Friday, February 22, 2013

My First Wilton Decorated Cake

The next class of my Wilton cake decorating course consisted of being asked to prepare two bags of frosting, frost an 8 inch circle cake and decorate with any of the three designs given. There as a fish, hamburger and cupcake. Of course, I chose the cupcake.

My instructor used my cake as an example of how to frost. It was a toss up of how I felt about that. On one hand I preferred her to use her own cake and frosting so I could learn. But on the other hand, maybe she had confidence in me that I already know to frost a cake and so she didn't mind using my cake as an example. Did she recognize my ability to decorate from my mad Star piping skills on the cookie from last class? Haha. Jk. Jk.

Anyway, it was fun to get the opportunity to get my hand sweet and sticky with frosting as I decorated my cotton candy pink and blue cupcake. We used Wilton Tip #18 for the zigzags & stars on the edge of the cake, Tip #1 for the cupcake and Tip #3 from the little squiggly lines for the cake liner area. For the multi-colored looked in the zigzag, streak both sides of the bag with blue and fill the rest of the bag with pink. Burp the bag and frost away!

Happy Friday!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! I hope you are surrounded with friends and family who love you. But if no one loves you, I'm sure Ryan Gosling least his memes. Woke up this morning and found this in my inbox from my sis Juls:

She really knows how to crack us all up. I don't really get the Ryan memes but every time I see one of these memes, I laugh a little. Thanks Juls, Sam and Anz for wishing me a Happy Valentines. Love you, Ladies!

As for me, I like to bake cookies and treats pertaining to V-day but this year, I'm focusing on learning how to decorate better. We haven't learned how to create the signature Wilton rose just yet but this is my first fragile attempt to create one for Valentine's Day. This was the nicest one out of five. Have a great day!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Oscar Short Films I Love

I love watching the Oscars although I haven't been a faithful viewer for about three years, but it's different now. My husband is currently is studying animation at Animation Mentor and I'm writing from time to time on my other blog The Animator's Wife. It's so sweet of him to keep me close and involved in his life by encouraging me to write about his animation education. I'm so thankful that he's patient with me. You see, I feel like a fish out of water sometimes when I write on my other blog. I don't know a lot of the correct terminology for animation-speak, but I try my best to write from a perspective of a supportive wife. It's a process. Well, because of that, I've taken a liking and a better eye on some things in animation and I'm also gaining a little more knowledge of this world from what he's going through.

This year's Oscar nominees for Best Animated Short Film are diverse and strong...they are heart-touching, creative, thought-invoking and funny. But my two favorites have to be Paperman and Adam and Dog. Hope you enjoy it!

Paperman Trailer
 (Disneyanimation via YouTube)

Adam and Dog

(Minkyu Lee via YouTube)

Cake Decorating Class 1: Week 1

Hi there! I just wanted to share a little bit about my first class of cake decorating. First of all, it was a totally new experience for me and I didn't think I would like such a close-quarter class but it turned out pretty cool after introducing myself to my classmates. As you may or may not know, I'm a bit of an introvert in new situations, but it is amusing how I muster enough courage to get out there and introduce myself to people. From that point on, I'm golden. Maybe, I'm not an introvert.

Anyway, my teacher is Ms.Thelma and she is very, very confident that she can make professional cake decorators out of us. I appreciate her confidence that sometimes borders perfectionism. I kinda like that trait in teachers who want nothing but the best results from their students. I look forward to getting better with each attendance.

After plenty of discussion about our class kits and what each utensil is for, Thelma proceeded to tell us more about baking cakes and her little tips and tricks of the trade (Bonus!). Our first task in class was to learn how to prepare our frosting/icing bags and we worked with Tip #21 (Star shape). With some pre-made sugar cookies we were instructed to squeeze out star shaped frosting. I took it another level by covering my entire cookie with cute stars. It looked so cool and I wish I could show you what it looked like, but on the way back home, this is what happened...

It was so pretty.

I was so excited to show my husband my star covered cookie. Well, I made up for it and showed him my new skills. Check out his hand modeling of my cookie.

Sooooo...that's what I have learned so far. I'll be posting what I learned this past week, Class 1: Week 2. I can't wait until we get to learning about fondant and flowers. I'm really looking forward to making the Wilton rose. Have a great day!