torte but you make me wanna try it! And I never would have known such tools exist. Thanks for sharing your knowledge! And I bet those classes are expensive.... but at least the tools you are buying you get to keep for yourself!