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Wilton Cake Class at Michael’s: Week Three

Week Three was the best! We really got to use our tips, learned how to fill our cupcakes, and how the fancy cupcake shops ice their yummies. My favorite part was learning how to use the leaf tip. Not sure why the course doesn’t teach you how to do all of the tips before you ice your first cake, but I’m sure they have a reason. It was just not as feasible doing the roses and leaves on cupcakes… since they’re tiny.

Here’s a great layout of the tips om TwistnSwirl — these are not all covered in the class, mind you.

So many tips, so little time!

I asked Prince Liam what kind of cupcakes he’d like — he’s more a pie guy, than cake… but I’ll always take the cake — and he said key lime! So, I made the curd from scratch (it takes a load of sugar), and turned a boxed lemon cake mix into lime by adding a wee bit of green food color and key lime juice.

Key Lime Cupcakes

Key Lime Cupcakes

Key Lime Cupcakes

 

You can find the recipes (and many more) I used on my “Take the Cake” Pinterest board.

Key Lime Cupcakes

Key Lime CupcakesWhat do you think? They were so good! I froze them and took them back to the castle for the Princesses to snack on while we decorated our pink, blue, and silver Princess Christmas Tree for GumDrop Square.

 

Week 2: @Wilton Method® Course 1- Decorating Basics

I’m in my second week of Wilton’s cake decorating class at Michael’s. I honestly didn’t much enjoy the first class… we brought in six cookies (I used left over ones from a bakesale) to practice making stars. It was very basic. Then we sat and watched the instructor level, ice, and decorate her cake. I became very impatient and ready to start.

This week we got to work on our own cakes!

Things I learned:

  • The ease of leveling the cake over splitting the recipe into two cake pans
  • After you level the cake, make a dam to keep the filling nicely on the inner layer
  • Bring more icing n you think you’ll need when icing the cakes. Mine was a little slim on the pink base layer.
  • Bring lots of little cups and carrying containers once you start using the icing
  • I started carrying my supplies into the store with a cart and on cookie tins to keep the ceramic bowls full of icing from breaking
  • Piping is a much easier way to get your design on the cake than freehand (which I’ve always done)
  • Download the Michael’s App to get frequent 50% off coupons when you’re stocking up on supplies!
  • my mom taught be a good deal of cake technique already
Tips for future Wilton students:
  • Week one: We had to buy the Wilton Ready-to-Use Decorator White that comes in a plastic container like Ducan Hines. All you use it for is during the first week’s practice and then its never mentioned again. It also is jam packed with chemicals and gross ingredients – so I’m never going to use it or eat it. Some of the girls in my class tried a little lick of it, and said it tasted like rubber. I wish they’d offer a higher quality icing – especially for the price.
  • Cake lifter is a God send – This is something I’m glad I bought (50% off)
  • Ultimate Cake Decorating Kit…. I bought this 50% off with an additional 25% off, which helped a LOT with the price. But, I ended up taking it back. Not sure I really want to learn how to make fondant. I always pick it off anyway, so I think I’ll stick to icing for now. Plus, when you get the Class One kit at 50% off its a total steal – you have all the tops you need.
  • I found it beneficial to buy extra couplers. I have always just slid the tip down to the bottom of the bag, but really like the added support of the couplers when you’re pressing the icing down.
  • Save your icing bags. I’ve washed mine out every time. See how long they will last.
I feel really bad saying this, but I have been a little disappointed in the class and our teachers. I want them to be inspiring, not down on themselves and their designs. Its a bit of a drag, but I’m remaining positive and looking forward to the …

Cupcakes next week! I bought teal dye for the icing. I keep fighting the urge to bake all day long because I’ll want to sample everything I make.

What do you think about my cake? I had to go with the Princess theme, obviously! Here’s my pattern, if you’d like to use it yourself.

Fairy Friday: Summer Lemonade Recipe

There’s something entirely refreshing about lemons in the summer. Even just a lemon squeezed into a glass of ice water quenches my thirst on these hot summer days.

Here’s a recipe for lemonade to cool you off this summer. I usually cut the sugar down though, because I like tart lemonade!

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups white sugar
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups lemon juice

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan, combine sugar and 1 cup water. Bring to boil and stir to dissolve sugar. Allow to cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate until chilled.
  2. Remove seeds from lemon juice, but leave pulp. In pitcher, stir together chilled syrup, lemon juice and remaining 7 cups water.

You could even make some extra spending money by organizing a neighborhood lemonade stand! Enjoy!

Great Entertaining Ideas for the Fourth of July


The Kingdom of Azuria’s colors may be Blue and White, but we’ve gone Red Hot to celebrate the Kingdom of America’s Birthday. Here’s some of our favorite entertaining ideas ideas for the best summer holiday!

Red, White and Blue Patriotic Fruit Salad

Revolutionary Berries

Brownie {& Fruit} Kebabs

This great dessert + 12 other sweet patriotic entertaining ideas

“Independently” yours,

All of us in the Kingdom of Azuria

Queen’s Grocery List: FREE Download

Queen Mum and I have been majorly organizing the castle lately. We’ve gathered old favored fashions and furnishings shipping them off to our local consignment shops. I love consignment shops for two reasons, 1. the eclectic mix of treasures I find and 2. the eclectic mix of treasures I can sell. You always get a price better than at a yard sale. All while avoiding sitting out on a Spring morning hoping some will see your handmade “YARD SALE” signs on the roadside, and come take all your treasurers off your hands.

She came across of pad of paper with an adorable grocery list in the cleanse. I love planning. I love organizing. I love lists! So I snatched this up right away. Then decided that after I use this cute pad up, I’ll start printing my own each week. Instead of buying a whole book for my life, I’ll be conserving by only printing when I need one.

If you’re like me, once I get into the grocery store (or any store for that matter), I completely lose sight of what I actually came for, and become overwhelmed with the possibility of dinners and desserts I could make, wine nights I could plan with Princess Brooke of Catlett, and don’t even try to pry me away from the organic section of bath products at Wegman’s or WholeFoods. Here’s our free printable Grocery list for the Queen Mum in your castle.There’s nothing I love more than being organized. I have recently fell in love with Pinterest, as you can easily tell by the amount of “Pins” and “Boards” I’ve posted, or by just a normal conversion with me. Its caused a whole new real of ideas and organizing to come into my life.

For years, I’ve ripped out magazine pages gluing them into collage books (must have about ten 3-subject notebooks filled with cut outs). Now, I can simply post a link to my Pinterest board with tips, tricks, recipes and decorating ideas. I’m thinking about taking snapshots of all my pages and including them in this online menagerie, so I can fill the space on my bookshelves with somethings else… like more craft supplies!

Happy organizing!

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