I did an 'Introduction To Cake Decorating' course with Grace from Cakes By Grace in Montrose.
I made the cake above for my Mum's birthday and was really pleased with it.
All the cakes I have decorated so far, I have just tried to copy ideas from google images and have done with trial and error.
I loved Grace's course. First of all she is lovely and chatty and very generous with her advice and tips. She is also very organised - each station had everything we needed, her timings were obviously well thought out and the course ran so smoothly.
I actually learned heaps even though I have been decorating cakes on my own for a few years now. There are certain techniques I have been doing in my own individual way and, seeing the proper way to do it, has made me say on several occasions, "oh that is so much easier!".
I got to play around with all the tools available and see Grace's systems for storing and carrying things and it means you really get to see what things would be useful to you without having to spend money on them beforehand.
It was just a fantastic day and Grace is a very inspiring lady. I'd love to go to one of her cupcake courses but I'll just need to save my pennies first. Can't wait, though.