Virginia Crouch is the class instructor, and she teaches all three courses offered at the store – Decorating Basics, Flowers and Cake Design and Fondant and Gum Paste. Each class is offered once a week for a month. At the end of each course, students receive a certificate of completion and can move on to the next course.
Crouch has been decorating cakes for 30 years and teaching Wilton classes for five years. She says she enjoys every minute of teaching and doing cake decorating.
“I try to make my classes fun and knowledgeable at the same time,” Crouch said. “I like to interact with the students and see their successes from taking the classes.”
One of her former students was so successful, he took over her Montgomery classes when Crouch moved to Auburn, she says.
One student taking the Flowers and Cake Design course is Shirley Caswell. She and her daughter-in-law Tiffany Caswell hope to use the skills they learn when they complete the class.
“My 50th wedding anniversary is in two years and I hope to get good enough to make my own cake for it,” Shirley said. “Tiffany wants to have a side job of making cakes someday too.”
Another student, who just completed the Decorating Basics course and is now taking Flowers and Cake Design, is Amanda Elliott. She is a student at Auburn University majoring in international business. Her goal is to work in a bakery after completing all three courses at Hobby Lobby.
“I’ve learned how to decorate cakes and design cakes, so I hope I can learn enough to get really good and maybe work in a different country in a bakery or pastry shop,” Elliott said.
All of the students encourage others to take the cake-decorating classes at Hobby Lobby. Anyone can sign up just by visiting the store closest to him or her and registering at the checkout counter.
Crouch recommends learning more about the course requirements and tools needed by picking up a flier in the Hobby Lobby entrance or by visiting the store’s website. The next session of classes begin the first week of May.