I had to make icing for the first time at home before my cake decorating class, ice my cake and bring in the cake to decorate in class. Can you believe that the main ingredient for icing is Crisco? Pounds of Crisco and confectioners sugar, a couple of tablespoons of meringue powder, flavor oils and water and ***voila!*** icing!
That is me in my kitchen mixing the first batch of icing
The class was super fun, although I think my cake turned out pretty ugly. Why you ask?
a) The cake looks very lopsided and weird
b) I don't like the colors so much
c) I'm not big on rainbows unless they are in the sky or from a crystal in the sun
The rainbow took me over an hour to make. Each part of the rainbow is made of hundreds of star squirts, with each tiny star taking about one second to squeeze out. The process was very fun and I thought of nothing but icing while I was decorating. Immersing myself was a way to completely detach and de-stress, although I don't think I breathed because I was concentrating so hard.
Now I know why professional cakes can be pricey. It's not the ingredients. It's the skill of the decorator. I will continue to share, but being a beginner is a challenge and can be embarrassing. ;)