I am a very lucky girl. Thanks to the generous going away gift from my friends at LMS (hi guys!) I was able to sign up for "The Australian Method" class at McCall's School of decorating. I thought this would be a good chance to practice my piping skills, and learn some old school techniques. I didn't realize the final product would be so ugly :) Though, I suppose its how I apply the techniques going forward that counts. This cake was definitely an exercise in frustration. You have to build the cake in stages, starting with the lower bridge and then piping the connecting lines. This isn't as easy as it sounds! Many of the lines would break mid string and you would have to start over. I think my record was 6 attempts for one line. Then when you finally got the bugger on there and moved to the next line, that one would fall and take out the previous one with it! My extra special favourite is when the lines would fall *behind* all the other lines. The class was very small, but the muttering of curses was loud. I learned a lot, that's for sure. The biggest lesson being - don't be the last person to the ribbon bin!
I baked my first cookie at the age of 5, and have been in love ever since. The smiles on people's faces when they taste my creations is what keeps my passion alive!