Monday, July 27, 2009

Wilton Course II Finale

After many pounds of icing and probably more complaining than was necessary, I finished Wilton Course II and built this graduation cake.


Today, I learned how to do the basketweave and the rope border that goes around the top and bottom there.

That bird was made early in Course II with color flow icing; he's not my favorite, but he was a large part of the course so I had to include him to graduate legitimately. You'll not see him in the following pics. :)


Course II's main focus is flowers and borders. Each class we learned a few new flowers and a couple of borders. We used royal icing for these flowers, so they are nonperishable and they set up hard. (That's what... never mind.)


I used all the flowers I learned to do in the class on this cake. You can hopefully recognize Victorian roses, pansies, violets, apple blossoms, daisies, and primroses. The only flower I didn't include (only because I forgot) was the chrysanthemum.


Even though I complained about the homework (each class requires a different amount of icings in various colors and consistencies, some classes require cakes), the Wilton courses have both been fun and super helpful. I couldn't have done any of this when I started... so that should tell you a lot.

In conclusion, if you are thinking about taking a Wilton cake decorating class, stop thinking and just do.

[Incidentally, this is pretty much exactly what my classmate told me when I was nervous about starting the basketweave on my cake. So... I just started... and immediately did it wrong and had to have my instructor straighten me out. :)]

14 comments:

mark said...

oh my god that is amazing.

greenpaper said...

i cannot believe this cake! great job!!!

Hilary said...

Holy frig. Pardon the profanity but I cannot even believe that cake. My jaw hit the floor. Amazing. Wow. You are off the hook for Daring Bakers this month!

Barbara Bakes said...

Gorgeous! Very talented!

Evan said...

Hopefully I'll recognize flowers?! Do you know me?

Your flowers really are beautiful, though. (That's what... never mind.)

kmari03 said...

looks awesome! i especially love the daisies. how do you think that thing would ship? :)

Casey's Wifey said...

OH MY GOSH...AMAZING!

Why didn't I wait longer to get married? Then you could've actually BEEN THERE...and maybe I could've bribed you into making a beautiful cake for me!

Anita said...

Manda - that cake is BEAUTIFUL!!!! Can we cut it now...?

June Freaking Cleaver said...

I skipped the final of Course 1 tonight. I may be the only dropout for Wilton. I found the class to be madly frustrating for me. They'll never tell me the secret handshake now!

I have absolutely zero craftiness in me, and found myself turning into an ugly mess the day of class. My poor family suffered greatly anytime I practiced or prepared for class.

Being lefthanded and having double vision doesn't help, either.

thereddeer said...

Amazing job - again you are really impressing me! I know that I wouldn't have the patience to do something like that. Good job!

Lynne said...

Wow, what a great cake! I took level 1 about 2 years ago and really want to take the rest of the classes.

Holly said...

There were way too many "Amazing" in the comments! So i'm going to say "STUPENDOUS"!!!

Ash said...

Marvelous!!

Ash said...

ps.. after getting the hang of twitter. I am now a follower.