Today was an easy day of frosting cakes and piping. Well, kind of easy. It was a nice day because we could focus on those two things. However, frosting cakes and piping can be really challenging. This is something I want to get good at. I’m not good right now, but I’m going to practice. I brought home tubs of extra buttercream to practice with this weekend.
I practiced shells over and over again. That’s all I did for forty-five minutes today.
I spent a lot of time on frosting my cakes, too. We started out with frosting the cake with a “crumb coat.” The thin layer of frosting in the crumb coat seals in all of the crumbs. We refrigerated the cakes for a while and then frosted with a final coat. It drove me crazy! I wanted everything to be perfectly smooth, and I could never get it the way I wanted.
By the way, each cake is three layers. Something else I need to practice: slicing cakes into layers. I’ve always struggled with this.
I didn’t get to decorate my cake as much as I wanted to because we ran out of time. I did pipe a shell border, a rosette border on top, and some lines on the side.
Not too bad, right? Not great, but it could be worse! So if you need someone to make you a wedding cake…. I’m your woman.