Our final week of the Wilton Level 2 course began with learning some buttercream borders: reverse shell, rope, and ruffle. I’d gotten a sneak-peek of the rope border from my course 1 teacher, which I used on B’s nautical-theme first birthday cake.
We also learned how to make a basket-weave– which absolutely entranced me. I don’t usually think of myself as a basket-weave type of girl, but in white-on-white, it looks so elegant! I decided to cover the sides of my final cake with this technique.
The rest of the class time was spent decorating our “final cake.” In the week prior to class, I browsed the internet (Pinterest, really) for floral cake ideas, and based my cake design off of a few that I found that looked really elegant and beautiful in their simplicity. I sketched out a design, and each of us brought our cakes to class torted and frosted with a base layer of buttercream. I had prepared all of my flowers and leaves ahead of time– I used the ones that I’d made in class, and I also spent a couple hours making a big stash at home. (Below is a cell-phone snap of the box of flowers I brought to class! A scrapbook-supply shipping box was the perfect way to store the flowers– it’s basically a clean pizza box.)
I added the basket weave to the cake side after we had practiced the technique. Then, all that was left to do was place the flowers according to my sketch using dollops of buttercream to support and adhere them!
I was so excited about everything we learned and by finishing my final cake that I completely forgot to take photos at class on our final evening. However, I did not neglect to take photos of my final cake! Please indulge me as I share a plethora of “beauty shots” of my cake. 🙂