Basic Cake Decorating Class

A two day course that will teach you everything you need to know,
to get you started decorating celebration cakes for any occasion.

Class Dates Thu 3rd Aug, 2017 - CLASS FULL
Thu 14th Sep, 2017 - CLASS FULL
Tue 3rd Oct, 2017 - 4 spaces left
2 days - Oct 3rd - 4th
Tue 17th Oct, 2017 - CLASS FULL
Wed 1st Nov, 2017 - 1 space left
2 days - Nov 1st - 2nd

If you are interested in holding a space with a deposit of £80 and paying by installments click here.

Class Details Tutor: Louise Wilson
Time: 10am - 4pm
Skill Level: Beginner
Cost: £280
Equipment: All equipment, icing and flower paste will be provided.
Cake: You will provide a cake from a recipe we send you.
Class size: This class has a maximum of 4 students.

What will you learn in this class?
  • Hints and tips on baking your cakes
  • Levelling and layering a cake the easy way
  • Filling your cake - how to avoid the dreaded bulge!
  • Working with sugarpaste.
  • Colouring your paste without messy hands
  • Covering your cake including icing your cake board
  • Making Royal icing and getting it to the right consistency
  • Making a piping bag using wax paper
  • Using colour in royal icing
  • Basic Piping skills and techniques
  • Drafting and piping lettering on your cake
  • Making and using garrett frills
  • How to make bows, swags and drapes
  • Working with modelling paste
  • Model a gorgeous teddy cake topper
  • Learn how to adapt your modelling for other characters
  • Creating a wired sugar Lily using flower paste
  • Colouring and dusting your sugar Lily
  • Taping your sugar flowers with florist wire to best effect
  • Making and using sugar leaves and the alternatives
  • Using ribbons with sugar flowers
  • Make a ribbon rose using modelling paste
  • Finishing off your cake board beautifully
  • Rescuing mistakes and accidents
  • Get your cake decorating questions answered by an expert
  • Recipe for Lou's cake
  • Making your own flower paste
  • Making your own glue
  • Boxing cakes

Why should you come to this class? Everyone needs to start somewhere, so this two day class is for those who aren't quite sure where that is!

First you will learn how to level your cake the easy way, and get a perfectly flat topped cake every time! then you will use buttercream to fill and crumb coat your cake, and how to cover it with sugarpaste for a professional, crease free, smooth finish. Learn tips on how to avoid cracking and how to fix it if it does, and how to cover your cake board two different ways!

Then you will move onto decorating your cake. First you will make a modelled character, you can choose if you want to make a bear, a puppy, or an elephant (or perhaps something else!) but you will learn the techniques for modelling the head, arms, legs and facial expressions on your chosen character. Once you have finished that you will move on to create a simple but elegant wired sugar flower (Alstromeria). We don't use cutters for our wired flowers, we use a simple template that you can take home with you, as you will learn how easy it can be to create a stunning flower with very few tools!

On day two of the class, you will wire together the petals and leaves for your flower, you will practice several piping techniques including lettering on the top of your cake, and scroll work, and you will finish the day having placed it all together for your finished cake.

Designs that are placed on the side of a cake require careful planning and preparation. You will also be shown how to use crimpers, making swags and drapes on the side of a cake, and the use of embossing tools.

What will you need to bring to this class? You will need to bring 1 cake with you (8" round), we provide a recipe that you can use which you can download here.

We ask you to bake the cakes as Lou spends a portion of the first morning talking to each of you about your cake, and how you can improve your baking, and also how to fix any mistakes. If we provided you with perfect cakes then we feel we would have a missed teaching opportunity!

We will supply the buttercream, sugarpaste, flowerpaste and modelling pastes, plus all the equipment and boards and boxes to take your cake home in!

Please also bring a packed lunch with you. The Cake Makery will provide tea, coffee and cold refreshments as needed!

What will you take home from this class? You will take home your finished cake, that has been baked, covered and decorated by you! All the cake boards and boxes are supplied free of additional charge.

Each student will also be given our 54 page PDF tutorial (emailed to you after the class) that we wrote to accompany this class, giving full instructions, so you don't need to take any notes during class!

Class level This class is for beginners and anyone looking to perfect their skills a bit further, giving you the confidence to cover and decorate big cakes at home.

Class times This is a six hour class over two days with a maximum of four students for this class. This allows us to give you more personalised teaching and attention.

These photos show the cake you will create during this class:
Class dates Thu 3rd Aug, 2017 - CLASS FULL
Thu 14th Sep, 2017 - CLASS FULL
Tue 3rd Oct, 2017 - 4 spaces left
2 days - Oct 3rd - 4th
Tue 17th Oct, 2017 - CLASS FULL
Wed 1st Nov, 2017 - 1 space left
2 days - Nov 1st - 2nd

About your teacher Lou grew up baking and decorating cakes for fun with the family. Her first Christmas cake was made when she was just 15.

Lou's training was originally in graphic design and illustration, and she spent 10 years working in graphics and running her own business. There were always amazing cakes for family and friends' special occasions!

However the arrival of Lou's two children was life changing. A new home-based occupation needed to be found and the old love of baking combined with the natural artistic talent, lead to the birth of Lou's Amazing Cakes.

After more than 20 years of commercial cake decorating, many people have asked after Lou's skills. Amazed that people wanted to learn from her, Lou was tentative when she first started demonstrating her sugarcraft, but quickly found it rewarding and enjoyable. She is an accredited demonstrator for the British Sugarcraft Guild and regularly demos for them around the UK.

When Elly called Lou in early 2011, it came at a time when Lou was rethinking the balance of her business. Lou was considering teaching and passing on her skills on a more full time basis, but still wishing to continue some commercial work as Lou's Amazing Cakes. Meeting with Elly made that development easy and sparked the start of an exciting new sugarcraft school - The Cake Makery.

Lou still makes amazing cakes for customers and now also enjoys passing on her years of experience and knowledge of sugarcraft. She is also regularly featured in Squires Kitchen's Wedding magazine, is one of the Wedding Cake Showroom entrants at the annual Squires Exhibition in Farnham, and won Gold and First Place for her painting on cakes entry in this year’s competition at the show.

The Cake Makery is delighted to have Lou as our head teacher, and she leads the way with her informative classes, leaving her students buzzing with the confidence to go home and use their new skills and tips to create their own amazing cakes.

One day you will wake up
and there won't be any more time to
do the things you always wanted.
Do it now!
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