Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Gum Paste & Fondant - Final Lesson

As I did last class I posted my students final projects. I think their talent shined through with these pieces.

I look forward to teaching them Flowers & Cake Design possibly in the new year. I am also gaining many more interested parties in my buttercream transfer class, I'm so excited, but need to find the time to do so, as I just began teaching Decorating Basics yesterday to ten new students! I'm rather excited, but am already finding difficulties with how the lessons have been planned out, vital information that should have been discussed with the students on positioning the bag, pressure are not being discussed until next week. I think next time I teach this I will work that into the first lesson before having the students put stars on their cookies or practice board. It would have made a big difference in their results.
My cake was made up of all the elements that I taught in class over the past four weeks and incorporate that days lesson into it as well. Note to self: don't put fondant pieces in a tupperware container on the counter above the dishwasher - the heat makes all your fondant go soft and makes the coloured flakes melt :o(

I think the flowers still looked fine once I dried them out again and reshaped a couple. I love cake dummies - otherwise I would have had another project running right along with the others from the previous week.

Gum Paste & Fondant - Covering a Cake Board

I started teaching Gum Paste & Fondant again at Michael's for Wilton last month. I managed to run it with three people - why it wasn't the three who said they were originally interested, I don't know, but my three were perfectly bright and artistic in every way. I used fondant that was rather dry around the edges, and as we needed to have one for the final class I came home and "fixed" it with a smaller border of fresher fondant. I think it turned out well and I used it for my final lesson on the 28th.

Hello Kitty - Madison's 3rd Birthday!

The week of the 20th was filled with lots of baking,as I've said :oP

Sorry this one won't post in landscape, funny it is in my file :o(
Friday I did up the buttercream transfer while Madison's cake baked away in the oven.

My daughter is very picky, not much of a chocolate lover either. This one was a 10" yellow cake with wildberry filling (ED Smith thank you) and fresh whipped cream. Simple buttercream icing in her favorite colour which was discussed only a few days before. Too bad I should have asked her the morning of her party as that turned out to be a "blue" day. LOL! I had iced it leaving placing her name and the transfer to right before it went on the table Saturday afternoon. It turned out great I think, everyone loved the filling.

Welder Cake

Another cake for our babysitter, for the big party. I spent the week of the 20th working on what started out as two projects and ended up being three intertwined with Pancake breakfast preparations for our community league etc.
This first one is a combination of the fondant work I was doing for the Welder cake and for Madison's birthday that were needed for Friday and Saturday.

Thursday night I also baked two dozen brownies and made little fondant Vicwest logos for delivery first thing Friday morning to take for 'Steel Days'.

This one I made as a 10" marble cake with homemade chocolate pudding filling, and her favorite chocolate icing.