Well, we did it. We finished our Wilton Cake Decorating Course. As has been the standard for the last four weeks, Dot’s cake, well, took the cake. She always has the other students and the instructor oohing and ahhing over her gifted artistry.

In the four-week course, we learned

How to properly bake a cake and how to level a cake

How to fill cupcakes and how to fill a layer cake

How to make out own icing in stiff, medium, and thin consistencies and when to use each one. We learned how to color icing

How to ice a cake and how to later smooth it

And we learned how to decorate. Did you see me smile when you read that? Try again:

We learned how to decorate!

We learned tips and icing bags and angled spatulas and piping gel and color and consistencies and flowers and leaves and pom poms and writing and roses and more.

And these are our Final Projects.

Dot had a plan, but when we got to class she scrapped it and went freestyle. Have I mentioned how gifted she is? I couldn’t toss out a plan and come up with something this gorgeous on the spur of the moment!

I thought up a Summer Garden. I’m disappointed that I didn’t color enough icing for the cake; it’s a bit thin in places. But I forgave myself: I’m a beginner. And it turned out well for a beginner.
Dot’s cake was German Chocolate with a coconut-pecan filling

Mine was a lemon cake with a raspberry preserve filling

And we’re not sorry we cut into them.




And Frankly, My Dear… that’s all she wrote!

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