Decorators ‘take the cake’

MANISTIQUE – The spring and summer social whirl is about to begin with its many parties: graduations, showers, weddings, and the list goes on. For most of those parties, cake or cupcakes are part of the menu.

Once again this year, Lake Effect Arts is offering a Beginning Cake Decorating Class, giving participants a chance to learn how to make beautiful cakes for their own parties or to give as gifts and, as a wonderful side benefit, to save money in the process.

Making it possible for those working full days to still participate, the class will run from 6-9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14, at Presbyterian Church of the Redeemer, 314 Main Street, Manistique. Class size will be limited to six, allowing everyone to receive personal help and instruction and is open to both teens and adults.

Like any creative process, cake decorating takes practice, so who better to teach the class than Liz Chartier, a person who has had almost 40 years of practice. A self-taught cake decorator, she began creating cakes in 1975 with her friend, Judy.

When Chartier’s husband died at a young age, she was able to use her cake decorating skills to help pay the bills. In the 1980’s, she taught an enrichment cake decorating class for Manistique High School. Some may know Chartier from one of her previous “lifetimes” – six years as the cook at St. Francis de Sales followed by the position of Food Service Director for Manistique Schools for 15 years.

Five years ago, she retired and has been busily gardening ever since.

Fee for this class includes all materials and handouts, and each participant will leave with his or her own 6-inch, two-layer butter cream frosted and decorated cake. In a fun, hands-on atmosphere, participants will learn to make, color, and apply frosting, how to get frosting into the bag without getting it all over themselves or the kitchen, how to use a decorating bag and tips as well as an offset spatula, tips for making simple shell and star borders, drop flowers and leaves, and writing on their cake. They will also receive recipes for frosting.

For LECAC members, the class fee is $20 and $25 for non-members. Final day to register is May 7.

For further information, contact Mindy Asp (906) 450 -5777 or Stephanie Reese 283-1001, Register online at or