So began my tutelage. I jumped right in, buying the essential student kit and receiving a 40% off coupon. That's how Michael's gets you to come back, by the way. You can't just waste that coupon! You have to use it! Fortunately enough for me, there was always something else I needed to buy for this new obsession, so this dilemma of deciding what to use it on was avoided. That's how it is when you first start out. Every weekend I went to class, I had to buy something for the next one, so those 40% off coupons saved me a lot of money! I need another kit for the next course and it costs $32?! Fugedaboutit. I'll use the coupon! That handy dandy carrying case for all my cake decorating supplies is $40?! Psh! I have a coupon! Yeah....Michael's got a lot of money out of me!
Tonight was my last class ever. It was momentous. While I am happy that I will no longer need to stay up until 1 am Tuesday nights frosting and covering a cake with fondant for class the next day, I'm also sad that it's over. In previous courses, I kind of half-assed my final cake, since our instructor is so lenient. Because this was my last class, I actually picked a cake from the course book and set to work. It took me 2 hours to make all the petunias and leaves for the cake I picked. Petunias....grrr!!! They were one of my least favorite flowers to make because mine didn't even remotely resemble petunias. Until I realized the cake I really wanted to make required 18 of them! I'm a master now!
I'm so proud of how this one turned out. I actually tried, and while not perfect, it is quite honestly the most elegant looking cake I've made. So without further ado, here are a few snapshots.
The course book with the picture of Wilton's very, VERY perfect cake is in the background. I really wanted that peachy color for the flowers because I just fell in love with it! After a few minutes of lamenting the fact that I had no peach coloring, I realized I had pink and yellow from last week's lesson and would end up with something close if I mixed them together. Yay!
A close up of the dots. Oh, the dots! They more resemble Hershey's Kisses. I was too lazy to let them dry a little to flatten them with my finger tips and by the time I decided to do it, the buttercream had already crusted. I'm sure I'll be the only one to notice the imperfections. This one will go to my starving scientists!
This motivates me to do more. I would love to make a wedding cake!