I have enjoyed making a variety of cakes for family over the years. My maternal Grandmother, Marie Bennett, made wedding and other special occasion cakes. My mother inherited her talent and has made many cakes for weddings and parties as well. I enjoy doing it on occasion, but it takes its toll on my head, neck, back, etc. If I was more physically capable of doing it, I think I would have loved to have decorated cakes professionally. I really admire the artistic talent that goes into creating beautiful cakes.
If you are thinking about trying your hand at decorating a cake for your kids or whoever, I encourage you to go for it! Frosting is very forgiving, and generally, so is your family. The more you do it, the better you’ll get. I am thankful that I grew up watching my mother decorate, so I became familiar with the tools and the process and it made me feel confident enough to attempt it myself, even at a pretty young age.
Nowadays, you can do so many incredible things with fondant. I have yet to experiment with it, mostly because I don’t care for the taste and my kids think it’s “icky,” but it looks amazing and like it would be so fun to create with. It almost makes me appreciate even more though, the incredible things that people have done through the decades simply with home-made frosting.
Here are a few of my creations:
I had the opportunity to decorate for a church event in the fall of 2012. Here are some shots from the evening and in preparation for it.
I took a flower arranging class in 2006, while we were in between trips to Russia. Here are a few shots of class projects, followed by some arrangements from around my house when I hosted a tea party for ladies from church.
A couple of Christmas-time arrangements:
ARTWORK FROM YEARS GONE BY