Important Update: Unfortunately, That Takes the Cake Show canceled on January 16 due to COVID, and so this class was also canceled! But there’s good news: Julia has relaunched it in Zoom format on March 19 and 20, 2022. Check out “Virtual Classes” on this site for more info.

Overview: Yes, they’re cookies – even the cacti and succulents! Everyone from beginners to advanced decorators will take away useful lessons from this hands-on class at That Takes the Cake, as Julia steps through everything from how to formulate cookie dough for 3-D baking to her innovative techniques for shaping, decorating, and assembling contoured and modeled cookies. Over two six- to seven-hour days, students will make two of the pictured containers and their contents: the two-tier blue cylinder (left) and the large two-tier domed pot (top). Best of all, they’ll leave with a wealth of new skills and spectacular cookies that will wow family and friends.

Skill Level: All levels; Julia will tailor her pace and instruction so that even beginning decorators can follow along.

Prerequisites: No 3-D cookie experience is necessary, though experience and comfort with royal icing is quite helpful.

What You’ll Learn (~11 Techniques):

  • Contoured cookies (cylinders, domes, and contoured rings)
  • Franken-cookies
  • Modeled and contoured cookie pops
  • Dipping
  • Precision-piping
  • Piping on contoured surfaces (cacti, succulents, and containers)
  • Stenciling and airbrushing on contoured cookies (optional)
  • Edible lace and modeling chocolate wraps and trims
  • Rubber-stamped fondant appliqués
  • Contoured and regular royal icing transfers
  • 3-D assembly (spheres and cylinders)

Schedule and Other Notes: Class is expected to run six to seven hours each day, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm with a 30-minute break for lunch. Lunch is included each day in the price of admission. Please note that the finish time is estimated. The workshop may finish early or slightly later depending on students’ work progress. All cookies and tools will be supplied. Click on the “REGISTER NOW!” button for more information.

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