Inspiration has struck again! Ok, ok, it struck on monday night, but sometimes these things need a little room to grow. My baking class exercise this week was piping and masking (masking, I have learned, is fancy pastry-chef talk for putting icing on a cake). I was really excited for this class and walked away with a great lesson on technique. I don't usually find icing particularly inspiring, as it's way too sweet and often gives me a toothache. I do, however, find the artistry of delicately piped cakes and pastry items to be an object of beauty and measure of skill. Before this class, I've piped a few cupcakes and masked one cake (not exactly masterfully, I might add) but, until now, I've basically been piping by the seat of my pants. No more! I say. From this day on I will pipe with more skill than ever before (not sure how much skill that means I've acquired, but I can reassure you that's it's more than I had on Sunday). My new found love of icing has led me to a fun little project that will allow me to test out a new lighting look that I have been thinking about lately. I'm not too sure how this project is going to come together. To be honest it could be a total flop (conceptually and visually) but, it could also turn out to be pretty cute. I've been doddling a bit on getting started because, as I've mentioned before, I'm not really a big fan of working on a project where the prospect of failure is looming. I like to have every minute detail planned out before I shoot, whenever possible. The truth about this project is I just won't know until I pipe some frosting, turn on my pack and point my lens. As difficult as it is, I'm coming to grips with the fact that not everything I touch will turn to gold, but If I give up without trying I'll never know and I'll never be able to improve upon it next time. For me, testing is just as important as executing well planned-out projects. It's all a part of the process. Let's just call this one a test and 'giver!
Here is an iphone shot of my beautifully (if I do say so my self) piped and masked cake dummy. I can't wait until there is cake under all that icing (that I will most likely scrape off and put on my husband's plate).