So for lesson number two we had to bake a plain Madeira Cake, make two batches of different consistency icing, take the colours we wanted to use and a drawing/picture of the image we wanted on the cake. We only had two hours to decorate the cake and must say it was rather daunting for someone who has only done this when baking and decorating cakes for her kiddies :).
First of you need to level the cake on the top and then cut it in two, horizontally. Add your filling ( I used strawberry jam)BUT first pipe some icing around the edge of the bottom layer, so that when you fill your cake, the filling won’t bleed into your icing/frosting. Put the top layer on and start icing the cake. Make sure there is enough icing between your spatula and the cake so as not to tear the cake. Make your icing as presentable as possible and let stand for about half an hour to harden slightly. Now take your spatula, dip it in warm water, make sure that the spatula is as dry as possible and now go over the icing again and voila!!! Beautiful and most of the imperfections are rectified.
Now add your design and to do that you use piping jelly. Draw your picture on a piece of paper, using the piping jelly trace the lines of your image, then “stencil” the design on the cake. Remove the paper carefully and your masterpiece is on the cake, ready to be piped. Use the techniques that you know and start decorating.
We have only covered two in class so far and the shell was not one of them but I really wanted to see if I could do it…and not to bad if I can say so myself. My teacher said my work is very neat and with a little practise I can be very good. Why thank you Kim ;).
But then class or no class it was worth it….got home and Nicholas looked at it, turned to me and said: ” Mommy, just look at this gorgeous cake you made, can we have some now”. Yes my Love, because now I know my cake was perfect 😀