It was so much fun making this chevron cake for Zenon’s 2nd birthday. Hubby was going to be interstate for his birthday so when his trip got cancelled I was very happy and we decided to invite just a couple of neighbours and local friends to celebrate. I knew that if we didn’t organise something on his birthday it would come around and we’d be saying “Ohh what shall we do?”.
Have you heard of Craftsy? It’s this great website where you can do online courses in your own time. I’ve done a couple (knit lab, paper arts, designer handbag cakes, short rows, wee ones) and learnt a lot. There are many more on my wish list too with everything from other cake decorating techniques to knitting, crochet, sewing and more. I learnt a new technique for this cake by doing the course called Clean & Simple Cake Design.
After making my standard chocolate mud cake, layering and covering it with smooth chocolate ganache I carefully covered the 6 inch square cake with white rolled fondant. With a paper template of my own on sketched on paper I made it measure to fit exactly the size of the cake. Then I stuck the design to the kitchen bench top and placed some wax paper over the top so I could start laying out my strips of green evenly. Then rolled some green modelling chocolate (recipe was part of the Craftsy downloadable course materials) in my pasta machine to make nice strips that were of very even thickness.
There wasn’t the right ribbon to match so I crocheted 6 rows of chevron (ripple) to thread through the square ribbon cake stand.
It feels great to learn new things and then test them out but it feels even better when it works really well. It looked like a very striking design sitting on the party dessert table. We didn’t have a theme as such this time, just colours and a bit of chevron as I was just trying to work with items I already had in the house.
I’d love to hear from you if you’ve tried any great Craftsy courses or cake decorating courses lately.