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My Cake Decorating Adventure – 2

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 😀


About The PaperCup Kitchen

Hi there everyone. I am Nelmarie, but please call me Nel. I, like so many people out there enjoy cooking and baking. Food makes me smile and it makes my heart beat faster. The only place where I know I fit just perfectly, is in the kitchen. I have also enrolled in a few cake decorating courses this year and I think I have met my true love....not mentioning my Hubby now :D. It took me 36 years to find out what I want to do with my life and I can now say the answer is rather simple...Bake and then decorating what I've baked. I have started PaperCup in 2011 whilst we were living in Moscow, Russia. Living the life of an Expat can sometimes get very lonely and the blog has not only brought the whole world into my kitchen but I have met so many gorgeous Foodie Friends. I am so happy that I have taken the plunge and started PaperCup. I am not a brilliant writer, I am not a brilliant chef, I am not a brilliant baker BUT I do invite you into my kitchen, take your shoes of, relax, have a bite to eat and let's have a chat. A little more about me: Nelmarie Rennison, married to Christopher for 6 years, together for 12. Two lovely kiddies, Nicholas 3 1/2 and Allegra just over a year. South African, lived in Russia for two years and now loving living in the UK. Diagnosed with MS in 2000 and never felt better :D I am just as grateful for dust blowing in my eyes as I am for Angels sitting on my shoulders. I love my family, my friends, my life and I am grateful for each new morning. Looking forward to get to know you better xx

2 responses »

  1. I am totally impressed…and I love littl’ Nicholas’s comments when you took it home! PS…I have two Nicholas’s…youngest son and grandson! xoxo Ally


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