|Practicing my stars on my star cookie for Course 1|
For the first class we were supposed to bring the Course 1 Kit, 6 "round" cookies, Ready-To-Use White Decorator Icing, and lots of other stuff we didn't really need for night one. It was more lecture and learning than hands-on that night. Our instructor showed us how to whip up the Wilton recipe for buttercream, how to level and split a cake, and then how to add filling between the layers. We got to see and feel the difference between different icing consistencies - stiff, medium, and thin - and which applications each one is for. She "torted" her cake for us which I guess just means cut it into layers, although after doing some googling this does not seem to be the proper definition of torte. Torte is a specific kind of cake, no where can I find an official definition of it as a verb...oh well...moving on...
So as you can see, right off the bat I didn't exactly follow instructions. Plain round cookies sounded boring to me, and if I was going to get everything dirty cutting out cookies I was going to have fun with it! Turns out I only have a bin of holiday cookie cutters, so from that I pulled out the star shape. I also had some small flowers that were officially fondant cutters, but the biggest one worked pretty well for a small cookie flower. Unfortunately this proved more challenging when it came to decorating. We only learned how to pipe stars in the first class (best seen in the first two photos) which I had troubles translating to the star and flower. By the end of class, my creative juices were gone.
Tuesday night my creativity came back a little when I went to decorate the rest of the batch and use up more of the store bought buttercream (the rest I ended up throwing away...I realize now it probably would've kept in the fridge forever, sigh). I did a lot of random patterns and then realized that weekend was Mother's Day! So as you can see I attempted "MOM" but it didn't turn out so well. I was starting to dread the night we had to do writing, it's a lot harder than it looks!