Picture from Butterlane Cupcakes
Do you want to learn how to decorate beautiful cakes or cupcakes but you aren't quite ready to sign up for culinary school? Check out your local craft store, grocery store, or high school. Yes, high school.
In my area (Salt Lake City, UT) there are several places to take classes to learn how to decorate cakes and cupcakes and they are pretty inexpensive. Michael's craft store offers Wilton Cake Decorating Courses (click to see class descriptions or find a class in your area). A local grocery store, Harmons, holds cupcake decorating classes every once in a while. We also have a restaurant and culinary supply store, Gygi's, that teaches classes like gluten-free baking, how to make sugar-art gum paste flowers, and other decorating classes. But, did you think to check at your local high school for cupcake decorating classes? Our school districts have continuing education programs where adults take classes in the evening for enrichment, career development, or just for fun. Granite Peaks Lifelong Learning offers cake decorating, gluten-free baking, cake pop making, and cupcake decorating classes. They range from one to four sessions and cost $15 to $39 per class (includes all sessions).
So, if you just want to learn the basics about cupcake decorating, check your local craft stores or schools. Also, don't forget to check out your local cupcakery - more and more are starting to offer cupcake decorating classes right in their stores.