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Caking – Intermediate

For the past five Tuesdays, minus the one during Spring Break, I’ve been questioning my own sanity between the hours of 6:30 to 9:30 in the evening. You see, I’ve been taking an intermediate cake decorating class.

First, I had to learn how to roll fondant and cover a styrofoam block, for which I had gladly signed up.

Then they made us pipe 14 sets of strings onto this bloody 8″ square. FYI, the strings are dangling off their two endpoints. When you add four more on top of one, it kinda weighs all the strings down and makes them fall off!!

the completed work
i did not choose ANY of these colours

a close-up of the self-imposed stress

just in case you can’t appreciate the almost-heart-attacks yet

How do you do the strings upside down? Well, I’m glad you asked! You turn the freaking cake (styrofoam in this case) upside down, supported by another smaller styrofoam block.

We also spent 3 hours making tiny flowers.

We made enough to fill this completely edible flower basket.

When we got to tiny roses the size of dimes, I whimpered.
They were directly piped onto the flat ends of wooden skewers.

Then we stepped it up and made them on the sharp tips of toothpicks.

Finally, she convinced us to try them on wires.
This is where I gave up. These look nothing like roses.

I’m not sure if I’m an appreciator of delicate string work on wedding cakes.

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