Ladies Night Cake Decorating

Are you ready for a girls night out?! Learn some cake decorating skills and connect with other women in your community.

We will be making an outdoor scene cake with summer flowers and trees featuring Mt. Hood. We will cover leveling the cake, coloring the frosting, and using different icing tips. We will use white for snow, green for trees & leaves, blue for a river, and several colors of flowers.  You are welcome to be creative too!

Due to practicing safe social distancing, we ask that you register ahead of time. Mask guidelines will be practiced according to CDC standards. When we are done, we’ll all pitch in to reset the room for the next people!

WHEN: June 18, 2021 

TIME: 6pm – 8:30pm

LOCATION: The fun happens in our Fellowship Hall in Sherwood Community Friends Church.

Instructor:  Jane Vankuren

Cost:  No charge. Bring your own supplies (listed below).
Please register in advance so we can plan and prepare the space. Donations will be accepted.


What you need to come to class with:

  • 9 x 13 single layer cake, any flavor. Cake mix cakes are delicious but be sure the cake is cool and resting on a cake board or tray. If you make a family recipe, please be sure it is a firm cake. However, you don’t have to even bake a cake, you can practice on cake pans or a board and have lots of fun.
    • In class, Jane will demonstrate leveling the cake.  After the cake has cooled for one hour at your home, you will need to level it.  Leveling removes the crown from the cake center and gives you an even decorating surface which is essential for the outdoor cake.
  • 1-2 cup cakes for Mt. Hood
  • Prepared Wilton’s Buttercream Frosting (see recipe below)
  • 2 Coupler bases and 5 Decorating tips:  Round, Star, petal, leaf, drop flower tips.
  • Food Coloring – Gel is best, but liquid will do!
  • A covered cardboard box to transport your cake home!
  • A large plastic bag to bring dirty dishes home in. (Due to limited space, we ask dishes to be washed at home)
  • Optional: Plastic bag for icing. Parchment paper will be provided, but we know some might prefer a plastic bag to reuse.
  • Recommended but Optional: Toothpicks, bowls, spoons, aprons, etc. 

*Please see suggested places of where to pick up supplies below.


Wilton’s Buttercream Frosting Recipe (prepare ahead of time)

For the class, please use the buttercream for its consistency and versatility. Ready to use decorating icings are often too soft for decorating. Chocolate frosting is very nice for this outdoor cake and lemon cakes are divine. 

  • ½ cup solid vegetable shortening (Crisco) 
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups sifted confectioner’s sugar (approximately 1 lb.)
  • 2 Tablespoons of milk. 

Cream butter and shortening each with an electric mixer.

Add vanilla.  

Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed.  

Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often.  

When all sugar has been mixed in, icing will appear dry.  

Add milk and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy.  

Makes 3 cups and enough to frost and decorate a 9 x 13.  

Keep icing covered with a damp cloth until ready to use.  For best results, keep icing bowls in the refrigerator when not in use.  Refrigerated in an airtight container, this icing can be stored for 2 weeks.  Re-whip before using. In class, we will demonstrate making and coloring the frosting. 

Instructor Jane says she often makes a large batch using 2 lbs. Confectioners’ sugar and 1 cup shortening/butter combination. 

In class, you will be shown how to prepare the bag using disposable parchment triangles and coupler bases. Coupler bases make it easy to change decorating tips on the same icing bag. 

Dietary Restrictions? At Wilton.com you will find a vegan recipe. Also, many people use cream cheese. 


Where to purchase supplies for class:
Walmart 21320 SW Langer Dr Sherwood 97140
Blake’s Decorette Shop,11945 SW Pacific Hwy, Unit 109 Portland, OR 97223
Safeway 20685  SW Roy Rogers Rd. Sherwood 97140
Wilton.com is also a great resource.


Coloring the Icing

You will learn how to make a nice summer scene at Mt. Hood with trees and flowers using white for snow, green for trees & leaves, blue for a river, and several colors of flowers.  You are welcome to be creative. An all-white decorated cake with natural real flowers from your garden is exquisite.  It is easy to find gel colors in the grocery store; liquid colors are okay but add liquid to your icing and the colors are not concentrated. However, an all-pastel cake would also be lovely!   

In class, you will be shown how to prepare the bag using disposable parchment triangles and coupler bases.  You don’t need to buy parchment triangles because I will give you three for class. Many people prefer a bag they can wash and use again.  Coupler bases make it easy to change decorating tips on the same icing bag.

What you need:  2 Coupler bases and 5 Decorating tips:  Round, Star, petal, leaf, drop flower tips.


Final Comments from Jane Vankuren

Consider how you are going to transport your cake to and from class. A covered cardboard box works.
Taking turns in the kitchen space, you can do your dishes in the church kitchen, but a faster solution is to put them in your own bag and do your dishes at home. Please clean up your table workspace and help us put tables & chairs away.
We will mop the floor so things are ready for the next group.