I have been wanting to take some proper lesson on cake decorating so just when I thought work is not busy I went on to sign on for one. Things took a turn when work went crazy with me knocking off work at 2am, 10pm, leaving me practically with no time to “enjoy” my lessons. No time to practise and I had to prepare my buttercream like 5 days ahead and leave it in the fridge, no time to bake the cake despite buying the 8″ cake tin and Wilton bake-even strips.
The reason for me writing this 5 part entry is I find little information on what to expect of the class. I hope this will give those who will like to attend a better idea. In addition, I will not name where I took the class from so please don’t leave comment here asking, simply because I’m not given any commission … er .. no .. that’s not the reason but it’s subjective to each and individual if the course benefit one. And do not expect much pictures cos I was busy listening and watching!
You will be given one set of student kit that includes these :
- Course 1 Book
- 2 x 10-inch featherweight bags
- 1 x disposable piping bag
- 2 x Standard couplers
- #7 flower nail
- Tips Round #3 & #12, Star #16 & #21, Rose #104, Drop Flower 2D and Leaf 67
- Practice board set
- Small straight spatula
- Tip brush
- Decorator brush
But … that’s not enough! Despite I thought I’m quite well equipped with baking tools, I end up spending another bomb buying more tools. These are what you need (not exactly what I buy thou)
- Turntable! Yes … you need a turntable to frost the cake. IKEA’s lazy susan is the best deal so far thou I will very much prefer a higher one, easier to work on.
- Angled Spatula – easier to frost the cake
- More piping bags for many many buttercreams you need to prepare
- Wilton Cake Leveler – you want a nicely cut, even cake layer right?
- Wilton bake-even strips – you want a perfectly bake level cake so that your cake can be nicely frost.
- Many colors – Try to get the Wilton Icing Set which is the best deal since you won’t be adding tsp of colorings to your buttercream. Just a tiny bit will do.
- Wilton Flower Lifter – you use this to lift your rose up before putting on the cake
- Extra piping tips especially Star #16 as in the Rainbow cake, you have 4 colors to work with and you won’t want to get yourself busy changing and washing tips.
- Parchment/Greaseproof Paper – for cutting 4cm x 4cm square to pipe rose, to trace your rainbow.
- Wilton Small Derby Clown Topper – you will learn how to pipe a clown in the 3rd lesson.
- Shortening – Loads of shortening
- Icing Sugar – Bags of icing sugar which I approximately use 3kgs of icing sugar.
- Piping jelly
- Meringue Powder
- Flavourings – to flavour your buttercream
- 8″ buttercake x 3