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Wednesday, September 28, 2011


We all have an official Wilton "Certificate of Completion", Hurray! I guess we should frame it and open a store.

This last class was to roll all that we learned into a cake, a professional cake, one that someone would pay for.
I learned a lot in this class. One being, I probably wont ever cover a cake in fondant again!
Some of us did quite well. Other's failed (me). I had too big an idea and not enough skill.

So let cut the cake and have a slide show!
This is Bridgette's cake. She spent at least two hours Sunday cutting out her roses. She wanted 13. About halfway through, she wanted to know who came up with that idea.
When she finished covering the cake, she thought it looked like a hat. A bowler perhaps?

This was from the only other student in class. We started out with the 8 of us and finished with 4. Hhhhmmm, I think they were intimidated by the fondant and that's why they didn't show up.
Anyway, this is from the same student who had dyed her hands pink that first day. She did the same thing again last night. She real likes pink fondant!
And now to the fail. Apparently, cakes with edges are harder to cover with fondant. There is more difficulty in easing out the ripples on corners. I had two corners that ripped and ruffled and there was nothing I could do to fix it. Lesson learned.
Lesson two, add more black then you think is possible to keep black flowers. My are slightly blueish. Another lesson learned.
But I don't think my flowers and bow are too bad. And that was why I took the class in the beginning. I wanted to make flowers. I think I can add these fancy flowers to a regular frosted cakes and still get the same wow factor, and I could even do it with corners, just not fondant!
I did my lid before class, to set up. At class I couldn't put the wood grain in the cake while it was all soft. I almost went through the fondant, so I gave up.
And I know that my skeleton it not to scale, but you get the idea.
Maybe next time I'll have more time and skill, I'll cut the cake out and I'll lay the skeleton on a quilted bed. Next time I'll prop the lid. Next time...

Gail did an excellent job with her flowers. She's had practice making the gum paste flowers. She bought a fancy, fancy new set and made these wonderful fall flowers.
The colors are spot on!
Gail made more, but she didn't use them. Don't you love these roses?! Don't tell her, but I stuck one in my pocket. Ssshhhh
All in all, I think we all had a fun time and we learned a lot. Just don't ask me to make you a fancy cake! But I think Gail is going to add "Cake Decorator" to her name tag, so call her.

Have a sweet day!
Take care, Brandie


Linda said...

Fail??? Your cake looks amazing!!! It really is!! Mine...would have had little bite and lick marks on it! LOL! They look so yummy!!! I'm totally craving sweets...I have a wedding next weekend. Trying to watch the carbs. LOL!

Sandie ~call me crazy said...

I think your cake looks fantastic too Brandie! You didn't take the easy way~ you made the hardest cake you could. Yup, now I need some cake too... LOL Have a happy day!

Lori said...

Oh my goodness! I think they are all pretty amazing! I'd give you an A+!!

Jean said...

I love all the cakes! Yours is perfect for Halloween... made me smile.

paulette said...

Wow!! You all did an incredible job!! Yours was my favourite (ssshhhh I don't want to hurt Gail's feelings...) Lori's right...definitely an A+!!

Anita said...

You consider that a fail? Do we need to have a discussion about your expectations??? I love your idea, is the lid made from chocolate or more fondant. I've always wondered what fondant tastes like, is it actually good to eat or just eh? So this means you won't be making my wedding cake?