Thursday, March 15, 2012

MY FIRST WILTON CAKE

One of my "extracurricular activities" that has taken up some of my blogging time recently is Wilton Basic Cake Decorating Class.  I signed up for this eight-hour course at Michaels Arts and Crafts Store, and I have attended two of the four lessons so far.  It has been keeping my weeknights busy because I'm not a crafty person and so I have to devote some time after work to practice piping, read the book, research for recipes, etc.

Anyway, during the first lesson, we were taught the basics of baking a cake, how to prepare icing with different consistencies, how to level, torte and ice a cake, and how to make a design pattern and transfer it onto a cake.  At the end of the two-hour class, we were given time to practice piping stars onto flat round cookies using Wilton star tip and ready-to-use decorator icing.  We were also given a homework to bake a cake and prepare medium and thin consistency icing, which we then brought to class on the second lesson for application of what we had learned the previous week.

So how did I do?  Hmmmm...

1.  Bake a cake at home. Check!

Want some chocolate fudge cake?

2.  Prepare thin and medium consistency buttercream icing at home. Check???!

Conquering Wilton's almond buttercream icing recipe.

3. Leveling, torting and icing the cake. Uh-oh! Mayday, mayday!  This part was done inside the classroom, so unfortunately (or fortunately I should say), nobody took pictures to document my disaster while I was icing the cake.  It seemed that the icing I prepared  at home was not the perfect consistency and so I had to redilute it with water to make it thinner.  I spent a lot of time tediously icing my cake and trying to smoothen it as much as I could, which in turned caused me to run out of time to finish decorating it on class.  My teacher wanted to see my decoration, so I told her that I'd continue at home and will show her next week a picture of my finished product.

Seriously icing!
My T-shirt says: "I'm a pretty awesome Pinay"

4.  Dimensional decorating.  This also involved coloring the icing as desired, and transferring the design pattern onto my cake.  I toiled on the icing redo job and I was too tired and hungry already by the time I finished icing my cake that I decided to skip the design transfer portion and just piped and decorated directly onto my cake.  

My anything goes dimensional decorating.
I swear a gradeschooler can do better than me on this!

5. Tadaaaaa! Oh well, this may be the ugliest cake in town, but hey, it's my first time and I did put my best effort on this, so I'm happy and proud of it.  Yay!


I still have two more lessons to attend for the basic decorating course, and after that, I'm planning to sign up for the next three courses, so stay tuned to find out my progress in this craft.  Until then, wish me luck! ☻

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61 comments:

  1. Well, KM dear for a first timer your cake is pretty awesome. Congrats! :-) By the way did you make it from scratch?

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    1. Thanks, Sam. The icing is from scratch, but the cake is pre-mixed. I wanted to bake it from scratch, but I had limited time :(

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  2. YAY! I am proud of you, KM. You're certainly one pretty awesome Pinay. Naalala ko tuloy nong mga panahong mag-aral din ako nyan. Sobrang proud ako sa moist cake ko kahit palpak, LOL!

    Karirin na ang pagb-bake! May future na talaga ang Karen- deria mo, hehehe.

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    1. Haha! Thanks naman, Lainy :D Love your own ika nga, kaya talagang proud tayo sa finished products natin kahit may pagka-palpak. LOL.

      Korek sa future ng Karen-deria ko. Yun nga din sabi ni Vince, hindi na daw kami mauubusan ng desserts sa bahay ngayon. Hahaha!

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  3. I agree with Sam KM! For a first timer, you have done a good job. I support u with your desire to learn baking. I myself love to do it as well. In fact, if I have time I am planning to enroll in a baking class here also or in Bangkok.

    Miss u much! :)

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    1. Thanks, Kriz! Uy, tuloy mo yang baking class mo ah? Aabangan ko din yan at makikihingi ng mga recipes mo if ever ;) Exciting ito.

      Miss you too. Buti back to blogging ka na ulit :) Hugs!

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  4. wowwww!!! ang galing2x naman! :D

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    1. Thanks, Allena! Marami pang room for improvement :D

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  5. i love it. im happy for you actually inggit ako. :)

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  6. naku!! mukha namang masarap KM eh!! kaya keri na yan teh!!
    kung ako nga baka hindi ako makabuo ng maganda!! gustong gusto ko mag bake kaso wala din akong proper training eh! siguro pag meron!!!

    >> by the way, enge :)

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  7. When we were in 4th year high-school, we made black forest from scratch, but we had a vulture teacher watching our necks. LOL! From the looks of your picture, looks great! May I have a slice please?

    P.S. Shampoo endorser ka ba? Ganda ng buhok! ☺

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  8. WOW,Galing mo naman.Inggit naman ako...

    I used to worked as a Supervisor in a bakery but never had the chance to bake even a single cake kaya hanggang papel lang ata ang alam ko sa baking... Hehe

    Congrats!

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  9. You are better than me, I hate baking lol. When it comes to baking, hubby is the one doing it here at home.

    My Happiness is, have a great weekend.

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  10. Ang sarap namn ng chocolate cake mo te. Ang presentation mo wagi. Ikw n talga!:)

    Have a fruitful saturday.

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  11. >.< I want to make one too. >.< galing naman.

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  12. Ayyyy!!! ang ganda naman nyan KM!,I checked the Michaels arts and crafts nah, mayroon kami dito, I'm planning to sign up next month, hehehehe...actually I bought last December all utensils I need to bake cake and icing, too bad I tried once,palpak yong mga cake at icing ko..hehhehhe..

    You should be proud ang ganda nang cake mo.

    Thanks for sharing this, I was looking a school to enroll in my place but too expensive kasi pang career kasi yon.Gusto ko lang basic para sa anak ko...hheheh...

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  13. It is indeed awesome nice craft you have on your cake, it is simple but very impressive visiting from happiness here's my entry thanks My Little Home

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  14. btw have like your fb page hope you can like mine too thanks My Little Home

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  15. I agree with those who commented that your cake is pretty awesome for a first-timer, simple lang design pero maganda at malinis pagkagawa. Pwede na yan pang-goldi or red ribbon, sensya naman at pang-Pinas lang kilala ko...hehe!

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  16. wow,ang galing naman mag bake,cute ng design..first time mo pa lang yan ginawa,maganda na..wat more kung bihasa ka na gumawa ng cake.congrats km :)

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  17. am happy for you, i want to enroll in baking but no time for now, visiting for Happines is, I hope you can visit my share at

    http://www.pinaysinglemomsnook.info/the-colorful-ballons-as-decoration/

    see yeah!!!

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  18. ang babaeng ayaw paawat sa pagka-busy nag bake pa talaga naman. yung slice ko ha. gandang energizer yan sa pagtakbo ko yum! :)

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  19. What a nice start! I'm glad you shared your blues today.

    Happy Blue Monday, KM.

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  20. From the looks of that cake, I believe you have learned the skill very well. I would enjoy a big slice.

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  21. It's beautiful! And I bet it's delicious too! Have fun with your new, budding talent!

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  22. Coming back for Blue Monday. Shade of Blue, have a great week!

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  23. You are doing great at that cake decorating!

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  24. New accomplishments are something to be proud of and be happy about. Congratulations! Here's my Happiness entry: http://www.pensivethoughts.com/2012/03/bowling-is-fun-mom.html

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  25. wow! that looks very delish Sis Karen, love the design too :-) great job...so proud of you :-) Visiting from Yummy Sunday, hope that you can return the visit too.

    http://www.homecookingwithjessy.com/steak-with-mushroom-and-beans-for-dinner/

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  26. that is one beautiful and delish cake Sis Karen :-) great job :-) Visiting from #80 of 366 Blog Photo Challenge.

    http://www.sportyjess.com/mickeys-exercise-ball/

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  27. congrats kapatid!
    wish ko lang marunong din ako magluto...
    oi thank you sa dalaw ng sobrang dami sa bahay ng baby ko ha..

    ehhhh...top commentator ako dito?????????.. bakit ba kasi Sheryl Apuhin talaga ang lumabas jan..hano beh! ayan kasi nag upgrade ako sa new churvaness ng google..wiz ko type na lumabas real name ko kaya..pano kaya bumalik sa old username ko na shengkay..
    bad trip! hehehe..

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  28. congrats on the first cake Sis Karen :-) way to go!!! Visiting late from happiness is, hope that you can share your happy visit too.

    http://www.jessysadventure.com/2012/03/happiness-is-when-seeing-your-journal-back-online.html

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  29. wow, sis love it... kasarap..
    Visiting from BPC#80
    http://www.iceii.com/2012/03/21/like-love-buy-80-blog-photo-challenge/

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  30. oh wow! that's really neat. i wish i can bake a cake from the scratch. well, my husband usually bakes and i'm in charge in decoration.

    mine is up http://jerlalouw.blogspot.com/2012/03/alcatraz-prison-cell.html see u there :D

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  31. That is awesome! you did good considering you said you're not all that good at this. Love that! My dream would be, be able to go to a cooking class and learn a lot of things. How awesome!

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  32. i envy you for being able to bake a cake.. ;( i really have hard time learning one...huhuhu...and making icing too..


    ..from BPC #80.

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  33. Good job, nice naman ng cake:)

    Visiting for Blue Monday- hope you can stop by:)

    http://www.sweetposh.info/2012/03/olay-cream-moisturizer.html

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  34. that's already an achievement for a first timer!!! congrats! baking is also one craft i would really like to master! soon! if i have the time, i will really enroll in a baking class. bpc 80 hop here. penge ng slice! im a cake monster! lol!

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  35. visiting for my other entry of happiness is, see you at

    http://www.prettysinglemom.com/2012/03/night-full-of-magic.html

    please do leave some love..

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  36. Visiting again for YS- hope you can stop by:)

    http://myrecipecollection.info/2012/03/chicken-soup-with-stuffed-noodles.html

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  37. how cool! you did a great job sis...I so love the shirt...where did you get that...dito or sa pinas?

    thanks for joining BPC!

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  38. you are way better than me even if you think you have the ugliest cake in town. I need to do that classes too!

    bpc hop: http://www.mydailysnippets.com/2012/03/blood-work.html

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  39. Good for you, KM! Ako naman, bake ng bake, but because I don't like icing or frosting at all, I don't think I'll be interested in learning how to decorate what I bake. Lol.

    BPC hop!

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  40. Cute design:)

    Visiting for #80 challenge- hope you can stop by:)

    http://dsahmblogs.com/2012/03/t-bar-leather-wedge-sandals.html

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  41. wow that cake look so good KM! u did a pretty good job. i dont think i could do something like that. =D
    goodluck!

    from BPC
    http://mydailybabble.info/2012/03/snacking-on/

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  42. ops i gave u the wrong link.
    this is the right one

    http://mydailybabble.info/2012/03/pepperidge-farm-cinnamon-swirl-spread/

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  43. that is one delish brown cake Sis Karen, it makes me drool too :-) Great job :-) Visiting from Thursday Brownies, hope that you can return a brown visit too.

    http://www.simplyjess.info/our-brown-flip-flops/

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  44. Visiting this time for Food Trip Friday Sis Karen :-) meron pa bang natirang cake? Visiting from Food Trip Friday, hope that you can return the visit too.

    http://www.homecookingwithjessy.com/chicken-soup-with-vegetables/

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  45. Not bad for a first timer, actually it looks pretty good!

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  46. wow km, that's really cool, gusto ko din mag-aral ng baking but with my schedules now, i just can't---2kids around! anyway, i am learning by myself how to make a good cake but your first try looks really good, looking forward to see more! goodluck, i know you will do great! galing-galing naman...and i love the shirt, i got a yellow one with 100% Filipina naman ang nakalagay. late visit from last week's YS, see you around. thanks and have a great weekend. :)

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  47. Thanks for linking up pretty sis!

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  48. Visiting again for color connection- hope you can stop by:)

    http://www.heavenly-dreams.com/2012/03/her-first-bicycle.html

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  49. Visiting again for Thursday Brownies- hope you cans top by:)

    http://www.mommys4seasonsjourney.com/2012/03/a-credit-to-my-photographer.html

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  50. That is an AWESOMEly designed cake. Great job.

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  51. nagbabalik from Thursday Brownies naman...galing talaga and i am sure masarap yan! see you around. thanks and have a great week. :)

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  52. wow...you did a really good job! i wouldn't have been able to pull that through on my first time. :)

    thanks so much for sharing over at Food Friday, KM

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  53. back here from FTF, hope to see you around. have a great week. :)

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  54. pahingi ng chocolate fudge na yan... at talaga naman ang cake, icing at decor.. kakainggit namang escapade yan girl, one time makapag enroll nga din ng baking, gustong gusto ko talaga gumawa ng cake, kaso hanggang "fun cake" lang ang kaya ko.. yay!

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  55. are you based in U.S.? na curious ako sa school na ina attend-an mo hehehe...i am actually planning to take 10days school in culinary pero bahala na kung kailan. lovely cake, lovely din yung gumawa :)

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