Tuesday, April 14

Wilton Course 1, Class 1

Here's a quick run down on what I learned in my first Wilton class.   No pictures today, so sorry, but we haven't started actually decorating cakes yet.  We met in the very back of Hobby Lobby, I never even noticed there was a small classroom back there with a mini kitchen and a few big tables. I was afraid there would only be 1-2 other people there but the class was really full!  I think we have 11 ladies and my instructor mentioned  there's only 15 slots per class.  
Right away our instructor showed us how she makes her buttercream frosting,  each week we will need to bring in one iced cake and 3 containers of buttercream, each a different consistency.  You need one to be stiff, medium and thin, they also need to be dyed the colors you want to use on your cake. Lots of prep work people, these classes are serious business! :)

The Wilton Buttercream:
-1 stick of butter
-1/2 cup of Crisco
-1 tsp clear vanilla extract 
-4 cups confectioner's sugar, sifted
- 1 tbsp meringue powder
- 2 tbsp milk

 In a large bowl cream together butter and shortening with mixer.  Add vanilla.  Gradually add sugar one cup at a time beating well at medium speed (but not above 4, or you'll get too much air in the frosting)  .  Scrape down the sides of your bowl often.  Add milk and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy.  Keep the bowl covered with a damp cloth until your ready to use your icing.

A few other fun things I learned, you can use any clear extract in place of vanilla.  So you can use almond flavor, lemon, coconut whatever does it for you and works with your cake.  Also if you keep a dish towel over the mixer while mixing in your sugar it will cut down on the sugar dusting that ends up coating your countertops.  You have to ice your cake with thin frosting.  To get one cup of stiff icing thin you can add a tablespoon of milk and a tablespoon of light corn syrup. 

 Not too bad for a first class, we covered lots of content!  And we get a nifty free Course 1 book, our teacher also said we get a gift certificate at the end for around 15$, so you actually make all your money back from signing up for the course.  

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