Cake Decorating Classes?

Some of my favorite things to watch on TV are those cake decorating shows. Have you seen them? Two of my favorites are Ace Of Cakes and The Cake Boss. I wish I had HALF of the talent that these people have. I would love to be able to make my kids' birthday cakes and be that mom who brings the super cool cupcakes to school!

I was at our local craft/hobby store yesterday and saw where they will be having classes on cake making. They have a series of 4 different ones. I would have to start with the first one to learn the basics of how to use different tools and things like that. The others teach more advanced skills including using fondant and gum paste. Each class includes (4) 2 hour sessions. They say the class is normally $45 and they're doing it for $22. I'd also have to buy the supplies that I would need and I'm not sure how much that would be.

I think it would be worth it but I'm still debating on whether or not I should take it. Is it sad that I hate to leave my kids for 2 hours a week? Hubby is being so sweet and pushing me to do it because I never do anything for myself. He has soccer, hunting, and occasionally golf that he goes off and does and I am with the kids 24/7. I really want to do it, but I wish I had someone to do it with me. My mom has 2 kids that are still in school and it would be hard for her to get away on Thursday nights for 2 hours.

Have you ever taken any classes like this? Are you glad you did?

LOL, here are my skills...or lack of. I can decorate a cookie-a little-but that is as far as it goes. I've done footballs, soccer balls, hearts, and a cowboy boot but I would love to do them well. Here is my first football that I made. I'd love to be able to make one out of cake!
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HAHA..and for a good laugh, this is a red velvet cake I made last month. I didn't let the cake cool enough before putting icing on it. It was just a random cake for us to eat and it may LOOK bad, but it was SOOOO good! We love when they're still warm.
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37 comments:

Emily said...

I have never done a cake decorating class, but have friends who have and they have loved it. I think you will find two hours devoted to a hobby that's just yours refreshing and I say go for it!

Lara said...

Def go for it! Everyone I know who has taken a cake decorating class has loved it and it's important to do something just for you even if it's hard to make yourself do it!

pam said...

If you are interested...go for it! You are one of the most motivated people I know!!

Miranda said...

I would say go for it! I would also love to know how to decorate cakes so I could do the boys' bday cakes. I may have to see if my craft store does them too...i think it would be great and i know you would be happy that you did!

Lee said...

I am totally impressed with the football and the cake! I say go for it! I am the same way. I always say I am going to make my kids cakes for their birthday parties, then laze out and order them!

Leonard Family said...

I say GO FOR II GIRL! It sounds like its something you enjoy! You need to do stuff for YOU! I am terrible at it but know it's true. Plus think of all the cool stuff you can learn to make for your kids!

Jana

cutiepiescustomcreations said...

I have not taken one of the classes at the craft stores, but I took a cake decorating course YEARS ago in hs and LOVED it! It was a lot of fun, and I think you would enjoy it. I understand though--I don't do anything for myself either, including the photography class I have been thinking about for the past few years :)

Erin @ Closing Time said...

I agree...you should go for it. I have such a hard time making the decision to get away and have time for myself. After years of not doing so I've realized that everyone (me and my family) will benefit.

Also, I think cake decorating is a very valuable skill...it will save you tons of money on birthday cakes, and could potentially be a home business in the future!

By the way, I've made so many cakes that looked like your red velvet cake! I am too impatient to wait for it to cool all the way!! They still taste great though!

Rockin Mama B said...

I think you would love it!! I'm taking on that starts in Sept. I also want to be the mom who always has the cool cupcakes & cakes! I would much rather bake my kids cakes versus store bought!! So, I think you should take it! Can't wait to see pictures of what you create!

Erica said...

Of course you should do it! It's good to get out, who know maybe you'll make a new friend in the class, and since it's 4 classes at a time you don't have to keep it up if you don't like it. In fact if you wanted you could sell the supplies if you don't like it. But I'm betting you'd use them anyway! Have Fun!

Tracye said...

I used to complain every time I'd buy a birthday cake, because the bakery never got it right. My husband told me I should try it. I told him I knew NOTHING about making cakes.

I quit teaching when the school year ended two years ago, and starting looking on the internet for all things cake-related.

I've taken a couple of figure modelling classes, but not the cake classes Hobby Lobby offers. You'll be amazed at what you can learn on the internet.

Here's my latest one:
http://tracyecakes.blogspot.com/2009/08/baby-shower-gift-box-cake.html

Good luck! I love doing it. I'm known around my daughter's school as the cake mom. It's a lot of fun.

kimert said...

Hubby and I made football cakes last year for some of the o-line boys that come over every week. They turned out good considering we cut them free hand! Love your go at it. And I would love to take some cake decor classes (if I ever had spare time!!).

Tonya said...

You should totally try it! I took a cake decorating class this spring, and had the BEST time! It was so much fun, I too don't like to leave the kids much, but I so looked forward to a little me time. If you have a good friend to do it with you, it makes it even better. In my case, my cousin went and we spent ALL night laughing and having fun! If you go back to my blog in the spring, you can see our cakes...definately an improvement, but I have a ways to go. (-:

Vicki said...

I am with you on the hating to leave the family part, but I also know it is important. My bf took a cake making class and LOVED it, now she likes to make the cakes for my kids birthdays, and even my daughters baptism. She can make awesome cakes now!

Jackie at 3littleones said...

i say go for it!!! I havent taken a class like this before, but I ahve been trying to learn a lot of the cake decorating stuff myself at home and it is so much fun!!! I decorated a cake w/ homemade fondant a few weeks ago and it came out so pretty - now I am so motivated to take a class.

Michelle said...

I think your football looks great! I have no cake decorating skills. Someday I would like to take one of those classes but right now I am working on finding a learn to sew class in my area.

I say do it! I think it will be good for you and I bet you will enjoy it. If nothing else you will enjoy the peace and quiet.

Barely Domestic Mama said...

That sounds like a great idea. My mom took classes many moons ago and loved it. She is now a cake finisher at a much loved grocery store back home in Florida. She's been trying to teach my sister and I...of course, it is a lot harder for me to learn from her being a states away. We watch Cake Boss, too, and every time I watch it I want to learn how to all that stuff...and eat their yummy cakes! :) And two hours a week once a week sounds therapeutic to me. Good luck!

Krista Neil said...

I say go for it! That's not one of my skills in life and I have a newborn or I'd do it with you. Next year I'm going to run some races we'll have to do that together :)

The Allen Family said...

You should totally do it. I've always wanted to take one too (and I love both those shows :). I would take it with you if I could. (Cause I'm sure you'd love to take it with a stranger. :) For sure do it and let us know how it goes!

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

My husband and I both took the Wilton cake decorating clases (all 4 of the series) a couple of years ago. We loved it! We ended up making my father's retirement party cake and everyone was thrilled with it!

S Club Mama said...

Do you live in Nebraska perhaps? I would totally take the class with you. And I understand about leaving the kids but just think of the fun birthday cakes you will be able to make for them once you're done!!! I love decorating cakes and I'm not good at it all but I have fun doing it. :) DO IT!

Mighty M said...

I would love to take a class sometime - you should do it!! And we love Cake Boss too!! ;-)

Harley Dee said...

Go for it! I'm assuming you're talking about the Wilton classes? I used to help teach those, and they are lots of fun. You will learn a lot. And as far as buying your supplies.. they have kits that go along with each class already made up for sale, and if you buy them when there's a coupon you can use it on that! Plus, you will always have those supplies (icing tips, spatula, etc) on hand from then on.

NHmommy said...

hi! I took the wilton cake decorating class part 1. It was pretty good considering how many useful things I actually did learn from it. I'd go for it!

Sarah said...

I always consider doing the Wiltom class but can never get away....so I learn all my cake decorating skills from YouTube :) No harm in taking it....you know you'll pick up useful skills!

Ellen C. said...

I took classes and loved them. I make my son's birthday cakes and my family asks me to make cakes for showers and other parties. The teacher was really down to Earth so the environment was relaxed which made it easy to learn.

Chaotic Kristy said...

I haven't taken a class yet but have always wanted to. Every time I enter Hobby Lobby I think about it. They always have specials on their cake decorating products. I just can't get myself to do it.

katy said...

It looks like you have some talent in that area already. I took cake decorating classes years ago and it was fun. DH loves my cream filled cupcakes. I think you'll enjoy the classes.

AmandaSue said...

I think you should go for it! It would be fun! I wished I lived near you I would totally go with you, and then you can learn to make beautiful cakes that all your friends/family will adore and be jealous of LOL.

Jordan said...

I have never done but would love to. And I LOVE Cake Boss. I'm watching it now! I say got for it!

Jordan
www.jpulliam30.etsy.com

The Martin Family said...

Do it! Do it! Do it!

Hopefully by the time you read this comment, you've already signed your self up. But if not, ignore the rest and go now to sign up. :)

Yes, it would be nice to make a great cake. And yes, it would be nice if it became a source of income one day. But that's not why you should do it. You should do it to have time for you. You should do it for a creative outlet. You should do it to exercise that part of your brain that's been in the hottub for way too long and is starting to prune. HA!

If you were in Houston, I'd be there in a heartbeat. But I'm sure you can find a friend IRL to go with you...even those of us who will always order cakes would go just for the fun. :)

dddiva said...

Do it! I learned the basics in home ec and I still use them. You will love it. Aside from fun it is kind of important to interact with adults without the kids now and then.

BTW the price is good and the supply cost is minimal they will tell you but Kyra looked into it for Christmas unfortunately life got in the way for her.

Plus, if you finish the 4 classes you will be able to teach them afterwards.

Chrissy MacCEO said...

It's a great hobby, and one that I've always wondered about starting, too. I've taken other small "classes" like this, and it took me a little while to enjoy my time away from home without feeling guilty. But the sooner you do it, the easier it gets. And you NEED a little "me" time. It's healthy for all of you. I always say, "If mommy ain't happy, ain't nobody happy!" Do it!

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

I LOVE those two shows!!! Even my hubby will watch them with me! haha

I also like to watch the cake challenges...

Great job on your football cake. I always decorated our 3 kids cakes... with them all far away for college, we aren't able to do the cakes lately.

Have fun cake-decorating!

The Jacobsen Family! said...

We dont have cable (I know, gasp!), but when we are where I can watch it, I LOVE Ace of Cakes!
I would love to take a class like that, but I'd be in the same place you are... Not wanting to leave my kids. I just posted about that actually! LOL! I also posted the monkey cake I made for Erik's birthday this weekend... I could use some classes too. =)

Melinda said...

I took the first class at AC moore and am hooked

http://cakesbymelindajoy.blogspot.com/
Enjoy!

Raising Z said...

Good for you! I have to decorate my son's pirate cupcakes this week and I am dreading it. My cake decorating work has never been that good. Happy SITS day :)

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