We have admired the work of Jam Cakes from afar (aka Facebook and Instagram) for a while now, and were excited to learn that the owner, Kimmie Hutchins, also offers cake decorating classes for kids and adults! As Jam Cakes is a special order bakery without a storefront, classes are offered at other bakeries around the Portland area. Much to Chicken’s delight, a class to make a cake inspired by Stitch from the movie Lilo and Stitch was being offered right down the street from our house!
Much like Hamilton tickets, your ability to get a “ticket” is based on how closely you stalk the internet and how fast you can click. Just kidding. It’s not quite that bad. But the classes are super popular and by nature require a small group, so they do tend to fill up really fast. We actually missed out when this class was first made available, but were able to snag a spot due to cancellations.
Kimmie has the cakes baked and the base frosting applied when the kids arrive. The students gather around the table, where each student has a container of tools and supplies. Since this is a drop off class, the rest of the information is based on Chicken’s review.
Apparently Kimmie is “super nice. Like really nice,” as well as a “really good teacher. And her fondant tastes like marshmallows. Did you know you make black fondant with tons of purple food coloring?” I heard a lot about that fondant and how good it tasted. Not what you usually hear about fondant. I’m kind of surprised she had a enough left to decorate the cake based on how excited she was about eating it. As Chicken was very proud of her work and did not want me to mutilate poor Stitch, I was not allowed to actually taste it myself when she brought the cake home. But I did taste the cake she brought home and it was really good!
Anyway, Chicken had a great time. She said Kimmie showed them how to form the different elements and had a sample for the kids to work from. But Chicken loved that they were also given the opportunity to personalize Stitch the way they saw fit.
Overall, she had a great experience and can’t wait to go back. In fact, our family’s Easter Bunny is hoping another class will be offered soon so a voucher can make its way into her Easter basket.
In her pride, Chicken insisted on photographing her cake herself, so here ya go. Professional cake decorated she may not be, but she was very happy with her first attempt and that’s what matters!
The class was $40 and lasted about an hour. You can find Jam Cakes on Facebook and Instagram, including registration for upcoming classes and pictures of what the cake should have looked like. 🙂 Have fun!