? About Offering Decorating Classes.

Business By mommicakes Updated 30 Dec 2009 , 8:23pm by saberger

mommicakes Posted 26 Dec 2009 , 4:48pm
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If any of you offer decorating classes, could you please give me some advice on how to promote them, and any ideas you may have? I would totally appreciate any input you can send my way.

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mommicakes Posted 27 Dec 2009 , 1:30am
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icon_rolleyes.gif anyone have an info they wish to share?

Mensch Posted 27 Dec 2009 , 1:39am
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I'm starting with classes in the spring and have been thinking of ideas, too.

Covering cake w/fondant, figure modeling (I am really good at this), cupcake classes, basic piping, stacking a cake are all some ideas I've had.

thecookieladycc Posted 27 Dec 2009 , 3:18pm
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I would like to teach an after school class for kids as soon as I get my shop. I thought about doing for the general public, but I figured if I start teaching them then I could find myself out of business, no since in buying a cake if you know how to do it yourself! But anyway, I think you need to check with your state to see if you need a license or permit to teach. I know that some do require it. Check with your local health department to see what the rules are for that.

JenniferMI Posted 28 Dec 2009 , 5:23pm
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Definately teach what you are really good at.

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jodibug0975 Posted 28 Dec 2009 , 6:41pm
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I just wish you were in my area! I really want to take classes on sugar flowers and modeling figurines.... but there is nothing available around here past the Wilton classes.

Good luck!

karateka Posted 28 Dec 2009 , 7:08pm
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I was asked if I would teach an advanced fondant class. The person asking went on to say that nobody seems interested in garret frills and....well now I can't remember what else she said, but it led me to wonder...what else would I teach?

What, in your opinion, gets taught at an advanced fondant class?

I was thinking fabric effects...bows, draping, ruffles, etc. Maybe ribbon roses...??? icon_confused.gif

saberger Posted 30 Dec 2009 , 3:01am
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I want to offer classes as well, including having guests come in to teach. Any suggestions on inexpensive ways to advertise it and how to price it?

cakedout Posted 30 Dec 2009 , 3:45pm
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I taught classes for many years. Mostly I advertised in my local papers.

For a shop inviting a guest teacher- I'd contact your local cake clubs, vo-tech school and ICES Chapter for sure!

jodibug0975 Posted 30 Dec 2009 , 3:52pm
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Originally Posted by karateka

I was asked if I would teach an advanced fondant class. The person asking went on to say that nobody seems interested in garret frills and....well now I can't remember what else she said, but it led me to wonder...what else would I teach?

What, in your opinion, gets taught at an advanced fondant class?

I was thinking fabric effects...bows, draping, ruffles, etc. Maybe ribbon roses...??? icon_confused.gif




I have taken the Wilton fondant class, and what I still want to learn is everything you mentioned above (we did one bow in the Wilton class, on the gift package, but there are so many more varieties). Plus I would like to learn about modeling figurines. There are other options such as marizpan or chocolate, but you could teach about adding Tylose and making them out of fondant.

Sagebrush Posted 30 Dec 2009 , 7:54pm
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I would love to learn figure modeling, but as far as I can tell, there is no where around here where I could go to learn.

Are there any books or DVDs that anyone could recommend, or a better way to find tutorials on YouTube... when I try to search for gumpaste or fondant, mostly I get flower tutorials (not all... I have found a few figurine tutorials, but mostly), and when I look for polymer clay tutorials, I end up with a lot of how to make canes.

- Leisel

saberger Posted 30 Dec 2009 , 8:23pm
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I have found books at Michaels and AC Moore for making polymer clay figures. Very cute. Look in the aisles there.

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