I finished Course 1 this week. The final cake was a rose bouquet where we finally finished the roses we had been working on for the past two weeks. We also learned how to do the bow, make sweet peas, and leaves. I had the hardest time with sweet peas at first. I’m not sure why, because they are really simple, but I couldn’t remember how to hold the bag and the tip, but by the end of the night, I was very comfortable with them. I also loved the leaves. They add so much to the decorations, and like our instructor said, they hide a multitude of sins! I ended up putting 6 roses on my cake. We had to come to class with 12 bases made, although most people put about 6 roses on their cakes as well. The extras allowed room for mistakes, and pretty much everyone had a rose or two take a big dive off the nail!
A close-up of the flowers
I was pretty happy with how this came out. I used Cook’s Illustrated’s Old Fashioned Chocolate Layer Cake. I want to work on practicing roses so that I get better at them, but I can’t complain too much for my first attempt. I would recommend a flower lifter if you decide to take the class. It really helped transport the roses from the nail to the cake. I really enjoyed this class. Once you take Course 1, you can take any of the other courses, so I signed up to take Course 2 AND Course 3 in July! Course 2 is on Tuesdays and Course 3 will be on Thursdays. So, be prepared for lots of Wilton updates in the coming weeks! I just hope I can keep the two courses straight!
A note about the frosting: If you remember, in the second class, I had a problem with my frosting being too soft, so I used a different buttercream for the third cake. I decided to give the Wilton buttercream one more chance with this cake, and I’m glad I did. It may have been the weather, or I may have used the wrong consistency on the last cake, but this one was perfect. I went halfway between stiff and medium and it was just right.
The border- the shell border is one of the most common, and you can also see the sweet peas
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