Wow, this was the most stressful class for me so far. While I was struggling to put cream on the cake, I tried and tried. No matter how much cream I added, the side of the cake kept showing after I smoothed the cream with a spatula. While all the people around me were finishing their first cake, starting the second one, I was still masking my first one. The others were washing utensils, tidying up, I was still smoothing my cake! I so wanted to finish it and leave... So frustrating. Turned out that the instructor said I had reversed the base plate that was holding the cake. No wonder. Cherry tried to help me but I didn't want to slow her down. I ended up to be the last one in the class to leave. Students from the next class had arrived, but I was still washing the mixing bowl...
One thing I'm happy about is the chocolate shavings I made. They really look like logs in the forest. :-)
I felt totally defeated after this class. Cake decoration is my weakness. Felt so lucky that I took Cherry's advice of doing one cake only. Otherwise, I would be stuck with a half decorated cake. Then I would feel worse. At least I have a completed cake now.
Hmm... I can bring this cake to my lunch party tomorrow, but it's too small. I started baking another pavlova. Still waiting for it to cool down in the oven. I did not make the dent deep enough. It expanded. I hope the cream won't fall off too quickly.