Giz wrote the portions in red
Psychgrad wrote the portion in purple
Course I is done - we survived without cuts and bruises. We even have the certificates to prove it.
I ended up staying an extra hour to finish my cake
Note to self: In the future, try to avoid dropping your Wilton rose on course certificate (the yellow thing is the perfect rose I made and subsequently dropped on my certificate about 10 seconds after receiving it).
The prep for the 4th and final class of session 1 felt pretty intense. With cake, several piping bags filled with a variety of different coloured icing in different consistencies and topped with different tips, off I went for the climactic challenge of "the final cake".
I learned that making roses that look like roses is a bit of an art. It's also once again, all about consistency - the icing and how you apply pressure to the decorating bag. Early on in the class there was some rather colourful language coming from an otherwise dignified women. If you've been following the series, you know about "annoying woman" who today, true to form, threw a little hissy fit because she just couldn't get it. We tried to reassure her it was all fun and eventually we'd all get it but nooooo...she was beside herself - had to be perfect. I asked her if she was going for an interview at a bakery right from class that she was so hard on herself. At the end of it all, she chose not to register for the next session. Stay tuned for that one.
Then we practised creating a different style of flower
and then the leaves
The beauty of learning how to make leaves properly is that it's possible to hide nearly all sins with leaves.
And then time started running short so it was a race to get the whole thing finished before the class was over.
Here are some of my classmates' cakes, at various stages:
And here's my final cake. I was happy with it, except for some of my icing being too soft (the bow is not supposed to look flat).
Here's Giz's cake:
Overall, I am happy that I took the course. I don't plan to take the second course in the near future, but would like to continue to learn cake decorating techniques.