Cake Decorating DVD ~ Fabulous Five Days of Giveaways

A while ago I was given the Basic Cake Decorating Video by Teaching Good Things. I love this video. One thing that I have found over the past few years is that it is usually cheaper to teach yourself a skill than to pay someone to do it for you.

For many years I ordered all my children’s cakes at the grocery store. I didn’t think I had the skills to make a good enough cake on my own. Over time, and after watching a few good friends decorate birthday cakes I realized this was something I could do with a little practice. This year I got serious about my cake decorating and attempted  castle, Barbie, and Star Wars cakes. I thought about taking a class, but I didn’t have the time.

This Cake Decorating DVD is a decorating class in your own home. Kathy takes you through every step of the cake decorating process and includes many helpful tips along the way. One thing I really loved about the video is that she explains the numerous frosting tips, what designs they make, and how to use one tip to make a variety of designs. She makes it look so easy!

After watching the video I was ready to bake a cake and start practicing. Although Kathy recommends practicing using tips on parchment paper, which is probably a better idea.

The Teaching Good Things website sells several “how to” videos and books, including crochet, bread baking and more. I encourage you to visit the site and see what they have to offer.

Kathy was kind enough to offer a Cake Decorating Video for one of my readers. You definitely want to enter this contest as the savings potential is incredible. I know that I can bake and frost a cake for about five dollars, the cheapest cakes at Costco are around $16. So I am saving $10 each birthday! I am not even going to try and figure out what that would be for nine people and all our birthdays over the years, but I am sure it is a lot of money! Plus cake decorating is a fun activity to do with your kids. My nine year old helped with his Star Wars cake a few months ago and he is still telling me how much he liked it!

To enter the contest leave me a comment. For additional entries tweet, post to Facebook or blog about the contest. Please leave additional comments for each entry. Contest ends Monday October 12.


  1. I have been trying to teach myself to bake and decorate our own cakes for the past three years… it’s a slow process, and I’m sure a how-to video would help!

  2. Southern Gal says:

    I would love this! Your cakes are always great.

  3. I would love to win this. My daughter and I had great fun decorating a flip flop cake for her 13th birthday. We talked about taking a class to learn more but time is always flying by.

  4. I would love to learn how to decorate a cake. Love your website.

  5. I would love to learn some new helpful techniques!

  6. I have always wanted to learn how to decorate a cake and sadly mine always turn out like a Kindergartner did it. I would love the chance to learn how to make a beautiful cake for my children for their birthdays.

  7. Christine M. says:

    Your cake looks wonderful. I love cake decorating but am not as proficient at it as I would like to be. has great cakes. For my son’s 7th birthday I made a pirate ship cake and it turned out great and was very easy.

  8. Amanda McKee says:

    I would love to learn so new skills! I am good a baking cakes but my decorating skills could be improved!

  9. Stephanie Reeves says:

    Yes, buying birthday cakes really injures my sense of frugality! I also think it is so much more personal to bake the cake myself. Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Kim Sorgius says:

    I have heard that this DVD is fabulous. I would love to learn!

  11. Is this open to international subscribers or only stateside?

  12. I would love to win this. I have recently started trying to make my own cakes and they usually look more like my toddler decorated them. I would love to be able to make beautiful cakes.

  13. M. Devine says:

    Would love to learn a new skill also. If I got good enough maybe make some extra money for this new skill.

  14. I would love to win this. My daughters birthday is next month also!

  15. I’d love to learn how to decorate cakes! We’ve been spoiled by having a great friend be able to make them for us… but we’ll be moving away soon and that won’t be an option any more.

  16. This would be so fun! I have been thinking about taking a cake decorating class but we live WAY out in the country. And driving to the big city twice a week (plus I have several small children) just isn’t practical for me.

  17. I baked my daughter’s birthday cake and would LOVE to have this DVD to learn more about decorating.

  18. Sarah Blomgren says:

    Sounds wonderful! I like cake!

  19. I would love to learn how to decorate a cake other than putting frosting on the top.

  20. Megan,my daughter was eager for me to enter this giveaway. She is an aspiring to be a pastry chef and has taken over the cake making and decorating for our family. Thank you for a chance to win.

  21. That cake really looks like one from a bakery. I’ve been thinking about taking a class, but they’re a little pricey around my area- about $100 or so, which I couldn’t justify the price. But the video would be a great teaching tool for me!

  22. I have been wanting to learn this! I make all the cakes for our family and I think it would be so much fun to know what I’m doing and make them look really nice. 🙂

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  26. Would love to be entered to win! Love baking cakes just not very skilled at the decorating part….maybe this would help!

  27. I like decorating cakes but am not that great at it, so would love to learn more!

  28. I wopuld love a DVD on cake decorating. I’ve checked out the Wilton books from the library- it’s hard to follow a book with pictures when you have no clue what they are talking about!

  29. I have made my son’s birthday cakes for the last two year. They have been very very basic. I would love to win this dvd and learn more techniques and tips.

  30. I am a terrible cake decorator, this would be wonderful!

  31. I would love to learn how to decorate cakes as pretty as you do.

  32. I would love to learn the art of cake decorating.

  33. Ooh! I have 6 kids and would love to learn to decorate birthday cakes!

  34. i would so love this! i like anything that can save me money in the long run!

  35. Would love this!

  36. I have a small decorating set, and no idea of how to use it. This would be awesome. 🙂

  37. This is something I would love to learn and certainly have no time for the classes.

  38. Just gave it a tweet.

  39. I’d love to win! 🙂

  40. GREAT giveaway! I just made my first cake last year for DD’s 1st birthday and want to learn how to get better for every year.

  41. I love this giveaway! I’ve been wanting to learn how to decorate cakes for years now and would LOVE to win this! Thanks for all the exciting giveaways you’ve been offering! You are truly amazing 🙂

  42. I would absolutely love this!!!!! I have been wanting to take a class for a very long time.

  43. OH! This would be so fun! We “decorate” 7 or 8 or more birthday cakes every year – and they are mighty same-y.

  44. This is a great skill that I need to learn!

  45. My husband would love the Star Wars cake. I would love to win the DVD just in time for my bday! [the 12th!]

  46. I bake my own birthday cakes too and get my girl to help too. She loves it.

  47. I would love to win this! I have taken the beginner cake decorating class and loved it. I have always wanted to take the next 2 classes but never found the time so this would be great! Thanks so much.

  48. oh wow! That is something I love to do…but am pretty awful at. My attempts are ho-hum and I would love to learn more. Fun giveaway!

  49. How fun. Thankfully my husband decorated the last birthday cake. (I was scared I’d screw it up!) It would be fun to learn.

  50. I would LOVE to learn how to decorate cakes. Thanks!!

  51. I would love this video.

    I made a Barbie cake for my daughter’s birthday that I was very proud of. I have 4 little ones so it’s always someone’s birthday.

  52. I will be doing the barbie cake in the next three days…baking and freezing cakes today for construction and frosting friday night. Have NO CLUE how to use frosting tips…would LOVE this prize…will post on facebook and twitter. Thank you!!!

  53. I would like to have my name entered into this contest because I, too, enjoy decorating cakes for my children and other family members. I would like to learn the names and proper uses of the tips I have for my cookie press. Thank you for a wonderful blog and contests.

  54. I would love, love, love the decorating video! I once took a basic class and came away with … well…nothing. Nothing! I was still back on “this is how you fill your decorating bag” and everyone else had beautiful roses already made and on their cake! I was the first person she had ever had in a class that never learned to make a rose. I failed. Seriously, I didn’t earn my certificate. I need to be able to watch the video over and over, ’til I get it right!

  55. oops, meant to add … my husband’s sweet comment after I got home from the class was, “Costco cakes are looking pretty good!”

    He is still breathing … barely. 😉

  56. I could sure use some help with my cakes!

  57. Lafantasma says:

    I have always wanted to see how to decorate a cake. I would love to have the video!

  58. Loving all the giveaways. Hope I win one. :o)

  59. This sounds like fun! Right up my alley!

  60. I’ve always wanted to learn how to decorate cakes! Pick me!

  61. I would love this video! Thanks for offering it! I have 10 children… several of whom LOVE to cook. They would love to learn how to do this.

  62. Oh I would love to win this!! I’ve been wanting to take a cake decorating class, but have never had the time!

  63. Christine C says:

    yummm cake……oh, I mean, I would LOVE to win 😉

  64. How great is this! I would of never thought to look for a video. I have wanted to learn how to make cakes for 4 years now. Never been able to take a class because of finding a sitter for the kiddos. I would love this!!

  65. Oooh, I would love this!

  66. I would love to win this DVD. I have 4 soon to be 5 kids and would love to be able to make their cakes more professional. And decorate them better.

  67. I would love to win this giveaway so I can learn how to decorate cakes!

  68. Like you, I always say I would love to take one of those Wilton decorating classes at the closest AC Moore, but I have yet to find the time. I’d love to win this dvd! Thanks for the chance.

  69. My sister in law decorates wedding cakes. While I don’t think this will teach me how to do that one, I’d love to learn some basic cake decorating!

  70. I’ve always wanted to learn how to decorate beautiful cakes! I can bake them pretty well, but the decorating thing is beyond me. This DVD would be great to have!

  71. I’ve also been thinking about taking a class, although the closest one to me is about a 30 minute drive. This would be great!

  72. I’d only ever made a sheet cake with bad icing. This summer I attempted my very first cake:

    Lopsided and such, I was so pleased with it. I would love to learn more about icing cakes!

  73. I LOVE cake! It’s the one thing I won’t share with my husband. Would be fun to learn how to do.

  74. That sounds like an awesome DVD. I am in the beginning stages of learning cake decorating and find it so relaxing

  75. Nicki Conner says:

    I would love the dvd! I make cakes for my family but am not that good at decorating. What a blessing that would be!

  76. I would love to give this video a whirl!

  77. I have been wanting to learn to decorate cakes for several years now. I would love to have a how-to video!

  78. Patti Bright says:

    I would so love to learn to decorate a cake

  79. Patti Bright says:

    I follow you on twitter

  80. Patti Bright says:
  81. my dd and i are avid bakers and would love to add this to our collection of knowledge!

  82. Would be fun to learn how to decorate cakes. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  83. This would be so much fun!! Thank you!

  84. have wanted to learn to decorate cakes a long time. would be great to win.

  85. This would be great! I took a class, but I sure could use a refresher!

  86. I have wanted to take a class but don’t have the time or money.

  87. My mom always decorated cakes for my sister and I, as well as other people, when I was growing up. It was a natural thing for me to pick up the basics and do the same for my own kids. However, when perfectionism rears its ugly head and turns mommy into a crabby bear who yells all day…..I start to wonder if the monetary savings is worth it. *smile* However, I have learned to go more simple on the decoration than I used to, and it has helped a lot!

  88. I started learning to decorate cakes from a woman at church. She became ill, and we had to stop, but I would love to take it up again. My husband too since I put some money into it. Thanks for all the giveaways.

  89. Please enter me, thanks for the giveaway!

  90. I love to bake and decorate cakes, this would be a great thing to have! I have always wanted to take the Wilton Decorating classes but can’t work it into my schedule.

  91. I miss baking!I am always so busy but I love cake decorating and miss it a lot.

  92. Ok – I’ve tried my hand at this a few times in the past but haven’t been that excited about the results thus far. I’ve invested in several icing tips but just haven’t made the time to take a class so I’d LOVE the flexibility to learn at home and on my own time. Fingers crossed!

  93. Oh My word!
    I REALLY would LOVE this DVD. We already make our own cakes & the kids love choosing the themes, but they look NOTHING like the pic you’ve posted!
    🙂 WOW

  94. I make my kids cakes every year, and vow that next year I am buying the cakes. But, I never do. It seems I always have some needy child when I need to make the cake! I would love to win the video and learn more skills.

  95. This sounds great. My daughter would really love to learn how to do this also!

  96. I would love a chance to learn how to do this better. Thanks!

  97. Charlotte says:

    The video sounds great – count me in!

  98. Wow! I really need to learn more on this!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  99. I posted it up on my facebook page!

  100. I would love a video on how to decorate cakes.

  101. LOVE your cakes…
    and my 7 year old agreed when he saw the Star Wars cake!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  102. I just twittered about the giveaway!


  103. I love your website, and I would love to win this DVD! Thanks so much for all of your hard work!

  104. Oh wow! I have wanted to take a class for a few years now. An at home video would be AWESOME!!!!!! What a great idea, especially for those of us with little ones and a hubby that travels. Makes it pretty hard to commit to a class that meets each week, etc. But at home…I can do that one!

  105. I’ve been trying to make our own cakes, and this video sounds perfect…the ability to stop the teacher, and rewind. Thanks for offering it.

  106. oooh this would be great for me! air force wifey living in guam – it would be great to have a good pass-time. i love baking!

  107. My youngest turned 4 years old in August and literally EVERY day asks for another birthday cake. After discovering she has allergies we no longer can follow our routine of picking one up at the store…thus this miracle of finding about this giveaway steps in! 🙂

    You have no idea how much this would help us out. My kids do tolerate how my cakes turn out because’s cake and it’s sweet and was made with LOVE, so lets face it…you can’t screw that up too much in a childs eyes…THANK GOODNESS! But I would love to learn how to make it a bit more for company’s sake! heheheee! 🙂

    I absolutely love your blog. Thank you for the opportunity to make some adorable looking cakes! 🙂

  108. Patti Bright says:
  109. Pick me, pick me! I’d love to win this for my b-day!

  110. I’ve wanted to take a course at Micheals for years. This would work much better for me!

  111. Jennifer H. says:

    I can bake just fine, but decorating is another story. SCARY I’d love to have some help along the way!

  112. Oh wow, do I ever need this! My kids’ birthday cakes always look very, um, unprofessional. (They taste great, if I do say so myself – but it’s become a running joke that my cakes are NOT attractive!)
    Would love to win this. Thanks for the opportunity!

  113. I would love to improve my nonexistent cake decorating skills!

  114. I would love to win this!

  115. Patti Bright says:
  116. I am a homeschooling mom of three girls. I have taken cake decorating before, but I am not very good at it and I would love the video to help me. I am trying to teach my girls to cook and I think it would be neat to teach them cake decorating. I know the video would be a great teaching tool.

  117. My 16 year old daughter loves to bake and wants to take a cake decorating class. This would be great for her!

  118. Patti Bright says:
  119. We have a birthday tomorrow- a little too late, but I’d love to practice and get better for all of the other birthdays to come!!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  120. I am late reading your blog and was just catching up through my RSS downloads & saw this one. I had to laught. I just had my daughter’s 6 year old birthday this week. We have always had two cakes for her birthday- one for a family party & one for her friends’ party. I wasn’t feeling well this year on the day of the family party and figured I would just buy a cake on the way to the party. Ugh! Yeah, $16 for a cake. Even if I just buy the frosting & cake mix and bake it myself, they only cost $3 – less if I have coupons. The next day, I made her friends’ party cupcakes – even with the extra decorations (little candies) I bought – it was less than $5.
    Well, I learned my lesson again. 🙂 I should have read your blog before this weekend. Thanks!

  121. I was looking online looking for a local cake decorating class, and I happened upon your site. I love Kathy and have been following her on FaceBook for a long time. I have always wanted to try one of her videos. It would be magnificent if I won one. 🙂

  122. I have wanted to learn to bake and decorate cakes for the longest time..I have just started really experimenting with recipes and flavors…very excited about learning to decorate…This dvd could really help…thx for the oppurtunity to win

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