Happy New Year (Cake)!

Happy 2013, everyone!  Hope everyone had a lot of fun and made lots of mistakes last night!

I decorated this cake during another class I took at the Gourmandise School of Sweets and Savories, which is where I took my Intro to Macarons and French Macaron 201 classes.  I really love that place!

There were many options for what to write on my cake, but I thought this was an appropriate one to practice my cake-writing with…

Cake Decorating Basics
Cake Decorating Basics

The cakes were pre-made, but we made the buttercream and frosted the cakes ourselves.  They had a huge array of different types of food gels, but no corals so I tried to make one myself.  It turned out really orange in the photos for some reason, but it’s a pretty normal coral.  The color for the writing turned out much greener than I had hoped, as I was aiming for a robin’s egg blue.

I also tried doing dots along the side of the cake, but they ended up looking more like spikes.

Coral Edging Using an Open Star Pastry Tip
Coral Edging Using an Open Star Pastry Tip

Hopefully some prettier pastries will come your way this year, with my newfound set of decorating skills!  For now, enjoy!

Happy New Year Cake!
Happy New Year Cake!