Monday, July 1, 2013

Cake Decorating Lessons with the Cake Boss

It’s not every day you get to visit a famous bakery and decorate cake with the Cake Boss. I consider myself a very lucky girl. Last week I had the pleasure of visiting Carlos’ Bakery (of Cake Boss fame), previewing the new Cake Boss baking products and decorating line, and getting a lesson in decorating a cake with one of Buddy Valastro’s instructors.

Yes, it was fun! And yes, you can be jealous.

You might be wondering how one get’s invited to an event like this one. I met Julia from Meyer Corporation at a recent conference, told her I was a baker, she asked where I lived and whether I’d be interested in attending this event. And of course the answer was a resounding yes!

And so I got up early and got stuck in New Jersey traffic. Despite giving myself an extra hour to get there I was late, but I didn’t miss any of the good stuff, starting with a preview of Buddy’s Cake Boss products.

The product line includes all kinds of baking pans, bowls, measuring cups, and utensils – just about anything you need to make a cake of any shape or size – as well as a series of cake decorating tools. Here are a few of my favorites:

The cake pans are all very sturdy and well constructed. These star pans would make great muffins!

I love these melamine bowls, measuring cups, and spoons.

Here Buddy is showing us how the baking sheet has marks where the cookies or pastries should be placed, as his son watches.

Love that pastry stand! And there are dessert plates, serving pieces, and so much more!

In the middle of the discussion Buddy’s mom interrupted us:

She was there to remind Buddy of an engagement at the church the following day. Buddy didn’t miss a beat.

The products will be available at Michael’s in September, and then working their way into other stores throughout the year.

One really unique product is the cake decorating kits. They contain all the tools you need to decorate a themed cake. And they come with instructions on exactly what to do. Love it!

We used some of the items from the flower cake kit in our class.

Gabriella gave us a very detailed lesson. I appreciate that she focused on details such as the right way to hold a pastry bag and how to stretch fondant:

Here’s my cake:

Not bad… but here’s a classmate putting the finishing touches on her cake:

Clearly, I need practice.

Here’s a peek at what I got to bring home:

I'm really loving that tiny rolling tool. While we used it in class to cut ribbons, it's also perfect to score crackers!


Kathryn @ Mamacado said...

What a cool experience!

Jean | said...

Colette, I took a series of cake decorating classes years ago with a friend. There were about eight of us in the class, none of whom had done any real cake decorating before. The range of skill in the group was amazing - all the way from my friend, who was clearly the star of the class (*I* was #2!), to a woman who was absolutely horrible! The final cake was a two-tiered wedding cake, and this woman's two heart-shaped tiers looked more like whales than cakes! Sad thing was, she was going to be making a wedding cake for her friend in three weeks. I've always wondered how that turned out ...

Colette said...

Jean, I would love to take a series of classes. I think this is something that is easier to learn with regular practice. Lucky you!