Choosing the right Cake Decorating Course Online
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I recently wrote a post on Cake Decorating as a Profession or Hobby! And since then I’ve been getting a lot of questions and emails.
Some of you want to know how to choose the right classes? and
Some of you wanted to know which online classes you should choose? And
Some of you are still wondering how and if you can afford classes.
All these are excellent questions and I thought I’d share my thoughts on the subject.
Now a day, there are many many online courses available and we are spoiled by choices. Which also makes it very difficult to decide on which is good and which is more suitable for you.
Recently I had the opportunity to subscribe to the memberships of three online schools. I wanted to check and see which I wanted and also share about them with you..
One of those school was definitely not for me, they did have some good cake course but did not suit my profile in terms of what I wanted to learn. The other is failry new so there is still not enough material on there yet. So let’s talk about some of the things you want to look for in the courses.
Price : Now I’m mentioning this first because I know that a lot of you who think this is the most important thing. NO!
It’s is an important aspect to look for but what’s the point of paying for a cheap course if it does not do justice to your needs. I’d rather pay 9 dollars over 5 dollars if it gives me more learning opportunity. So don’t just look for the price.
About the cakes – Another important criteria I would look for in my courses are the types of cakes that are being taught.
For a home baker like me and I’m sure most of you that are home bakers. We make cakes that are simple, affordable and can be put together in a couple of hours. I know I would love to make a cake that takes me thirty hours of cake decorating but I definitely don’t have many customers that can pay me for thirty hours of cake decorating.
My customers are simple middle class customers that can afford good cakes at a decent price. And when I say decent price I don’t mean cheap cake. I personally would not pay for thirty hours of cake decorating if I needed a race car cake for my son. After all; birthdays have a budget and cake is not the only thing on that budget.
So, I need a wide range of cakes in my profile like birthday cakes for kids and adults, some special occasions cakes, some wedding cakes and some over the top cakes that can accommodate those special customers that are willing to pay a bit extra.
Techniques not Cakes : When you are learning it’s very important to understand that you are learning not just an individual cake but rather a few techniques that you can apply to other cakes that you will do in future. So you are essentially learning beyond that cake course.
About the lessons and videos – You want to find a place that will tell you everything about your cakes, not just how to make the cake.
Things like size of the cake, how many servings, what is the best type of cake to use (especially if it’s a craved cake) what are the do and don’t in terms of design; for example perishable filling and Royal Icing don’t go on the same cake. This for a newbie is a huge advantage.
It’s preferable to have all videos split into lessons so you don’t have to watch the whole video if you need to go back and watch a small section. Trust me it can be annoying when you have to watch the whole one hour just so you can watch that one particular technique again.
Now for the part on affordability – In my previous post on cake decorating as a profession or hobby I did address this issue on why we should invest or spend for learning. I’m going to just copy a small section of that which seems to have got everybody’s attention.
I personally think we all have some money but where we invest in; is a choice we have to make. And that choice depends on the value we place on things. We spend on our kids education because their education is important.
I believe if you choose to become a professional, it is your responsibility to be fair to the profession and to the other professionals in the industry by educating your self for the profession.
Has anyone become a doctor or lawyer or teacher by simply deciding that they want to be in that profession? NO! We expect that they go and obtain a certain degree of knowledge and approval from the right authority before we can accept them as a professional. Right? It’s OK to start by self learning but at some point you have to realize that you need to get better. Practice makes perfect but you have to learn the right method before you can practice.
Well, cake decorating is no different. Is it? Learning cake decorating is not an expensive education, you have courses that are as low as ten dollars a month to PDFs that are barely five dollars each. It’s a matter of giving importance to education.
Well, I do hope that my little post will help you decide on what to look for in your next search for cake decorating courses on line.