Corset Class

With it's beautiful design and exquisite detail, you'd think our corset class might be beyond your cake making capabilities, but let us tell you a little secret - it's not!

Designed for beginners, this three-day class will take you through every stage of the process, from carving the basic structure to creating the lace and additional details, go home with the knowledge and the confidence to create a true work of art.

Class Dates All of our scheduled classes are now fully booked.
Please contact us to find out when the next ones are planned.

Class Details Tutor: Louise Wilson
Time: 10am - 4pm
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Cost: £395
Equipment: All equipment, rods, nuts, bolts, boards, sugarpaste and flower paste will be provided.
Cake: You will bring 2 layers of 6" and 2 layers of 8" round cake (4 cakes in total), we will provide a recipe.
Class size: This class has a maximum of 4 students.

What will you learn in this class?
  • Different options for supporting structures in tall cakes
  • Tools and equipment for cake supports and armatures
  • How to build and support your corset cake
  • Developing your design
  • Choosing the right shaped cakes and boards to suit carved creations
  • Hints and tips on baking your cake to perfection
  • Carving, building and shaping your basic cake
  • Use of crumb base
  • Dowelling in tall structures
  • Working with buttercream for structure
  • Work with many different mediums to build an original design
  • Covering your tall, shaped cake
  • Using the different mediums: royal icing, sugarpaste, modelling paste, flower paste and cake lace
  • Replicating lace effects
  • Creating realistic fabric effects
  • Use stencilling techniques
  • Adding piped details
  • Using metallics for added detail
  • Creating ribbon details including corset lacing and lace holes
  • Finishing your cake board with ribbon
  • Boxing your unusual shaped cakes

Why should you come to this class? If you are just a little terrified of getting this type of cake order, then look no further! With our expert tuition and the detailed PDF guide book that accompanies this class, you will be confident in making cakes with beautiful fabric decorations of any shape and size at home. There are so many skills to be gained from this class, it's not to be missed!

What will you need to bring to this class? You will need to bring 2 layers of 6" and 2 layers of 8" round cake (4 cakes in total). 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, 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 also recommend for this class that you bring chocolate cakes. You will be using a really yummy chocolate filling, plus we have found that chocolate cake remains moist for longer (as this class is over 3 days!), and is often a better consistency for carving.

We will supply the equipment needed to create the support for the cake, including the nuts, bolts and extra boards, plus the buttercream, sugarpaste, flowerpaste and modelling pastes. We will also provide the boxes for you to take your cake home in!

Please 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 completed corset cake.

We will provide you with a box to take your cake home in, and teach you how to box it safely using regular cake boxes.

Each student will also be given our very detailed 77 page PDF tutorial (emailed to you after the class). This gives full instructions, tips and lots of useful photos to help remind you of what you learned during your class.

Class Level This class is for students who are looking to learn about cake structure and develop beautiful decorative techniques, while learning the art of cake carving too! You will be able to transfer a lot of these skills to other cakes you are working on at home. Stencilling, lace, carving, frilling, covering awkward shapes, dowelling and creating realistic ribbon and fabric techniques are just a few skills you can look forward to gaining on this class!

Class Times This is a three day class that runs from 10am - 4pm on all three days. It is a maximum of 4 students only per 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 All of our scheduled classes are now fully booked.
Please contact us to find out when the next ones are planned.

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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