Three things I learned from today’s cake class
- How to work with Marshmallow fondant
- Cake classes are not hip friendly
- Cake classes are quite fun and I should have taken them sooner!
As my title implies, Monday night I took my first class at a bakery in MA. I was not sure what to expect, but I was definitely pleasantly surprised. The class started off making marshmallow fondant (which I have made a few times but never completely covered a cake in it, and rather just used for decorations) and then moved on to how to cover the cake then how to do some basic fondant decorating techniques. We then had about an hour left to decorate our own cake. The class was fantastic and I learned a lot in terms of fondant and the functionality of it and how to create a presentable cake. I cant wait for the next cake to try this out on… who has a function I can make a cake for?! (slightly kidding of course).
The worst part were my hips which made enjoying this class quite difficult- this is a hip blog not a cake decorating blog… so therefore how can I not mention how my hips did through this little cake adventure. The class was about three and a half hours and I figured my hips would last. What assumption and experience was I going on that would confirm this? Well I was thinking back to my chemistry class last summer when I was able to stand on my right hip/ leg alone for a good 4 hours to finish a lab. That of course was a good solid 10 months ago. I rejected to remember that coming home from that lab my hips were in a lot of pain. The point though was that I at least made it through the class. This time was slightly different though; about an hour into the class I had issues standing. Not only was the pain in my hip getting to a level that I could not handle, but also the feeling of instability was making it very hard to stand and keep my balance. I was extremely frustrated because this was interrupting what was supposed to be a fun night!
I of course found a way to keep my spirits up through it all and enjoy the class, part of this included trying not to stand so much and to make use of the stool that they had brought over for me. It was tall so that I was still at the height of the table and could still effectively decorate for the most part. Of course everyone wanted to know what had happened, and the first suggestions were always sports injury and sprained ankle. Thankfully there were only seven people in the class and so I only had to explain this so many times.
I have another class coming up tonight, but my hips are still quite angry from last night. Last nights class was a single layer cake and tonight is a tiered layer. Last night I decided to go with a bit more of a funky/ elegant cake giving dots and the new “fabric flowers” a shot. I think it needs some more practice but for a one hour cake it was not bad. I think tonight we may go for a more elegant look, but we shall see! Hopefully the hips hold out for as long as I need them to!
On a hip note I am almost to Thursday, which I am very anxious for as it is the next meeting with my surgeon. We are also obtaining x-rays on this day. It will definitely be an interesting day to say the least.
Days till Surgery: 7 days
Surgery: April 24, 2012… pending…