This past weekend I taught my first, official Cake Basics Class. I say official because I taught a couple mini classes over the summer as a trial run. This most recent class, however, had eight students and was held at event space LittlemeatsLA in Lincoln Heights.
I was pretty nervous the weeks building up to the class so I tried not to think about it too much. I tried not to stress about the details and instead kind of hoped for the best. Instead of writing out a strict lesson plan, I let the class go with the flow, mostly because I knew sticking to a schedule would just freak me out more! Thankfully everything turned out wonderfully in the end. Of course, there are a few things here and there that I would change, but I couldn't have asked for a better venue or students! Especially when I totally forgot egg whites to make buttercream, and Johanna (of LittlemeatsLA) ran out to get me a dozen eggs.
In the first half of the class, I demonstrated how to make a classic vanilla butter cake, then swiss meringue buttercream. In the second portion, everyone got to torte their cakes (that I baked in advance) and assemble a four layered cake. In the photo above everyone is putting on their finishing touches. I love how different they all came out!
The lovely Amanda Crew came by to take photos of the class, and at the end took cake portraits of every student's creation! You can see her little photo booth set up in the background. Unfortunately right now all I have are these iphone shots, but as soon as I get my "official" photos I'll share a more in depth post on my class.
For a bit of decor I made these pinatas from an Oh Happy Day! tutorial. I'm so happy I made them even when I thought I should be dedicating that time to something else, haha. They added just the right amount of personality to the class.
Thank you again to LittlemeatsLA for the great venue and for all your help setting up, cleaning up, getting eggs, and all the other details like refilling water and snacks for me. Such a lifesaver!
If you're interested in taking this class (or anything else you'd like me to teach!) please leave a comment or email me and let me know! I am thinking of teaching another one in January once the holidays are over.