If You’re Happy and You Know It

In an effort to live creatively but not chaotically, I recently signed up for a cake decorating class at a local school! I love baking cakes, but their presentation never quite does them justice. I’ve tried using books and online tutorials to learn how to decorate cakes, but it makes such a difference to have someone who knows what they’re doing help you out.

Last week we learned how to level, fill and ice the cake, and how to smooth the icing out (I struggle with this). We also practiced with star tips and round tips to fill in pictures on cakes. This week, we worked on a shell border, reverse shell border and rope border. Then we learned how to use piping gel to transfer an outline to a cake to be decorated. Next week: basket weave!

If there’s an activity or craft you’re interested in learning, or you just want to see if maybe it’s something you’d like to pursue, see if your county or local churches offer any public classes for it. The community colleges here offer short courses on everything from cake decorating to grant writing to basic auto repair.

Because I am irreverent and insensitive to the plight of the T-Rex, here is my first decorated cake!




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