|Before the course|
One of the things I basically learned on my own is how to decorate cakes. When my children were small I wanted to create wonderful, memorable cakes for their birthdays. I loved to bake and wanted to create beautiful things. As I mentioned, when I am inspired by something I tend to dive in. We lived in Winnemucca, NV. at the time. For the uninformed about western geography, Winnemucca is a smallish town in the middle of Nevada - a solid 200 miles from any dot on the map most people might have heard of. We didn't have a Michael's or any other place to take lessons but I did pick up a Wilton cake decorating magazine somewhere. I don't remember where at this point. The magazine offered a correspondence course in cake decorating! I had so much fun! One memorable practice cake I made was for one of our weekly game nights with the Browns. They came to our house to play cards, or Risk, or something of the kind (awesome memories). I think the cake looked pretty good but I had experimented with a cooked frosting recipe. When we went to cut it I actually had to break through the frosting to get to the cake - it was distinctly rocklike! HA! I've gathered up a few of my early efforts.
|Brenda's 5th birthday cake. This was the "final exam" for the course.|
After that I started doing cakes for people who asked me to. When we moved to Utah I worked in a bakery in American Fork, then in a bakery in Smith's decorating cakes. After moving to Minnesota I was invited to teach Wilton cake decorating at one of the Michael's stores. It was lots of fun.
Here are a few of my more recent efforts: