Do you remember a few months ago when I took an online class via Craftsy on how to make a vintage style dress? If not you can refresh your memory here. Well apparently Craftsy liked it enough to offer me a gig writing about a few more of their classes over the course of the next year! How cool is that?
Frankly I am a bit surprised because I did such a terrible job on the dress. Plus the other blogs they asked to share in this adventure are such amazing sewers and crafters! Im looking at you By Gum, By Golly. But I figure they would like someone to represent the less precise home crafter so you can see that even if you don’t think you have any kind of artistic ability but are interested in being creative, then Craftsy classes are the perfect fit! They cater to all levels of crafters, from the first timer to the professional.
For my first class I decided to try their free “Modern Buttercream” cake decorating workshop (HERE) It is taught by Joshua John Russell, who is as easy to understand as he is to look at. What a dreamboat! I watched the whole thing through and then went back to refresh my memory as I actually frosted my cake.
On the right hand side of your screen there are scrolling questions from other viewers who are also taking the class, and I noticed a few people said boxed cake is just too tender for this type of frosting. So I used Ina Garten’s sheet cake recipe and it was fabulous. I just adore The Barefoot Contessa!
Speaking of the scrolling notes, I loved this aspect of the class. If you have a question you can just ask it by typing it in and other students will answer it for you! It really helped whenever I didn’t quite understand something.
Now I should probably mention I have never made a real cake before. No seriously! I am a boxed cake and frosting kind of girl. So this was truly my first time attempting to make a cake from scratch and then frost it. To be totally honest with you, I found it to be quite a challenge. It has been a while since I have really stretched myself, and not being able to make something come out the way I saw it in my head was frustrating!
But here is the good news. I also realized that I was in a rut and it was high time I broke out. By challenging myself to do something I had never done before it made me appreciate the skills I do have and how long it took me to acquire them. Sometimes I forget that I haven’t always been good at cooking, or decorating, or putting together a cute outfit. It took time and patience to learn how to become The Glamorous Housewife, and it is never too late to gain new skills.
So I have decided to continue with the cake decorating class and see if I can refine my beginner technique. I can’t decide if I should take Cakes In Full Bloom which teaches you how to make gorgeous edible flowers, Piping Buttercream Borders which would let me learn more about buttercream or Stunning Small Cakes because I never make very large cakes and the class looks pretty interesting. Which would you most like to see me learn? Let me know in the comments.
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