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post #1 of 34
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Just wondering what cake courses everyone thinks are good ones to do. I have never been to a course, everything i have learned has been from books or the internet.. I love the look of the planet cake courses.. has anyone attended any of these? Or does anyone have a suggestion on a good course to do? I live on the central coast so sydney and newcastle are close for me.
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post #2 of 34
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Any suggestions anyone???
post #3 of 34
I haven't been to a Planet Cake course but if I could afford it, I would definately have gone already. I have never heard anyone with a bad word to say about their courses - only fabulous feedback. I live in Brissie and the instructor I did a course with went to the Planet Cake courses and said they were so so good. I think if you can afford it, they are the best course to do. My sis and I are going to save up and do one!
post #4 of 34
I'm doing the full week foundation course in a couple of weeks with Planet Cake. I'm so excited! I could message you to tell you what it's like if you want... icon_smile.gif

But I've also done a basics, intermediate... and flower course with my local cake deco store... and even though, I now realise her work wasn't THAT great, I still learnt a lot. MUCH cheaper too. I think I paid 400 for 10 lessons. I think if you learn the basics from a pro, you can pick the rest up. I just LOVE how planet cake does their cakes and am eager to learn from them!
post #5 of 34
I did a one-day PC course in Nov. I had to beg, borrow and steal to get the funds together, but it was SOOO worth it. I'd do another one tomorrow if I had the money. I posted some pics in my photos of the cake in progress.

I also did an 8-week night class at a local adult ed centre on flowers. Like Bel_Anne, I now don't think my instructor was all that good, but I did learn a lot of the basic techniques. And $200 for 16hrs tuition isn't bad!

Bel_Anne, I'm so so envious of you doing the week-long course. I'd think about selling my firstborn to do that!! hahaha icon_wink.gif
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post #6 of 34
Haha! Ya know I've been saving all my pennies for a while now. It's kind of pathetic because I have two little girls and never buy myself anything, really. But am happy to spend the 2G on this! I figure I forfit all the nice clothes and gain valuable training for my upcoming business... If I were to buy a franchise I'd be spending a lot more..... icon_smile.gif I can barely contain my excitement, haha.
post #7 of 34
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Bel_Anne that is my dream to do the week course! i'd love for you to let me know how you went..I know that they have a very high reputation soo i can only imagine that the course will have so much valuable information! Thanks for the advice everyone.. Think ill save for the planet cake courses icon_smile.gif
post #8 of 34
I did a 12 month course at the Ryde Taffe,learnt a lot there,but maynot be there any more as it was just over 20 years ago.I had a very good teacher.
post #9 of 34
They do classes at Cake Decorating Central in Castle Hill and they look pretty good...you can see photos of the cakes they teach you on their website and they are really cheap compared to others.

Also, I bought Peggy Porschen's Cake Chic and it's really good!
post #10 of 34
Wildwolves...I am in Newcs and Cupids have regular courses that are cheap - about 7 - 8 2-hour classes for about $120. You are probably not in need of the beginner course, but they do all sorts of flowers, and will let you know in advance what they'll be doing in each course. Also, community colleges have cheaper courses, but I've not done any of those so can't give a personal recommendation.

I am also hoping to do the wonky cake course at PC...if anyone is interested in doing the same one sometime, let me know and we can do a Cake Central excursion!! I think its just a weekend course for about $400.

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post #11 of 34
hey wildwolves;

Im on the coast as well. =) i know that central coast communtiy college and tuggerah lakes community college both run courses. they are both 125 for 7-8 classes as well. the tuggerah lakes looked very basic.. just learning about covering your cakes in fondant and buttercream etc.. then going onto piping in the advanced course.. i think the cc comuntiy college one looked a bit better; cant remember if they did sugarcraft tho? i dont know.. my brain ran away..=/

also; im guessing youve been at this much longer then me (brand newie here. lol) so i was wondering where you get your supplies from? i spent sunday trapsing up and down the coast looking for supplies! a nightmare with my 13 month old along for the ride! haha. and anyway, the best stocked place i found was spotlight.. and they had pretty much nothing. =( ive tried that caterers warehouse near bing lee before.. thought that would be good.. turned out to be more for chefs than pastry chefs.

good to see another coastie!

and evoir when do cupids run their courses? i found them on the net and was planning an expedition when i have some money saved. =)
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post #12 of 34
They have them on all the time, probably a couple week sbreak between each one. I know they also will do a particular flower if one or more students ask for it to be instructed.

I also meant to mention, its a great idea to sign up with your local Cake Decorators Association or Guild...you usually have monthly meetings and free dems at each one.

Looking at Cupids website will give you a good idea of the sort of stuff they stock. Certainly not everything I buy is from there - but my consumables are bought from there (fondant etc). I've found Spotlight too expensive, though really useful for special trims/beading etc.

HTH!

- Eve

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post #13 of 34
Sorry to jump in here.
noahsmummy, I've found online is the best way to find supplies. I have one (moderately-stocked but very over-priced) shop near me so online has been the best for me. Try cakedecoratingcentral (dot) com (dot) au
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post #14 of 34
Evoir, I'm not 100% positive, but I'm pretty sure you can't just do the wonky course without doing the beginner ones with PC. I contacted them when I was signing up and it pretty much doesn't matter how much experience you've had, they just said it's too difficult to teach someone the more advanced cakes, who hasn't learnt the basics with them... Even if you have their book and use all their techniques anyway, haha. Such a bummer... Cause I didn't want to start with 101! You'd have to email them yourself though...
post #15 of 34
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They do classes at Cake Decorating Central in Castle Hill......



i started my beginners course here last night and it seems pretty good, small classes (8 only) and the teacher seems super flexible, friendly and calm

i REALLY wanted to do the Wilton method 1 course but Castle Hill doesnt have it this term and i dont want to travel to Camptbelltown for it so i will have to have a think about it
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