I have volunteered to teach a few classes and was trying to think of some basic skill where each person actually walks out with something.
One idea was to do cupcakes and do a couple of piping techniques like the Whimsical Bakehouse Cupcake book...
This will be in January too, so can't do Christmas themes...
I want at least 6 - 10 different projects...
I cost-wise cupcakes are the way to go. Take a look in the gallery for many, many ideas on cuppies.
Different tips for different effects
Browse and more will come to you! Best of luck!!
I bet doing some cupcakes like those in Hello, Cupcake would be fun. I also think that learning some basic fondant techniques would be fun and easy to apply to cupcakes.
What's the goal of the class? Enrichment?
Do the students have any cake decorating knowledge? supplies of their own?
I'd definitely touch on the different types of icing: the basics of working with them and then fun things you can do with them. There's just so much out there you can do, its hard to narrow it down.
I'd decide what the specific goals of the class are and then create projects to meet those goals.
You could show how to pipe a daisy. They're always cute on cupcakes.
It is sort of a craft night, only the craft is cake decorating....
I thought of getting place mats from the "dollar store", so that people can practice piping onto that and then wipe it up and reuse the icing,
maybe one night decorate with buttercream, and another using fondant, making a rose??
Is a fondant rose too difficult?
I've found the most popular thing to teach in my beginning decorating classes is FBCT. People love them and love that they can do them. I generally start off with:
-FBCT (then pop it in the freezer)
-How to fill a cake
-2-3 different boarders
-applying the transfer
-'etc' decor to make the cake not plain
But people love it because they leave with an actual skill to make cool cakes with.
I do fondant as an entirely different class.
I really liked the classes I took a long time ago. We had to bring a cake every time and learned new skills each time as each had a different theme and focus. My family and co-workers loved them and I really learned to decorate a REAL cake. Skills- many different borders and flowers, cut-up cakes, figure piping, painting a landscape, stringwork, Lambeth techniques, basketweave, and so on. After the first class, she would tell us what to bring the following week including how many filled cones of whatever colored icing we needed. That way we were ready to start decorating at the beginning of each class.
Thanks, please keep the ideas coming!!