There’s something about this time of year that makes me want to create. The holidays are over, and everyone is back to nibbling on carrots and celery, with all the delicious foods from the past months fading away as sweet, distant memories. While healthy eating is important, let’s not forget to enjoy ourselves while we wait for spring. Taking cake decorating classes online may be just the solution!

With weddings, graduations and anniversaries right around the corner, now might be the time to try something new and expand your cake decorating skills. One of my favorite spring treats is the Pate a Choux pastry swan. They are incredibly beautiful, with the rich golden pastry sandwiching the delicate cream filling. Certainly this dessert will delight at any party or event this spring. Watch the video to learn how to make it, and follow along step by step as we create a masterpiece together.

(Note: if you are planning on making this dessert for a special event, take the class far enough ahead so you can do a “trial run” without the time pressure. You’ll be more relaxed, and get much better results for the final product. Then watch the video again as you make the swans for the big day.)

Easter is always a special time in our family, and I love to load the holiday table with incredible desserts that represent the sweetness and freshness of spring. You can take cake decorating classes online that will inspire and teach, making your Easter celebration that much sweeter.

For example, you can learn how to use chocolate ganache to finish a dessert, adding a professional touch to your baking. Or, take cake decorating classes online that will help you learn how to assemble a chocolate hazelnut meringue pave torte, create beautiful buttercream roses for a celebration cake, or ice an American-style cake with perfect precision.

If all of this sounds way over your skill level, don’t worry. Our cake decorating classes online are suitable for novice cake artists through expert; just choose the ones that look right for you. Learn the basics like how to separate eggs and prepare simple syrup, or try your hand at stabilizing whipped cream confections. With cake decorating classes online, you choose what’s right for you, and you can learn at your own pace in your own home. There is no pressure and no need to worry if you make a mistake or need to do it again.

Winter can sometimes make us feel disconnected from our friends, as we all tend to hibernate a little bit after the festivities of the holiday season. Why not invite a few friends over so you can all take cake decorating classes online together? Make a pot of coffee and clear the kitchen table. You’ll find plenty of advice and tips in the videos, and you’ll end up with lots of happy families on the block as they dig into your creations.

Watch our site in the coming weeks; we are always posting new cake decorating classes online. And if there’s something you’d like to learn, go through our library of titles. Chances are you’re not the only one who is asking! Whatever you choose, relax and enjoy the experience as you continue on your path to becoming a master cake artist.

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