Lauren is one of the most fabulous, fun, generous and down to earth person I've met. To those who don't know her, she is a Food Network Gold Medalist and known for muppetizing the judges at the Sesame Street Cake Challenge. I've watched that episode so many times and it never fails to amuse me. She guided us through the construction of the internal structure of the muppets, gave us tips on handling the temperemental modeling chocolate and shared techniques on how to form the body parts. They made all the students - professional decorators or not- feel comfortable with what they are working with.
Here is the wonderful line-up of the muppets cake designs. Each one has its own personal touch as you could see the different facial features, expressions and accesories attached to the muppet. My cake stands on the far left and the photo below. It was such a wonderful experience to be in a room with people who have the same passion as I do. One minute everyone is chatting and the next minute, there is complete silence as we are all focusing on putting the details and the finishing touches on our muppets. I loved the fact that I was in my element.