Monday, September 1, 2014
Craftsy Class Review: Cakes in Full Bloom
Cakes In Full Bloom was taught by Erin Gardner, who owns Wild Orchid Baking Company.
This class was kind of random, in that it didn't cover one specific topic. Instead, it showed how to do a bunch of different techniques that she had used to make three specific cake designs. Because of this, it did have a lot of useful techniques in it that could be used on different cakes and changed a little to do different things.
Some of the topics covered were how to make gumpaste peonies, ranunculus, dahlias, and filler flowers. She also showed how to decorate the tiers with straight stripes, "sequins" made of candy confetti, and other surface decorations. There's a section on design that shows how she decides which designs will go on which tier, so that could be interesting if you want to see how someone thinks about the design process.
One thing I'd say is that the cake designs that she demonstrated were pretty busy...Kind of an attempt at combining as many trends on the surface of a cake as possible. In my personal opinion I wasn't as hot on the designs themselves, but since they incorporated so many trends there were a lot of methods included in the class. So that's beneficial if you're trying to get your money's worth.
I'll also throw in that the little bows that she uses on one cake can be made a heck of a lot easier by using the mold that I sell in my shop, heh heh ( https://www.etsy.com/listing/171534795/ )
If you already have some of the Nic Lodge classes like the Modern Sugar Flowers class, some of the flower information will be repeats, so it might not be what you need. Check out the class description before purchasing to see if it looks like new information to you or whether it will be something you've seen before.
My final review:
Skill Level: Intermediate unless you're a beginner who's not afraid to try some more-complicated gumpaste etc.
Equipment you'll need: Gumpaste cutters and veiners, gold dust and candy confetti, fondant.
Sleep-Inducing level: Relatively normal for a video.
What it assumes you already know: Gumpaste basics, how to handle fondant.
Unnecessary Level Of Difficulty For Techniques Shown: Some things could be done easier with molds, you can apply stripes without turning a cake upside down, but not a whole lot.
Annoying Host Habits: She wasn't annoying to me, which is saying a lot because I'm pretty cranky.
Level Of Helpful Hints Learned: Lots of little things if you're a beginner. You might have seen the sequin thing before, but that's what people will be interested in because they're shiiiiiny.
Click here for my Craftsy pattern shop, which has a bunch of freebies in it: A Cake To Remember On Craftsy
Kara Buntin owns A Cake To Remember LLC, online cake supplies at www.acaketoremember.com and www.acaketoremember.etsy.com