The Vanilla Valley Cake Decorating Courses
January - June 2013
This course concentrated on covering cakes and boards, as many people really struggle to do this perfectly, and if you want to produce a really professional looking cake it needs to be smooth and crack free. Students learnt how the different brands of paste work and how to cover a round and square cake dummy. They also picked up tips on how to stop the sugarpaste from splitting and to roll it out effectively. Once they had mastered this, everyone was encouraged to try out different moulds and embossers to get a variety of effects on the sugarpaste and complete the overall look of the cake.
The people modelling workshop here in Cardiff is always a popular one for beginners and experts alike. The course focuses on a wide range of skills when working with sugarpaste and aims to improve detail work with the use of different tools and techniques. Students are encouraged to work towards at least one finished figure by the end of the day and are taught all of the necessary skills to complete the finished pieces.
Without doubt, the most popular course at the moment returned in March and was once again a sell out. This time out, the students were able to use the all new Air Art Stencils and in particular the underwater/beach themed border stencils. The results were fantastic and and every student was able to take home a finished sea themed cake. This particular course enabled beginners to try out their air brushes and colours in a fun environment whilst taking tuition from an experienced cake decorator. A lot of fun was had by all and hopefully everyone involved will feel more comfortable decorating cakes with air brushes.
Students on this workshop day were introduced to the skill of royal icing and learnt a range of different applications. All the basics including making royal icing and how to using icing bags are taught along with specific nozzle skills and plenty of time to practice on a cake. Everyone is encouraged to try out their new found talents in a friendly environment and go home with a great example of their work. Royal icing is such a fundemental part of cake decorating and we will look to run this workshop again very soon.
Back by popular demand, our beginners airbrushing workshop was another massive hit. Working with the Air Art Stencil sea borders and Dinkydoodle airbrushes, the 6 students produced some fantastic results to take home. With the demand for air brush designs within cake decorating, this course is a great place to start and share ideas and techniques with an experienced tutor and fellow airbrushers!!
In this workshop students learnt how to create some beautiful flowers and leaves using sugarpaste. Sugarpaste flowers look amazing on a cake and are much quicker to make than flowers made with flower paste. You do not need to leave them to dry before dusting and attaching to a cake. They are a great way to produce a quick but very effective cake and of course they are all edible! Everyone learnt a variety of skills including how to model a variety of shapes and sizes of flowers using cutters and embossers, the art of making rolled fabric effect roses and petal by petal roses and also how to layer blossoms and other flowers to create maximum impact on your cake. As always the course produced some amazing results!
The peony flowers course was very sought after and sold out quickly. Hopefully we can get to run another workshop on this topic again very soon. Students were taught how to combine flower paste with florist wires to create the peony flower. A range of cutters and embossers were used that are all available in our shop. Once the flowers had been created they were decorated using dusts to really bring the flower to life. As you will see, the results are fantastic!
The aim of this course was to help students create a spray of summer flowers, leaves and blossoms from flower paste. Everyone was introduced to cutters and embossers to help create accurate shapes and they were then encouraged to use a range of dusts and glaze sprays to finish things off. Many of the skills would transfer to the making of any sugar flowers for a range of occasions.