I decided to make a cake as our dessert to bring to share with Doc’s family last week. This was my inspiration (found on Pinterest):

And this is where my current skills got me:

I was pretty proud I got that far from scratch. But I also remembered this quote, found in an Austin Kleon post a long time ago:

 

I think it’s important to remember this when you’re trying anything new: you just don’t have the skills yet. At least cake decorating has the advantage of being┬áCAKE: something everyone loves, no matter what it looks like, and that tastes pretty good as well. (Although I forgot just how sweet American buttercream is on a cake; am I going to be piping Swiss meringue buttercream by the end of the year?)