This week in baking class we had to bring a baked cake because we were going to work on icing and decorating using some of the methods we've learned.
The cake part is good for me. I can bake. It's the decorating and the knowledge that I need for research. If you don't know what research, I'm taking this baking class because I signed a new contract with Crooked Lane Publishing on the Southern Baking Mystery Series debuting in 2018.
I can bake and cook, but I don't know much about decorating...at least not a few weeks ago.
I was amazed at the technique my teacher taught me on how to make the icing very smooth. Bounty paper towels and Viva. Yep...you read that right! Once I got the icing on and around the cake using the rocking method with the spatula, you lay a Bounty paper towel on the iced cake and use a spatula to scrap over the paper towel. You pick the paper towel up and do it all over the cake and the sides. It makes the cake even but not without the Bounty paper towel impression. This is where the Viva comes in. You do the same technique with the Viva and it smooths out the Bounty impression...seriously cool. Seriously!!
Then the decoration. She had me pick out a picture. I picked a giraffe in honor of April and traced the outline with clear gel on a piece of parchment paper. I transferred the outline on the cake and that's how I could outline the giraffe in the yellow icing.
Now...I was supposed to do the star pattern in the middle of the giraffe like you'd see on a baby cake, but it didn't turn out that way so I used a paint brush instead.
I took it home. The decorating might not be perfect, but Brady ate it up!
Any baking tips you want to give me?
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