Wednesday, June 27, 2007

My cakes so far...

Last week I made a cake just for fun, to practice some flowers and make a cake that looked really cute in the book. It didn't look as cute as I wanted, but I learned that it is so important to make the frosting the right consistency for certain flowers. I also learned that there is a definate technique for everything, and practice makes perfect. Here are some pictures of the cake I made for fun, as well as the cake I made for class to practice on. I was in such a hurry to bake the cake and get it frosted, so it doesn't look that great. The design is also really random as I was just practicing all the things we learned in class that day, and i didn't get to finish it, oh well. I do really like the frosting color though, I will definately have to use that again. It would be really cute for a baby shower cake.

And the journey begins...

So I love to bake. One of the things that I am most concerned about while baking, is making the finished product not only taste amazing, but look amazing. I am all about presentation! Two weeks ago I started taking a cake decorating class at Robert's Arts and Crafts. I love it, and am so excited to get really good at making beautiful creations. I am hoping that one day, I will be brave enough to try my hand at making wedding cakes.

So far in the class, we have learned all about buttercream frosting and how to use it, make different consistencies, etc, etc. We also learned all about pastry bags and how to use them, what you use the different tips for, and all that good stuff. Last week we actually made a cake to bring to class to practice on. It is all definately harder than it looks, but it is a lot of fun. The big thing in course one, is learning how to make buttercream roses, which I have started, and it is hard. But she promises that we will be pros at it by the time we are done with this course, so I will be holding her to that!

I plan on doing a lot of practicing at home, as I am hoping that The Chocolate Kitchen will one day be my home business of cake making and decorating, so I want to be good and feel confident in everything that I do. This blog is going to be a journal of sorts, as I embark on this journey of cake decorating. I am going to post my progress (with lots of pictures) and share ideas, recipes, projects and baking and decorating tips as I come across them. I hope this blog helps bring your taste buds alive, and inspires you to make beautiful creations of your own. Please enjoy, and let me know if there is ever anything that you would like to see posted!