Monday, September 23, 2013

Craftsy Class Review: Cake Design Made Simple: Art Deco

Cake Design Made Simple: Art Deco was taught by Lindy Smith, who is well-known for her cakes and cake decorating books. She covers how to make the cake in the preview photos, but the main emphasis in the class is the design element of it.

She covers where to get inspiration for your cake, how to decide on a cake tier arrangement, how to choose colors, and how to transfer the design onto the cake itself.

She also goes over how to apply fondant to the cake and how to use tools to accurately taper the edges of the cake into the shape that you need. The interesting things about this class was that throughout the process of decorating and stacking the cake, she demonstrates how to put it together accurately. Her precision was a major part of this demo, and was a definite contrast to certain other Craftsy instructors.

She's very perky, but wasn't so hysterically happy that you wanted to tel her to calm down. I just got the feeling that she's comfortable teaching, so there weren't a lot of awkward pauses and hemming and hawing.

But lordy, lordy...Another section of how to cover a cake with fondant that went on for-ev-er. I understand that if you haven't bought the ninety other Craftsy classes that go over this it would be helpful, but seriously...

My Final Review:

Skill Level: Beginner to intermediate
Equipment you'll need: rolling pin, cutters, exacto knife, paintbrush and luster dust.
Sleep-Inducing level: High!!
What it assumes you already know: Not a lot, it concentrated on the way to design a cake then showed everything step by step.
Unnecessary Level Of Difficulty For Techniques Shown: Not much.
Annoying Host Habits: I didn't notice much, but I was asleep for the middle half when she was covering the cakes. She could have been kicking puppies during that section and I wouldn't know.
Level Of Helpful Hints Learned: She showed a lot of fondant tips, and added a couple of tips about reducing bulk that I hadn't seen covered in Craftsy classes before (that I remember).

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Kara Buntin owns A Cake To Remember LLC,  online cake supplies at  www.acaketoremember.com and www.acaketoremember.etsy.com

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