Thursday, February 18, 2010

ever thought about artistic cake decorating?

Often, I dread icing the cakes I bake. I have no doubt they will taste good but as far as presentation, I have little hope and am usually stunned into a stupor of self-satisfaction if I can just get all the icing on the cake without letting whole chunks of the soft cake layers break off and blend into the icing.

I eventually learned that refrigerating the layers before icing them helps with that process.

Recently, the mother of one of my wonderful little students told me that she likes to decorate cakes as a hobby. She is a full-time professor at a school of pharmacy (and a former pharmacist herself), a wife, and a mother of 2 young children, and she says she want to be "well-rounded." So, she took a cake-decorating course, and look what she can do for her children's birthday parties!

This party was a Mario Brothers theme. I was astounded at how fun and clever this cake is. It's so inspiring to meet people who are striving to be "well-rounded" and creative, even outside of their busy, demanding and professional careers and home life, don't you think? Seeing that she branched out and did this makes me think there is hope yet for my cake decorating skills!

I mean, what a work of ART!
I think I would have trouble letting the kids dig in and eat it.

There are a lot of how-to cake decorating books available. I'm thinking about it...


  1. GO FOR IT!! I've always wanted to go to pastry school and learn the ins and outs of cake decorating! It would be awesome!

  2. It is beautiful! But you could do it too - courses are there for that purpose! It is nice to have an outside hobby and this is certainly one to put a smile on a child's face! :) xxx

  3. Yes, I LOVE meeting and knowing people who go out of their way to be creative. It's so inspiring.
    Great cake!

  4. Great timing on this post, SL!! Am just about to frost and decorate cupcakes for my girlfriend's birthday at work! : ) Thanks for the inspiration! : )

  5. Loved your springtime centerpiece! You're so talented, I'm sure you would be a natural with this, too!

  6. Wow, that is a top amazingly gorgeous cake! Lovely! I am glad you visited my blog, because it has led me to visit yours! Cheers!


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