Had signed up for a two session Foundation Cake Decorating Class.
After some initial awkwardness in handling the icing bag, we were taught to pipe scallops, rosettes, leaves and scrolling patterns. After just 1 hour, I had stiffed shoulders. Ouch! To take it one stage higher, we were next taught how to pipe a clown figure using a corkscrew movement. Not bad I thought looking at the finished product. DD says the clown is so spooky looking and 'caution' me not to let any kid near him as he would surely scare the living daylights off them. She calls him Freaky Clown. Sob! Sob!
For my second lesson, we had to decorate a 10" sponge cake. I chose the Strawberry Shortcake motif as I thought it looks simpler than the PoohBear, Garfield and some other cartoon characters. Using a transfer method, the outline of the character was marked in chocolate and left to set. This outline is then placed on the cake to be filled with either icing or piping gel. After struggling for close to 2-1/2 hours, I managed to produce an image with some likeness of Strawberry Shortcake.
Despite not having 'mastered' the basic patterns, I had already signed up for the Advance class. I am so looking forward to learning how to pipe roses, chrysanthemums, sheeps and elephants.
My wish? To be able to decorate something as elaborate as a 3-tier wedding cake but in the meantime, practice, practice practice.