Hear Me?

My first night at "Cake Decorating" Class was fun...5 great people in the class, most of them young and the instructor, young herself, had tons of experience with numerous bakeries in the area so I was ready!

Once seated and rolling up my sleeves, I spread out my tools baking supplies.  Listening attentively I jotted down notes and asked questions...a lot of questions...which the instructor answered with ease.  All was good.

Then it came time to take out our practice boards and begin.  Slightly apprehensive because my "thing" is cookies (and always has been), I wondered.  I've never made a layered cake in my life.  When I make a cake it's always in a 9x13, a bundt, spring-form or tube pan.  
Read and REMEMBER these words:

I have NEVER made a layer cake.


But how bad could it be to squeeze out a few stars onto a board using a plastic bag?

Simple, right?

Well, not for me.

I am TOM~BOY...hear me roar!!

I help build fences!

I shovel creeks!

I pick up trees!

I practice Tai Chi!

I life weights!

I'm a kayaker!

Dolly Domestic...Deanna Decorator...Cathy's Caker...I am not!

I am Tom~Boy...hear me roar!!

As Madge, our instructor came around to each of us, I couldn't help but notice the pathetic look on her face when she looked at my practice board.  I knew what she was thinking.

  So, to lessen the blow, I said, "I know the first one looks like a pile of chicken poop, BUT you can see the improvement, right?"  Smiling slightly, she tipped her head to the side and muttered, "yes."  

Embarrassed to show you this pic, but, it is what it is.

We also attempted shells and leaves.
Although no photo, trust me when I tell you that my shells looked like giant slugs with leprosy!! 

 Shells are hard!!!!
And my leaves?  Well, lets just say that I have a lot of practicing to do.

Oh, one more thing.
Our homework?
Make a frosted layered cake with filling and bring it to class.
We're going to decorate it.

I'm in deep doo~doo!


Gail said…
Sweet! Sounds like loads of fun.
Anonymous said…
I have no trouble with scratch cakes...layer cakes are a 'cake walk' so to speak. However, icing.......I buy mine ready made.
MTWaggin said…
I was NEVER able to leaves and only somewhat do shells. You'd be amazed at how much you can do with different sized stars though! Just sayin......Look at it this way, it all ends up being eaten anyway and next week will be better.
That's why they call them CLASSES, dear girl. You'll surprise yourself in the coming days, I'm sure. I grew up making cakes and homemade frostings. Sacrilege to use canned frosting in my house. But, I don't do the "decorating" thing. I have friends for when I need a "fancy" cake!!
MadSnapper said…
good luck and have fun.... I have never baked a cake except a mix, and that was 35 years ago.. i buy my cakes
TexWisGirl said…
made me laugh. slugs and chicken poop!
You did shells your first class?!? They are so hard that our instructor saved them for class 3. Oh how I hated learning shells!
Dar said…
Once you get the hang of it, you will love it. I cannot decorate like I used to due to arthritic hands but sure wish I could. Have a blast and remind me of my past...you will be turning chicken poo and slugs into marvelous wonders in no time. Looking forward to seeing more.

Gina Gao said…
This sounds like a lot of fun. Nice post!

EG CameraGirl said…
Ha! I would be a failure in this course. TRUE!
Jeanne said…
Well I can empathize with you! I am nearly 65 and I recently made my first layer cake. Oh my , it was really scary looking, so I have to wish you luck with this project.
Candy C. said…
OMG, you are too funny!! I can see definite improvement in your stars! Like Florida Farm Girl said, they are classes and I'm sure you will be doing beautiful work in no time! You GO Tom-Boy!! :)
Chatty Crone said…
Girl I know if anyone can - you can!
Ginny Hartzler said…
Will, actually...these don't look that bad to me!!!! And keep in mind that this is your first time!!
MorningAJ said…
Best I ever manage is a chocolate yule log at christmas because you don't have to make it smooth. I think your chicken poop is good.
Ashling said…
You are far too hard on yourself! They look good. And if you knew how to do it, what would be the point of teh class? Let go & enjoy; your inner artist will rise up before you know it (and who says tomboys can't bake layer cakes? Break those barriers, smash those stereotypes)!
You are so funny. I am not sure I have the patience for something like that. I'm a bit of an outside girl too.

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