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Fall Cake Decorating Series

Want to take your cakes to the next level? At the request of many of our customers, we’ve added a few new cake decorating classes to our lineup this fall! On October 20th, join us for a basic fondant class; on October 27th, we’ll offer a basic gum paste class; and on November 3rd, we’ll wrap up our fall series with class covering tiered cake construction and string work. Space is limited, so sign up in the store today! All three classes have a $25.00 registration (supplies additional) and will be held on Monday nights from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at the store. Detailed descriptions of each class are listed below.

 

Basic Fondant Class:

This class will show you all you need to know to start working with fondant. You will be amazed at all you can do with fondant from small decorations, borders, covering your cake, and much more. You will also learn how to make your own fondant.

  • Demonstration on marshmallow fondant
  • Handling and storage of fondant
    • Coloring
    • Rolling out fondant
    • Demonstration on covering a cake board
    • Cover a cake in fondant (you will actually cover a cake)
    • Borders (rope, embellished rope, ball and working with a clay extruder)
    • Appliques (in-lays, overlays, cutting with cutters)
    • Ruffles/layered ruffles
    • Painting fondant
    • Simple ribbon rose
    • Lettering
      • Cutting with letter cutters
      • Print and cut template
      • Roll and shape

Basic Gum Paste Class:

Now that you know how to work with fondant, you are ready to move on to gum paste. Learn how to make a bow with a blend of fondant and gum paste. You will also learn how to make beautiful gum paste flowers.

  • Make a 50/50 fondant gum paste blend
  • Make gum glue
  • Review handling fondant and gum paste
  • Cut and form loops for bow
  • Make a gum paste daisy
  • Make a gum paste calla lily
  • Make a gum paste rose
  • Make a gum paste carnation
  • Make leaves and calyx
  • Assemble bow

 Tiered Cake Construction and String Work:

This class will show how to stack and tier your cakes for those special occasions such as weddings, showers, and birthdays. You will be amazed at how easily you can add string work to your project!

  • Stacking cakes
  • Using plates and pillars
  • Dividing cakes
  • Construct your own cake
  • Making Royal icing
  • String work
    • Vertical drop string
    • Drop string
    • Overlapping drop string
    • Embellishing with rosettes, drop flowers, and icing dots
    • Transporting cake

Say It With Flowers!

Claude Monet is reported to have once said, “I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.” It seems only natural, then, that something so beautiful, something so powerful, should be featured as a centerpiece on so many cakes! Today, we’ll turn our attention to gum paste (or fondant) roses.

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We have a large assortment of pre-made gum paste flowers, including single roses and rose sprays. Add an extra elegant touch to your next cake with no hassle whatsoever!

If you’d rather try your hand at making your own roses, we have rose cutters in a variety of sizes – from 50 mm up to 110 mm. Our JEM brand cutters are incredibly easy to use and create beautiful flowers anyone would be thrilled to receive on a cake or cupcake!

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 To give your roses a more natural look, brush on a bit of petal dust in a complementary color as your flowers are drying. Start with a heavier coat of petal dust in the middle of the bud, then lightly brush the edges of your roses to add depth to your flowers.

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For a plethora of tips and step-by-step video tutorials, head on over to YouTube and check out Shawna McGreevy or CakePlayGround!