Get Creative With Craftsy!

Learn Online With Craftsy!

Online Cake Decorating Class

I have discovered a new website called Craftsy!  It is a fantastic resource for people to learn all sorts of crafts online in the comfort of their own home, online.  One of the great sections of this site is the fabulous cake decorating courses.

I have started watching one on “Vintage Cakes – Modern Methods” and will be able to write a bit more about it when I have finished.  But what I do like so far is the easy to follow, step-by-step modules that you can follow at your own pace.  There are also great downloadable sheets for templates, ingredients, tools and ideas that you can use to create your own cake.

The instructors are well known and experienced cake decorators (such as Colette Peters. You can read an interview with her here!).  They explain everything very clearly, and it’s so easy to follow when you can see the various techniques demonstrated.

modern buttercream free online cake decorating class at craftsy.comIf you are still not convinced, you can sign up to try one of the free mini classes such as the one on “Modern Buttercream”.  I am sure that once you have tried this class, you will be excited to try some of the other ones!

If cake decorating isn’t your thing, or if you know someone else who would appreciate a gift of an online class in another “Crafty” area, such as sewing, knitting, quilting, weaving, woodworking, you can click on the link below and choose a class as a gift!

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If you do decide to try one of the Craftsy Online Cake Decorating Classes, let me know how you get on, and send me a photo of your finished project! We can feature it here on How To Ice A Cake!

 

Alan Dunn Creative Cakes

Alan Dunn’s Creative Cakes


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 Alan Dunn Creative Cakes – New Book Coming Soon!

Alan Dunn's Creative Cakes

Alan Dunn has a new book published called “Creative Cakes”.  It will soon be available to order from Amazon.  Alan Dunn is one of the most talented Sugarcrafters – especially in the area of sugar flowers. He has published many best selling books, Creative Cakes being his 12th.

Betty from Athlone Sugarcrafters has participated in many of his classes, and looks at him as one of the top Sugarcrafters in the world.  She recently received a copy of Creative Cakes, and is looking forward to trying out some of the projects.  I will be asking her for some photos that I can show you when she has a few completed!

Anyway, you can sign up to receive an email to be informed when Creative Cakes will be available to purchase.

 

 

Review Of Wiltons 50 Piece Caddy and Decorating Set

Wiltons 50 Piece Caddy and Decorating Set

This Wiltons 50 piece caddy and decorating set would make a wonderful gift for the Cake Decorator in your life!  Not only do you get a really useful caddy for storing, organizing and transporting all of your Sugarcraft kit, but you get a caddy full of great Wilton’s items too!

So what does this kit include? (amazingly, Amazon don’t include this in the product description, but one of the reviewers, kindly provides a comprehensive list!  You can also find the same list on the Wilton site.)

Tips:
Standard Round Tips #2, 3, 5, 7, 12
Standard Open Star Tips #16, 18, 21, 32
Standard Basketweave Tip #47
Standard Leaf Tip #67
Standard Petal Tips #101, 103, 104
Drop Flower Tips #133, 225
Multi-Opening Tip #233
Leaf Tip #352
Tip #2004 (2D)

Colors (four .5 oz. Icing Colors):
Lemon Yellow, Christmas Red, Royal Blue, Leaf Green

No. 7 Flower Nail
18 Disposable Bags
1 10 in. Soft Touch Bag
Tip Brush
Decorator Brush
2 Standard Couplers
8 in. Angled Comfort Grip Spatula
Practice Board
New Cake Decorating Beginner’s Guide

… So basically the Wiltons 50 piece caddy and decorating set contains everything you need to get started and decorate your cake.

So the next thing is – is it any good?!  Lets ask some of the reviewers..

The Good

Most people said that this kit contains all of the basics that you need to get started, and makes it cheaper than buying each of the items individually.  They also comment on the fact that the caddy is big enough to fit a lot of extras, and this makes it very useful to store and carry all of your must have items.

Another positive that keeps coming up is that the instruction guide is very useful and easy to follow for beginners.

The Not So Good

One cake decorator was very happy with the kit, apart from the pastel colors of the caddy, and the fact that some of the longer/larger Wilton tips don’t fit in the case and allow it to close.

Conclusion

Overall, it seems that an overwhelming majority of people that bought this caddy as a gift or for themselves were more than happy with it.  It would make a PERFECT gift for someone who likes to make cakes, and would like to get started in cake decorating.

Reviews of Cupcakes, Cookies & Pie, Oh, My!

Cupcakes, Cookies & Pie, Oh, My!


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Best selling authors Karen Tack and Alan Richardson are back with more cupcake inspiration. But not only cupcakes this time, novel and fun ideas for pies, cakes and cookies as well that are easier than ever to use.

Unlike some other recipe books,  this one uses easy to find ingredients and items that you can find in your local store.

The Good

Customers particularly liked the fun and clear photos of the decorating ideas that made them want to try them out for themselves.

They also said that the step by step instructions were easy so that even a complete beginner could follow them and create stunning desserts.

Even though some of the ideas are quite complex and involved to complete, there is room in each of the projects for children to get involved.

The Not So Good

Some people were expecting a cook book, but this is mostly a decorating book, and the recipes use cake mixes rather than giving “made from scratch” recipes.

A number of people also said that the desserts are amazing to look at, but may need some tweaking to make them taste as good as they look.

 

 

Reviews of Contemporary Cake Decorator’s Bible

The “Contemporary Cake Decorator’s Bible: Over 150 Techniques and 80 Stunning Projects” by best-selling author and sugarcrafter Lindy Smith is packed full of modern, fun and exciting ideas to make your cake something special.

Not only does it include loads of ideas to inspire you, it also is a useful resource and reference book for mastering over 150 techniques in cake decorating and baking.  It also includes over 80 projects for you to get started with detailed step-by-step instructions.

Whether you are an experienced cake decorator looking for new ideas, or a complete novice, you will enjoy creating and learning from this beautifully illustrated book.

It also makes a fabulous gift for anyone who loves making and decorating cakes!

The Good

This book is viewed as a favorite by many customers, especially beginners as it contains detailed and clear step-by-step instructions and information about how to use a variety of tools, molds etc.

Some sections of the book that were really appreciated were “Non-Sugarcarft Tools” which shows you how to use everyday household items as tools, the “Color Wheel” sections for help on tinting and coloring icing and the “Cake Carving” section which is a particularly tricky thing to master.

Loads of people say that it is a fantastic book for explaining how to use the tools that most people probably have at home.

The Not So Good

Although claiming to have something for everyone, most people felt that it was more useful for those not so experienced.  People who are already skilled at cake decorating may not find that much to inspire or teach them.