Cupcake Cake

So after my last two posts about all the wonderful free stuff I acquired at the training weekend, you might be wondering if we actually decorated anything! Why yes, we did! In fact we decorated cookies (I ate them), cupcakes (they had an unfortunate incident on the way home), and a cake (which I actually have photos!).

Since we spent the entire day Sunday running through all four classes that are taught in the four week course, we did almost everything we require our students to do, including a cupcake that is piped onto a cake using a dimensional decorating technique.

Admit it, you thought I lost my mind and actually did a cupcake cake!

Of course, being the rebel that I am, I just could not limit myself to the techniques that we "learned" in this class so instead of just doing a simple shell border, I needed to embellish.

The top row of string work I did in class, and they gave me a bit of a hard time, but I did get lots of compliments too. Everything else I did at home because I did not have enough time to work on it in class. That gave me time to get more creative.

For those who are interested, everything is in buttercream, including the hanging string work. It was definitely scary to move the cake for photos with all those little strings swaying back and forth!

This is also my first post with watermarks on my photos; an unfortunate but necessary addition. I am working on a different design, but this one was easy enough that I could make it work.

More Fun!

Yesterday was day two of our training weekend and they kept us busy! We spent 9 hours going through everything that we teach in our four week course. Whew! It made for a long day, but I really enjoyed it. I came out with a lot of useful information that I can use in my classes and a ton of more free stuff!!

Really what is pictured here is only a small spattering of all the stuff they gave us yesterday because much of it we used in class and is currently dirty and sitting next to my sink waiting to be washed, but not to bad right?

Finally, I came out of this with a nifty new certificate and a bit of bling to add to my jacket when I teach class... and who doesn't want a bit of bling?

I am now looking forward to the fall when they will hopefully start training for the New Course 4, Advanced GumPaste. I am beyond excited to start teaching that class, so stay tuned!

Fun Times

Today I spent all day in Wilton's Annual Instructor's Meeting. Corporate events are not known for their excitement, but we had a great time practicing techniques and getting some sneak peeks at the new products that will be hitting the stores in the coming months.

Personally I can't wait for the new Course 4, Advanced Gumpaste class that will hopefully be available in January 2012!

The other great advantage to these sort of meetings is all the free stuff you get!

Oh, and I almost forgot:

In the upper right corner of the first photo, are two of the new products we received... two large punches that work with gumpaste and new icing sheets! Loads cheaper than the Cricut machine and they actually work =o) The bonus that I discovered is that you can use the icing sheets with all kinds of craft cutters (you know, the ones that you use to punch paper)... I had a tiny one I wanted to try to see if it would hold up to something that small. Check it out:

So cool!!

We also spent time reviewing the roses that we make in all three classes. The gumpaste roses we did today are definitely a bit different from the way I learned, but I think they will be a bit easier to do and they turn out quite nice.

Tomorrow we head back for some more in-depth study and cake decorating! Let the good times roll!


I think that this is my favorite cake so far. I have been working on this design for awhile and it has changed a bit from my original idea, but the main idea was that I wanted to do an entire cake that relied on piping skills. I have never really done that before. Well, I guess I have if you count piping flowers and such, but that is not the kind of piping I am thinking about. Anyway, I wanted to stretch myself a bit and get away from the fondant heavy cakes that I have been doing and see what I could do if I relied on the piping to provide the interest.

This is also my birthday cake, so it was a chance to do something that was really "me."

This was also my first time even attempting stringwork. Stringwork is an incredibly difficult skill that involves piping strings of icing very slowly so that they dry as you are piping them. If you go too fast they won't be able to hold their own weight and they break; too slow and they dry before you get them where you want them and they break. I broke a lot of strings. I did not get nearly as many strings done that I wanted, but I am almost stupidly happy with the ones that I was able to accomplish successfully.

Overall, I am incredibly pleased with the lace-like finished look and the Wedgwood-esque feel. It was actually quite satisfying when a lady commented that my cake looked like a Wedgwood plate! (I actually piped almost this entire cake while sitting in Michael's. They wanted us to do a wedding cake demo, so this cake served as my demo.)

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