Prior to my due date and the impending birth of my next kid, I thought I had better do some things I knew I wouldn't be able to do with 2 little ones. This is a digital record of all the homework I had to do for the cake decorating course I took.
first things first: practising how to make drop flowers & leaves
I have always wanted to take a cake decorating course. The one that I enrolled in was located in City Square at 12th and Cambie at the cookware shop, The Cookshop. At the back of the store, there is a fully equipped kitchen and classroom where ordinary citizens, professionals in the food industry and foodies like me can take classes; usually these classes are taught by professionals in the industry. Often a chef from a local restaurant or bakery comes and has a demo and passes around tasty treats and a copy of the recipes.
Every couple of months a calendar is published for the upcoming classes offered. A continuing course that is offered is the Wilton Cake Decorating Course. The entire course is about $300. Classes occur on the weekend, usually on Sundays and you can do all three courses or just one at a time, which is a flexible schedule for most people. You even get a certificate at the end of the course. I was able to get all three certificates for completing the entire three courses. Nothing like the "feel-good" factor of eating all those cakes and getting a certificate for it regardless of how good your cakes look! Everyone wins!
practising the wilton rose
I'd say the neatest thing I learned was how to make all those flowers. The "Wilton Rose" was the most challenging and I thought only got better with lots of practice. I think I'm pretty confident with the flower nail now and I'm not put off by trying to attempt a rose. The whole experience was quite rewarding because now I can use the skills I learned to make those yearly birthday cakes for the kids!
basketweave technique (easier than it looks!); royal icing flowers; buttercream roses, fondant leaves
rolled fondant, cornelli lace technique, royal icing lilies & fondant leaves
For scheduling information, check out the calendar at the Cookshop for the classes they offer (click on the left sidebar on their homepage...it's the first link). The Wilton Cake decorating courses are always offered on Sunday afternoons. These cycle year round. I took the 3 course package. Occasionally, the Cookshop will also have guest chefs teaching their craft. I have taken a few where pastry chefs from local bakeries/patisseries come and share their recipes and decorating tips. Then you get to eat the stuff too. It's great. You have to keep an eye on the calendar to find chefs that appeal to you. The calendar only shows its offerings 2 to 3 months in advance.
Other people have told me that Michaels Craft store offers the Wilton Cake decorating classes too. I can't say what they're like because I haven't taken them. However, I hear they can be cheaper with promotional stuff thrown in.