As a graduation gift my little sister signed me up for cake decorating classes at a kitchenware and bake ware shop called Fante's Kitchen, located in South Philly smack dab in the mist of the Italian Market. I was signed up for the intermediate course but was told that I had to switch to beginners. Needless to say, I was a bit annoyed by that but was excited about going anyway. As you may know, I have taken a class at all and everything that I know I've learned via the internet and practice.
The class runs for three consecutive Saturdays in June with three hour class sessions. I needed a ton of supplies but my sis gave me a handy dandy gift certificate so I only ended up paying about $3.00 :). The first class was spent working on borders for cake, specifically shells and backward shell borders. We also learned to make stars and rosettes using royal icing.
The second class was a bit more advanced. We had to bring an iced cake to class along with a batch of stiff buttercream, medium buttercream and thin buttercream. And let me tell you, consistency is EVERYTHING!!! All of my consistencies were off which made it difficult to practice a first (this is something that can be fixed by powdered sugar). During this class we decorated our cakes with stems, leaves, rosebuds, sweet pea flowers and bows, along with adding a shell border. We also worked on writing as well but my cake has no writing. Here is a pic...
And here is an update from the 3rd class, two weeks later...lol. It was awesome! I made a clown cake, which I decided to ice with a coral colored buttercream icing. I made some cute little clowns and added some balloons, borders and awesome garland. I learned soooooo much in this class and even got a little certificate to prove it. Thanks Fante's Kitchen! I think I will be visiting again in the fall for the intermediate class :)
My intentions of this blog are to of course showcase my talents but also to encourage others to bake! I want to show people that you do not have to attend a culinary arts school (if you do, that is obviously great!) to be successful in the baking business. You do not need super expensive equipment or a large oven to get wonderful and professional looking results. I have been in this business for a few years and I have learned so much without taking one class! And I want to share with you what I have learned.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
I have had the chance to create two cupcake stands in the past and I love them. You can be as creative as you want to with these to match a theme for a party, wedding, baby shower, etc. You can really show you creativity with these by decorating then with various ribbons, stickers, figurines, etc. I use the Wilton cupcake stands which are like $5.99 at A.C. Moore o Michaels. They take about 5-10 minutes to assemble but make sure if you have tape if you are using these please.
I also made one this year for someone's senior prom. Her colors were black and white so I made a stand using black and white ribbon and black and white rose cupcakes to match. I used black and white polka dot ribbon on the top and bottom rows and a sheer white for the middle row adorned with a black and white polka dot ribbon. I actually made 2 identical stands to fit 48 cupcakes. I wish that the ribbon was a bit more elegant but this is ribbon that I had lying around the house so I didn't have to purchase any extra! But they turned out beautiful anyway.
Monday, June 11, 2012
I used an Elmo face pan for the cake so it wasn't really hard to make. I sprayed the pan down with some baking spray and added a little flour to make sure that it wouldn't stick, threw it in the oven and Voila! there was Elmo as happy as could be! To color him I dyed some buttercream icing red and orange and used some of Wilton's pre-made black decorator icing. I used a star tip to decorate his face which was cool because it gave off that hair effect to his face.
|There I am with the green shirt on and there is the birthday girl with the two puff balls being held by her mommy!|
So if you have any kiddies or live with kiddies and you do not know what Yo Gabba Gabba is then you need to get with the program!!! Yo Gabba Gabba is only the coolest kids show on television! They have a cool host DJ Lance Rock and 5 main characters; Muno, Foofa, Plex, Toodee and Brobee that sing and dance while teaching little kiddies valuable life lessons like veggies like to go to the party in your tummy along with chicken and juice, it's not okay to bite our friends and germs make you sick so wash your hands and don't eat things that fall on the ground (whew, having a 7 month old in your house will teach you a lot about this show...lol). I love this show so it was only right for me to create some cupcake in honor of the show, I want to do a cake too. Well here are the 5 main characters and I didn't do DJ Lance Rock yet :( I posted this to my facebook page and quickly got an order to make 30 of them and I was so excited!!! I made Plex a little more interesting by adding a mouth and ears and the rest looked the same as they do in this picture ( a bit neater...lol). Faces are done in colored crystals and their eyes, etc are either fondant and icing!
Friday, June 8, 2012
So, my wedding is 8 months and 8 days away from today and I have not done much of anything yet! We found a reception venue and that is about it. I've decided, on account of my budget, that I am going to be a DIY Bride!!!! Am I excited, yes, but I am nervous as heck too. I have been making these inspiration boards for the past couple of months. My wedding will be in February and has a Valentine's Day theme, which matches perfectly with my favorite color RED!!!!
|Goofy, Mickey Mouse & Donald Duck|
|Minne Mouse & Daisy Duck|