Basic Cake Carving - Handbag Cake Class

Learn carving, shaping, covering, filling and decorating techniques during our handbag cake class. A great class for beginners who have never tried carving a cake before, as you will pick up great tips on how to fix mistakes and how to cover an odd shaped cake for a clean, smooth finish.

Class Dates Fri 2nd Feb, 2018 - 3 spaces left

Class Details Tutor: Louise Wilson
Time: 10am - 4pm
Skill Level: Beginner
Cost: £140
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 cake to perfection
  • Choosing the right shaped cakes to bake for carved creations
  • Hints on using sugar syrup to keep your cake moist
  • Layering your cake
  • Creating a shape from your basic round cake
  • Basic carving techniques
  • Use of crumb base and crumb coat
  • Covering your carved cake
  • Adding details to your covered cake for a realistic fabric finish
  • Creating details like stitching, straps and catches
  • Covering your cake board
  • Colouring pastes
  • Using different colour combinations
  • Using different pastes (sugarpaste, modelling paste and flowerpaste)
  • Making your own glue
  • Learn how to make embellishments for your handbag cake like ribbon flowers or bows
  • Finish your cake board with ribbon, the easy way
  • Lots of hints and tips on rescuing mistakes and accidents
  • Recipe for Lou's cake
  • Hints and tips on storing cakes
  • Boxing your cakes for travel (how to deal with a cake that sticks out!)

Why should you come to this class? Every girl loves handbags! This class will teach you how to carve, shape, cover and accessorise a fashionable handbag cake.

You will learn lots of helpful hints and tips to give you confidence to make many different shaped cakes, not just handbags!

After you have covered your cake board, you will cut, shape and fill your cake, learning valuable tips on how to fix any disasters you may have while carving! Once your cake has its handbag shape, you will cover it with sugarpaste, creating a smooth finish.

Then the fun part of making and adding the decorations such as leather straps, buckles, buttons, clasps and the handle, and creating realistic looking textures and fabrics through the use of embossing, stitching and painting, all of which will bring your creation to life!

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 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 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? Your handbag cake, boxed and ready to go, as well as our 34 page tutorial that details the steps for the handbag cake from the class.
All the cake boards and boxes are supplied free of additional charge

Class level This class is for beginners and anyone looking to start carving cakes with confidence.

Class times This is a six hour class and 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 Fri 2nd Feb, 2018 - 3 spaces left


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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