Finals at Kendall College

June 18, 2011 at 6:08 pm 1 comment

Well, I did it.  I just completed my baking and pastry certificate program at Kendall College!!  It feels so amazing to be done, but I will miss all my classmates as well as the school itself.  All the Chef’s I had in my classes were amazing and I learned so much from each of them.  Going to culinary school was one of the best decisions I’ve made.  Yes, it was stressful, late nights and lots of work, but I wouldn’t have changed it for the world.

My advanced cake decorating final was on Thursday and my chocolates final was on Friday.  For cake decorating we had to decorate a 3-tier wedding cake which had to be influenced by our personal lives.  Luckily one of my best friends is getting married in a few weeks, so I used her as my inspiration.  Instead of cake, we actually decorated styrofoam.  I covered the “cake” in white fondant with pink bands around the bases of each cake.  I used ivory fondant for the draping down the front, then added 15 yellow, pink and purple gum-paste roses.  Even though I had some issues with the ivory draping, I am very pleased with how this cake turned out!

For my chocolates final we had to create an 18-22 inch tall chocolate showpiece.  I had two others classmates on my team, and we’ve been working on this for the past few class periods.  We all had our own little jobs within the team that came about naturally and created an amazing work environment.  We never got mad at each other and our showpiece showed each of our personalities.  The showpiece turned out very similar to the sketch we made a few weeks ago, which we were very pleased with.  All of the pieces were made and ready last night, so all we had to do was assemble it.  Easy right?  WRONG!  There were many ups and downs throughout the night.  The downs included the legs of the piece snapping off the base (luckily they didn’t snap in half, just off the base) and the shapes on top falling off when we tried to move it.  Needless to say, it was a stressful night.

At the end of the night everything came together and our showpiece was up and secure.  My group nicknamed me “the enforcer” last night because I was all about reinforcing the pieces so that nothing fell.  The “glue” we used was tempered chocolate.  Tempered means having the chocolate at the optimal temperature to set and not melt as easily.  Our showpiece incorporated dark, milk and white chocolate and modeling chocolate.  We also sprayed a few of the pieces with fat-soluable color (color that sticks to chocolate).  My favorite part of the piece is the little frog at the bottom that one of my teammates made from modeling chocolate and colored green.  Look closely because he almost blends into the base!


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  • 1. Caryn  |  June 20, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Congratulations on your graduation! The pieces look great!!


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