By Diane Ako
My mom is very interested in getting refreshed with the particulars of cake decorating, because I'm in that class. She dug up her old kit to bequeath to me. It's in perfect condition.
If you ever questioned that I'm Chinese, this should prove it to you. The kit's been saved lovingly for three decades in case, just in case, someone in the family would want to use it. It's especially exciting for her that the person is me, so the kit can stay in the immediate family and be saved and passed onto Olivia.
There are so many things in my parents' house that have been saved and unearthed. Now and then she'll come over with yet another relic of my youth for me to use. I marvel at her ability and desire to do this! I didn't even save all my wedding dresses for Olivia. (I used one at the wedding, one at the reception.)
I appreciate having it. I like it very much. It has many tips and other accessories. And, it's retro cool. I had to try it out! After my first cake class, I baked a cake.
I made a football-themed cake for an NFL playoff viewing party. I am not ashamed to admit I used a box mix. I can't bake well. Maybe with some concerted effort, I will learn in the near future. The box mix came out surprisingly good. Not as tasty as the ones the Cake Creations makes, but c'mon. They're professional bakers.
I used their recipe and made the frosting. It came out good, but not as good as theirs. I am sure I know why. 1) I didn't use HR shortening, I used Crisco, because it was at a store closer to me and I was lazy. 2) I didn't use clear vanilla extract, because I owned regular vanilla extract. Clear is good for making sure the frosting comes out white, for wedding cakes. I didn't care that mine might be a tad yellow.
I bought a box of frosting dyes, though it is kind of a pain in the butt to keep changing the frosting when you only have three bags. I forgot to buy parchment paper or more plastic bags. As a result I only used three colors.
My mom loaned me her Kitchen Aid mixer. Everyone else in class said they had one and I was the only one who didn't. But I have easy access to one!
I conscripted my parents into kitchen service. My mom helped me, and my dad was assigned to tester/ surplus eater/ photographer/ filling whipper. It was a very fun afternoon.
The cake was well-received at the party. I am enjoying this hobby.