Cake Decorating

Instructor: Judy Bunde
Enrollment: Limited to 8
Cost: $285/person, double occupancy; $325/person, single occupancy

Whether it’s for a party, a birthday, anniversary, or wedding, it is a great skill to be able to decorate a variety of cakes confidently. And with a few hours learning the tips and techniques that a professional takes years to develop, you will be able to produce beautiful cakes for your family and guests.

We will work with several different types of cakes and tortes. You will make and master working with ganache, glaze, and buttercream. You will frost (or as the pros say, “baste”) a simple layer cake and finish the sides in several different ways. We will do this with buttercream, glaze, and ganache. Then we’ll move on to finishing touches for the top. This will include working with melted chocolate for writing and decorating, and learning how to handle a pastry bag and make simple flowers and borders.

Techniques covered in this session:

  • Making Italian meringue buttercream frosting
  • Making ganache and chocolate glaze
  • Working with a decorating turntable
  • Basting a cake properly with buttercream
  • Pouring ganache/glaze
  • Basic pastry bag usage
  • Simple flowers and borders

The weekend includes:

  • Late light supper Friday evening when you arrive along with dessert and coffee
  • Friday and Saturday nights’ lodging in spacious rooms with private bath
  • Full country breakfasts on Saturday and Sunday
  • Sit-down Saturday night dinner with appetizer, salad, main course, and dessert (alcohol is BYO)
  • Saturday afternoon cooking session and all materials; the class recipes
  • Time to explore Brandon’s shops and galleries