It’s CAKE!

In May, I enrolled for my first Wilton Cake decorating class – and managed to convince Angela Bradford, Marica Dorrance and Darren Matthews to join me in the venture.  While the first cakes I did weren’t terribly pretty, I learned a lot from the instructor (Emily Renner) and enjoyed the classes at the Michael’s in Springfield, MO.  Here are pictures from that first experience…


First class

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Second Class

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Third class

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Fourth class (my cake had a nasty accident driving home, so I had to completely redo it once we were home – which I did late at night, so the “Gra” isn’t spaced correctly.  Russ didn’t care… he ate it.  🙂

After I finished that class up at the end of May, I had pretty well figured I was finished with cake decorating.  BUT, we decided to bake a cake for a poker game/birthday party (for Matt)/anniversary party (for Lorrie and Shawn) we had in June.  Russ did quite a bit of the decorating himself…


The 4th of July rolled around, and the daughters of our neighbors decided to throw a surprise Anniversary party for their parents at the same time as the 4th of July party… and added in the 1st birthday of one of the grandson’s and the birthday of one of the daughters.  They asked me to make cakes:

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Then I decided to go ahead and take “Course 2″… and managed to take the class with high school friend Brandi Rohm!  Luckily the class focused more on learning how to make the flowers, so we didn’t have to drag in cakes/cupcakes/etc each week to decorate.  Our instructor would get IRRITATED at me (in both courses), because during class I would throw away my flowers (they never looked right), so there is a picture of me laughing after the teacher snagged one of the flowers I made out of my trash.

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Although, we did have to take a cake in for the last class.  And I actually had fun decorating it.  The cows and pastel colored flowers on top are made out of royal icing (I made tons of extras, as you can see in the first picture)… everything else is buttercream (including the little heart-shaped cloud on the cake, which I did for Russ).

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Brandi decorating her final cake…


I think I am done with cake classes… at least for the moment.  But I admit that I had a lot of fun!

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