In class 3, we went back to working with royal icing. We practiced lilies, petunias, poinsettias, and morning glories. We used the lily nail for each of the flowers and practiced several of each. The flowers in this class were probably my least favorite of everything we have done. The flowers in the book look great, but mine - not so much. Part of the problem was using tip 68 to make the petals. If I ever try to make these again, I will attempt them with tip 352, instead and hope for better results. Sorry, these weren't picture worthy.
For my final Wilton Cake in class 4, I decided to go a different route than the tiered cake in the course book. Instead of doing a fondant covered cake with cascading roses, I made a tiered chocolate cake, covered in peanut butter buttercream, detailed in buttercream on the sides with the brush embroidery method we learned and decorated with Fall themed fondant pieces. I made my own marshmallow fondant instead of buying the boxed, Wilton fondant. I loved how the fondant pieces looked, but I didn't really like how the sides came out. What can you do?
Overall, I was happy with the cake. It didn't really survive the ride home. I'm glad I brought my camera to class! I don't know if it was from the car ride, or pushing the pillars into the cake, but the icing on the sides started to crack pretty bad and slide off. I forgot to put the bottom border on! agh!
I sent this cake to work with Aaron for his coworkers to enjoy....here are the photos: (The spiral things you see were supposed to stick into the top tier, but the yellow and orange ones both broke on me. I knew I should have made some extras.)