Wow! I wish someone would have told me that getting new carpet in a fully furnished, lived in home would be worse than moving. My house has been like a giant jigsaw puzzle for the last week. That is why I haven't been posting as much. I still have a few boxes that need to be unpacked, but I need a break, so I thought I would share a cake you can do after taking my Course 1.
A Rosette Ombre Cake!

You learn  the rosette technique in the third lesson of Course 1, only instead of using the tip 18 like it says in the student book, I use the tip 1M, which also comes in your Course 1 kit. And for those of you who don't know, Ombre is when you have one color in three different shades. I like to start on the top with the lightest shade and work my way down with the darker colors. This is a super easy and fast cake that has amazing results.
Everyone wants to learn how to make gum paste flowers and use fondant. In Course 3: Gum Paste and Fondant you will do just that!
Here is a list of things you will learn in Wilton's Course 3: Gum Paste and Fondant:
  • Gum Paste and Fondant 101
  • Bow Loops
  • Mum Base, Rose Base
  • Carnation Base
  • Assembling a Bow
  • Tinting Gum Paste and Fondant
  • Basic Principles of Floral Cake Design
  • Calla Lily
  • Rosebud and Rose
  • Carnation
  • Calyxes and Leaves
  • Assembling the Calla Lily
  • Daisy
  • Mum
  • Covering a Cake Board with Fondant
  • Elements of Fondant Cake Design
  • Creating Geometric Designs Using Cut-Outs, Overlays, and Inlays
  • Eyelet, Ruffle, and Ball Borders

You can take Course 3 right after the Course 1: Decorating Basics class; you do not need to take them in order. Check out my classes page for my schedule to see when the next Course 3 is offered.
If you are looking for a great Christmas gift this year, Wilton Cake Decorating Classes are it! This is a gift that keeps on giving, because once you learn the talents of cake decorating you will use them all your life. My husband gave me the classes as a gift for our anniversary 6 years ago and look what it has turned into for me today. 

January is a great month to sign your special someone up for because there is the added 
Free $15 Wilton Gift Certificate when you take a 4 week class! You can view my class schedule here.

May I suggest a gift pack kinda like this... 
*Sign your special someone up for a class in January. Cost $20.25 (sign up in store)
*Buy the Course kit with a Hobby Lobby 40% off Coupon found here Cost: $21 (with coupon)
*Buy them a Hobby Lobby gift card for any addition supplies they might like to get
Wrap it all up and you are now the coolest gift giver out there :) My January classes do fill up quickly, so don't hesitate. Feel free to contact me about a full supply list for classes or if you have any other questions.

(costs are approximate and may be different at other locations)

Take your cake skills to the next level when you learn awesome new flowers, such as the Wilton rose. Also, learn a fun new border and the basket weave. 
In Course 2: Flowers and Cake Design you will learn great new techniques in butter cream, royal icing and gum paste and fondant! Here is a list of a few techniques you will learn in
Course 2: Flowers and Cake Design...

* Making royal icing
* Gum paste and fondant basics
* Lily and flower nail
* Button flower
* Pansy
* apple blossom
* daffodil
* Lily
* Basket weave 
* Reverse shell border
And much more!
I was finally able to figure out my holiday plans and get my December schedule put together. I will have 2 Course 1's that month, so it is a great month to get started and learn some new great techniques for your neighbor gifts. I hope to see many of you there!

December 2012:
Course 1: Decorating Basics
Thursdays: 11/29, 12/06, 12/13, 12/20
Time: 9:30-11:30 am
Cost: 55% off $45! That is only $20.25 and the lesson plan is included!

Course 1: Decorating Basics
Thursdays: 11/29, 12/06, 12/13, 12/20
Time: 6:00-8:00 pm
Cost: 55% off $45! That is only $20.25 and the lesson plan is included!

Course 2: Flowers and Cake Design
Saturdays: 12/01, 12/08, 12/15, 12/22
Time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Cost: 55% off $45! That is only $20.25 and the lesson plan is included!
Wilton's Course 1: Decorating Basics is a perfect place to start your cake decorating career! Even if you have had no cake decorating experience, this class will make you look amazing with the new talents you will develop. 

Here is a list of a few things you will learn in Course 1: Decorating Basics:

* How to be successful at baking a cake
* Making a buttercream icing that is good to decorate with
* How to level, torte, fill and ice a cake properly
* How to use icing bags with tips and couplers
* Create many different flowers and leaves
* Dimensional decorating techniques
* Several different borders, including the shell border
* and much more!

There is still time to sign up for my Course 1 this Saturday! View complete schedule here.
I am now offering a weekday morning class, starting in the month of September. Check out my classes page for dates and times. Plus I am now offering 4 classes a month, so there will be many times to choose from!
I have updated my class schedule with my May classes. There will be a Course 4: Advanced Flowers and Gum Paste on Thursday evenings for those of you who can't make it in the month of April. I also have added a Course 3: Gum Paste and Fondant, in the month of April, if there are any of you that need to take the course and get in on the April promotion. Check out the schedule here.
There has been a slight change in the Course 4: Advanced Gum Paste Fowers class schedule. Many of you have brought to my attention that the first weekend in April is Easter weekend and that is Spring Break for many of the kids in school in the area. So we won't be having class the first weekend (04/07). Instead the class will be taught in 3 sessions starting 04/14. The dates and times are as follows:

Session 1: 04/14 10am-12pm Lesson 1
Session 2: 04/21 10am- 12pm Lesson 2
Session 3: 04/28 9:30-1pm Lesson 3 & 4

Sorry if this in any incovience for anyone, but I feel this is the best option for everyone. Please feel free to contact me with any questions. I look forward to seeing lots of you there.
I am super excited to finally announce the Wilton Course 4: Advanced Gum Paste Flowers! The course will be starting in April. Click on my Classes page for the exact schedule. The cost is only  $20.25 for all 4 lessons! That is 55% off the $45 tuition and when you take a class in April you will recieve a $15 Wilton Gift Certificate! It is a great month to take a class.

In this course you will learn how to make lifelike flowers, blossoms and leaves on wires. You will also learn the art of dusting flowers to really make them come alive. And at the very end we will take all of your wonderful creations and put them together in an arrangement to top any of your beautiful cakes.

This class will fill up fast, so sign up today! If you have any questions regarding the class please feel free to contact me.