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Distrrict 833 holds cake decorating class at East Ridge

During "Cake Decorating 101" participants learn the basics of cake decorating, including how to create frosting roses and rose buds.

Some artists work with paint, while others work with clay, but for some it's frosting.

District 833 Community Education is celebrating the art of cake decorating with its class "Cake Decorating 101" at East Ridge High School.

The class kicked off on April 18 and met on Wednesday evenings, ending Wednesday.

"The hands on practice allows you to explore the many sophisticated ways to bring your cakes and cupcakes to life," instructor Shahnaz Sakizadeh said in the class description.

The class is strictly for beginners. A total of 14 people are in the class.

"They've never touched a cake, they've never had the opportunity to bake," Sakizadeh said.

During the class, instructor Sakizadeh teaches participants the basics of cake decorating - how to bake a great cake; how to make and color icing, including buttercream; and find out the best ways to ice a cake.

Additionally, Sakizadeh teaches students how to create drop flowers, rosettes, shells, pompoms, leaves, shaggy mums and the ribbon rose.

Sakizadeh also teaches the three fundamentals of decorating: discovering the secrets of arranging them in a balanced cake and framing with border design.

Woodbury resident Sakizadeh, a professional baker, said she wanted to offer the class because it is a great skill to learn.

"I thought maybe it was a good time to share this skill with others," she said. "If you put the fun away, it's a skill.

"They're going to share that with their family - having a professional skill like that helps them in their lives."

Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.

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