Have you guys heard about Craftsy?
It’s an online program made to help all sorts of DIY-ers learn different types of skills – everything from art and photography to quilting and crocheting to cooking and cake decorating. You know how arts & crafts stores always offer classes to teach you all the crafty things you wish you knew how to do? That’s the kind of thing Craftsy teaches you, except at your own home and on your own schedule. I don’t know about you, but that kind of convenience is exactly what I need.
I’ve always wanted to take a cake decorating class, because a) decorated cakes are pretty, and b) cake decorating does not come naturally to me. Soooo, I took a Craftsy class in Modern Buttercream (a FREE class anyone can take!) and made a cutesy little cake. It was cool because almost every time I make a cake, I look for a video to watch online in the *hopes* that it will magically improve my cake-decorating schools, and now I can just pull up Craftsy online and review all their lesson, tips, and tricks for making a perfect cake. In Modern Buttercream, you learn how to make Swiss Meringue Buttercream (aka the BEST kind of buttercream), level, split, fill, and frost a layer cake, and give it a super-smooth finish or a “messy on purpose” finish, like I did with mine. I’m still not a pro so I’ll definitely refer back to the class again, but I learned some neat tips and tricks and just found it helpful to watch someone do what I was trying to do. I also got some genius ideas from the instructutor kicked my cake up a notch – like splitting the layers in half to have a higher frosting-to-cake ratio. ;)
The really neat thing about Craftsy is the way it’s set up. All the classes are taught by professionals in their trade, and each class is broken into video segments that let you easily navigate to certain parts. You’re given a materials list so you know just what you need in order to take the class, and you can watch the class on your own time, starting, pausing, rewinding, and stopping whenever you want. You can also ask questions when you need help and get answers from the instructor or other people taking the class. I particularly liked the fact that when I was freaking out about my weird-looking buttercream – which actually turned out just fine – there were other people asking the exact questions I had in my head and getting answers. And it’s fun because you can upload photos of your finished project and see what everyone else who’s taken the class has made; it’s awesome inspiration! Craftsy is like the modern way to take arts & crafts classes, and it’s pretty neat-o. The best part is that when you enroll in a Craftsy class, you’re enrolled forever, which means you can watch the videos, ask questions, and learn something new whenever you want for the rest of your life. You’ll never miss information like you could with in-person classes, because it’s always there for you to refer to.
The cake in the photos is what I made while I was watching the Modern Buttercream class. They call the frosting look “Messy on Purpose”, which was a totally new technique for me. I’m not exactly a pro cake-decorator, so my cake is proof that the class can teach you how to make a pretty cute cake. If you want to learn how to make one like it, check out Craftsy online and sign up for the FREE Modern Buttercream class. There are also two other free classes – The Hand-Painted Cake and Basic Fondant Techniques. They’ll give you a good idea of what Craftsy is all about. Craftsy is also offering my readers 25% off the price of a number of full-length courses! You can browse through all the free and discounted courses on the Craftsy website (here) and get started at becoming a little craftier.:)
And if you decide to take Modern Buttercream, you’ll have some yummy cake to eat when you’re done. #winning :)
P.S. Be on the lookout for a Fall-themed cake recipe next week using the techniques from Modern Buttercream!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Craftsy. The opinions and text are all mine.
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