The roses from Course 1 became something of a nemesis for me. I could never the the frosting or piping just right to make them look right. But Course 2 started with a victory: the rosebud!
Behold the perfect rosebud:
The first lesson of Course 2 was on the basic flower petal. That's the one in the back. It sets up the structure of many of the flowers that we'll learn in this course, so being as awesome at it as I am was a good sign of things to come. But we didn't actually make anything to keep and sadly, the perfect buttercream rose bud got scraped back into the frosting.
And just for the record, I'm totally digging Course 2 more. Royal Icing is so much easier than the finiky buttercream and I don't have to bake a cake each week, just one at the end. But the best part is that our class is half as big and the instructor has way more time for each of us.