I’ve always said I’m open to trying different things, especially if it’s an activity that gives me an entirely new outlook on something. Arts and crafts are something I don’t find much joy in, but after months of putting it off, I did a new thing. Cake Stuff offers cookie decorating classes throughout the year and we decided to have a date night doing just that.
For Megan, it wasn’t her first rodeo. But for me, I’ve never attempted to decorate a cookie, so this was a foreign world to me.
The baking supply store, at 8909 W. Central inside Westlink Shopping Center, offers all sorts of classes that range from different styles and themes. You can check out their current schedule here. Please note, these classes do tend to sell out fairly quickly.
On our cooking decorating class, we signed up for “Guac This Way”.
Here’s the description for the class:
Have you heard about our latest cookie class? It’s the taco 🌮 the town!
Grab some friends, pick up some margaritas to-go, and come join the fiesta in this adults-only (21+) class. Students are welcome to bring their own alcoholic beverage as we decorate five cookies and munch on complimentary chips and salsa. Come spend Taco Tuesday with us, all classroom supplies are provided for a great evening of decorating. Ole’!
Here’s the example, they had of the cookies we would try to emulate. Try, being the keyword.
When we arrived, everything we needed for the two and a half hour class was already set on the tables. They had the sugar cookies that were premade and cut, royal icing, scissors, and a tool to help smooth out the icing.
Our teacher for the evening, Elizabeth, who also teachers several other classes, supplied chips, salsa and guac for the class. That was a nice touch because I was starving.
After an introduction of what the tools were used for, everybody dove right into the decorating. Our teacher had a video projector showing what she was doing, so students could follow along or work at their own pace. At times, she would walk around the class to check the student’s progress and give pointers and tips.
I learned how to pipe and flood with royal icing. Let me tell you, it’s not the easiest thing to perfect. It took some work for me to come close to what others were doing.
Our class covered five different cookies in roughly two and a half hours.
Once we were done, we were given boxes to put our cookies in. Here’s how mine turned out.
So, my thoughts on the cookie class? First off, Elizabeth did a fantastic job of teaching everyone. It was a class of ten people, so everyone had a chance to interact and ask plenty of questions.
Next up, it was a lot of work for a first-timer like me. It definitely gave me a whole new appreciation to people to who this for a living or as a side hustle. It’s not easy and it can be very time-consuming. Next time you purchase some handmade decorated sugar cookies, think long and hard before complaining about the price. So many hours go into making these cookies. It’s literally like an edible work of art.
Cookie decorating isn’t my thing but is sure did open my eyes to a world I’ve never stepped foot into.
Getting the flooding done right, adding some intricate details, is truly a masterful skill. I found myself getting so upset because I couldn’t do what the rest of the table was doing.
All in all, I still had a great time and did something completely new to me. Would I do it again? Possibly, but anything more than four cookies then I’m out! I might wake up with carpal tunnel the next day!
For more on the cookie classes at Cake Stuff, check out their website.
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