ILP: DREAMING OF SUMMER WHILE SURROUNDED BY HEAPS OF SNOW

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Finished Product:)

This first week of ILP learning has been an absolute blast.  I wasn’t quite sure about which element of cake decorating I wanted to dive into first, so I just treated this first week as an introduction and allowed myself to explore different areas as well as try out my first baking creation!  I began the week searching around the internet and watching countless videos, looking for some direction.  In the process, I watched bakers, both pros and amateurs, craft numerous different designs and figures on cookies, cakes, and cupcakes.  Following my explorational research, I headed to the local store to buy my beginning supplies.  These included one box of confetti cake mix, one container of cream cheese frosting, food coloring, piping bags, and a package of four decorative frosting tips.  With these, I decided I would create something that would take my mind somewhere other than the freezing tundra that Chadron, NE had turned into this last week.  I was going to make sunflower cupcakes.

I began by mixing the batter and baking 24 individual cupcakes for the directed amount of time.  While the cupcakes were baking, I divided the frosting into three separate bowls, coloring each green, orange, or yellow.  Then, after letting the cupcakes cool completely (to avoid any of the frosting melting), I frosted the tops in green using just a plain butter knife.  This worked alright, but I definitely plan to look into some more efficient frosting tools.  Once all of the cupcakes were covered in green frosting, my boyfriend assisted by putting one double-stuffed Oreo in the middle of each cupcake.  I followed this by mixing the orange and yellow frostings in a piping bag with the hopes that the colors would blend in some areas and create a mixed color effect on my sunflower petals.  When trying to select the right decorating tip and put it together with my bag, I realized that I must have forgotten to buy the fastening piece that screws on to the tip and holds it in place.  Nevertheless, I was able to just cut a small opening at the end of the bag and hold the tip in place while I piped the frosting onto the cupcakes.  I admit, I had to do a little bit of practicing on a paper plate before I began piping the leaves on the cupcakes and let me assure you, my “leaves” did not look very leaf-ish to start out.  With a little practice, they quickly improved and I added the leaves/petals to the cupcakes.

My final product, as pictured above and below, turned out much better than I had originally anticipated.  Although I was fairly confident in my ability to make boxed cupcakes and frost a layer of green frosting on them, I was less sure of how the piping of the leaves would go.  Making these cupcakes was a ton of fun, but what I enjoyed even more was getting to share them! My boyfriend, roommates, friends, teammates, coaches, and work colleagues all got to test them out and from what I heard, they were a success.

I am thankful for the fairly massive snowstorm that decided to roll through Chadron this last week.  It provided some much needed extra time to work on my ILP.  While I enjoy a little snow around Christmas time, I am someone who is ready for spring and summer as soon as the new year hits.  So while I was surrounded by all of these heaps of snow, I was dreaming about summer and chose sunflower cupcakes as my first creation.  I can’t wait to continue learning next week!

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6 thoughts on “ILP: DREAMING OF SUMMER WHILE SURROUNDED BY HEAPS OF SNOW

  1. Ashlyn,
    When I first saw these on Pinterest I was so impressed, and still am! These are so cool, and like you said, during these dreary months it brings some happiness! I think it’s cool that you used this week to work on an all aspects before diving in deeper in the weeks to come. I can’t wait to see what else you create this semester!
    Hillary

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  2. Thank you, Hillary! They were a lot of fun to make! I’m super excited to dig deeper into some research and continue exploring in the kitchen. I think I can safely say that the ILP is going to quickly become my favorite part of weekly homework:).

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