I finally have some time to share my latest adventure in the pastry world... I had the privilege and honor to attend Chef Lucinda Larson's Cake Decorating class at Le Cordon Bleu: Seattle for the last 6 weeks. It was awesome, I had a great time learning without the pressure of having to worry about grades. I learned the basics on piping buttercreams, making borders, roses, mums and sweetpeas. My weakness in cake decorating has been with piping and making flowers out of buttercream. For our first cake project, it was a simple buttercream cake decorated with all decorations made out of buttercream.
We learned to make various types of buttercreams (Swiss, Italian and American), and some delicious fillings for our cakes. We were taught to make everything from scratch, marzipan, chocolate modeling class, sugar gumpaste, pas-tillage and our favorite fondant.
As we progress into each week, we were taught different mediums and at the end of each week was a cake project with requirements to incorporate what we had learned. It was incredible to see the variety of cakes and the creativity from all the students when we were given free reign to 'step out of the box'.
Our 2nd cake project... child birthday cake:
Our 3rd cake project... baby shower cake and cocoa painting:
Our 4th cake project... wedding cake:
Our final cake project... 'topsy turvy' cake:
All in all, Chef Larson's class set the foundation for all the students who wish to pursue a career in cake decorating. It had given me confidence and skills to prepared for an up coming wedding project in August of 2011. Stay tuned in 2011 for my next project.