Tuesday, September 18, 2007

First Cake



This is a picture of my first cake for my cake decorating class. I had my first class one week ago, in which we learned how to make frosting, about frosting consistency, how to torte a cake (cut it in half in order to add a filling, etc. This week we practiced basic techniques of cake decorating, and we also decorated our first cake for the class. My cake is a raspberry buttermilk cake with raspberry jam filling, and almond flavoured butter cream frosting. I learned a lot with doing this first cake, like how to make stars, zigzags, curving lines, and transferring images. I drew the picture of the raspberries and vines on a piece of paper, and then used piping gel to transfer them to the cake. Mixing the colors was very fun for me. I didn't had enough of the red after doing the raspberries, so I had to mix more in order to be able to make the boarders. It was just like painting!

7 comments:

Theresa said...

Ooooh, pretty! And I'm sure it was tasty too. So, how did you cut the cake in half? I always use a thread wrapped around, crossed, and then I pull on the ends. So, what's piping gel?

Michelle Liebgott-Osinga said...

Hi Theresa, to cut the cake in half you take a large serrated knife and just cut it horizontally, while turning it. It helps to have a rotating cake plate. Then you just lift it using the knife to help support it.
Piping gel is a clear, sweet gel that you put in the decorator bag. You pipe it onto the cake and it glints in the light, though since it is clear you can't see it all too well. Then you use it as a guide to decorate with the icing. For transferring, you use a piece of wax paper to trace the design and then just turn the gel side toward the cake and press it into the icing using a toothpick.

Heidi said...

The cake is fantastic,and that after the first class already! Well, I'm going to be there on my birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!

Michelle Liebgott-Osinga said...

Hi Mem, I will have to try to make a special birthday cake for you, but it may be wise if I make it early!

Nicole Liebgott Photography said...

that cake is so pretty it looks like you got it from the bakery.. I miss you guys and am glad to hear everything is fine and that you all are doing well. Tell Joseph we love him and can't wait to see him

Eva said...

Wow! What a nice cake. :)

Debi said...

OMGosh...that is gorgeous! A true work of art! And it sounds even more delicious than it looks, if that's possible!