Cake Decoration - Improvers

This improver?s course will extend your range of skills and techniques to enable you to produce a mini cake collection to a high standard by the end of the course.

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 range of techniques and equipment. You will be learning how to use sugar paste, modelling paste, petal paste and royal icing. You will begin to apply you own design ideas to a mini cake collection in either a contemporary or traditional style.
Weekly Plan
1. Introductions. Funky sugarpaste fantasy flowers including embossed, fabric effects and ribbon roses.
2. Revise and assess piping skills including embroidery designs. Cover and emboss plaque for use next week with brush embroidery.
3. Brush embroidery. Make edible ribbon pieces
4. Patchwork sampler - smocking and crimper work with ribbon insertion
5. Piping skills -snails trail, shells and simple over-piping. Small royal iced stencil motifs for sampler.
6. Sugar paste patterns and broiderie anglaise for sampler
7. Run-out flowers and butterflies. Piped lacework pieces
8. Garrett frill with lace border. Drapes and fabric effects
9. Bows, swags and edible ribbons. Design and bake minicakes at home
10. Mini cake collection -cut, cover and decorate 4 mini cakes, including a 2 tier, using techniques learned.

This weekly plan can be adapted as necessary after discussion with students

Entry Requirements

You should have completed a beginner?s course or had equivalent experience to get the most from this course. If you are unsure, you can talk to the tutor who can advise you. You need to be prepared to carry out some tasks at home in preparation for the next class.

First Class Requirements

Pen and paper. A4 folder for handouts. Apron and j-cloth. Small packet of sugarpaste. Tool box of cutters etc you may have. Box to take your creation home in.

Attendance Requirements

This course covers a lot of techniques over the 10 weeks, which all lead into an assigned task on the last evening. Good attendance is important to enable you to get the most from the course and to be able to complete the mini cakes on the last class.

Assessment Methods

You will make an individual learning plan, including personal targets, with guidance from the tutor at the beginning of the course. There is one assigned task to complete during the course, as detailed above. There will be a brief planning and evaluation sheet to complete for this assignment. The tutor will review your achievement with you at the end of the course and next steps can be discussed.

Further Study Options

This course is suitable for improvers.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.