Thursday, April 30, 2009

Course 3: What to Bring to Class 1

Please bring the following for Course 3 Class 1:
Course 3 student kit
1 batch butter cream icing

We will be making the Wilton Rose starting with Part I: the Center

This will need to be stored so bring a Ziploc bag or rubber maid container.
I will provide you with a small piece of fondant to make the base, so don't worry about it. But for the rest of the classes you will need to have your own fondant. You can buy the 5 pound box if you want. The box has 2- 2 1/2 pound bags, just make sure to store any unused fondant in an Ziploc. USE A COUPON TO BUY FONDANT.

For future classes I suggest having the following in your supplies:
baggies, disposable gloves, small amount of Crisco, small amount of corn starch and powered sugar (1/2 cup) mixed together, bottle of clear vanilla extract, extra paint brushes, rolling pins(we will discuss), cheap Dollar Store roll of tin foil, box or container for flowers (class 3).

Beater Blade

I have mentioned this before in class, but thought that I should post more info. I love my Beater Blade. Amazon has them starting at $24.95.

Here is the description:

Size: 5-Quart KitchenAid Tilt-Head Mixer
Replacement blade fits all KitchenAid tilt-head mixers regardless of model number
Flexible, high-quality food-grade rubber wing down each side of blade continuously scrapes bowl clean
Also beats, folds, and mixes ingredients; eliminates batter build-up on blade
Cuts mixing time by up to 50%
Made in the USA and UL certified ANSI/NSF2; dishwasher-safe

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Course II Final Class

Here are the results from Course II final class. Everyone did a great job. Congratulations and Thank You for being great students to : Kim, Erica, Sherena, Theo, and Robin.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

3D Thomas the Train

Well he is finally done. This cake was made out of a 1/2 sheet pan, cut into thirds, stacked and then sculpted. His face is made out of fondant, which I made about a month ago. All Butter Cream icing. Not bad for my first Thomas, the face is a little over sized,but that is cool.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Clearance Sale

I was in the store today and there are some Wilton items on clearance. The manager also told me that the section was getting changed out. New items are going to be added. So this means that more items will be on clearance.

They did have the Desert Designs in stock for $5.99a pack. They are really cute and quick. Another new product Wilton has out is pre-made flowers. They are nice, and great in a pinch or small amounts, but handmade flowers are still the best bet.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Saturday Demo and Best Wishes Cake Project Video

Good Friday afternoon everyone! I am busy baking cakes for this weekend. I am doing a Thomas the Train 3D sculpted cake which I am really excited about!
I am doing a Cupcake Demo tomorrow at Michael's from 1-3pm. Stop by and say "Hi" if you get a chance.

Follow this link to watch a video on how to make the square cake this is pictured here, it features the brush embroidery technique that we will be doing in Course III.

Have a great weekend :)

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Vintage Wilton Yearbooks

So I briefly mentioned the other day in class that I love the Wilton Yearbooks. I especially love to collect vintage yearbooks. Take a look and see if you have any vintage Wilton Yearbooks. They are great resources for ideas, techniques, and sometimes even a laugh. I am hoping to do some "vintage" cakes from my yearbook collection. If you are interested in starting your own collection, go to EBay and find them.

One of my favorite yearbooks is from 1974. I was only 1 back then! But I just love the cakes from the 70's.

Also the current Yearbook is awesome. The next Yearbook is due out this summer. Check them out.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Course 2- Class 4-What to Bring

As we come to end of Course 2, we will finally get to see the results of your hard work.

For this final class please bring:

Cake - 2 layers, made in oval pan set, please have this iced and ready to go.

All of your flowers from classes 1-3.

Your Color Flow birds.

Butter cream icing- the book calls for a double batch. Make a double and use it for your crumb

coat on your cake, the remaining icing we can use for the Basket weave and Rope Border.

Bring your camera if you want, I will be bringing mine as well so the pics will be posted here.

Any questions, please let me know how I can help. See you Tuesday!!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Class Schedule for May

Here it is:

Course I on Fridays Instructor Bonnie

Course II on Wednesdays Instructor Brooke

Course III on Tuesdays Instructor Brooke

All 6pm to 8pm.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Class Question Course II

Should all the flowers for Course II finale cake be done in Royal Icing?

Yes, all the flowers should be done in Royal Icing and in advance so that they can dry completely. You can do the mums and rosebuds in butter cream, but it must be stiff consistency. These will need a lot of time to dry and they will not try hard. They are also not as durable as Royal Icing flowers.

Also, there is a link to Royal Icing flowers under "Cake Websites".

Thursday, April 16, 2009

New product from Wilton

Brand New - Dessert Designs give plain cakes, cookies and cupcakes a fun hand-decorated look with ease! Dessert Designs are made from edible paper that melts into your freshly iced treats, leaving the image on the surface. I don't think that these are on the shelves yet at Michael's, but I will keep an eye out.

Check out this link for more info.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Upcoming Events

Here is a tentative schedule for demos and project class that I will be offering at Michael's over the next couple of month. Wilton Course schedules will be posted soon. Bonnie and I are working on them, so stay tuned.

April 25 1-3 pm Wilton Demo Cupcake Fun
May 2 1-3pm Wilton Demo Mini Treats
May 16 1-2pm Project Class Part 1 Flower Cookie
May 23 1- 3:30pm Project Class Part 2 Flower Cookie
June 13 1-3pm Kakes for Kids
June 20 1-3pm Wilton Demo TBA
June 27 1-3pm Kakes for Kids (if there is interest)

Kakes For Kids classes will be offered all Summer long starting in June. This is a great activity for kids on summer vacation. More info to follow.

Stop by and say "Hi". Bring along a friend and I can give them the $5 off coupon good for Course I.
I have added few links: Wilton's website, AC Moore and Michael's coupon links, and YouTube video links. I also listed information on the Refer a Friend program that I am offering.

Welcome Students

Hi everyone. I wanted to create an interactive forum for my Wilton Method of Cake Decorating students. This will be a great way to post questions and answers, pictures of cakes, class announcements, and anything else to do with the Wilton Method and cake decorating. Please feel free to share this site with your family and friends. I hope to have a lot of great information on decorating tips, articles, and fun cake stuff.