I've been a long time admirer of the work from Mike's from Mike's Amazing Cakes (Facebook page here). The business name does not lie - his cakes are not only amazing, but super awesome and structurally gravity defying too.
I knew I wanted to learn how to use motors to make things move, and I also wanted to work on something super gravity defying. Hmmm.... so since I was told 'anything' I decided to aim high and make it challenging. How did I know it would be challenging? Well, I thought of the designs I had chosen and wondered how I would make the structure if I really wanted to try to. My mind came up blank so I knew I had made the right choice :)
I have never used buttercream with 3D cakes before so this was all new to me :)
The class was fantastic and Mike went over the top to share everything he knows and even gave me an explanation of all his different power tools and a rundown of all the different materials he uses. I quickly learned that Mike was super detailed and very organised.
He looks like a bit of a fatty in this picture. This was pre-diet.
He went to the effort of making all the templates for me, doing all the research, printing out all the photos of the different angles, gathering lots of references and creating a picture board... so all I had to do was follow his step by step instructions and learn his techniques. He is by far the most organised teacher I have had the pleasure of learning from.
These balloons were made from gelatin :) An amazing new medium for me. Mike even thoughtfully organised this part to be taught by a guest decorator, Annie.
Does my bum look too big for my tail?
The finished leaping stag! Whee.... All cake and modeling chocolate except for his antlers.
The finished balloon girl! All cake and modeling chocolate. She spins around too!
These were by far the most challenging projects I have ever undertaken and I am so happy with how they both turned out and how much I learnt from Mike. I only wished I lived in the US to be able to take more classes with him. If you are lucky enough to be able to spend some time with Mike in class, I highly recommend it :)