Last week I started a three week cake decorating class (on top of my graduate work and moving and writing a novel and everything else, of course). Below is the result of my first class. The cake was a basic cardamom and rose cake, filled with a chocolate fudge, and decorated with buttercream frosting and pre-made frosting flowers.
As you can probably see, I definitely needs some practice. But not too bad for my first real attempt at making something at least somewhat elegant looking. Hopefully this is a sign that the days where my cakes taste great but look like a 5 year old with finger paints did the decorative honors is coming to a middle ;)