I recently spent ages looking through the Craftsy website, mostly because so many people I know and love (and who have been interviewed on this blog) teach classes there and I wanted to check them out. I’ll be honest, I knew there was tons of cake stuff on there, and a bit of crocheting, but I had NO IDEA they had all these other cool classes on there. I decided that I had to share the love, because I suspect most of us have never explored the other sections they’ve got. (Seriously. Did you know there is a whole section on painting?)
I found a HEAP of non-cake decorating classes which I think are brilliant and which I think are totally relevant to our industry. There are skills that cake makers need which go beyond cake – business skills (of course) but also skills in art, design, and of course pastry.
Here are my (current) top six really useful-for-cakers classes from Craftsy:
Here are my favourites in the Art category, all of which can be applied to cake:
- Mastering Colour Pallettes – the best thing I ever did was minor in Fine Art in college. My parents thought it was useless, but I now use those skills every time I need to match a colour swatch from a client or decide on what colours to use in a cake.
- Mixed Media Essentials – although she’s talking about working with fabric, there is tons of cake inspiration here, and she talks about colour, design and texture. This is probably my most favourite of all.
- Beginning Painting – Hand painting on cakes is becoming more and more trendy, and this class gives you some great tips about the basics of painting. There’s a difference between those with art skills and those without and it’s knowing this basic stuff which is a good start.
Here are some in the Food/Cooking category:
- French Pastry Shop Classics …Oh hello there cheese straws and fruit tarts, get in my belly!
- Classic and Creative Brioche Recipes …Brioche is my favourite thing to eat in patisseries, and one of the first things I learned how to make as a pastry chef.
- Sweet and Savoury Food Gifts …a no brainer. Food gifts are great sellers for any cake business, and the added bonus is you can try them out on your friends.
I’m about to head into the sewing and papercraft sections, and I may never come out again….so if you don’t hear from me in a couple of days, I’m the one in the corner wrapped in a knitted shawl, stuffing her face with brioche and attempting to scrapbook my life.