Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Wilton Course 1, Class 4

Monday night was the final class of course 1 and at the end of the evening I was awarded my certification of completion! In class I learned how to make sweet peas, leaves, vines, bows, and I also learned how to finish making the rose. One tip that my instructor shared with me that I want to pass on to you is that for making roses it is best to buy the can of Wilton Decorator Icing. It costs around $2 for a pound and the roses made with it are less likely to crack than if homemade stiff icing was used.



For this weeks cake I made a cake that I have made before, Dorie Greenspan's
Perfect Party Cake. It is basically a white cake that packs a light lemony punch. For the filling I mixed equal parts of strawberry preserves and buttercream to make a strawberry cream. I did not get to taste the cake this week but I am hearing reports that my husbands coworkers really enjoyed it.


Overall I was really happy with course 1 and the things that I have learned and the progress that I have made. I am really and excited and looking forward to take course 2. Unfortunately my instructor will not be offering course 2 until October so there will not be any more Wilton updates until then. Thank you all for following my progress and for your great comments. As a thank you I will share one more tip that my instructor shared with me. The secret to a deliciously moist cake is to wrap the cake in a layer of wax paper and then a layer of saran wrap while the cake is slightly warm and allow the cake to cool completely. For the very best results the cooled cake can be stored in the refrigerator for a couple hours.

20 comments:

Carrie said...

I love love the yellow color of the roses, it's such a pretty color.

Amy said...

Your roses look awesome!!

Jigginjessica said...

Your cake looks really great! Congrats!

Erin said...

I love how open and flared your roses are- they look so much more natural. Courses 2 and 3 are so much fun- I know you'll do a great job with them!

Gia said...

Next time I am trying the Wilton premade icing. Thanks for the tip! And I love the color of your roses!! I am starting Wilton III next week!!

Katy ~ said...

Amber, this cake is beautiful!! Very well done indeed.

susies1955 said...

Are you sure you weren't a pro cake decorator BEFORE you took the course? :o)
What wonderful roses. Your cake looks so good.
Great job and can't wait to hear more in October,
Susie

Marnie said...

GREAT roses!! I was thinking of taking the Wilton's course but have kinda been having fun trying to figure it all out myself. I only make cakes for my own family so no biggie.

Great blog.I'm going to add you to my favorites list on my own blog.

I've got some of the cakes I made for the kids over there if you want to check them out. Some have instructions.

www.feedingtheravenoushorde.blogspot.com

That Girl said...

SO much less scary than the clown cake. I'm sorry you have to wait until October for the next course.

rocketmom1985@gmail.com said...

Beautiful cake and perfect roses. I know you will enjoy all the Wilton courses...they are addicting. Just like cake decorating is addicting. My dh took away my credit card when I was done taking courses as I was buying so much stuff I just had to have! Check out cakecentral.com if you haven't already. Great place to learn all kinds of tricks and stuff. Good luck!

Michelle {Brown Eyed Baker} said...

GORGEOUS roses, Amber! They look perfect! And thanks for the tip on using the Wilton canned icing for roses. I am definitely going to do that from now on!

Kay said...

Beautiful cake, Amber! Those roses are so perfect. I made roses one time... notice I said 'one' time. ;) Once I lowered my standards on how nice they had to look, it went faster. Ha.

I've loved your decorating class updates. It just makes me want to take classes myself now! Too bad about Course 2 not being till Oct. Seems like it would be better to do the courses all back-to-back while you're on a roll in a decorating mode.

Thanks for all the tips that you've thrown in, too!

Multi-tasking Mommy said...

Oh wow! Are those roses hard to make? They look so pretty!
I tried to click on the cake recipe for this week, but it took me to a jpg. Could you please send me the link? circleoflifeblog at gmail dot com

Mrs. in May said...

It is beautiful! I am thoroughly impressed!

Amber Stults said...

Your cake looks so good, especially the roses. They're too big and not too little either.

Anonymous said...

Amber,

Absolutely LOVE your blog! Keep the awesome dishes coming.

-Nicole, Des Moines

Spryte said...

Those are beautiful!! I keep wanting to take those Wilton classes too!!

madebymel said...

Your cake looks great, and your roses are perfect! Very nice!

Linda said...

Your roses are gorgeous! I've only done course 1 myself but I didn't post pics of my results--nothing as pretty as yours. ;)

Interesting tips about the Wilton icing and the moist cake--I will have to try those suggestions!

Justin said...

very impressive