I can take one class this fall from Wilton but I can't decide which one. This is the first time I've seen Lambeth/Australian method class being offered, not sure how often that comes around. I just love the look of those cakes. The gumpaste class is going to be with Nicholas Lodge, yay. Aargh, I need to make up my mind quick. Someone nudge me, I've been pingponging all day long.
What's the Lambeth method? I honestly have no idea
This website has a cake in the Lambeth style. //www.winbeckler.com/cakes-marshas.asp All I know is that it involves a lot of royal icing, time and patience but absolutely beautiful cakes.
Here's the Wilton's course discription on it.
That is hard to choose. Gum paste instruction would probably be used more, but you don't want to miss the Lambeth if you think it might not be taught again for a while.
I hope to go to some of thoose classes one day too. Good luck which ever one you choose.
IMO unless you do ALOT of heavily detailed wedding cakes, or want to get into doing them, or already have a very established business, it might not be worth it. Did I read the cost of the class correctly??? $75 registration and tuition $475????????????? Please fill me in if I seem clueless about the cost of classes, but that seems crazily exorbitant to me!! lol I would only take the Lambeth class if I knew I could recoup some of the cost of the course by making and selling those cakes. And the people that can afford a cake like that don't come along everyday or in pairs!! lol Gumpaste, on the other hand, can be used on everyday more affordable cakes for most people. And while time consuming to work with, I'm sure, it is probably much quicker and easier to work with than doing all those swags, lace, overpipings, etc. they use with Lambeth technique. Also easier & quicker, in my mind, to make a profit with gumpaste techniques/knowledge, too.
On the other hand - if this is just something you want to do for you for fun, and you've got the $$ to spend on it....GO FOR IT GIRL!!! lol But I can promise if I tried the Lambeth technique I'd end up with permanently crossed eyes and my fingers and hands stuck in a pastry bag death grip for life!!!! lol
That is pretty normal cost wise.
That's a list of classes and fees.
It does say that the Labeth will be taught in 2006.
Are these the same classes they offer at places like Michael's?? And why is everything so dreadfully expensive? Do you get products that come along with your classes or other freebies? I've never taken a class before, but we just over the past month have a Michael's store that opened only about 25 miles from me....the only other ones are 60-80 miles away, so I never considered it before. But if all of the Wilton classes are that expensive, it'll be a long time before I can afford to take one. I was actually hoping to take one this fall.....hhhmmmm
This is just my opinion, but I'd go with gumpaste. Lambeth is a little old fashioned, and not used as much. The trend right now is for gumpaste flowers and decorations. Plus, I'd just rather work with gumpaste than do all that piping.
The classes at Michael's aren't that expensive. I think my first class was $12.50 kit not included. It's when you're getting into the advanced/specialty classes that it starts to get expensive. Okay, I think I'm going to go ahead and do the gumpaste class. Thanks ladies!
okay, thanks bikegal! I was starting to wonder how all these beginners were affording classes...lol