The Cake Craft Shoppe,
I cannot say enough good things about this place. I have read some of the reviews and don't know where they are getting the nonsense I am seeing.
I work in a Country Club in Kansas, as an Assistant Pastry Chef, and have taken two classes at the Cake Craft Shoppe, both of which were absolutely fantastic, I learned so much while I was there, and obviously it was worth it when I will drive all the way from Kansas to Sugarland for a second time to take the class. I strongly recommend taking classes there. And not only are the classes there great, but so to are the supplies and products they have, and any questions I had for Sheila, she was right there to help me and answer them.
All of the staff there were very kind and inviting, any questions I had were answered. I have seen their work and it is great, they know what they are doing. And the classes I took there Sheila was the kindest person ever, always there to help, offer suggestions, tips, and pointers to steer you in the right direction if you are having some problems. She was so kind and hospitable I cannot even express in words.
All in all I highly recommend the Cake Craft Shoppe, great products, great classes, and WONDERFUL staff, go and check it out!!!
I have taken all the Professional classes at Cake Craft Shoppe. Sheila has taught each one and she is a wonderful instructor. Everyone has some bad times but both she and Cynthia really do know what they are doing and have over 40 years experience between the two of them. If they do not know the answer to a question, they will do their best to find it for you. They have a great selection of supplies and good prices. I highly recommend them for all the classes they offer as well as a good place to get your supplies.
Amazing Classes and Cake supplies
I started doing cake a couple years ago looked everywhere for classes that would teach me what I was looking for. Well I found it and i love it. I have taken 5 of the classes and both instructors have been AMAZING. Sure if you are the one with the bad attitude and think you know it all then you will not like these classes. They are hands on and you learn everything. I have taken the big store classes and they do not compare to what I am learning at The Cake Craft Shoppe.
I have been impressed with the selection of supplies and how helpful everyone is. My instructors help me in the store and the employees know what we are looking for. They are not the cheapest on every item but where can you go and get everything you need.
I cannot wait to start the second professional course.
Sheila is the worst teacher ever!!!. I took PME piping class. Sheila wasted all the time talking about her experience but she has no skills what so ever. Every technique she tried to teach she was unable to do and then she blamed it on her bad back and hands. the week long PME course could have been done in a day if she knew how to teach or if she was organized. She thinks she is very experienced and has good skills but she is worse than even beginners. She probably have experience in selling cake supplies which BTW she doesn't have any compare to other stores in Houston. She likes to think she knows all the celebrity chefs and is friends with them but she is just not good. she should just run the store and have somebody else teach the class.
probably good for supplies, but not for classes.
IF YOU ARE THINKING OF SIGNING UP FOR ONE OF THE "PROFESSIONAL" CLASSES, YOU MAY WANT TO THINK AGAIN.
I read the negative reviews right after i signed up for the class, but thought that maybe the people were just bitter and that I would just get what I could get out of the class.
I'm a professional pastry chef from one of the top culinary schools in the country and wanted to brush up on my fondant skills since it's been a while. I found the "Professional" Fondant class online and thought it would be perfect. When you sign up it says that all students will be sent a "supply list" of items that students will have to bring with them. So I thought, like culinary school, or other "professional" classes I've known of over the years that I would be required to bring my basic tools while the main materials to complete the course would be provided by CakeCrafteShoppe--THINK AGAIN, BATMAN! I called the week before the class to have the list sent to me and was sent a "supply list" of more than 50 items, including colors, fondant and textured rolling pins (one with basketweave on it, for goodness sakes!) --things that I will never use again and that should be provided by the place offering the class. I called to ask if I just didn't bring some of the items and just observed could I still take the class and was told that the instructor wouldn't allow it. Got a refund! I suppose this is her business and this instructor can run her school however she wishes, but it sure isn't professional.
To put it simply...this is a GREAT store!.
I have been coming to this store for about a year now. Every time I come in, I am welcomed by someone on the staff. If I have a question, everyone is helpful and knows exactly what I need. They have a great selection to choose from in pans, cutters, etc.
I am taking a class right now, taught by Sheila Brooks, owner of the store. She has been great! She's teaching us not only ways to decorate a cake and the different techniques, but also about running our own bakery. We've had some very good discussions. She's funny and gets along with everyone in the class. She will go out of her way to show us things that are not part of that day's curriculum. You only have to ask. She also helps individually for those that are having a bit of difficulty on a certain task. She watches everything we do and walks around the room to look at our work and give suggestions when it's warranted. I plan on taking the next 2 classes to get a PME Master's Certificate and I would not want anyone else teaching these classes!
Sheila has a wealth of experience for people to draw on and is more than willing to share information. She shows different methods without the "my way is better" attitude that a lot of people seem to have. She doesn't claim to know it all or to be the best cake decorator that God created. She is sincerely interested in helping us better our abilities.
I highly recommend her classes to cake decorators of any level!!!
OMG...what a joke.
I signed up for a professional piping class here and it was so stupid. Everything we learned, I could've learned for FREE from books, YouTube, even Martha Stewart! Sheila Brooks was such a bad teacher. When she was showing us how to pipe blossoms, she kept messing up. And she messed up for all the other stuff we learned too, but she'd just make excuses like how she was in a car accident or how she hadn't done this in months. Then please don't teach and take money away from eager students who actually want to learn how to decorate cakes!
That's the thing that I disliked the most. I didn't get the feeling that the instructor cared about us or cake decorating. She gave off this vibe that she was so money hungry. You pay her for her teaching skills AND you buy supplies from her store. It's all about money for Sheila and is that the kind of teacher you really want??
If you own a bakery already, you will only waste time here. She won't teach you anything you don't already know. Heck, you're probably better than her anyway! If you're a beginner thinking that this class will be lots of fun (like me), OMG...please avoid. Save your money or spend it on a lots of icing ingredients and books so you can practice on your own...and that's what cake decorating really is anyway! Just lots of practice and creativity.
This class was absolutely the biggest waste of my time and money. I've got nothing against the store (though I think the supplies they sell are overpriced) or Sheila or Cynthia, but really, you are not getting your money's worth with these classes. Don't say I didn't warn you....
You are better off learning on your own..
If you are looking for specialty cake supplies, this will be it. HOWEVER, if you're interested in cake decorating classes, don't waste your time and money! Seriously, I'm only writing this review b/c I took a class and don't want anyone to make my mistake.
Shiela Brooks is the owner and the main instructor and as an instructor, she's very unprepared and unorganized. She was constantly rummaging through her notes to see what she had to teach us. But, shouldn't that be something she should already know?? She's also simply NOT a good teacher. She doesn't care about you and her work is also far from impressive. Ea. time she demonstrated a technique, she'd mess up and brush it off by saying "that's what you SHOULDN'T do." Or, she'd blame it on her bad back or the fact that she hasn't piped in months. Um, is this someone who you really want to be teaching you then? If I'm going to pay $200 for a cake decorating class, I want my instructor to BE COMPETENT. Showing me the wrong way to do something does not teach me how to do it the right way.
Instead of walking around, correcting our mistakes or giving us tips to do a better job, she just sat at the front working sending txt mssgs to her daughter "kamekaze". Remember, YOU are paying HER to teach you, but she makes it seem like she's doing YOU a favor. Instead of sharing business tricks and insider hints, she also spends half the time talking abt how great she is. The course I took was 6 hours long, but the two or three skills we learned each day could have easily been compacted into 3hr sessions.
If you're going to spend money, you might as well invest in books, supplies, and YouTube everything. Her "professional" classes aren't "professional" quality and definitely not taught by someone anywhere near professional. If you are still interested, at least visit and talk to her BEFORE signing up. Follow Shiela's own advice: If you don't like the teacher/baker's work, then don't take the class or buy from them. GOOD LUCK!
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