So I just wanted to get everyones opinion, I have been asked to teach a one day cake decorating class for a youth outreach program......Im so excited!!! its for 7 to 13 year old and I just wanted to see if anyone had some cool ideas on what I should cover, Ill have all the cakes baked and on boards and im thinking I will probably have them fondanted already but other than that my only other thought was possibly a thanksgiving theme since it will be in the middle of November. And ideas would be greatly appreciated!
How about having them ice the cakes?
I would do a pumpkin with just buttercream.
I agree with pp. Let them ice the cake! Its a very important step in cake decorating! Have Fun!
I do a kids cake decorating class twice a month at my son's school for 1st through 5th graders and we start each class with a skill builder (i.e. making dots or drop stars, borders etc) and then I let them apply that new skill to a cookie, cupcake, cake etc. I get the same kids for 6 sessions so I try to build on skills. For the skill builders I photocopy the wilton practice boards for them to work on. Since you are doing a single session I would suggest a single project that can be easily accomplished in a short amount of time. In one of our classes I made jumbo cupcakes and showed them how to ice them using a large star tip. After they iced thier cupcakes they spent some time rolling out fondant and citting it with cookie cutters. Once they had done a few they picked one to put on thier cupcake. Now you are working with older kids so they can probably accomplish a bit more maybe have them ice a large cookie (tha way you do not have to worry about crumbing and they still get to ice it), do a buttercream border and fondant cut outs. This gives them a completed project with minimal skills.
Enjoy it, I love teaching the kids, it reminds me of what i love most about cake decorating... the smiles it produces.