This was my final cake for Wilton Course 2. I was so proud of my basketweave and rope, but the entire cake? Not so much. The flowers and birds make it look so umm.. dated? Simple and elegant.. definitely not here. Not suprisingly, I just stared at my cake for the longest time not knowing where to start. It wasn't until my instructor started putting random flowers on for me when I finally got going. She thinks I have commitment issues. I agree.
The part I hate about these courses is all the wastage that comes with it. I can't stand wasting food, but I can't eat the shortening frosting either because the greasy film that's left on the roof of my mouth and plastic tasting qualities grosses me out. Also, it just feels dirty to be eating something that has been played around with that much (piping, scooping it back into the bag and repiping) in the middle of a Michael's store. To minimize waste, I just use a cake mix + water so it doesn't feel nearly as bad as throwing out butter and eggs. Next week I'm starting course 3: fondant and we'll be needing 2 cakes + Wilton fondant. This cake is already in the freezer so no wasting or turning on the hot oven for me! My instructor who found out about my homemade royal icing (and wasn't too pleased about) told me to buy the Wilton fondant, but I'm making my own. The whole class will probably hear about it and it will probably be embarrassing, but honestly, I would rather buy myself a new pan than something that even she says tastes gross.