I really liked reading this. I'm teaching a class for 5th -8th graders through the local community college. I am a teacher during the school year and do a few weeks of various other summer enrichment classes there. I am clearly not the accomplished decorator like many of you, but I think I can pull this off and it will be a lot of fun.
I proposed this one last November, and it was added to the schedule. The class will be five days, three hours per day (no other options - it's part of a uch larger program). It will be held in the Demo Kitchen, which is really nice. Local chefs come in and teach community ed. classes some evenings - kind of like a live version of the Food Network. I have 7 already signed up, and the class is capped at 10 kids.
The first day, I plan to bring in two 8" layers. I will show the kids how to make buttercream and demonstrate icing and decorating the cake. I ordered the Wilton Icing Fun kits for them, so they will each have 4 tips - I will just be using those 4. With the kids help, I will mix up more icing and they will fill their own bags and start playing. I am making practice sheets, like the ones that come in the back of the Wilton course books, with basic things like shells, ruffles, stars and drop flowers and having them laminated. Before making the icing, we will make brownie batter and place it in the oven to be ready for the next day. Of course, the class will end with sampling my demo cake.
The second day, we will make cupcakes for the next day. We'll mix more icing, color it and practice some more. I will provide a few cookie cutters (not too many choices) to make shaped brownies, and let them decorate them with borders, flowers, etc.
Third day, we will make sugar cookies. I'm a little bit concerned because this will be more time consuming than the other days' baking. We'll mix more icing and decorate the cupcakes. I'll show them how to make balloons, easy monsters, and I'm not sure what else.
Fourth day, we decorate the cookies. I'll show them to make the BC really thin and flood the cookies. We will also make small layer cakes, I have some 4" wide pans ordered.
The last day, we will practice more with borders and drop flowers and decorate the layer cakes. I'll have them wrap 6" cake boards to make them look really nice. I will also probably make some cupcakes with the leftover batter, so we can decorate those if we have time and have something to eat - since they'll want to take their fancy cakes home uncut to show off.
I'm going to be doing all of the baking using mixes, even though I'm usually a scratch baker. I think it will be much less hassle, and the main focus of the class is decorating and not baking.
If anyone has suggestions, I'd be thrilled to hear them.