Originally posted February 16-17, 2008
Over the weekend I was lucky enough to attend the 2-day Madhatter course taught by Anna-Maria. There were four other very talented women in the class, and it was fun to talk to some other people who are passionate about cake decorating. It was great to hear some of their cake stories and share tips and tricks…it was a great weekend.
On Saturday we learned how to cut and ganache the bottom and top tiers. Usually if there is time it is best to also cover the bottom layer so that it is easier to put the stripes on during the second day, but we decided to wait until the ganache had some time to set and do it in the morning.
Sunday we covered the bottom tier, put on the stripes, covered the top tier and placed it on top of the bottom one, made the ribbon and bow, and placed the balls around the base of the cake. Everyone used very different colors, so it was great to see all of them together at the end.
For most of Saturday night I had color combinations swirling around in my head. Orange and green? Tangerine and aquamarine? Magenta and bright green? In the end, I was inspired by fabric on the shirt of a woman who was on the bus with me on Saturday night. Since the Madhatter has such bold lines, I figured that bold colors were best for it. I chose bright red, orange, and a dark coral color with black and white accents.
I was very happy with most of the craftsmanship (or craftswomanship!) on my cake. The top tier ended up giving me a bit of trouble though. It wasn’t cut quite right (I didn’t take off enough of a wedge for the first cut), so I ended up having to stick some extra pieces of icing underneath the base of the top tier to hold it up at the correct angle. The good thing about cake is that there is usually a way to fix the problems that arise…you just have to learn those tricks, though it is of course best to avoid having to use them in the first place! The covering of the top tier was less than ideal as I pushed down a little bit too hard when I was smoothing the darn thing and it got squished on the side. But there is something to learn with every cake, and hopefully I will improve next time.
Craftsy has released even more new cake decorating classes. The fun never ends!
Designer Fondant Textures taught by Marina Sousa, Food Network Challenge Champion. This class includes instruction on ruching, fringe, ruffles, and sparkling sequins. Sooo pretty!
Cake Design Made Simple – Art Deco with Lindy Smith, author of The Contemporary Cake Decorating Bible. It sounds like so much fun to learn her cake designing techniques!
Classic Car, Timeless Techniques by Mike McCarey of Mike’s Amazing Cakes. This cake would make such a perfect birthday celebration for someone who loves classic cars. I know my husband’s jaw would hit the floor if I made him a classic car for his birthday cake! The parts that sound best to me are learning the gelatin technique for a perfect clear windshield and all the time saving tips for the details!
The Art of Airbrushing with Lisa Berczel, master of airbrushing techniques. This one looks super-exciting with all the design skills and textures you can add to your decorating arsenal…I’ve never been super-confident with an airbrush, but taking this class sure would help!
What more could a cake decorator ask for? Can’t wait to see what’s next…
Have you taken a Craftsy class? Tell me about it!
Seriously, friends…how cool is Craftsy?! Pick anything you wish you knew how to do…anything at all! Quilting, painting, knitting, and of course CAKE DECORATING! Look it up there, and viola! Someone well-known for their expertise in the subject is teaching you a class.
I am so impressed with the offerings (believe me, I’ll be taking several classes soon!) that I was blown away when I learned that there are actually Caftsy classes for free. Yep. Free.
Check out a few of the no-cost cake decorating ones:
Modern Buttercream by Joshua John Russell
The Hand-Painted Cake by Erin Schaefgen
There are also free cake decorating recipes at Craftsy. All you have to do is sign up…easy, peasy!
Brush up on a technique, learn a different way to do something (one that might be easier than what you’re doing now!), add a recipe or two to your repertoire, or learn something new entirely. Absolutely love it.
Head on over to Craftsy to see all the other cake decorating class offerings (there are over 30 different classes!) or find out what else you can learn about today.
Have you taken a Craftsy class? Which one? What did you think?