Phew. It's been an exhausting few days. I don't think it would have been so bad if my air conditioner was working, but the heat and humidity make it terribly miserable in my kitchen.
But, today was certainly a day filled with yummy goodness, which made it all better!
On Sunday afternoon and Monday after work, I baked over 40 cookies, baked a two layer cake, made 2 batches of royal icing and 2 batches of buttercream icing and decorated a cake. That's a LOT!!!
Although it was a pain in the rear, I am so grateful my AC went out, as it taught me how to adjust to the humidity when baking. Longer cooking times, longer cooling times, etc.
Today at lunch I gave a Lunchbox Lecture for some of my co-workers. It went so much better than I could have expected. We had a great time and I heard lots of positive feedback!
And I totally forgot to take pictures.
Tonight was the last class in Cake Class #2 at Michael's.
I'm not going to lie, I'm relieved it's over.
It was so much fun for the summer months, but I am glad to unpack my travel bag which has been filled all summer long with most of my supplies.
I know in the beginning, especially with Cake Class #1, I had some general complaints. Mostly about being bored and underwhelmed. However, now that I have two classes under my belt and have established a raport with the teacher, I am so happy I stuck with the classes. Overall, they were worth the price. I did learn some new techniques. Most importantly, I conquered basket weave, which literally scared me before.
Out of the 8 classes I've taken, tonight was my favorite. It was a perfect way to end. After hurricanes, power outages and hospital scares (my teacher is due any day now), there ended up being only 2 of us in class tonight. The class was so low key and we were able to get extra help while learning the basket weave. Then, we had ALOT of time to decorate our cakes. We used some of the flowers we had made in the other classes, as well as some other techniques. While I learned how to create basket weave, I did refuse to decorate my cake with it. I feel like basket weave is sorta like pink, yellow, and blue tile from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Seems like a good idea at the time, but is so outdated now. Basket weave should have stayed in the 80s and early 90s if you ask me.
Although my instructor pointed out that it's a perfect design technique to use if you just can't get the outside of your cake to look good. It'll hide all the flaws.
So I kept things simple with this cake again.
Another classic white iced cake.
Golden Yellow cake with a lemon curd filling.
First I used a #12 tip and piped a border of dots.
Then I stuck on some of my violets I made in a previous class.
Then I used a #5 tip and added some squiggleys.
And some more squiggleys.
And some extra flowers on top.
And this was the finished product.
And now I have strict orders from my husband to get it out of the house.
Anyone want a cake?