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BOOK A CAKE DECORATING COURSE AT ONE OF OUR STUNNING VENUES

IN THE HEART OF THE COTSWOLDS

CHELTENHAM, GLOUCESTERSHIRE


Our venue for our private tuition and small group classes is set in a beautiful Grade II Cotswold property with stunning countryside views.  We pride ourselves on our friendly informal workshops at this location, where students work side by side with us during the day.

 

We are located within a 15 minute drive from the centre of Cheltenham, Kingham railway station with direct fast 90 minute links to London Paddington is just 15 minutes away, and a 25 minutes drive of the M5.  In all workshops all equipment, refreshments and lunch is provided and all you have to bring to your class is yourself.

 

If you do not see the course or cake decorating skill you would like to learn, just give us a call or send us an email with your request and we will advise you how we can help you.

CELEBRATION CAKE MASTERCLASS

Creating beautiful celebration cakes is all about style and build.  We cover style in our Design Masterclass, but on this course this is all about how to build the most perfectly structured celebration cake.  You will work on pre-baked cakes to save time on the day but we will cover fully our tips on how to bake, syrup for moisture and flavour of your cakes and how to carve them ready to build and create the structure and covering of the most perfect celebration cake.  We teach you the skills to create the modern taller style cakes, with straight sides, flat tops and lovely sharp shoulders.  This workshop is ideal for anyone wanting to create professional cakes for a living, or who are creating that special cake for family or friends or yourself!!  The course is suitable for anyone from absolute beginners to improvers. 

 

In order to give our full attention to the student on this intense one day class, we run this course only on a one to one or two students sharing basis at our Cheltenham location - we are therefore flexible on workshop dates with no set dates publicised.  Just contact us by phone or e-mail  to express your interest and we can then advise you in more detail of the course content and liase a suitable date.

 

Skills sets covered in this workshop:-

  • What works/does not in cake recipes for celebration cakes
  • The principles of good design for celebration and tiered cakes - what works and what does not.
  • The differences in coating a Sponge or a Fruit Cake
  • Shaping, levelling, splitting and filling the cake - this is a key skill to help form a firm base for your cake.
  • Crumb Coating – this is a professional layer of buttercream or ganache which coats the cake and provides a perfect base to your sponge cake - the finish will give you a straight sided cake with a flat top and sharp top edges.  We train this using a method which is not widely known and not published in any books - it is a unique method.  The finish will give you a cake base as perfect as a dummy cake.
  • How to create the bang on trend Naked, Semi-Naked and the Drippy Cakes - all part of the crumb coating stage.
  • Creating an intermediate layer for an ultra-professional finish in marzipan or modelling paste
  • Creating the perfect fondant top coat with straight sides, flat top, sharp edges to a high professional finish
  • Covering a Cake Board
  • Dowelling and stacking a tiered cake
  • The professional way to finish each layer with a ribbon trim.

This image shows you the techniques that you will cover  on the Celebration Cake Masterclass. The class is all about structure and build to create the most perfect finish to you cakes.  You can see that the crumboat is beautifully finished with straight sides, level top and pin sharp edges. We will use a buttercream crumbcoat on the class but you will also find out how to create the same finish with ganache.  The same sharp finish is given to the intermediate marzipan layer, which is an optional coat you may want to use in the future.  The fondant covering shown in the image has semi sharp shoulders for a softer effect, but we can achieve very sharp edges if desired.  The final image shows how you can use the crumbcoat skills you learn on the workshop to create a semi naked cake and we will give you notes and talk you through how to create the chocolate drip cake finish.

You will leave the class with a perfectly finished double layer buttercream covered cake, and a fondant covered dummy cake and board.  Workshop notes are provided in full detail with equipment, stage drawings to cover the techniques, recipe sheets, in fact everything you will need to go home with confidence to create your beautiful cakes over and over again.

 

To find out more about this class which is available on-going with a choice of dates - please contact us as info@creativecakeacademy.co.uk - you can do this by clicking the link on the Contact Us page of out website or just give us a telephone call to chat through the options and pricing.

 

We look forward to hearing from you.

LUXURY BOXED CUPCAKE COLLECTION

PICTURE PERFECT GILT/FORAL CUPAKES - GIFT BOXED COLLECTION

 

Our newest cupcake collection, designed very much with weddings, wedding favours, and gift inspired.  The gorgeous set of nine cupcakes embellished with gilt picture frames, pretty flowers and central fondant lace cupcake having a personal message. 

 

There are lots of skills to learn in this class including baking the perfect cupcake, immaculate fondant covering with luscious buttercream filled cupcakes, how to create gilt frames, pretty flowers and a personal message banner.  The cupcakes are all presented in a lidded gift box with beautiful ribbon bow tie.

 

Please contact us for more details on availability of this workshop, which can run on a one to one basis or a small group of up to 4 persons.

 

Skill sets included in this workshop:-

  • Baking and recipe for the perfect ultra light cupcake
  • How to produce perfect vanilla buttercream
  • Creating a domed top to the cupcake with fondant and ultra neat finish to edges
  • Working with Florist/Gumpaste to create miniature roses, flowers and leaves
  • Working with Modelling Paste to create miniature picture frames
  • Painting and finishing frames with edible gilt finish
  • How to create a personal message gift tag in fondant.
  • How to present your cupcakes for that 'wow' factor

ROYAL ICING/PIPING MASTERCLASS

The beautiful filigree work on this celebration cake shows how effective royal icing can be.  This masterclass teaches you how to create  perfect royal icing and then thin it down to create three strengths for piping, brush embroidery and flooding for use on cookies. The techniques you will learn on this workshop include detailed piping work, stencilling, brush embroidery, cookie toppings and the new modern techniques used on Wedding Cakes to create 3D overpiped flowers to resemble the lace of a bride's dress.

 

We run this workshop from our Cheltenham location on a private tuition or small group basis where we are therefore flexible on workshop dates with no set dates - just contact us to discuss your requirements.

 

 

 

 

Skill sets covered in this workshop:-

  • How to create the perfect Royal Icing
  • How to thin the icing to 3 consistencies for piping, brush embroidery, and flooding for cookies
  • How to write on cakes
  • How to create beautiful dots, pearls, hearts and filigree in icing
  • Brush embroidery
  • Flooding and piping on cookies
  • Piping over 3D flowers to create a lace effect to match a bride's dress

Cheltenham venue - Dates Flexible - Please call us

PLEASE CALL US  ON 01451 851076 OR 07780 454592 FOR PRIVATE TUITION PRICING INFORMATION ON THIS CLASS

MINI CAKE MASTERCLASS

The mini cake masterclass teaches you how to bake and construct the very beautiful mini cakes, from rich fruit cake or sponge and finish the cakes with pretty sugar flowers and embellishment, either in the Floral design shown, the new vintage design or the wedding design (as seen on the Gallery page) with Pearls, embossed roses, hearts and butterflies.  In the workshop you will create 5 mini cakes and learn the skills to decorate them in your chosen design.

 

We run this workshop from our Cheltenham location on a private tuition or small group basis where we are therefore flexible on workshop content and dates - just contact us to discuss your requirements. 

 

 

 

 

 

 Skill sets on this workshop include:-

  • Learn how to bake the perfect mini cake
  • How to carve and prepare a fruit or sponge mini cake for covering
  • Covering with a thin layer of marzipan with sharp edges
  • Covering with fondant to create a soft or sharp top edge
  • Creating stunning lifelike roses and sugar flowers to top your cakes
  • Creating a stem like finish to your cakes to create a bouquet effect
  • Embossing and 3D effects
  • Guide to marketing and pricing if you wish to sell your cakes

Cheltenham venue - Dates Flexible - Please Call Us

PLEASE CALL US  ON 01451 851076 OR 07780 454592 FOR PRIVATE TUITION PRICING INFORMATION ON THIS CLASS

VINTAGE  CUPCAKES MASTERCLASS

Our Vintage Cupcakes Roses and Pearls has now become an iconic set that you will see many times on the internet, it has been shared, admired and attempts to copy on many occasions.  On this workshop you will create a set of 12 beautiful cupcakes with lots of decoration techniques including creating the perfect domed topped cupcake, stencilling, embossing, hand painting, creating lovely sugar roses, pearls and much more.  This is a workshop we would recommend as a Cupcake Masterclass to add to your cake decorating skills as this design has proved to be iconic and is well featured on the internet and sought after to purchase.

 

At the moment we only run this workshop on a private tuition or small group basis from our Cheltenham location. Just give is a call or e-mail us to chat through your requirements - again we are flexible on dates.

 

Skill sets included in this workshop:-

  • How to bake an ultra light cupcake
  • How to create the most perfect buttercream
  • How to create a beautiful dome shape to your cupcakes in fondant
  • How to create a range of sugar flowers and pearls
  • How to stencil, emboss and hand paint on your fondant toppings
  • Guide on pricing and marketing if you wish to sell your cakes

Cheltenham venue - Dates flexible - please call us

PLEASE CALL US  ON 01451 851076 OR 07780 454592 FOR PRIVATE TUITION PRICING INFORMATION ON THIS CLASS

THE ART OF DESIGNING BEAUTIFUL CAKES

 

 

If you usually turn to the internet for cake design ideas from others before you make your celebration, mini or cupcakes, then this is the class for you.  It is aimed to help you have the confidence to create your own colour palettes and designs from scratch starting with a mood board of colours shapes and things you love.

 

People love the designs and colours used by The Creative Cake Academy and in this class we will teach you all of our secrets.  By the end of the class you will have created your own design board with a colour palette, a brand new cake design and fondant colour samples that you will use in your unique creation.

 

 

 

You need not worry if you feel you cannot draw, this workshop is all about getting you to indentify how to create a beautiful harmonising colour palette and also shows you where to get the most useful of inspirational designs, techniques and free software to enable you to expand your knowledge and skills. 

 

Understanding how colours harmonise together and work together will also help you create a palette of colours that form the colour structure of your cake design.  We also look at designing your cake, whether it be a tiered celebration cake, a single layer birthday cake, or a series of mini or cupcakes.

We are able to run this workshop on a one to one basis or small group on a private tuition basis at our Cheltenham location.  If you are interested in making an enquiry about suitable dates for yourself or with a small group of friends, please call us to chat through what options we have available..

 

Cheltenham venue - Dates Flexible - please call us

PLEASE CALL US  ON 01451 851076 OR 07780 454592 FOR PRIVATE TUITION PRICING INFORMATION ON THIS CLASS

Everything Chocolate Masterclass

 

If you love chocolate, then this is the class for you.  On this workshop we work on small cakes to create a box of 12 very pretty chocolate, turquoise and ivory cupcakes, all made with chocolate ingredients.  We teach you how to use chocolate in many forms including creating chocolate ganache, rich chocolate buttercream, chocolate plastique (modelling paste for flower forms), very pretty chcolate transfer sheets and much more.  All of the skills are bundled onto small cupcakes, but all are transferrable to large cakes.

 

This course can also be run on a private tuition basis at any time by prior arrangement - just give us a call to arrange.  We can also run the workshop on a small group basis.

 

 

 

Skills sets included in this workshop:-

  • How to create the perfect domed topped cupcakes
  • Recipes for Chocolate cakes
  • Principles of making Chocolate Ganache
  • Principles of makes Chocolate Plastique
  • How to use Chocolate Transfer Sheets
  • Perfect Chocolate Buttercream
  • Creating pretty moulded elements for your cakes
  • Presentation skills

Cheltenham venue - Dates flexible - please call us

WHAT'S NEW - HINTS AND TIPS

We have an additional page dedicated to helping you with Hints and Tips to help you on your cake decorating and baking - click the headings below to take you to our Hints and Tips page.

 

HOW TO RE-SIZE YOUR CAKE RECIPE FOR MULTI TIN SIZES

 

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