You’ve seen me do it! Baking is a new hobby I recently picked up. My try at it is a perfect example that it is never to late to start something new!
So if you always wanted to try your hand at baking, I highly encourage it! It’s a fun and quite therapeutic activity!
Here’s some tips to help you get started:
1. Try a FREE Craftsy Baking class!
Craftsy is an online classroom platform dedicated to honing baking, quilting, photography, sewing, and other creative skills. I have tried a couple of their classes and I love it! The pace is just right for beginners and the instructors are all very eloquent and exceptional. My favorites are Jessica Harris and Joshua John Russell!
But before I committed to the paying sessions, I certainly availed of the free classes! There’s no fees, yet you learn cool classes such as Modern Butter Cream, Basic Fondant Techniques, making a Hand Painted Cake. Let’s just say these session got me on my way to making my own fondant cakes!
2. Read up on Erin Gardner’s Great Cake Decorating: Hundreds of Creative Ideas, Tips, and Techniques.
I had an opportunity to do an advance reader’s copy review of this book and I really enjoyed it! The author give very simple techniques, yet once you put it all together the result is amazing! The recent lemon fondant cake I made for my Aunt Rose followed Erin’s techniques on quilted fondant and dotted decorating. They were simple yet it allowed me to explore a new way of embellishing my cakes!
Here’s the Book Synopsis:
Whether you are a bride on a budget, a mom baking for a birthday, a cook who needs to control added ingredients, or just want to celebrate a special event with a fresh, delicious cake, this book has something for you.
Author and pastry chef Erin Gardner is famous for her unique designs and cake decorating skill. In these pages, she demonstrates professional techniques for creating beautiful, custom-made cakes that are also completely delicious. From how to make mouthwatering, homemade buttercream to molding gorgeous fondant flowers and bows, Erin’s detailed, step-by-step instructions offer home cooks all the decorating know-how they need. She also presents a host of secrets and shortcuts for dressing up plain cakes in absolutely no time—try her fruit Rollup trick for pretty cake flowers that can be made in a flash. Throughout the book, Erin shows time-pressed cooks how to improve upon well-known cake decorating techniques.
3. Start a Pinterest Board
Interestingly this is how I got started into honing this new found hobby in baking. It started with my Yummylicious Cuppies board. And then I started thinking, “Why can’t I give it a try?” And I did! Now I have another board called Fondant Cakes and Baking Tutorials. This is really social media working at its best! Through the masterpieces of others I was able to nurture a new hobby by being inspired.
This is an awesome place to collaborate, get tips, and share ideas. And they have free tutorials too! Check out the Tiny Fondant Tea Set Cake Top or Cupcake Topper, which I am planning to make on my next tea party! And if you think a covering a square cake with fondant is challenging, follow this simple instructions on how to do it flawlessly!