Prerequisite: Comprehensive Cake Decorating.
This hands-on seminar covers everything from preparing the layers that will serve as the foundation of your tiered masterpieces to advice on transporting them safely to their destinations. You’ll learn: (1) preparation of cake, filling, buttercreams and royal icing; (2) making of gumpaste roses, buds, and leaves to be arranged on a two-tiered cake; (3) gilding, petal dusting, rolled fondant classical drapery, free-hand drapery, cornelli lace, Swiss dotting, freehand embroidery, oval borders, plunger flowers, and appliqué designs; (4) covering cakes with rolled fondant, tiered cake construction, doweling techniques; and (5) pricing, transportation, contracts, and great cake stories!
Session 1 - INTRODUCTION TO WEDDING CAKES
Students prep the following: cake, buttercream icing and filling. Students also color gumpaste for next session class.
Session 2 - ROSEWORK AND GUMPASTE
Students hand-shape roses and leaves from gumpaste.
Session 3 - CAKE STRUCTURING
Students do the following: Level and split all cake layers; structure cake layers with buttercream and filling; light ice cake tiers and refrigerate overnight. Students also return to finishing hand-shaped roses and leaves and then petal-dust flowers.
Session 4 - FONDANT WORK AND PIPING
Students do the following: Color rolled fondant and cover cake tiers with rolled
fondant, dowel bottom tier and stack top-tier. Instructor demonstrates the following skills to give students some review points, such as: oval borders, Swiss dots, cornelli lace, drop strings, brush embroidery, classical and free-hand drapery.
Session 5 - FINAL CAKE DECORATION
Students decorate tier cake with instructor’s assistance. Cakes are then displayed on cake stand with tables covered with linen. Question and Answer session regarding contracts, delivering cakes, serving sizes and pricing.
Supplies: We will provide instruction materials, and you'll be able to use your tools (included with class) as well as classroom supplies, to decorate your cake. You may wish to bring an apron to protect your clothing.
This is a 1.25 hour class per session.