The Vanilla Valley Cake Decorating Courses
July - December 2014
On this course our students created a beautiful cake suitable for a wedding or other celebration. During the day everyone was taught how to cover a cake with sugarpaste and then make sugarpaste roses and other flowers to decorate the cake. Our students picked up a range of skills and techniques that could be transferred to other celebration cakes. We were able to combine a variety of brands of sugarpaste such as Renshaw Ready to Roll and Culpitt Icing combined with tools from PME.
Mini cakes are increasingly popular at weddings and other celebrations instead of a larger cake. This workshop helped our students to create a number of beautiful cakes to show to their family and friends. They were shown how to create both modern and vintage cakes using a variety of different skills including covering a cake with sugarpaste, making flowers and leaves for decoration and piping with royal icing. Alongside this, everyone was given the opportunity to try out silicone moulds and Air Art Stencils to develop different ways of decorating their final batch of mini cakes.
The focus of this workshop was to enable students to carve and decorate a beautiful handbag design. Using a variety of tools, students were shown how to cut the appropriate shape for a handbag cake and then how to use sugarpaste to cover the unusual shape. Everyone was encouraged to use items such as embossing mats and silicone moulds to add textures and designs to their creations. By the end of the day there were some amazing creations that had been coloured and painted using a variety of products from Rainbow Dust and Sugarflair.
This course was designed for those who were completely new to airbrushing and those who wanted to improve their techniques and skills by creating a new design. During the course, students used a range of AirArt Stencils to create a fun or creepy Halloween cake with plenty of ghosts, spiders and pumpkins! Students were able to use a real cake or a polystyrene dummy cake. Everyone seemed to have a fun day and learnt a variety of airbrushing skills including spraying a whole cake, writing, mixing colours and masking.
Our final cake decorating workshop of the year helped to teach the complex art of covering a cake with sugarpaste in a professional way. It focused on covering different shape cakes and how different brands of sugarpaste act in different ways. Our students were of varying ability but everyone benefitted from techniques on how to roll out fondant in the easiest way as well as making sure that it doesn’t crack once applied. With it being Christmas time, the focus was on making a cake ready for the table and everyone was given freedom to decorate their cakes however they wanted in time for the festive season. With tips on covering boards in different ways and applying the finishing touches, everyone left with something that all of the family would be proud of!