Homework for tomorrow included baking an 8 inch cake and making buttercream frosting using the Wilton recipe.
|Yay for getting to borrow Grammy's standing mixer! Can't wait til I can have my own!|
I raved about how great my first day of cake class was last week, but I did want to mention a few cons about the Wilton cake classes, also based only on my first class. Nothing to get too worked up over, but just a heads up. When you sign up, you are provided with a list of supplies you will need for your first class. It includes:
- Decorating Basics Student Kit ($34.99 retail - used 50% off coupon)
- Decorating Basics Student Lesson Plan ($4.99 retail - used 40% off coupon)
- Ready-To-Use Decorator Icing 1lb ($3.49 retail)
- Piping Gel ($3.99 retail)
- Meringue Powder 8oz ($8.49 retail - used 40% off coupon)
- 6 round flat cookies (homemade or purchased)
- 2 cloths (one damp, one dry) - we didn't need both, only one, I ended up sharing my extra
- apron (didn't use)
- pen/pencil - definitely bring one to take notes!
- sticky notes/paper - if you don't want to write in your book
- 1 gallon food storage bag - didn't use this...
- container to transport frosted cookies
Regarding all the previously mentioned supplies, I would highly recommend using coupons to buy as much of this as you can, especially the kit. Or catch a sale on all baking supplies. Spread the supply buying out over a couple weeks of your JoAnn mailer/email coupons and it can really cut your costs, making the financial burden a little less damaging to the wallet. (I saved over $20 by doing this.) Just make sure you sign up enough weeks in advance to allow yourself this luxury.
What I was never told was that there will be more you have to buy (if you don't already have it obviously) as you work through the class, such as the following:
- cake leveler ($3.99 retail for the non-fancy one that works wonderfully)
- turn table ($13.99 retail, awesome tool that makes decorating so much easier!)
- clear extracts: vanilla, butter, almond ($1.99 retail each small, only one is truly needed)
- 8 inch round cake pan ($9.99 retail, Wilton has the best pans around)
- squeeze bottles ($2 for 2, near the candy melt isle, used for water in class, so handy)
Can't wait to share what goes down in tomorrow night's class! It feels so good to be getting something on my 25 Before 25 List done, especially because that whole list is full of things I want to get done!