Wilton 1 – Week 4

So, this will be the final wrap of our adventures with our Wilton 1 cake decorating class. This final class was a big one – our final cake AND flowers! Big and I both had friends in mind for our final cakes, so we spent a lot of extra time and care with baking and frosting making. We made chocolate cakes with homemade chocolate buttercream (the recipes were both from the Hershey’s box – AMAZIING!!), as well as a couple of batches of “Wilton” buttercream. I did sub half butter for half the Crisco, as it just tastes a whole lot better.

So… Here are the final cakes!! Big’s was made for her piano teacher’s husband. It was his 85th birthday the day before the class. He *loved* it. Go figure. 😉 Awesome work for a newly minted 13 year old!!

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And here’s my cake. One of my DEAR friend’s birthday was the day after our class, so we dropped hers off on the way home from class. She LOVED it. 🙂 Big and I found the color palette on Pinterest and we both LOVED it. Definitely a great match go with the chocolate frosting. I’d definitely use it again!

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And here’s a rose close up. We learned 2 roses – the ribbon rose and the Wilton rose. I like both of them. Like cookie decorating, the consistency of the frosting is KEY, and the ribbon rose needed to be a tiny touch looser than the Wilton one. Big, a lefty, struggled with the ribbon rose (it’s a weird motion for lefties), but ROCKED the Wilton rose. So cool!!

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Overall, we loved the class. We both enjoyed it so much that we are anxious to take the next class. It was a lot of fun to take it together. I am grateful that our teacher was a leftie, as that helped Big a lot. I think we’ll try to take the class at the new Hobby Lobby near our house. Saving 2 hours of driving per class would be AWESOME. And the big question – is it worth the money? I am a seasoned cookie decorator, and not a hack in the kitchen, and I learned a lot. I think it’s a GREAT investment and one a 12+ year old would enjoy and get a lot out of taking as a student. Could we do it at home? Yes. But really – would I ever make two cakes a week, and lots of frosting, and practice our techniques, and…. No. I would not. And some of the tricks I learned were totally worth the cost of the class. So yes – save those coupons for the class kit and the registration fee (I think HL usually has the classes at 50% off), and take the class!

Now, I just need to add it to our transcript – home-ec – oh yeah!!

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