There is a woman in my ward who is so talented in the art of cake decorating. Every baby shower we have, she shows up with these amazing cakes decorated to go with the theme of the shower or the theme of the baby's nursery. I asked her if she would teach me how to make cakes, so she held a couple classes at church to teach me and others how. We had two classes and these are the results. Maybe we will continue in a few months. I am hoping that I can at least be able to make neat birthday cakes for Matthew.
The first class we learned how to frost a cake. Normally, this would be an all day process, where you stick the cake in the freezer several times to get the result you want - nice and smooth. We did this is one setting, so it's not as slick looking. I was a good girl and did not have one taste of frosting or cake that night. I waited until my "free" day the following day to have a piece. It was REALLY yummy.
The finished product.
We practiced making flowers and borders.
The inside. I made my cake from scratch. In my opinion, cake is not worth eating from a box (unless it's doctored up).
For the second class we had to make our cake at home along with the frosting and bring it to class frosted so we could practice working with fondant. My friend Sarah came over and we spent around four hours making frosting and perfecting the art of frosting our cakes.
I originally wanted to paisleys all over my cake. That evolved to water drops and after, the fish and frog. I did not make the frog. Carmen made that as it was a bit above my level of artistry and patience! We died all the fondant.
Inside - the doctored up cake recipe. Matt's favorite.