For my network learning project, I decided that I would learn how to decorate a cake. In my first post, I said that I would begin by conducting research on the tools necessary for cake decorating. Since then, I have read quite a bit about the essentials that one must have in order to be successful.
I must admit that at first, I was overwhelmed with the amount of information that was available. It seemed like everybody had an opinion on which tools are best and how a novice should go about her first endeavor. After combing through quite a bit and even cross-referencing between different sources, I settled on one source that I think is pretty comprehensive.
I then turned my attention to the different types of decorating materials and again, learned that there is quite a variety, so my research went in the direction of learning a bit about each and figure out which I would like to try. One of my great finds was, “The Science of Cake Baking: Buttercream vs. Fondant”, which defines each type, it’s advantages and disadvantages. It even added information about icing. As I read through the information, I found that I was equally intrigued by, and learned a lot from, the comments posted to the blog.
So, based on the information that I have gathered so far, I have decided to use buttercream as my icing choice for my first decorating experience. Although I really love the look of fondant, it sounds like it can be pretty unforgiving, so I have opted to wait a bit before experimenting with it.
Where do I go next?
I have decided to turned my attention now to watching tutorials made by expert decorators. I have already found a few great videos and I intend to collect a bit more.
My goal is to decide which expert I would like to follow when I decorate my own cake.