For my final project in ECMP 355 I chose to take part in a learning project. I have always loved watching cake decorating shows on TLC and thought I would enjoy learning how to decorate cakes myself. Lets just say after taking part in this I am much more appreciative of cake decorator’s work on those shows. It isn’t as easy as they make it look!
When it comes to baking I am no rookie. I have always been known for my chocolate chip cookies, cheese cakes, and trifles. I never did ice cakes or decorate them much though, instead I would make death by chocolate or a trifle in bowls and this required no decorating.
I began my learning project with the intent to learn more about decorating cakes with fondant icing. I was given a recipe to make fondant from scratch but thought for my first cake that it might be best if I bought some from Bulk Barn. I began watching videos on how to apply fondant to cakes. I discovered I needed to first ice my cake with butter cream icing and then apply the fondant. My first cake turned out better than my second. For my second cake I wanted to make a square base and stack a round cake on top. I never got this far because after I butter creamed the cakes and applied the fondant they looked awful! They were really lumpy. After turning to online sources I discovered that a crumb layer of butter cream was applied first, cooled and then a second smoothing layer was applied. Also I watched various videos on how to create cakes that were stacked. I had no idea how much more work this was. Every cake layer needed to be stabilized with wooden poles and they also needed something underneath them. I was far from being ready for this stage.
A few more cakes didn’t turn out as I wanted so I began to get frustrated. My Aunt gave me some icing decorating tips to use and several pans when she heard I was learning how to decorate cakes. I began learning about using different decorating tips and took decorating my cakes down a different pathway. I really enjoyed using decorating tips over fondant icing, I found my cakes looked better and tasted better too! If I hadn’t of tried using decorating tips I probably would have ended my cake decorating career but now I actually want to continue learning and decorating cakes this way. Check out my progress throughout semester and the various online sources that helped through my learning project.