Another cake under my belt, another lesson learned! Only 2 hours, start to finish... not bad! Sometimes I look back and try to figure out how it was exactly that I started decorating cakes. I certainly have no formal training past a few childhood 4-H courses. I wouldn't consider myself a pro by any means. There is much left to learn. A few years ago, I made a cake for my cousins second wedding reception. The wedding took place five hours from our hometown, and so my aunt and uncle decided to throw a reception back home for those guests who couldn't make the drive. I'd made the cake for the wedding shower and had decided to experiment with icing flowers. Apparently, they turned out alright because before I knew it I was making a stacked cake to feed 100. Yikes!
A few years later, and here I am... still standing over the kitchen counter every so often, icing bag in hand, fretting over a bit of artwork that won't exist a few hours later. And I like it that way!
Today's cake was for a baby shower at school. One of the teachers came for a photo session last Sunday and asked if I would have time to make a small cake for the occasion. Normally, I have enough warning to make the two hour trip to Hobby Lobby or one of my favorite decorator supply stores, but this time I had to work with what I had in the cabinets.
One thing that I too often forget to do is thin my buttercream for a smooth finish. It's so much nicer when the icing smoothes on like softened butter. The basic icing is always my biggest worry; perhaps I'll break down and attempt to cover the next one with marshmallow fondant.
I wasn't crazy about my stripes on the bottom layer. That was an experiment for a potential wedding cake, an experiment that I'm going to have to go at from another direction! I so wished I'd had a fondant mat and cutter, but those will be tools that I'll have to buy before the next go 'round!