This Bear’s a Star

It’s not a¬†cookie, but please forgive me. I started a cake decorating course last Saturday and thought I would share Week 1’s project. It’s a bear cake! While the photo might make this look deceptively small, let me assure you it is not. It feeds 40 people!

It took 2 1/2 hrs to ice this darn thing and I wasn’t going slow. Though I can chop off at least 30 mins of that swearing at my parchment bags. (We had to make our own and they aren’t very big so we had to keep using new ones when our current bag ran out of icing.) I’m not so bad at making them, but the inside layer tends to pull through the tip area one in three times, or you fill the bag too much and end up it squishing out the top all over your hands. Frustrating. I’ll get better with practice I know.

It was a very messy day and exhausting in a hot kitchen, but I really had fun and I am proud of my bear! If you have a closer look, you’ll see it is entirely made up of piped stars made of buttercream. Ignore the parts where the bear looks a little glossy – remember it was a hot kitchen and the buttercream began to melt a little.

Two weeks until my next class, and I can’t wait! We are doing piping skills, runouts (flooding) and in particular monograms. I have a little bit of a head-start on this one but am sure I will pick up lots of good tips!

Until next time, have fun!

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