12 weeks later, I found that most of what I learnt from the course, I could have watching the plethora of amazing cake decorating tutorials available on YouTube, from the comfort of my own home.
My dear colleague Okwuchi was keen for me to make her daughter's birthday cake (and 36 cupcakes for her school friends) and after turning her down many times (who wants to be remembered for making a shitty birthday cake, let alone the stress of this being my first 'professional' cake).
No brief was given (which again triggered the panic sweats) but her only request was to make sure it was 'pretty'.
Her daughter, like many her age, has a love of all things Hello Kitty, so my decision was made.
The cake is an 8 inch Victoria sponge cake, coloured pink (sorry for no pictures of that) with raspberry jam and vanilla buttercream filling. It's covered in pink vanilla buttercream and topped with fondant Hello Kitty faces, sugar pearls and shimmery butterflies.
A tutorial to how to create the Hello Kitty faces are available here, as you will see, I modified mine and used Wilton decorative gel for both the whiskers and bows.
So, how did i do?