Your cakes taste good. Its okay if they arent as pretty as someone elses cakes. You really want your cakes to be the centerpiece of the dessert table. You want people to Ooh and Aah when they see your cakes. So what are you doing wrong? You get the same icing as everyone else. Maybe icing the cake to look pretty is just not your forte. You avoid icing a cake, because you know it will not be pretty when you are done. And cupcakes, well you can just forget cupcakes. Trying to get icing on a cupcake is like trying to keep snow from melting in the oven.
It is an impossibility. Dont you wish sometimes you could decorate and cake to give to someone special on their birthday? Are you tired of buying bakery cakes and wishing you could do that yourself? Decorating cookies can be just as frustrating and with the holidays every year. Wouldnt you like to make something that didnt just taste good, but looked good too? Have you tried using a pastry bag? They say it is so easy! Was it easy for you?
How many times have you ended up with icing all over the place and the icing on the cookie or the cake still looked bad. Have you ever tried using a plastic bag by snipping the end off? I dont know about you, but it didnt work so well for me either. Over the years I have heard a couple of tips. What I didnt know is that I wasnt getting all of the tip! Id try their tips, but they never worked for me.
Just like you I had all but given up on trying to put icing on cakes, cookies, and cupcakes. I just couldnt do it where it didnt make a mess and the more I smoothed the icing on the cake the more of a mess it looked. I decided I would never learn how to make things look good, but at least I could make them taste good. That worked pretty well for a while. Every time I found a cute recipe I wanted to try, but I knew it wouldnt look like the picture when I got through with it.
Then a friend of mine suggested taking a cake-decorating course being offered by our local hobby and craft store. Since I wasnt doing anything, I thought I would go check it out. My life has not been the same since. My cakes look wonderful and after taking a few more of the advanced decorating classes I am much better at decorating than I was. Instead of avoiding baking cakes to ice, now I make excuses to bake cakes just so I can practice more on my decorating skills. My husband is complaining about the weigh he is putting on and I tell him to go work it off. To be honest, he loves my cakes now better than before.
I have only taken a basic class and I am ready for them to start signing people up for the next class. I have found there are even other classes I can take. I started looking online and I found a place close to me offering these types of classes. As I looked even more online, I found there are web sites giving you step-by-step instructions to making some of these things. That might be great for some, but for me I need to watch someone do it. Then one day it hit me.
If I could compile everything I have found on the web and place at peoples fingertips, they will have an easier time find information than I did. So thats what I did. I am on my way to being an expert cake decorator and you can too. Find the classes or the type of instruction which ever works best for you and get started just like I did and in no time you will be decorating cake and cookies like a pro!
Find a school and take your first class!
I can guarantee you will love it and be ready when its over for the next class. You will want to learn more and more. The classes are fun, the instructors are helpful and the other students are all in the same boat you are in. Most of them cant ice a cake either or they wouldnt be there.
Okay now you have decided to take a class, Where are you going to take a class? This is where my book comes in handy. It has schools listed in it, the classes they offer and what they cover in their classes. Most schools are similar, but they all are a little different when it comes to their curriculum.
Learn to be an Expert Cake Decorator
If you dont like the classroom setting, then you can find a course you can take online. The biggest difference between the two is the size of the class and the tools and supplies. In the classroom setting, the school will supply most of the tools and supplies you will need. At home of course you will have to furnish everything.
You will want to have your own tools anyway, so investing in them before you take a class is not a bad idea! Plus once you have invest in the tools you will not want them to sit around collecting dust so put them to good use by taking a class. Whether it is online or in a classroom setting.
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