Footsteps in Frosting

Following in the footsteps of fabulous cake decorators Shilpa, Archana, Hema and more, I took the plunge into cake-decorating class.

Baking was never my strong suit; when my kids were small it made me keenly aware of my Jewish heritage (read: a guilt complex extraordinaire!). Growing up, my little M ‘n Ms didn’t know the meaning of mik-and-cookies. Cookie was a monster on Sesame Street and milk was a healthy drink that went with breakfast. They suffered through store-bought cookies or cake for class parties, and for birthdays, well — the few times I tried cakes from mixes, they were a disaster. After a while I did manage to make cupcakes turn out ok (but not like these!) — those were always panicked affairs iced with store-bought frosting and little finesse. Forget about gooey chocolatey goodness in marshmallow-covered brownies, fancy colored decorations on numberless Christmas cookies, and all that jazz. Yes, my kids were deprived and I feel it to this day. Thank God for their grandparents, or they’d never have had a sweet tooth at all πŸ˜‰

A few weeks ago my colleague decided to join a cake decorating class and asked for my company — I agreed to go along. I was so thrilled with the outcome of my first project, I thought I’d share it. My daughter nearly fell over when she saw the cake come out of *our* oven. When she learned I was going to a class to decorate it, she asked for her *face* on the cake!!! Well, I am no da Vinci, so instead, she got her name. Not a particularly creative design, but it was conveniently portion-controlled…

and I did manage to make a Cookie Monster smile on the sides.

Please, no laughing now or I’ll be crushed! πŸ˜‰


cake one – practicing stars and writing

Meg loved this ’cause she’s a drama queen — she loves her name in lights, even on a cake. Wasn’t I proud when she wanted to take a piece to school and show it off to her friends — a kid of her age. That made me smile inside and out — not at my cake, but at my daughter’s great big heart πŸ™‚

And speaking of great big hearts and names in lights — don’t miss our own dear
Trupti’s exciting news. Congrats, Trupti! πŸ™‚

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17 Comments »

  1. shilpa said

    Hehehehehe..fabulous cake decorator and me???? hehehehe…you gottu be kidding….

    Your cake looks absolutely awesome. I loved the way you have controlled the icing. I had lot of difficulty. Great going. keep it up…

    No I am not kidding, Shilpa — when I was in the classroom feeling intimidated I thought of your great success! Thanks for your kind words πŸ™‚

  2. Suganya said

    Laughing at yr cakes? C’mon.. That looks beautiful.

    Thanks Suganya! πŸ™‚

  3. sra said

    Those are very different, pleasant colours on a cake, v soothing! Nothing to laugh at, it only puts a calm smile on your face!

    Hi Sra, and thank you — almost everyone in the class used some kind of pink — this was a little different πŸ™‚

  4. Shilpa, the cake looks great! First time seeing my favorite color in the cake icing. Would really love to have one right now! Wonderful picture πŸ™‚

    Hi Nirmala, thanks for the kind words:) Just was looking at your blog and you have some lovely dishes! BTW I am Linda — Shilpa is way ahead of me in cakes πŸ™‚

  5. trupti said

    Linda:

    I think you just got the best compliment from my son, Sahil. When I opened up your page, he took one look at the cake and ” can you make me one just like it?? except make it yellow frosting! πŸ™‚

    what more can I say, Linda???

    hugs,
    trupti

    Ooh, bright yellow would be fantastic! Thank you, Sahil and hugs to you and your mommy πŸ™‚

  6. indosungod said

    Linda, that is a wonderful looking cake, no wonder Megan wanted to take a piece to show off. Purple color icing made my daughter go “Ooh! Yum that cake looks so good”. I can bake a cake (atleast I like to think so) and my friend indulges her with the icing.

    I’m so glad all the kids like this — I bet you’re an excellent baker, ISG! πŸ™‚

  7. Asha said

    Linda,I just saw this at DNC and left a comment!:))
    Great to see the cake,looks beautiful.You should be proud.Good of M to take it to school ti show off!:))
    I like to bake cakes but frosting I am not fonf of bcos of the sugar.I always thin it and pour to get thinnest layer!;P
    Have a great weekend.Hugs to both of you.

    Thanks Asha and hugs to you! This icing is awful bad with all the butter and sugar my goodness, but I used alot less than they called for and my cake is only 6″ across! I didn’t touch it, but I did let the kids have a piece πŸ˜‰ Have a great weekend yourself πŸ™‚

  8. Mishmash! said

    Linda, be proud of yourself….you ve got the buttercream icing so even on top…..and I know how hard it is unless you get the right consistency and quite experienced at it….and reading about your past experiences, I guess you ve come a long way…so be proud of yourself and cake…YOU CAN DO IT and you DID it πŸ™‚

    Hugs..hugs πŸ™‚
    Shn

    Aw, thank you Shn — you’re always so generous with your encouragement and I appreciate it! Hugs to you, have a great Sunday πŸ™‚

  9. Vini K said

    Hi Linda,your cake definitely evokes no laughs..it is beautiful.That is one beautiful cake and great decoration at that.perfect.

    Thank you so much Vini for your kind words! πŸ™‚

  10. Jyothsna said

    That cake decor looks brilliant! You’ll soon become an ace at it πŸ™‚

    Thanks Jyothsna… two more classes to go for me to practice. I am not very well-behaved about practicing at home! πŸ™‚

  11. prema said

    Hi Linda , good to know that u are going to cake decorating classes.. The cake looks really beautiful.. so we will be seeing lovely cakes in ur blog from now on…

    Hi Prema, and thank you! Will have at least one more cake anyway before the classes end πŸ™‚

  12. Nupur said

    That looks lovely, Linda! Just goes to show that you have the talent to excel at anything you try: whether it is Indian food or this gorgeous icing! Love the delicate hue of the lilac icing.

    Thanks for the kind compliment, Nupur. All you multi-talented cooks inspire me to try new things! That color was a one-off mix of red and blue; I like the pastels best but have only the primary pastes. Lucky I remember something from color theory class πŸ˜‰ See you soon with “U”! πŸ™‚

  13. bee said

    and you said you can’t bake? that is outstanding.

    Thanks Bee! I can’t bake a bagel yet — then again, they’re boiled first, so who knows … πŸ˜‰

  14. Coffee said

    That is a fabulous cake for a first timer Linda. πŸ™‚ Beautiful soothing colours contrasting very well! πŸ™‚ I can see how your daughter would be so proud of her mum baking this lovely piece for her. πŸ™‚

    Thanks Coffee– you’re a sweetie πŸ™‚

  15. Sorry Linda,
    I made a mistake in your name (thats too kind of you to forgive me :)) I was posting comments all together for last week and thats how got confused somewhere 😦

    Please don’t even worry about it Nirmala! With so many bloggers and so many comments, it’s easy to mix people up, I know. I have done it plenty of times! πŸ™‚ Have a great day, Nirmala πŸ™‚

  16. Hema said

    Hi Linda! I logged on to my blog after nearly a month today and traced this pingback from my post. Cake decorators? and my name in the list? and with names like Archana and Shilpa? You must truly be kidding. I dont even know how to hold a piping bag!
    Am so glad you got a chance to take the class and your cake looks absolutely perfect. I love the color combinations. Megan must have proudly shown off the cake to her friends. I just have to wait for Ananya to get a little older before I can take classes. By then you will definitely be a pro and I will be linking this post of yours to my first frosted cake.
    Great job Linda!

    BTW, you may want to check Nidhi’s blog for more fabulous cakes (http://cookingmadeasy.blogspot.com/)

    Hi Hema, glad to see you! And no I wasn’t kidding — that animal cake you made for Ananya was amazing!! The cake class is fun, but I don’t think I’ll turn pro πŸ˜‰

    Thanks for the tip about Nidhi’s cakes — you’re right, very lovely! Hope to see you around more often πŸ™‚

  17. Savithri said

    You cake looks lovely!

    I took the Wilton cake decorating class! It was a lot of fun and I still try to use the techniques I learned:)

    Hi Savithri, thanks for your kind words. The cake class was fun, yes! I just made my son’s bday cake and frosted it — first homemade b’day cake for either of my kids ever! πŸ™‚

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