By Diane Ako
My friend Joy and I are taking cake decorating classes together. Our first class was fun! In it, we learned how to foil the cardboard base, why a lazy susan is good, how to make frosting from scratch, how to roll parchment papers for icing, how to use a coupler, how to level and fill the cake, and how to ice it with a spatula and with an icing bag.
To end, we were given pre-made six inch cakes to use all our new skills. We got to fill and frost it.
Mine is a little loud, but I was actually having fun playing with the frosting tips, so when other students finished with their bags, I would take it and frost my cake more. I enjoyed seeing what tips produced which designs.
There are eight women in the class, though other classes have had up to 14 students. This is a nice size. The teachers are good. They supply all the supplies, but you just bring an apron and notepad to this class. (Maybe the advanced classes require you to buy more things.)
The students seem to range in age from 20-ish women, including culinary students whose cakes kicked mine's ass - eh no fair! - to grandmothers who want to decorate for their grandkids. There are five different kinds of classes, year round, going from basic to very advanced.
The classes are from 5:30 till about 8:30 p.m. though I would advise you try not to show up late, and if you can, take it with a friend. You are seated on tables of two, and you can help each other. Joy and I are planning cake-dates to play around in the kitchen!
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