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cakeFifteen women in our community have today mastered the art of not only creating scrumptious cakes, but fabulously decorated ones as well. These women graduated from a 12 week program sponsored by the Institute of Creative Arts here in Orange Walk, and although the course ended last month, they were so proud of their new talent that they put together an exhibition yesterday at the Banquitas House of Culture. Our news team was there not only to recognize these special women, but also in the hopes of getting a free meal, so to speak. Heres that story.

In groups of five, the 15 women who successfully learned the art of creating beautiful, delicious cakes showed off the sweets of their labor after an intensive 12 week course.

Erlinda Castillo – Course Instructor

“Today is a very special day it is the graduation day for the girls they are very excited and I am too. We are happy that something has been accomplished and the public will see through the television that it is very beautiful.”

The women learned to bake a cake from scratch and decorate it for any occasion. According to Castillo, she taught the women based on her own experience and using her own personal touch.

Erlinda Castillo – Course Instructor

“I taught them the pastry because some of them were interested because they said they could decorate the cake but happened to the cake itself they wanted to do nice cake so I taught them to do my way of doing it because there are many ways to do it but I taught them my way.”

The five stalls included two wedding cake sets; one fifteen year cake set, a baby shower cake set and a one piece basket style cake.

Jovita Burgos is one of the group members who worked on this wedding cake set and told us that they used most of what they learnt during the course to create the masterpiece.

Jovita Burgos – Graduate

“We learnt to make roses, apple blossoms and different kinds of flowers which we could not put on the cake. Whatever we learnt we try to put them on the cake. We decided to make a cake that has about five different types of flowers that we learnt and we chose this cake because we know that it is something that will impact the people when they see. We are all satisfied with the cake we chose and we like the colours because the colours all represent us about what we like.”

Arianne Cervantes also took the course, and told us that the part of the course she liked the most was learning the little tricks of the decorating trade.

Arianne Cervantes – Graduate

“Aprendimos a hacer el icing ponerlo bien en el pastel que quede bien liso y diferentes tipos de flores. Aprendimos a hacer ocho diferentes clases de flores con el icing. Me gusto, me encanto.”

According to Erlinda Castillo, although these women have mastered some valuable skills, there is much more to learn. For now, though, she is happy with what has been accomplished.

Erlinda Castillo – Course Instructor

“I am very proud and the girls too they want to continue because this is just the beginning it is called the introduction to the cake decorating and we have more to learn like the fondant and other flowers that we need to learn to do. It is a whole bunch of things that we need to learn to do.”

In case youre wondering, our news team got their fill of looking at impressive cakes, but nothing to fill their bellies. Lets hope we have better luck next time.

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