I’ve wanted to take a cake decorating class for a long time and never got around to it. In the meantime, I’ve decorated a few cakes over the past couple of years and ended up teaching myself a few things. One day, I bought some pastry bags and decorator tips and played around to see what I could do. Today, I finally attended a class. I chose the cupcakes class because, well- I love cupcakes! I also wanted to learn how to make cupcake cakes. I did not get to actually make one though. I just watched the instructor make one. It was pretty cool- she made a butterfly in about 15 minutes! I know the same cake would have taken me two hours. I can’t wait to make my own. Shania wants one for her birthday (which is in July) so I’ll get to make one soon. Actually, I’ll probably make a practice one mostly because I don’t want to wait that long!
Anyway…. back to the class. It was one of the fast track courses which takes place all in one day. It was three hours long. This was great in terms of fitting it into my schedule but it ended up feeling very rushed. The instructor demonstrated a few techniques and then told us to practice them on our cupcakes. We weren’t required to do anything specific. I mostly did what she had shown us but I had to throw the baseball one in there in honor of Austin’s recent themed baseball birthday party. 🙂 I got bored with the pink frosting (the blue, yellow and purple cupcakes were airbrushed) but I didn’t have time to mix other colors, except for a small amount of the red. I didn’t finish decorating all of the cupcakes I had and the ones I did were done in a bit of a hurry so I wasn’t entirely pleased with them. But, since I was just bringing them home to eat them, I guess I won’t lose sleep over it.
Overall, I didn’t learn anything too groundbreaking in terms of decorating but I learned a few basic tips and it was a lot of fun! It was nice to have a reason to practice and play around with different tips. I liked the cupcake cake demo and it motivated and excited me to try my own soon. I also came home with a new icing recipe and some decorator tips, bags, etc. The store where the class was held (Cake Art Party Store in Tucker, Georgia) was awesome- they had so much great stuff! I’ve been missing out by just going to Michael’s.
There was one major problem with the class- I had a hard time not eating all of the cupcakes! Especially after the first couple ones were frosted. I had to talk myself out of eating one in the car on the way home. 🙂