Ms. T’s Orange Cream Cake

Happy Birthday Ms. T!!
Ms. T is Jack’s pre-school teacher and when I heard that the teachers were planning her a birthday party I had to volunteer to bake the cake! I was so excited to try out some of the techniques I learned in my Cake Decorating Class! When I started, I was thinking I was going to make a lemon cake but, then when I saw the beautiful Clementines in my fridge I thought ORANGE! 
3 c flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 1/2 c sugar
1 c butter, softened
5 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1/4 c orange juice
3/4 c milk
zest from 1 clementine*
In stand mixer add all dry ingredients and blend for a few mins to lighten up. Add softened butter and mix 2 mins.  Add vanilla to milk & juice and add a little liquid then egg and rotate ending with milk mixture.
Put in greased & floured cake pans. Bake 350 for 35-45mins
1 8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 stick butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
1 T orange juice
zest from 1 clementine *
4 to 6 c powdered sugar
Cream all ingredients except sugar with mixer and slowly add sugar 1/2 c at a time.
*Clementine may be substituted for orange, nectarine what ever you have on hand.
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Cake Decorating Class {Week 1}

So, I signed up with some girlfriends to take a Cake Decorating Class at Hobby Lobby. I am excited for several reasons; first of all, I am hoping  to learn some new techniques in decorating that is the goal of the class, right? Or, is it just a way for Wilton and Hobby Lobby  to sell me a bunch of gadgets I don’t need? (It was!!)  I took my tackle box of cake goodies with me! They do however want you to do a character cake for week 2!  I think I will be making a BUNNY cake (as I have a mold I bought last year and forgot about, oops). 
Next, a few hours out of the house to visit with other women will do me wonders!  Hubs says I don’t need the class since I am such an artist in other words,  he’d just rather have me home!
I have a lot to learn and maybe this will really help get my cupcake business off the ground!!  Go ME! I did learn that a lot of bakers use this massive tip that looks like something that John has on his work bench, to frost/ice cakes and supposedly makes them smooth. And…. drum roll please…. “They” (cake baker peeps)  have these silver straps that you can wrap around your cake pan and it will make you cake level, NO more freaking hump in the middle that you have to try and level off!!  I never get a level cake! Drives me nuts!! Hum? We shall see!

I look forward to showing you all my progress in the Wilton Cake Decorating Class!
Have any of you ever taken it?
Likes/dislikes, tips, tricks,  funny stories,