My wonky style cake classes have always been very popular; they are also ones of my favourite classes to teach. Students arrive not really knowing what to expect and go home having learnt not only how to carve and cover my signature style cakes but also armed with lots of tips and ideas to help them decorate their own cakes. Friday’s class was no exception; as usual we had a complete cross section of students, some fairly new to sugarcraft, others there to update their skills or to simply perfect the wonky shape, which can be quite a challenge!
The majority of the morning was spent carving the cakes; with a wonky style cake is very important to carve the cake bases correctly to achieve the desired shape. Mistakes can and do go wrong and as much as Sally, my assistant, and I try and keep our eyes on everyone we don’t have eyes in the backs of our heads so sometimes students carve the cakes slightly differently to how they have been shown! We’ve seen it all before so there is always a solution – It’s also a fantastic way to learn, as usually students don’t make the same mistake twice!
In case you are wondering, my wonky cake DVD will include a detailed trouble shooting section, where I explain the problems that can occur and how to solve them!
The afternoon was spent covering, stacking and decorating. As always I conducted a sugarpaste taste test, we had three varieties to test and the results were completely mixed. Some prefer one brand others another, I always find this fascinating as for each class the result are always very different and there is never one overall winner!
Everyone covered and stacked their cakes and most were well on the way to completing their decoration. The decoration is the students choice and tends to be just simple flowers – I find that everyone is usually very tired by the end of the day and many students opt to finish there cakes at home.
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