Courses for Beginners

Photo for Our Certificates Page studentOur courses for Beginners are suitable for anyone who is looking to learn the essential beginner level skills in cake baking, cake decorating and working with chocolate.

Below we have listed our beginner level courses in a recommended order so that you can build up your sugarcraft skills in logical way, you can take them in this order or select just the ones you are interested in. If you would like some help working out where you should begin please contact us.

If you are not local or are unable to attend evening classes, we offer our Beginner Level Courses as one, two & four Day Workshops', these are scheduled throughout the year; during the weekdays, at the weekends, inside and outside of school holidays. If you have specific dates in mind that do not fit our scheduled group classes or you prefer to learn on a 'one to one' basis, private tuition is available.

Payment for the course fee can be made in full at the time that you make your booking or you can secure your place with a £50 deposit (unless otherwise stated) and agree an arrangement to pay the remaining balance that suits your monthly budget. Places on each course are limited to 8 students.



Baking Classes


Cake Baking Skills for Beginners - The Basics (Certificate) - £120 (6 hours)

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Master the art of successful sponge cake baking and make a variety of our favourite traditional cake recipes: Victoria Sandwich filled with freshly whipped cream & jam, Lemon Maderia topped with a delicious Lemon Sugar Syrup, Rich Chocolate cake finished with Belgian Chocolate Ganache & Sticky Toffee cupcakes with salted caramel frosting.

An 'ALL INCLUSIVE', hands on, fun packed day of baking perfect for those who have not baked much before or are not happy with their home baking results. Everything you make together with recipe cards will be packaged ready for you to take home.

If you are a more experienced baker take a look at our 'Free From' Cake Baking Skills' Workshop.

Saturday 2nd September (10.15am - 4.15pm) - FULLY BOOKED!

Saturday 16th September (10.15am - 4.15pm) - 4 PLACES!booknow

More dates coming soon, please contact us for details.




'Free From' Sponge Cake Baking Skills - The Basics (Certificate) - £120 (6 hours)

There is an iBakingSkills4ncreasing demand for 'Free From' cakes without compromising on taste and texture. Join this masterclass and learn all about using 'easy to find' gluten free, dairy free and egg free ingredients.

With a lot of research and testing we have put together a variety of our favourite, delicious tasting sponge cakes, fillings & toppings to share with you. These include: Gluten Free Coconut Cake filled with raspberry jam, Vegan Chocolate Cake topped with a delicious Dairy Free Chocolate Ganache, Vegan Carrot Cake with Dairy Free Cream Cheese Frosting, Gluten Free Cupcakes with Dairy Free Buttercream Frosting.

An 'ALL INCLUSIVE', hands on, fun packed day of baking. Everything you make together with recipe cards will be packaged ready for you to take home and of course there will be enough cake to sample with a cup of tea whilst you are with us.

For those who are new to baking, we also offer a 'Cake Baking Skills for Beginners' Workshop.

More dates coming soon, please contact us for details.



Cake Decorating Classes


NEW - Beginners to Sugarcraft - 5 Week (Evening) Course - £155 (10 hours)

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Introducing our short 5 week (evening) course that we have put together for those who want to learn the basics.

It is an ideal starting point for a complete beginner or for those self taught and fairly new to the craft.

Learn, practice and develop the essential beginner level skills that you need when covering cakes, modelling characters, making wired sugar flowers & working with Royal Icing.

Tuesday 19th September to 17th October (7.30pm - 9.30pm) - 1 PLACE!booknow



Introduction to Gum Paste & Fondant - Wilton Method Course 3 - £150 (8 hours)

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This is an 8 hour certificate course where you will learn how to work successfully with fondant (sugarpaste) and gum paste (flower paste). From covering your cakes, cutting shapes and painting on fondant to making unwired flowers like Calla Lilies, Roses and Carnations, you will learn all the basics.

This is a perfect all round course for complete beginners who would like to learn the basics before progressing onto our classes that require 'some cake decorating experience', it will also give you the pre-requisite skills you require to be able to progress onto our PME Sugarpaste Diploma.

Included is a Wilton Course 3 Kit (worth £41.99) containing a workbook and much of the equipment you will use to complete your course. For inspirational pictures and more information on what you will learn please click here.


Thursday (One Day) - 31st August (9am - 5pm) - 2 PLACES!booknow

Sunday (One Day) - 10th September (9am - 5pm) - 3 PLACES!booknow

Sunday (One Day) - 22nd October (9am - 5pm) - 4 PLACES!  booknow

Sunday (One Day) - 12th November (9am - 5pm) - 4 PLACES!  booknow



Sponge Cake Covering & Character Modelling Skills (Certificate)

- £95 (6 hours)

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Does covering a sponge cake in sugarpaste leave you frustrated and dissatisfied with the end result or are you just not confident with sugarpaste and like to leave your cakes in their 'naked' state?

If this sounds like you then why not enrol on this 'back to basics' workshop. Using a real cake, we will guide you through the careful preparation needed before your cake is ready to be professionally covered in sugarpaste, sharing our tips and techniques along the way.

In this workshop you will also learn how to make modelling paste and create this cute teddybear character to sit proudly on top of your freshly coated cake.

After achieving either of these cake covering skills classes you will have the necessary pre-requisite skills to progress onto our PME Sugarpaste Diploma.


Saturday 12th August (10am - 4pm) - 2 PLACES!booknow

Monday 11th September (10.15am - 4.15pm) - 3 PLACES!booknow

Saturday 14th October (10am - 4pm) - 3 PLACES!booknow




Fruit Cake Covering & Simple Designs (Certificate) - £95 (6 hours)

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Spring CakeA technical workshop where we will teach you the art of preparing a rich fruit cake, cover it with marzipan and then sugarpaste to a perfect, professional standard. You will learn how to use new and traditional tools to crimp, emboss, texture, sheen, colour and shape sugarpaste to create simple designs to complete your cake ready to box and take home.


After achieving this cake covering skills class you will have the necessary pre-requisite skills to progress onto our PME Sugarpaste Diploma.


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Tuesday 12th September (10.15am - 4.15pm) - PLACES!booknow

Please contact us for further dates & details.




PME Sugarpaste Diploma Certificate - 4 Day - £340 (25 hours) 

If you are self taught or fairly new to cake decorating this 4 day intensive course is an ideal way to get to grips with cake covering skills and working with sugarpaste. If you are a complete beginner you may wish to consider taking our Wilton Method Course 3 - Fondant (Sugarpaste) & Gum Paste (Flower Paste) first. 

Click here for details about our other PME Diploma & Masters Certificate courses.

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  Coating fruit cakes, sponge cakes & dummies, Crimping & Embossing
  Fabric Effects, Swags, Drapes, Frills & Flounces
  Ribbons, Bows, Sugar Embroidery, Pastillage,  
  Modelling Fun Figures, Simple sculpted Novelty Cake 
  Texturing, Fabric Flowers & Leaves, Inlay & Applique
  Stacked Cake Design & Handling
  Designing Celebration Cakes & Colour Balance
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  Copyright & License
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Tuesday 31st October - Friday 3rd November (10.15am - 4.15pm) - 2 PLACES!booknow

Please contact us for further dates and details.



Ganache Coating & Sharp Sugarpaste Edges

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ganachecoatingstraightedgesIf you wish to learn the art of splitting, filling and coating a sponge cake (using real cakes not dummies) using ganache and how to achieve perfect sharp iced edges when covering the cake using sugarpaste these skills along with many more are included in our NEW - Introduction to Wedding Cake Design & Creation - 2 Day Workshop.


Please contact us for further dates & details.




Introduction to Royal Icing - The Basics (Certificate) - £95 - (6 hours)


royal icing the basicsIf you are thinking that making royal icing and using a piping bag are skills beyond your capabilities then this course is for you. We will guide you through the process of making the perfect consistency royal icing for piping dots, pearls & lines, script and brush embroidery. During the course you will have the opportunity to practice these techniques, creating your own piped designs on a dummy cake under our expert tuition. We are sure you will finish this course with another professional skill set to add to your repertoire.

Once you have attended this course you can feel confident that you have the necessary skills to attend our PME Royal Icing Diploma Course.

As an alternative to this workshop you may wish to consider our more intensive The Wilton Method - Course 2 - Royal Icing Flowers & Cake Design.

Please contact us for further dates & details.




Building Buttercream Skills - Wilton Method Course 1 - £150 (8 hours)

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This is an 8 hour certificate course where you will master the art of working successfully with buttercream. You will learn how to decorate cakes and sweet treats with basic buttercream techniques and six simple to pipe flowers that transform ordinary cakes and cupcakes into extraordinary results.

Included is a Wilton Course 1 Kit (worth £41.99) containing a workbook and much of the equipment you will use to complete your course.

For inspirational pictures and more information about what you will learn please click here.

Tuesday (One Day) - 29th August (9am - 5pm) - FULLY BOOKED!

Friday (One Day) - 8th September (9am - 5pm) - 2 PLACES!booknow

Friday (One Day) - 20th October (9am - 5pm) - PLACES!booknow

Friday (One Day) - 10th November (9am - 5pm) - PLACES!booknow




NEW - Floral Cupcake Bouquet - £60 (3 hours) 

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Extend your piping skills with this fun 1/2 day workshop where you will learn how to work with multi coloured buttercream and specialist piping tubes to create these beautiful buttercream flowers and make a spectacular floral cupcake bouquet!





Thursday (1/2 Day) - 7th September (10.15am - 1.15pm) - 3 PLACES!booknow




Royal Icing Skills - Flowers & Cake Design - Wilton Method Course 2 - £150 (8 hours)

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An 8 hour certificate course where you will learn how to create professional-looking flowers and designs made from royal icing. You will develop core skills to make many varieties of flowers, such as rosebuds, pansies, lilies and The Wilton Rose. You may find it useful to achieve Wilton Method Course 1 to gain some piping skills before enrolling on this course but this is not a requirement.

Included is a Wilton Course 2 Kit (worth £41.99) containing a workbook and much of the equipment you will use to complete your course.

For inspirational pictures and more information about what you will learn please click here.

Once you have attended this course you can feel confident that you have the necessary skills to progress onto our PME Royal Icing Diploma Course.

Wednesday (One Day) - 30th August (9am - 5pm) - 1 PLACE!booknow

Saturday (One Day) - 9th September (9am - 5pm) - FULLY BOOKED!fullybooked

Saturday (One Day) - 21st October (9am - 5pm) - PLACES!booknow

Saturday (One Day) - 11th November (9am - 5pm) - PLACES!booknow




Introduction to Wired Sugar Flower Skills (Certificate) - £95 (6 hours) 

A technicalRose 2 course where you will learn and practice the art of making realistic, delicate looking wired sugar flowers. You will learn all the essential beginner level skills such as Rolling, thinning, frilling, ridges, cutting, veining, colouring, glazing, steaming, taping and displaying. To practice these skills you will be making a large open Rose and Rose leaves wired into a beautiful single stem arrangement.

Once you have attended this course you will have the necessary skills to progress onto our PME Sugar Flowers Diploma.



Saturday 2nd September (10.15am - 4.15pm) - 4 PLACES!booknow

Friday 15th September (10.15am - 4.15pm) - 3 PLACES!booknow



Introduction to Character Modelling Skills (Certificate) - £95 (6 hours) 

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An intensive, technical workshop where you will learn the intricate modelling skills needed to create this fun, freestanding, fully dressed scarecrow character using sugarpaste. From Jackets & boots to the minutest details buttons, hair, hands, fingers & feet. You wil learn much about what you need to know to make your characters come alive.



 

Wednesday 13th September (10.15am - 4.15pm) - 3 PLACES!booknow 



Cake Carving Skills - £105 (6 hours)

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You will learn about crumb filler, using ganache as a coating and how to successfully cover irregular cake shapes with sugarpaste before adding all the details. As a finishing touch your car will have special front headlights that 'light up' for real!

If you are not confident covering sponge cakes, we recommend you attend our 'Introduction to Sponge Cake Covering Workshop' before you attend this class.

Tuesday 15th August (10.15am - 4.15pm) - 2 PLACES!booknow



NEW - Introduction to Wedding Cake Design & Creation - 2 Day Intensive Course

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A new 2 day course, suitable for all levels including those who are fairly new to cake decorating who wish to learn about designing, planning and executing their 'own style' wedding cakes.

On this course, you will work on a real cake and 2 faux dummy cakes to create a fabulous 3 tier master piece. You will learn and practice the following essential skills:

Level, split, fill and crumb coat a deep layered sponge cake with ganache (middle tier).

Professionally cover both sponge cake and faux dummy cakes with sugarpaste and achieve sharp edges.

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How to marble sugarpaste to add interest to your cake covering and incorporate silver leaf, cake lace and dragees into your design.

How to pipe side designs using royal icing.

Make a large wired statement sugar flower to complete your wedding cake.


Thursday 14th and Friday 15th September (10am - 4pm) - 4 PLACES!booknow 




Working Successfully with Chocolate - 2 Day Intensive - £275 (14 hours)

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Hannah Collison who trained at Barry Callebaut and with Mark tilling will help you master the skills to temper chocolate using different methods, how to make, flavour, colour and use dark and white chocolate ganache to coat cakes and as fillings for hand made chocolates, how to work with professional chocolate moulds, making chocolate shards, mirror glazes, piping with chocolate and more.. You will create this stunning cake design and make your own range of delicious tasting chocolates using the finest belgian ingredients.

Places are limited to 6 students. A comprehensive set of notes will be given to you and everything that you make and don't eat! will be packaged for you to take home.

To get the most out of this workshop you will need to have some previous experience covering and decorating cakes.


Saturday 7th to Sunday 8th October (10.00am - 5.00pm) - FULLY BOOKED!fullybooked

Please contact us for further dates & details. 


What can I study next?

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Once you feel confident with the basics, if you wish, you can progress onto some of our more advanced classes such as the PME Professional Diploma & Masters Certificate Courses which are internationally recognised.

We also offer a range of short and one/two day workshops where you can learn skills such as working with ganache, coating double barrelled cakes, painting on cakes, cake scuplting, working with cake lace, painting on cakes, making cake pops..

If you would like any more information or help choosing your next course(s) please do contact us.


 

 

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