This week at school we starting learning about an array of things. We went through creaming method cakes and Italian meringue buttercream (my fav) on our baking day. We also practiced piping techniques. It is so wonderful to learn the precise way to pipe a dot. Who knew something that is so seemingly simple can be tricky! I ordered this “The Art of Royal Icing” book to have some pictures of what the real pros do. I have to wait until March to pick it up from my parents in California! Real patience (boo on expensive Canadian… everything!). We worked with fondant molds, covered cake boards with fondant and stacked a cake the proper way. It was a fabulous week!
Monday was what I would consider a national emergency in terms of snow and roads conditions. Ian drove me to school (new respect) and I thought the whole way “why did I not go to the grocery store, we have no food and everything has to be closed”. I really thought school would be closed when we got there. Oh no such thing! We started class just 10 minutes late and only one person was missing because she could not dig her car out. Canadians are no joke! The show goes on! It was a new experience for me.
Here are a few pictures from this weeks cake assignment. We were given a selection of greeting style cards to choose from and draw inspiration. I chose a watercolor, floral, and butterfly type card that is pictured below. Part of the assignment was to color match our fondant which was something else that we learned about this week. With a minimal art background (hello business major) this was fascinating. This is also the first week that we were graded. We had two multiple choice quizzes and our cakes were graded on technique. I have not taken a multiple choice quiz in an almost solid 8 years. It was fun and I can’t wait for week three!
Week two success!
Close up of the floral.
My original idea.
Don’t drop it!
My classmate, Ana’s, stunning cake.
My classmates, Jessica’s, cake.
My classmate, Magi’s, cake.
My final cake with inspiration card.
Sketching out ideas.
Lemon cake with Italian Meringue Buttercream.
The hazelnut meringue with caramel and whipped cream from the Sunday class I helped with.
Pretty street on the walk to school.