After taking Decorating Basics, I signed up for the Gum Paste and Fondant and Flowers and Cake Design courses. As with the other courses, this is a Wilton sponsored course taught in craft stores in four lessons of two hours each.
My understanding about this class is that it mainly focuses on royal icing flowers, but the first lesson focused on gum paste flowers.
Here's what we did in Lesson 1:
- Learned a bit about working with gum paste and fondant (everyone in the class is also taking the gum paste and fondant course, so we had already covered the same information in that class)
- Made the "button" flower
- Made pansies
Wilton intends for this class to be taken after Decorating Basics, but before Gum Paste and Fondant. This would make it the first introduction to gum paste/fondant, rather than a repeat like I experienced. It still seems like there is an excess of overlap between the first lesson of this course and the gum paste/fondant course.
I do not like how the button flower looks and thought that this was a waste of time. I don't like the fact that the student kit includes the single purpose fondant press to make these. I like the pansies much better, although it is a bit challenging to get the petals to ruffle nicely. As I'm learning in both courses, when making ruffled flowers, the thinner the gum paste, the better.
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