This Craftsy Class was led by Colette Peters, who also did the Vintage Cake, Modern Methods class.
After watching that class I was prepared to listen to Colette's very calming voice, so I knew what I was in for. She's very deliberate and is a slow talker, so she takes her time and shows you every single step. Which is good for beginners, but you can always skip ahead if you can't take it anymore.
This class covers everything from covering the board to adding the final embellishments onto the cake. The basic idea is to decorate a colorful cake that looks like it has pieces cut out of it, and she uses a bunch of different techniques to create the decorations. Nothing in here was anything that I hadn't seen before, but to have everything in one place would be good for someone who doesn't have a lot of experience making fondant and gumpaste decorations.
One thing that I give Colette credit for is that she actually dowels a cake the right way, measuring dowels against one another instead of just cutting them off at the top of the cake. She also mentions why you should do it that way, so a big hooray to you, Colette, and a big Pfffft to the people who just cut a straw off level with the cake.
This class was pretty basic, but it would be good for giving you ideas about different ways to add surface decorations using fondant shapes. It's also a good class to show you that you don't have to be totally anal-retentive about every step, and that it isn't as scary as you might think to do this kind of cake design.
So my overall review:
Skill Level: Beginning skills would be enough for this class. Maybe a little fondant experience, but it goes through that pretty thoroughly so you should be fine if you haven't done fondant before.
Equipment You Have To Have: fondant, dowels, pizza cutters, modelling tools to make decorations, paintbrushes, just basic fondant stuff.
Sleep-Inducing Level: Pretty high...I skipped around a lot to keep from falling asleep and I still fell asleep. But then again, I always fall asleep if I sit still long enough.
What It Assumes You Already Know: How to work with fondant a little...But the instructions are pretty clear.
Unnecessary Difficulty Level Of Methods Demonstrated: Not much, this was pretty basic.
Annoying Host Habits: She's a slow talker, but I give her points for being thorough.
Level of Helpful Hints Learned: Not much for me, but there were some things that she did that might be new or unusual, and it will definitely give you ideas about different ways to use fondant to make decorations.
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