Monday night I went to my first cake decorating class. It was nothing like I expected it to be, but I still learned some useful things. The first thing I learned was to make a wall of frosting when doing the filling, this worked great when I made the Shamrock cake yesterday. I also learned that our local grocery store sells undecorated cake rounds- great for emergencies!
Unfortunately I didn't learn much more. The teacher spent most of the class talking about her business, which while interesting, didn't help me with any cake decorating techniques. While she made frosting and decorated a cake with stars/polka dots, she did it in a manner that the students couldn't really see. I still felt inspired to bake a cake yesterday... and let's just say, 'rustic' is an understatement.
I used the recipe for frosting found in our class booklet and it was SO thick I had a hard time frosting the cake, which is why it looks so uneven. It also didn't yield enough to cover the entire cake- thus the crumbs here and there. I didn't have enough to do a crumb coating. I wish the teacher had explained a bit more about the techniques she used. I might just got back to my usual recipe which works great!
For now I will try to remain positive regarding the next few classes and be glad that at least my cake tasted awesome! I'm actually pretty proud of my improvised shamrock and little stars!