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post #16 of 34
hey sugarandslice; thanks heaps for that, will check it out today! i did find a place last night that looked ok, www . earlcraftncake . com, its australian as well, but i dont know.. im so paranoid with shopping over the internet, even using paypal.. lol.. much prefer to be on the safe side and use sites that have recommendations. thanks again
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post #17 of 34
Thanks for the tip about PC's wonky course. I'm disappointed as I don't think I could sit through a beginners course!

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post #18 of 34
noahsmummy, they take orders over the phone too with credit card details, so you can find what you want on their website then phone them if you're not keen on using paypal. The other way you can pay for online purchases with them is to do a direct deposit into their bank account - very handy (and safe)

Evoir, give them a call and see if you can get an exemption. Once they see your cakes they'll probably realise it'd be silly for you to do a beginner's class.
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post #19 of 34
Thanks SugarandSlice - I may just do that! Its not something I can do in the very near future as I am tres busy atm, and would LOVE some time off, but I've got too much on! But I definitely would like to see PC in action. BTW, I LOVE your website...I am currently building mine (off and on for the last 12 months as time permits!) and noticed that your background flowers are the same as the ones on my cards and stationery! Its a beautiful design for a cake decorator's business, IMHO icon_wink.gif

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post #20 of 34
So I guess you're a fan of Vistaprint too, Evoir!! icon_wink.gif
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post #21 of 34
I did a term at a Community College which was basic but cheap and I learnt a few things.

I also did one of the demo courses at Planet Cake where you just watch rather than get to work on your own cake - lots cheaper and I learnt so much, also able to ask lots of questions afterwards. I would definitely recommend it if you can't afford the full classes (I'm in the saving up club too!)

They also have days where you can go in and talk to them and get your portfolio assessed, costs about $10 to book a spot - might be worth it so you can talk your way onto the topsy-turvy course!
post #22 of 34
Bunsen, so when you say they assess your portfolio, do you mean they critically appraise your work? Just to give you pointers etc?

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post #23 of 34
This is the blurb from the website - its under OPen Day on the course list:

"Planet Cake is holding a series of information workshops to introduce new students to the joy of cake decorating and Planet Cakeâs teaching philosophy and school. We have split up our information workshops into 2 hours sessions to allow some hands-on activities â bookings are essential. This is an opportunity to view our facilities, see the cakes made by our Artists, bring your portfolio to be assessed by our Course Director and find out more about our courses and which workshops would best suit you. Students will be offered a brief introductory exercise into cake decorating and handling rolled fondant icing. This is a fun way to âtry before you buyâ we welcome new students (beginners + advanced), commercial cake decorators and anyone wishing to find out more about Planet Cake and our unique cake decorating workshops."

I'm assuming it means they assess what level you need to start their courses at.
post #24 of 34
Wish I read that before I booked my course! I haven't been doing this for long. Prob only a year, but I think I could have started higher than 101/102..... I should have emailed some of my stuff! The lady who replied simply said if you haven't done a course with us before, I recommend you start no higher than 102... I feel so jipped... Haha.. 2G's a lot of money to sit through so much stuff I already know!! I'm sure I'll love it anyway. And yeah, evoir, I just had a squiz at your cakes and they look awesome, so I'm sure they'll 'let' you do a wonky course.. icon_smile.gif
post #25 of 34
Bel_Anne, I'm sure you'll have a great time and learn loads. I did the 102 without having done 101 first an if you'd asked me beforehand if I knew about the basics like torting, filling, ganaching, I would have said "yes". I was making OK cakes and had read and followed the PC book, looked at everything I could find online etc. However, just being there was so wonderful and I learned SO much more about the 'basics'. The instruction you'll get will be invaluable and even though you know a lot and are doing great cakes already, you won't feel like you've wasted your money - I guarantee it!! icon_smile.gif
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post #26 of 34
I agree....I think you will love it, and gain a lot just from being there. In fact, whenever I have done a course, I find I always learn new stuff just from talking to the teachers and other cake decorators about different things! Even handy hints on where to buyn stuff, what customers want etc etc.

I hope after the course you come back on CC and tell us how it went and if you enjoyed it icon_smile.gif

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post #27 of 34
I did the course! It was really, really good. Some stuff I already knew... and there was an entire 'master class' day devoted to baking and piping (basics) and making very easy animals, which I could have done without. But as far as their ganaching/fondant technique, it's improved the quality of my cakes in droves. My fondant always looked a bit shonky and I guess that's what I was hoping to improve. You learn all their little 'tricks' that they dont' put in the book (which I'm not allowed to repeat, haha). But the intensive week is equivilent to basics 101, 102, 103... yet it's actually cheaper (by a few hundred) to do them all separately. I probably could have started at 103 and still picked up all their tricks, so it's a bit annoying that they have so many 'stages' of their courses.. You pay more for the week because of the master class day, which as I said I didn't really need.. But I do recommend it! It's definitely the best course I've done.. I just kind of wish I used the 2G and started and 103, haha. I also took in some of my photos and asked if I was able to do a wonky course next and he basically said you have to go up through their classes... You can miss one or two, but you can't just skip to the wonky as it's 106 or 107. And a few ladies in my course had their own businesses - some for YEARS. It's a clever money making scheme on their part

Sorry this was a novel! icon_smile.gif
post #28 of 34
Bel_Anne I just had a look at your cakes and I think they are amazing. It's a shame they don't let you skip classes.
post #29 of 34
Thanks! Mine are OK.... but when you go to Planet Cake's website and see their creations, they put my cakes to shame, haha.

Still... the next course after the ones I did is just a three tiered round cake with flowers. So the only difference to what they've showed me already is drlling a hole through the boards and inserting a rod. Otherwise it's just going over the same stuff. I know how to ganache, fondant, decorate, make flowers. They really seem to draaaaaag their courses out. I think once you've done basics, and you've shown you can do what is required (i've done 3 tier cakes), you should be able to choose. To do all their courses would cost you nearly 15, 000. That's ridiculous... haha.
post #30 of 34
I agree, that is ridiculous. I'm prepared to experiment using various sources to get the results I want instead of paying $15000!!

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