Cake Decoration - Beginners

This beginners course will give you all the skills, techniques, ideas, tips and confidence needed to create coverings and decorations to make successful novelty and celebration cakes.

Course Content

This course is very practical and will consist mainly of demonstrations by the tutor, followed by an opportunity for you to practice, with as much individual support as necessary, to achieve success. You will have the opportunity to try out a large range of techniques and equipment. You will be learning how to use sugar paste, marzipan, butter-cream, modelling paste, petal paste and royal icing. You will be able to produce decorated cakes and other sugar items in both contemporary and traditional styles.

Weekly Plan
1. Introductions to materials and pastes. Making piping bags. Colouring sugar paste.
2. Cover and crimp a cake card. Piping with royal icing. Plunger blossoms and butterfly.
3. Sugarpaste roses and leaves. Piped embroidery. Complete floral plaque.
4. Petal paste and modelling paste. Basic modelling techniques, effects and tools.
5. Covering a sponge cake with buttercream and sugarpaste. Decorate with floral or novelty items and a simple bass border.
6. Piped bells and birds. Piped and cut out lettering. Piping swirls and rosettes on cupcakes. Quick rose bud and leaf decoration.
7. Moulded Christening baby with garrett frill shawl. Complete baby plaque using items made last week.
8. Carved Novelty cake with jam and butter-cream. Covered in sugarpaste. Coat board in sugarpaste at home.
9. Top decoration ideas for a seasonal themed cake. Cover a fruit cake in marzipan. Shell and snails trail piping.
10. Sugar paste and decorate a fruit cake with a seasonal theme.

This weekly plan can be adapted as necessary after discussion with students
NB: seasonal cakes include Christmas/Winter, Wedding/Summer, Easter/Spring

Entry Requirements

Basic baking skills are desirable. Willingness to carry out some tasks at home in preparation for the next class.

First Class Requirements

Pen and paper
A4 folder for handouts
Small polythene bags and cling-film
Apron and j-cloth
A small pack of sugar paste or ready to roll icing.

Attendance Requirements

The course covers a lot of techniques over the 10 weeks, some of which link from one week to the next. Good attendance is important to enable you to get the most from the course.

Assessment Methods

You will make an individual learning plan, including personal targets, with guidance from the tutor at the beginning of the course.

There are four projects to complete during the course, as detailed above.

There will be a brief planning and evaluation sheet to complete for one of these projects.

The tutor will review your achievement with you at the end of the course and your next steps can be discussed.

Further Study Options

This course is suitable for beginners. You could join our improvers course to continue developing your skills in Sugar-craft. You may wish to make and decorate cakes for friends and family. You may wish to start a small business from home. You might consider working in the bakery trade after further training. Your tutor will be able to advise you about these options and further study available.

Additional Information

You will be able to borrow equipment and books during the session.

The tutor will recommend equipment you may wish to purchase and where best to buy from.

Consumables such as icings or pastes can be bought from the tutor during the class, please allow £1-£2 per week.

You will need to bring with you materials and equipment as detailed by the tutor each week, as well as an apron and box/bag/container to carry your items home in.