Sunday 29 July 2012

Review of Lesson 5 of Intensive PME Professional Diploma in Sugarpaste

This is my review of Lesson 5 of Intensive PME Diploma in Sugarpaste.

Gosh – what an impressive sight, as everyone bought in their presentation boards and celebration cakes. It was truly awe-inspiring, considering that only 5 weeks ago most of us were complete novices.

Our presentation boards were put into the kitchen preparation area, whilst we kept our celebration cakes with us at our work stations. We then each had to give a talk on our cake, covering the design brief that we had been given (mine was a 21st Birthday and I chose a Shabby Chic Vintage theme) and why we then choose our specific design, how we came up with our ideas, colour choice, techniques used, details of the event at which the cake was to be served and how many portions it would yield, how to store and transport the cake etc.

After we finished our presentations, it was onto today’s practical session. We first learnt how to double ice our cakes with fondant to achieve a professional finish. Then we were taught about the different ways that we could create height through cake layers, including cake stands, pillars and stacking. I choose to stack my two square cakes at an angle, and learnt how to use dowels to provide the correct support for my cake. We then covered create a draped fabric effect, which looks really impressive and again something I really enjoyed. Before lunch, we also learnt how to create an effusive wire burst (the more wires, the greater the impact) and I used over 30 different wired butterflies in my burst.

The afternoon was spent creating the modelled fairy – we used a mold to create the head and learnt how to use coloured dusts and pastes to highlight features to a model. This needs practise but I will definitely use what I learnt here frequently in the future as I do love modelling.

Finally, we received our Diplomas and awards – and my Final Presentation pieces earned me a Bronze Award!

You may also be interested in my other reviews of the Intensive PME Diploma in Sugarpaste: Lesson1, Lesson2, Lesson3, Lesson4 and Final Presentation Board and Presentation Celebration Cake.
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