Cake Decorating 101

Happy Monday! This short but sweet (pun intended) post is about my experience in a cake decorating class that I took over the weekend. My girlfriends in Chicago bought me this class for my birthday a long time ago, and I finally was able to get into a class I like on Sunday, March 11th. The class was at Give Me Some Sugar, on West Belmont Ave in Chicago. They call themselves “Chicago’s premiere cake & cupcake decorating studio.” It’s a super cute, small storefront that not only has work stations for their classes, but a full bakery in the back, and cute baking merchandise in the front. The woman who taught our class said they have been open for seven years, and because they recently changed ownership, they are going to be doing some renovations to the shop for the month of April! Check out their website for future classes and the type of stuff that they do.

I was in the cake decorating 101 class, where we were taught how to frost and pipe and assemble a very cute 8″ layer cake. It was a really interesting little class. They provide you with an already baked cake, cut into two round layers. You then give the cake a “crumb coat,” which is basically an initial thin coating of frosting, which helps your final product look really smooth, with no cake crumbs showing through. While the cakes were in the fridge setting, we learned a ton of different piping and decorating techniques. We used those professional frosting bags and different decorating tips, and let me tell you, the people on Food Network and Cake Boss really make it look easy. I had always seen cake decorating on TV because I’m addicted to Food Network, but only have decorated cakes at a very basic level. In the end, we were able to fully decorate our cakes, and take them home! See the pic below for how mine turned out. I was pretty proud of myself!

are we feeling this color combo? I liked it for a springy cake.

All in all, it was a really fun experience to learn some of these basic skills, and for the next birthday that comes around for one of my friends, I am definitely going to give decorating a shot!

me, a proud little baker with my little cake

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