Cake decorating classes are becoming more popular every day. They teach you a variety of decorating skills and they also can save you a lot of money, especially if you progress up to a wedding cake. Once you learn the basic skills you can create your own personalized custom designs for each special occasion, and you won't need to pay those very high rates for customized naming. You might even supply cakes for the local bakery and make some money instead of spending.
Design classes are being offered in many places. Your local community college is one of the favorite places to look for offerings, but most people take them at the local adult community centers or adult education centers that are right in your neighborhood. These local classes are usually very affordable, and won't break your budget. Often they have them once or twice a week during the semester.
You may also find some excellent books and videos on the Internet. Many people are not aware that people have a number of programs which include books and detailed how to design documents that are targeted for the learn at home crowd. The nice part about this is that you can work at your own pace, and need not rush home from work each night so that you don't miss the class. You can learn in the comfort of your own home and no one need see any of your mistakes. You can just gobble them up. It's often nice to be able to learn and bake on your own schedule when you have the time.
Before signing up for a class, be sure to check the skill level that is being offered. You want to take the right level for you and very often this means that you want to start at the beginning so that you are sure to have the fundamentals fully covered. There may be several different levels offered. Some instructors though only offer one level per semester, so if you don't start at the beginning, you need to wait a full year for the starter class to be offered again. In this case you might want to contact the instructor to see if its okay that you start in an intermediate class, and catch up along the way. It's always better to do some now, rather than procrastinate.
Also beware that if you are really somewhat familiar with cake decorating that if you take a beginner class you might find much of it boring and covering things you already know.
One final area to watch for this the trends or styles that are being taught. There are now many different trends and styles to choose from so watch for this type of information in the ads. It's usually great fun to try something new and trendy and different, and it will certainly impress your guests when they see it.
Once you get the fundamentals down, you should be able to add your own unique style and personality, so get started on this great hobby or career.